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Cox May Tear Down Wireless Network

Here's today's cable news snapshot. For more news and videos from The Cable Show in Chicago, check our show micro-site.

  • If Cox Communications Inc. doesn't sell its wireless network to a provider such as AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) or Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S), it'll tear it down. (See Speculating About Cox's Spectrum.)

  • Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is testing Docsis 3.0 upstream channel bonding. It could help Comcast boost upstream bursts, but early users are reporting more consistent speeds of their existing upstream speed tiers. (See Comcast Preps a Docsis 3.0 Boost.)

  • Mediacom Communications Corp. picked Synacor Inc. to power its TV Everywhere launch later this year. (See TV Everywhere Starts Getting Somewhere .)

  • The average American watches 158 hours of TV and 4.5 hours of Web video monthly, The Nielsen Co. says. But TV viewing rose just 0.2 percent in the last year, compared to a 34.5 percent jump in Web video viewing and a 20 percent increase in mobile video viewing. (See Nielsen to Fix iPad Blind Spot.)

  • Rovio Mobile Ltd. 's Angry Birds is downloaded more than 1 million times a day. (See Angry Birds Ruffle Signaling Feathers .)

  • Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) and Red Bee Media will challenge Brightcove Inc. and other online video distributors by launching a video player service that taps Cisco's Videoscape platform.

  • iCueTV Inc. says several major MSOs will deploy its TV-based commerce system during the fourth quarter. (See Cable Clicking With Remote Shopping Apps.)

  • DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV) subscribers that stare at video of a Whopper on channel 111 for five minutes can earn a free burger. It's a unique interactive ad campaign from Burger King. See the video below.



    — Steve Donohue, Special to Light Reading Cable, and Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

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