Amazon May Stream Free Movies on New Tablet

Here's our news snapshot as The Cable Show kicks off in Chicago. Be sure to check our show micro-site for a steady stream of news, blogs and videos from the big event.

  • Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) may distribute free movies to consumers who buy one of the Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) Android tablets it is reportedly building.

  • Groupon is teaming up with television-commerce vendor iCueTV Inc. in a way that will let cable subs sign up for daily deals with a click of a remote. They're running a demo at The Cable Show. (See Cable Clicking With Remote Shopping Apps.)

  • Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) is running interactive ads that let customers press a button on their remotes to receive emails with more information on offers from Royal Caribbean, Lincoln, Benjamin Moore and other advertisers. (See Cablevision's Interactive Ads Click With Subs.)

  • Suddenlink Communications has rung up Genband Inc. 's app servers and session border controllers to help the MSO extend commercial and residential SIP-based voice services in systems Suddenlink recently acquired from NPG Cable. Metaswitch Networks was NPG's legacy VoIP vendor.

  • TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO) is using Entropic Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: ENTR) Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) chips to help power its new multi-room DVR system for MSOs. (See TiVo Tunes Up Multi-Room DVRs for Cable .)

  • EchoStar Corp. LLC (Nasdaq: SATS) shored up its "Aria" video platform for mid-sized and independent cable ops with a set-top box lineup that includes the SlingLoaded HC-620DRS, HC-410D (single-tuner HD device that can be converted to a DVR), and HX-410 ("thin-client" IPTV box for multi-room DVR setups). (See EchoStar's Cable Target: 1 Million Subs .)

  • BigBand Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: BBND) and Clearleap are targeting MSOs with an IP video delivery system that integrates BigBand's vIP PASS and Clearleap's Stream On Demand platforms. The aim is to help MSOs deliver linear and on-demand video to consumer devices, including gaming consoles, tablets, Blu-ray players and PCs, by bypassing the cable modem termination system and piping video directly through edge QAMs. (See BigBand Lays Cable IPTV Groundwork.)

  • Cable vet Richard Fickle has been named CEO of the National Cable Television Cooperative Inc. (NCTC) , replacing Jeff Abbas, who resigned in March, Multichannel News reports. Fickle, most recently with Ascent Media Group LLC , is late of AT&T Broadband (now part of Comcast) and ran its Headend In The Sky (HITS) service. (See Ascent Media Finds Its Cable VoD Niche .)

  • Speakers hitting the stage at The Cable Show today include Discovery Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) CEO David Zaslav, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX) CEO Jeff Bewkes, Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA) CEO Phillipe Dauman, News Corp. CEO Chase Carey, Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) CEO Glenn Britt, Cox Communications Inc. President Patrick Esser, and Comcast Cable President Neil Smit. (See Previewing the Cable Show.)

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

  • DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 5:01:58 PM
    re: Amazon May Stream Free Movies on New Tablet

    Let's read this item carefully: "Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) may distribute free movies to consumers who buy one of theGoogle (Nasdaq: GOOG) Android tablets it is reportedly building."

    Is Amazon building an Android tablet? We don't know. Will Amazon distribute free movies on said tablet (that doesn't exist yet)? We don't know. Or was Google building the tablet (because the wording makes it unclear)?

    I thought the whole idea of wrapping up news headlines was to tell us what was really happening/what is important. If I want someone to just speculate about Web 2.0 nonsense I'll go read GigaOm.

    DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 5:01:57 PM
    re: Amazon May Stream Free Movies on New Tablet

    Rumors are fine. Flagging a rumor about the content that will play on a rumored device as the most important story of the day? Your editor should know better. 

    SteveDonohue 12/5/2012 | 5:01:57 PM
    re: Amazon May Stream Free Movies on New Tablet

    I debated including an item about a rumor. Buzz about an Amazon tablet has been reported on several news sites, including PC World. Our readers are interested in streaming video, so I included it. But I agree, it is good to point out that we don't know whether Amazon really is developing a tablet. 

    DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 5:01:54 PM
    re: Amazon May Stream Free Movies on New Tablet

    I'm allowed to be critical of the information and how it was presented. The LR editors and reporters are talented enough that I can keep my expectations abnormally high.  

    cmrudy 12/5/2012 | 5:01:54 PM
    re: Amazon May Stream Free Movies on New Tablet

    that seemed very rude

    paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 5:01:52 PM
    re: Amazon May Stream Free Movies on New Tablet


    Yar - ye blimey editers...ye be walkin da plank...YAR!  AVAST!



    <pets Monkey>





    Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 5:01:49 PM
    re: Amazon May Stream Free Movies on New Tablet

    Oof. I felt that. JB

    DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 5:01:48 PM
    re: Amazon May Stream Free Movies on New Tablet


    I don't threaten people with plank walking. The iPhone parody is spot on, though.

    Really could use a femto in this pirate ship. 

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