TV Everywhere may finally be starting to get somewhere. The pay-TV industry has tried for years to get its streaming video act together. The goal, expressed by executives from Time Warner and Comcast in 2009, is to let paying subscribers access the shows they get through their cable, satellite or telco TV subscription on Web-connected devices like iPads and smartphones.
Comcast, the country's biggest cable operator, is reportedly getting into the business of selling downloads of movies much like online retailers such as Apple and Amazon do today. Comcast will sell these movies a few weeks before they're available on DVD.
Mediacom Communications said Monday that it will soon deploy a media gateway from Pace that runs TiVo's user interface.
Comcast engineers are exploring how to let subscribers channel surf and even control the lights in their homes by using cameras and sensors that can detect gestures, according to a patent application published Thursday.
Two years after scrapping a test in which it would sell video-on-demand movies to subscribers a few weeks after they're released in movie theaters, Comcast reportedly plans to begin selling movies to subscribers before they are released on DVD.
WideOpenWest said Thursday that it picked up 8,400 video and 16,300 high-speed Internet customers in the third quarter, while it lost 2,800 phone subscribers.
As a Verizon quadruple-play customer, I've gotten used to seeing promotions for the new Redbox Instant streaming video service when I pay my bill online. It took the pitch to a new level Thursday morning, when it ran what could be compared to an online home page takeover ad. Before I could watch NBC's "Today" show, Verizon ran a static ad on my TV screen for Redbox Instant, offering one month of free service.
Comcast veteran Steve Reynolds is leaving the company later this month to join technology vendor Harris Broadcast as chief technology officer, Multichannel News reported Thursday.
Charter Communications said it will begin marketing its pay TV and broadband services under a new brand, Charter Spectrum, early next year.
Comcast's NBCUniversal subsidiary said it has taken full ownership of preschool network Sprout, in a deal that will see it compete with Walt Disney Co.'s Disney Junior and Viacom's Nick Jr.