Cincinnati Bell plans IPTV launch; Goolge, Microsoft eye TiVo

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> After slowly expanding its Fioptics fiber-optic cable system past about 80,000 homes in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky over the last three years, Cincinnati Bell is planning to nearly double coverage past an additional 70,000 homes this year by further deploying fiber to individual neighborhoods and introducing Internet Protocol TV technology to extend the reach of fiber to individual homes. Article

> TiVo, the unprofitable pioneer of digital-video recorders, is ripe for a takeover that may hand shareholders a 94 percent return after settling a seven-year patent battle with Dish Network Corp.  Article

> The debate between the need for more TV competition and the infrastructure aesthetics of providing that competition has moved from San Francisco to Greensboro, N.C., where citizens and public officials are looking askance at the "giant cable-type boxes" that AT&T uses to deliver its U-verse TV and broadband data services. Article

> EPIX and Verizon FiOS announced today the kick-off event of the first annual EPIX Movie Free-For-All powered by Verizon FiOS, a summer-long free screening series bringing movies to fans across New York City. The series begins today in Tompkins Square Park with boxing promoter Don King personally introducing the first feature, Raging Bull. Release

And finally... Youth prevails: A 17-year-old boy suffered only cuts and bruises after being run over by a train in northwestern Iowa. Article

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