Netflix Goes Fishing for Cable Deals

Also: Google may unload Moto's STB biz; Cox's new COO; HughesNet eyes faster satellite broadband; ABC Family gets iOS-friendly

Jeff Baumgartner, Senior Editor

March 7, 2012

2 Min Read
Netflix Goes Fishing for Cable Deals

Welcome to the cable news roundup, Hump Day edition.

  • Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) has met with major U.S. cable operators recently about bringing its streaming library to MSO video-on-demand (VoD) platforms and selling access for a premium, Reuters reported. Netflix, which has been styling itself as an HBO competitor, recently lost access to Starz Entertainment LLC programming, which could open the door for app integrations, for example, on MSO-supplied TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO) boxes. RCN Corp. , which leases TiVo boxes, has already told Light Reading Cable that it's interested in reopening its dialogue with Netflix. U.K. MSO Virgin Media Inc. (Nasdaq: VMED) has also expressed interest in offering Netflix content. (See Netflix's Path Into MSOs Becomes Clearer, Virgin Media Wants Netflix Content and Netflix Plays Friendly With Cable.)

  • Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) is looking to sell off Motorola Mobility LLC 's set-top box business before it closes its $12.5 billion acquisition in part because Google won't get a warm welcome by MSOs, The New York Post reports. If so, the U.S. Motorola-Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) set-top box duopoly could be on the way to its final days as software takes over the key set-top functions in IP-connected TVs and tablets. Cisco, sources have confirmed to Light Reading Cable, has been putting feelers out for its set-top box business, with private equity firms among the potential suitors. (See Why Cisco Wants Out of Set-Tops (Or Not) and Google-Moto Deal Fans Cable Fears .)

  • Cox Communications Inc. has promoted Jill Campbell to EVP and COO. Campbell, mostly recently SVP of field operations, succeeds the retiring Leo Brennan, a 28-year Cox vet. Meanwhile, EVP and CFO Mark Bowser will expand oversight to include the company's Cox Business and Cox Media divisions.

  • EchoStar Corp. LLC (Nasdaq: SATS)'s HughesNet satellite broadband division is cooking up a 20Mbit/s (download) service that would outpace ViaSat Inc. (Nasdaq: VSAT)'s 12Mbit/s Exede tier, says DSL Reports. HughesNet's current high-end service maxes out at 2Mbit/s in the downstream. (See ViaSat to Phase Out WildBlue and Will Satellite Get Caught in VZ's LTE Crossfire? )

  • ABC Family is making full episodes of original series, including Switched at Birth, available on iOS devices. In addition to free, ad-supported episodes, ABC Family is also offering some for outright purchase via the iTunes store.

  • Video server and software firm Concurrent Computer Corp. (Nasdaq: CCUR) has tapped Jim Marino as SVP of global sales. He's late of CommScope Inc. and Harmonic Inc. (Nasdaq: HLIT).

    — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

About the Author(s)

Jeff Baumgartner

Senior Editor, Light Reading

Jeff Baumgartner is a Senior Editor for Light Reading and is responsible for the day-to-day news coverage and analysis of the cable and video sectors. Follow him on X and LinkedIn.

Baumgartner also served as Site Editor for Light Reading Cable from 2007-2013. In between his two stints at Light Reading, he led tech coverage for Multichannel News and was a regular contributor to Broadcasting + Cable. Baumgartner was named to the 2018 class of the Cable TV Pioneers.

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