Microsoft is beginning to allow millions TV viewers with an Xbox gaming console to use its Kinect cameras' voice and motion controls to interact with both programming and advertising. FierceCable caught up recently with Blair Westlake, who oversees the software giant's talks with distributors, programmers and advertisers. Westlake discusses Microsoft's Xbox strategy, and explains how programmers such as Children's Television Workshop are using the Xbox to offer viewers an interactive version of Sesame Street.
Verizon Wireless' pending acquisition of AWS licenses from four cable companies will propel that spectrum to new heights in terms of industry importance, making it an essential LTE band for global roaming support, according to an industry analyst.
Comcast said that Motorola Mobility has licensed software that could allow it to offer cloud-based interactive program guides and video-on-demand programming on Motorola set-tops and video gateway devices.
The Cable Center said it will name a theater at its Denver headquarters after John Malone, the cable pioneer who built most of the systems that are owned today by Comcast.
With Comcast, Verizon and other broadband providers beginning to offer broadband Internet services with download speeds of 300 Mbps and faster, the FCC says it may need to change the definition for what it considers broadband.
TiVo said it struck a deal with Alaskan triple-play provider GCI to deploy home gateway devices that will power a whole-home video solution.
Charter Communications, according to an article in DSL Reports citing one of the MSO's technicians, is developing its own 300 Mbps data tier.
The Government Accountability Office is beginning to scrutinize a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System that was conducted last fall by local broadcasters, cable operators and satellite TV providers.
A three-page confidential internal memo distributed within Hulu shows that the online video purveyor is prepared for a "transition plan" that may or may not include current CEO Jason Kilar, if he decides to take a potential big payout and leave in September.
The revised agreement between Verizon Wireless and its cable TV partners enables the foursome to become MVNOs immediately, potentially positioning them to offer hybrid voice services that employ Wi-Fi and cellular networks.