Europe's cable operators have the specifications and the will to enable Wi-Fi roaming, says Cable Europe Labs chief Peter Percosan.
Getcha popcorn ready! Comcast's "Watchathon Week" gives video customers access to the full VoD libraries of HBO, Showtime, Starz and Cinemax from March 25-31.
The American Cable Association (ACA) held its annual summit in Washington D.C. Wednesday, and rising programming costs were at the top of the agenda. The CEO of WideOpenWest Holdings LLC (WOW) Colleen Abdoulah stated that as much as 70 percent of her customers don't watch football, yet all subscribers have to subsidize the cost of National Football League coverage. Also, according to Abdoulah, broadcasters are colluding on licensing fees in 20 percent of TV markets, and that's driving up retransmission costs by at least 22 percent.
Meanwhile other topics of discussion at the event included: how to support cable's transition to IP -- Senator Dean Heller of Nevada wants to promote private investment in better infrastructure; whether to move toward usage-based broadband billing -- Commissioner Ajit Pai from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has nothing against it; and whether over-the-top video should be regulated like traditional TV -- everyone at the ACA would prefer fewer regulations for cable instead.
Netflix Inc. has decided to get social. The video rental company announced yesterday that subscribers in the U.S. will soon be able to connect with friends through Facebook to share favorite Netflix shows. Once connected, users will see a "Watched by Your Friends" row of titles on the Netflix menu, and will be able to track what programs are rated highly. The company emphasizes, however, that users can still hide any embarrassing viewing habits by clicking on a "Don't Share This" button. The new feature will roll out to all U.S. subscribers by the end of this week.
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