Such pre-integration is becoming necessary as workflows grow increasingly complex, with some partners requiring 20 to 35 different versions of one video title so they can reach a desired set of tablets, gaming consoles, smart TVs and smartphones, says Marty Roberts, thePlatform's senior VP of sales and marketing. He says thePlatform will develop similar plug-ins for video processing systems from other vendors, including Digital Rapids Corp., Telestream Inc., Envivio Inc. and RGB Networks Inc., in the first quarter of 2013.
Hulu LLC has more than 3 million subscribers for its $7.99 per month Hulu Plus service, more than doubling what it had a year ago, company CEO Jason Kilar wrote in a blog post updating the company's financial picture. Kilar said the Web TV hub is poised to end 2012 with $695 million in revenues, a 65 percent increase from 2011. Hulu, which didn't disclose anything about profitability, also spent more than $500 million in content this year. Hulu is now accessible on more than 320 million Internet connected devices (not counting laptops and PCs), and touts a library with more than 60,000 TV episodes.
Zoom Telephonics says TW Cable has certified two of its Docsis 3.0 cable modems -- the 5350 and 5341J -- for all five of the MSO's speed tiers. Zoom's angle: buying the modems at retail will let customers sidestep TW Cable's new, controversial modem leasing fees. The 5341J is a stand-alone modem that sells for $89, while the 5350 includes an 802.11n router and sells for $129 at outlets such as Best Buy, Office Depot and Staples. (See TW Cable Could Reap $300M From Modem Fee.)
TW Cable has promoted company vet Kevin Leddy to executive VP, corporate strategy, reporting to Chief Strategy, People and Corporate Development Officer Peter Stern. Leddy, mostly recently the executive VP of technology policy and product strategy, will retain his previous duties and tack on responsibility for the company's "enterprise-wide business strategy." Leddy joined the company in 1980, when it was known as Warner Amex Cable.
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