Light Reading

Anti-Social TV: GetGlue Scraps Viggle Merger

Jeff Baumgartner
LR Cable News Analysis
Jeff Baumgartner
1/14/2013
50%
50%

Welcome to today's broadband and cable news roundup.

  • A combination of two social TV application startups is not to be, after GetGlue called off its merger with Viggle Inc.. But no hard feelings, right? "The two companies remain friendly and think highly of each other," GetGlue CEO Alex Iskold said in a blog post Sunday that announced the scrapped deal, which was comprised of $25 million in cash plus 48.3 million shares of stock. The merger agreement announced in November 2012 had included a condition that Viggle raise at least another $60 million in financing, which apparently played a role in the deal's demise. Both companies make second-screen social TV apps and count DirecTV Group Inc. as a partner. Viggle has more than 1.2 million registered users, while GetGlue has about 3.5 million for a system that lets users "check in" when they're watching a show. They both compete with Comcast Ventures-backed zeebox. (See Comcast, HBO Back Zeebox.)

  • Ex-Ericsson AB exec Henri Caddeo has been named CTO of Sweden's Com Hem AB, succeeding Martin Kull, who left last August, reports Broadband TV News. Caddeo, the report adds, is slated to start on April 1 and take over for acting CTO Jens Persson, Com Hem's full-time head of technical development.

  • Big data startup Guavus Inc. has raised $30 million in a third round led by Investor Growth Capital, along with help from previous investor Intel Capital and other financial backers. Guavus, founded in 2006, has raised about $78 million so far, and counts Sprint Nextel Corp. among its customers.

  • Liberty Global Inc.'s UPC Cablecom unit in Switzerland is the second system to launch Horizon TV, a hybrid IP/QAM platform that's powered by a cloud-based interface from NDS (now part of Cisco Systems Inc.) and a six-tuner gateway from Samsung Corp. Liberty Global introduced Horizon TV in the Netherlands, and has already identified Germany and Ireland among markets that are next in line. (See Liberty Global Embarks on New TV Horizon.)

  • Netflix Inc. received special treatment from the U.S. Postal Service, including free manual sorting, over other mail-order companies, a federal court ruled in a complaint originally filed in 2011 by GameFly Inc., a by-mail video game rental service. GameFly claimed that the alleged discrimination means it faces a possible "epidemic" of broken discs, since it does not receive similar (and free) treatment from the post office.

    — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

    (1)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
    Jeff Baumgartner
    50%
    50%
    Jeff Baumgartner,
    User Rank: Light Beer
    1/14/2013 | 3:44:25 PM
    re: Anti-Social TV: GetGlue Scraps Viggle Merger
    Anyone use these apps ? -áI've fiddled around with zeebox here and there,-á but imagine some people want to keep their guilty pleasures to themselves. Who wants to check in to say they're watching Buckwild?
    Flash Poll
    From The Founder
    Networks of the future will rely on "white box" switches and servers rather than proprietary hardware and that's going to alter the shape of the communications industry. Who says so? John Chambers.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei's Power Play With GrupoGiro

    4|1|15   |   2:51   |   (0) comments


    Daniel Heredia, CEO of Energiro, the power management services part of Spain's Grupo Giro, explains why his company has just struck a partnership with Huawei for uninterruptible power supply products and how he hopes it can take the partnership into other markets.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei Intros Smart Device for eLTE

    3|30|15   |   05:25   |   (0) comments


    Huawei has developed a secure, location-aware multimedia smartphone for its eLTE trunked radio solution, says Huawei's Norman Frisch.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Win Video, Win All

    3|30|15   |   06:44   |   (0) comments


    Video is going to be the next main source of revenue for operators. Operators have big opportunities and advantages to monetize video services. Globally, Huawei has helped more than 70 operators achieve over 30 million video subscribers. Watch this video for more.
    LRTV Custom TV
    The Benefits of HyperScale Clouds for NFV

    3|27|15   |   01:50   |   (0) comments


    Hyperscale cloud has been developed by the Internet giants to support the creation and delivery of software-based services at blistering speeds, and at the lowest possible cost. The original ETSI NFV vision was to adopt hyperscale cloud architecture and practices. This vision has become somewhat obscured along the way, due to misunderstandings about the hyperscale ...
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    eLTE Rapid Meets the Need for Speed

    3|26|15   |   4:45   |   (0) comments


    Designed especially for emergency and dedicated ad hoc local mobile communications coverage, Huawei's eLTE Rapid solution can deliver trunked voice, video and data coverage for multiple users over a 6km range and be set up in just 15 minutes, explains Huawei's Norman Frisch.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    On Videos: Challenges & Opportunities

    3|26|15   |   5:56   |   (0) comments


    Most everything is now connected. And along with 4K and 4G technologies, everyone could be creating and broadcasting video contents. Users are expecting better video experience with any screen, anywhere and anytime. Operators will meet new challenges, but also see some big opportunities.
    LRTV Custom TV
    JDSU: Delivering Dynamic Networks for a Personalized Experience

    3|26|15   |   5:59   |   (0) comments


    Light Reading speaks to JDSU at Mobile World Congress 2015 about new solutions in the areas of HetNets, VoLTE, backhaul, virtualization, big data analytics, and real-time intelligence.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Smarter Service Chaining & New Ways to Benefit From Qosmos Technology

    3|25|15   |   03:11   |   (0) comments


    David Le Goff, director of strategic and product marketing at Qosmos, explains how the company has added application awareness to subscriber information to make service chaining more efficient and reduce costs for networking and infrastructure. In addition, Qosmos technology, which has been delivered as C libraries, is now also available as a virtual machine, ...
    Between the CEOs
    Qosmos CEO: The Changing Face of DPI

    3|24|15   |   13:53   |   (0) comments


    LR CEO and Founder Steve Saunders sits down with the head of Qosmos to talk about the changing state of the art in deep packet inspection technology, including its role in SDN and NFV architectures. Also, how the comms market is becoming more like the automotive industry.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    FC Schalke Scores With Its Agile Stadium

    3|24|15   |   6:23   |   (0) comments


    Top German soccer club FC Schalke 04 has deployed a new, agile WiFi network from Huawei in its Veltins-Arena stadium and is reaping the benefits in terms of customer satisfaction and business opportunities, explains marketing chief Alexander Jobst.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei’s Insights on Mobile Video

    3|24|15   |   7:51   |   (0) comments


    More people than ever are now watching videos on smartphones. Seventy percent of mobile traffic will be video traffic until 2018. In this video, Huawei's exports give their insights on mobile video in terms of business model, network planning and 4G network construction.
    LRTV Documentaries
    The Rise of Industry 4.0

    3|24|15   |   02:26   |   (9) comments


    Are you ready for the fourth industrial revolution? It's a big deal for influential operators such as Deutsche Telekom.
    Upcoming Live Events
    April 14, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City, NY
    May 5, 2015, Hyatt McCormick Place, Chicago, IL
    May 6, 2015, Georgia World Congress, Atlanta, GA
    May 12, 2015, Grand Hyatt, Denver, CO
    May 13-14, 2015, The Westin Peachtree, Atlanta, GA
    June 8, 2015, Chicago, IL
    June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
    June 9, 2015, Chicago, IL
    June 10, 2015, Chicago, IL
    September 29-30, 2015, The Westin Grand Müchen, Munich, Germany
    November 11-12, 2015, The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA
    All Upcoming Live Events
    Infographics
    More and more traffic is traveling within data centers, and operators need new networking approaches to manage this growth. Pica8's infographic shows how operators can confidently and painlessly deploy white box switches into existing networks today and leverage the benefits of SDN.
    Hot Topics
    AT&T Woos SMBs With Small-Scale WiFi
    Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 3/26/2015
    Just Don't Say IBM Is 'Relaunching' Networking Business
    Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 3/26/2015
    TV Everywhere Nears Mainstream Adoption
    Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 3/27/2015
    Carriers Are Bright Spot in BlackBerry Q4
    Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 3/27/2015
    Comcast Says TWC Deal Will Close Later
    Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 3/26/2015
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed
    Webinar Archive
    BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
    LR CEO and Founder Steve Saunders sits down with the head of Qosmos to talk about the changing state of the art in deep packet inspection technology, including its role in SDN and NFV architectures.
    Chattanooga’s EPB publicly owned utility comms company has become a poster child for how to enable a local economy using next-gen networking technology. Steve Saunders, Founder of Light Reading, sits down with Harold DePriest, president and CEO of EPB, to learn how EPB is bringing big time tech to small town America.