Angry Birds Flocks to the Roku 2

Here's a quick look at what's making cable waves today.

  • Angry Birds and other casual games have migrated to the Roku 2, the new over-the-top video set-top that Roku Inc. unveiled today. It will also soon add channels from Facebook , AOL Inc. (NYSE: AOL) and Fox News. (See Roku: Why Cable Should Go Over the Top and Boxee, Roku Predict Pay TV's Transformation.)

  • Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) is among the first video service providers to offer a self-install option for CableCARDs, allowing FiOS TV subs to order the security modules online for $3.99 per month, the ZatzNotFunny blog reports. The move comes amid Federal Communications Commission (FCC) tweaks to the old CableCARD rules that, in part, require MSOs to provide a self-install option. (See The New CableCARD Rules .)

  • Verizon has added a Pandora Media Inc. streaming music app to FiOS TV in California, Texas, and Virginia. Verizon expects to offer it in other FiOS markets later this year.

  • AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) CEO Randall Stephenson got everyone into a lather yesterday after calling DSL an "obsolete" technology at a National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners meeting in Los Angeles, noting that the company built DSL to chase cable modem competition. It's a strange statement, for sure, considering AT&T powers most of its wireline high-speed data and IPTV services using some flavor of DSL. We've asked AT&T if they care to clarify Stephenson's statement, which made the rounds soon after Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK)'s Sena Fitzmaurice tweeted about it.

  • AT&T expanded its U-verse Mobile app to Android devices. It lets subscribers schedule remote DVR recordings and watch TV shows.

  • It's been 10 years since @Home Corp. folded and filed for bankruptcy protection, but the former high-speed Internet joint venture of Cox Communications Inc. , Comcast and Tele-Communications Inc. (now part of Comcast) is still going after telcos. An @Home trustee sued Verizon Tuesday for allegedly infringing on a patent related to video delivery.

  • Yahoo Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) may be willing to pay $2 billion to buy Hulu LLC . Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) has apparently dropped out of the bidding.

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

  • Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 4:58:33 PM
    re: Angry Birds Flocks to the Roku 2

    Roku is starting to make me want a Roku box more and more, but here's an interesting "gotcha" Dave Zatz discovered -- the new box can only store up to four games. But you can expand that if you use an MicroSD card.  Reminds me a bit of the approach ADB is taking with its new tru2way set-back box that comes with a "DVR-lite" capability. Workable, though a bit clunky.  JB

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