Light Reading
Also: Ex-Ericsson exec gets Com Hem CTO post; Big Data startup lands big bucks; Liberty's Horizon expands to Switzerland

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
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Network Solutions Help the Philippines Jump Ahead

    9|17|14   |   2:59   |   (0) comments


    In the past, the Philippines has under-invested in technology. Now, the CEO of Softshell talks about how Huawei products help the Philippines jump ahead as the economy improves.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    VCS Observation for Safer Cities in the Netherlands

    9|17|14   |   5:20   |   (0) comments


    Holland's VCS Observation has been operating for 22 years. Its main goal is to get cities safer. CEO Wim van Deijzen tells us some of the challenges his company faces and how Huawei is helping to overcome these challenges.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    A Conversation With Serbia's Ministry of Interior

    9|17|14   |   4:38   |   (0) comments


    At HCC 2014, the Assistant Minister of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia talks to us about his projects and corporation with Huawei. Solutions like Safe City and E-Government and services like cloud computing are just some of the areas his department is interested in.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    IHS Analyst Discusses eLTE at CCW 2014

    9|10|14   |   7:09   |   (0) comments


    Thomas Lynch, associate director of critical communications at IHS Technology, talks about broadband in critical communications.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    TCAA on Huawei eLTE: A Broadband Solution for Mission-Critical Communications

    9|10|14   |   2:29   |   (0) comments


    At CCW2014 in Singapore, the TCCA's Phil Kidner talks about the importance of broadband data for critical communications.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Spotlight on Cisco: SDN for Optical Networks

    9|8|14   |   9:27   |   (0) comments


    Cisco's Greg Nehib talks OpenFlow and more on the 'Software-Defined Networking for Optical Networks' panel at the Big Telecom Event in June 2014.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Cisco's Evolved Programmable Network (EPN)

    9|8|14   |   4:05   |   (0) comments


    A look at the various demos Cisco showed at Light Reading's Big Telecom Event highlighting Cisco's EPN innovation and how SDN and NFV technologies are enabling a variety of new services.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    The Future of Ultra-Broadband, With Kevin Kelly (UBBF2014)

    9|5|14   |   1:13   |   (0) comments


    If you think the technological changes we've seen up to now are astounding, just wait until you see what the future has in store. Discuss upcoming breakthroughs with Kevin Kelly, Founding Executive Editor of Wired Magazine, at the Huawei Ultra-Broadband Forum on September 24.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    The Inaugural Optical Innovation Forum in Nice

    9|2|14   |     |   (0) comments


    More than 170 attendees from network operators, service providers, analyst firms, and component companies from around the world convened in Nice in June for the inaugural Optical Innovation Forum, co-produced by Huawei and Light Reading.
    Wagner’s Ring
    Data Centers Drive Telcos Into the Future

    8|28|14   |   2:20   |   (2) comments


    Data centers are at the heart of key trends driving telecom -- network virtualization, the drive for increased agility, and the need to compete with OTT providers.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Why SPs Should Consider Cisco's EPN

    8|27|14   |   5:40   |   (0) comments


    Sultan Dawood from Cisco discusses Cisco's EPN, which enables SPs to build agile and programmable networks delivering new network virtualized services using Cisco's Evolved Services Platform (ESP).
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei’s Showcase @ Big Telecom Event 2014

    8|26|14   |   2.56   |   (0) comments


    SoftCOM is Huawei's framework for telecom business and network transformation. Haofei Liu, Solution Marketing Manager, Carrier Business Group, Huawei, showcases Huawei's SoftCOM architecture in this video.
    Upcoming Live Events!!
    September 23, 2014, Denver, CO
    October 29, 2014, New York City
    November 6, 2014, Santa Clara
    November 11, 2014, Atlanta, GA
    December 2, 2014, New York City
    December 3, 2014, New York City
    December 9-10, 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland
    June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
    Infographics
    A survey conducted by Vasona Networks suggests that 72% of mobile users expect good performance all the time, and they'll blame the network operator when it's not up to par.
    Today's Cartoon
    Vacation Special Caption Competition Click Here
    Latest Comment
    Hot Topics
    Glimpsing the Self-Driving Car
    Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 9/12/2014
    AT&T to Launch WiFi Calling in 2015
    Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 9/12/2014
    AT&T: We'll Bundle Fixed Wireless & DirecTV
    Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 9/15/2014
    New NFV Forum Focused on Interoperability
    Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 9/16/2014
    Connecticut Cities Crowdsource Gigabit Nets
    Jason Meyers, Senior Editor, Utility Communications/IoT, 9/15/2014
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed