Here's a look at what's making cable waves as the week gets underway.
Satellite broadband service provider WildBlue Communications has introduced a 12Mbit/s (downstream) tier for US$50 a month in Colorado, with national availability slated for Feb. 2012, reports The Denver Post. The new tier, fed by its recently launched ViaSat-1 high-capacity satellite, trumps WildBlue's more limited 1.5Mbit/s that is currently serving about 400,000 subs for a hefty $80 per month. WildBlue is targeting rural markets that are unserved and underserved by wired broadband service and is reportedly talking turkey with Continental Airlines. (See ViaSat Acquires WildBlue and WildBlue Makes Stimulus Pitch .)
U.S. consumers watch about 21 hours of TV per week, two hours more than in 2010, Motorola Mobility LLC found in its latest Media Engagement Barometer, which studied the global video consumption habits of 9,000 consumers in 16 markets. Among other findings, 23 percent of U.S. respondents now watch TV on their smartphones, a five-fold increase from 2010.