YouTube may launch 25 subscription channels

In today's spotlight, FierceOnlineVideo takes a look at reports that YouTube may soon launch 25 subscription video channels.

Comcast targets hotels with launch of Business Hospitality product

Comcast said Wednesday it is looking to deliver high-speed Internet, video programming and voice service to hotels with the launch of its Comcast Business Hospitality product suite.

Comcast leads $11M investment in fantasy sports operator FanDuel

Comcast led an $11 million investment round in FanDuel, an online fantasy sports operation that pays cash to the winners of its daily competitions.

Concurrent prepares for world without set-tops

While Concurrent saw its video revenue drop slightly in the quarter ending Dec. 31, the video-on-demand technology vendor said it is looking to drive sales by investing in software that cable operators can use to deliver programming to connected TVs.

Time Warner Cable integrates geolocation technology in redesign of

Time Warner Cable redesigned its website, with its e-commerce team focusing on pushing sales of its digital cable, high-speed Internet and voice services.

Charter scores CBS VOD content and Showtime Anytime

Charter Communications said it signed a multiplatform carriage deal with CBS Corp. which will allow it to add CBS primetime series such as Big Bang Theory and CSI to its video-on-demand programming lineup.

Comcast's thePlatform shifts focus to HTML5

Comcast's thePlatform subsidiary said it will use a video player based on HTML5 as the default for programming that it distributes for cable networks on the Web and mobile devices.

Time Warner Cable raising rates in Los Angeles

Time Warner Cable is raising rates on its programming packages and equipment rental fees on its Los Angeles system by as much as 17.6 percent.

LodgeNet banks on DirecTV partnership to emerge from bankruptcy

LodgeNet said Tuesday it filed for bankruptcy protection, but that new capital and a partnership with rival DirecTV will see it emerge from the prepackaged chapter 11 filing with the ability to launch new products for its hotel and healthcare customers.

Samsung, Verizon expand FiOS TV app

Samsung has expanded its Verizon FiOS TV app for smart TVs and Blu-ray players to include 75 channels and 25,000 FlexView on-demand moves and TV shows. The move clears the way for subscribers to get a wealth of Verizon content without a set-top box.

Unruly solar flares, broadband outages could presage connected world problems

A pair of disparate news bits--increasingly active solar flares and an AT&T U-verse broadband breakdown--recently offered a foreboding and somewhat ominous glimpse of what the future could hold--at least for an increasingly connected society. It wasn't pretty.

KPMG says traditional media companies must change

Pay TV operators are in danger of becoming extinct, a new study of pay-TV subscribers worldwide by KPMG suggests.

Amino pursuing set-top opportunities in Latin America

Vindicating the belief that IPTV is an international phenomenon, leading set-top box maker Amino Technologies is taking its IPTV set-top business south--literally--and pursuing Latin America as a market expansion opportunity.

KPMG: Pay TV must change now or die

The new multi-tasking digital consumer is still loyal to television but wants more than what traditional pay TV services have to offer and may drift away to find it, revealed findings from KPMG's 2013 Digital Debate survey. The survey of 9,000 people in nine countries concluded television "is no longer a single experience as 'digital multi-taskers' interact with tablets and smartphones while simultaneously watching television."

Cablevision shops data backup service to businesses

Cablevision's Lightpath subsidiary began marketing a data backup service to businesses in the New York metropolitan area.

Comcast licenses RDK to ThinkAnalytics

Comcast said it has licensed its Reference Design Kit (RDK) software to ThinkAnalytics, a technology firm that has developed a recommendation engine that Cox Communications and other MSOs have integrated with their interactive program guides.

Dish's Clearwire bid could force Sprint to raise offer

While it may be unlikely that Dish Network will succeed in its bid to acquire Clearwire, its move to bid $3.32 per share for the broadband wireless provider could force Sprint to increase its offer of $2.97 per share.

Dish Network wins support from CEA in Hopper dispute

The Consumer Electronics Association said it filed a court filing that supports Dish Network in its battle with CBS, NBC, Fox and other broadcasters related to the ad-skipping technology in its Hopper DVR.

ACA questions accuracy of FCC's National Broadband Map

Questioning the accuracy of the FCC's National Broadband Map, the American Cable Association told the Commission it shouldn't allow CenturyLink, USTelecom and other providers to use federal subsidies to build broadband networks in areas that are already served by small cable operators.

Verizon expands channel lineup on FiOS apps for Xbox and Samsung TVs

Verizon has expanded the number of networks that FiOS TV subscribers can access on applications for Microsoft's Xbox and connected TVs from Samsung to 75.