Originally Posted by davehancock
vicw: I see your point - but I suspect that some writer merged her earlier activities in specifying OCAP (which would have been in Dec 2005 - OCAP was announced in Jan 2006) with the Lincoln Launch.
BUT: If it was successful in 2005, what would they call the Lincoln mess? If they could do it right in 2005, why can't they do it right in 2007?
All I can conclude is that the writer screwed it up (just like TW has screwed the launch up).
Actually, in my wandering search for information about the Navigator (as a member of the Lincoln Cable Board) I'd come across Ms. Hawkins before; in fact had seen her bio, though I don't recall having come across Ms. Egan yet.
Ms. Hawkins' name is mentioned in this article from 2003:http://www.cable360.net/cableworld/video/16382.html
as one of the players in "Mystro TV," a project that was apparently put together in 2003-2004 and rolled out in Green Bay sometime around late 2004 or early 2005. The project quickly crashed & burned (for reasons that apparently are unrelated to the interactive program guide that was being used, though trust me - I've dug deep, trying to find any indication of how close that guide was to the Navigator.)
The crash apparently led to the booting of Jim Chiddix
from Time Warner (Chiddix then joined OpenTV and later made a sweetheart deal with TWC; OpenTV has subsequently been bought by the Swiss Kudelski Group
, and the Group has apparently turned Mr. Chiddix out on the streets once again. But as far as I know OpenTV still has the sweetheart deal with TWC, and is still using the name OpenTV.)
So anyway, yeah, I think Green Bay was the (successful?) trial test market mentioned in the article. However, I'd come across the Mystro article early on (thanks to someone in public testimony mentioning that they got sick of watching the word "Mystro" every time their machine rebooted, and thanks to TWC's decision to use the very Google-able phrase "Mystro TV" for their top secret project), so when the Cable Board was asked to submit questions to TWC about the Navigator, I asked the following question (similar in spirit to question in second paragraph of DaveHancock's post quoted above):
"Why do you think that the Navigator stands a chance of getting fixed anytime soon, given that it's apparently been in existence since October 2003 and still has the kinks that we're seeing today?"
To which TWC responded:
"This version of Navigator has not been existence since October of 2003" and then refers the reader to a separate chronology which shows product development in 2003-2004, completion of "Navigator V1" by First Quarter 2005, "EOL Navigator V1" in Second Quarter 2005 followed that same quarter by the start of "Navigator V2" which eventually turns into what Lincoln is using. (Interesting that their chronology thinks that there've only been TWO
versions of Navigator; heck, I could swear that we've had THREE
versions just this month!
So there ya have it folks: The "successful launch" mentioned in the Hawkins bio was apparently the launch of "Navigator Version 1" in Green Bay, then TWC "fixed" it and gave us the highly buggy "Navigator Version 2." (Either that, or maybe the bios are a little thick on hype and thin on facts. Hmmm...)