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Cable Tops Netflix ISP Rankings

Internet video buzz dominates today's cable news roundup.

  • Charter Communications Inc. 's broadband network leads Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX)'s latest rankings of the top-performing broadband ISPs, followed by Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), CableOne , Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC), Cox Communications Inc. , Suddenlink Communications , and Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC). AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) trail the major MSOs because Netflix combines their fiber and DSL services, but the over-the-top video firm intends to break those out in future reports. (See Netflix Shames ISPs.)

  • Time Warner Cable is starting to target broadband-only subscribers, and expects consumption-based billing will become the norm, CEO Glenn Britt told a Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Inc. conference. (See Comcast Says No to Usage-Based Billing and TWC Mothballs New Metering Trials .)

  • Netflix CEO Reed Hastings says he wouldn't be shocked if the company has to pay as much as $300 million to renew its licensing deal with Starz Entertainment LLC . (See Netflix Could Pay Big for Starz Renewal .)

  • About 10 percent of pay-TV subs surveyed by Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) say they're likely or very likely to cut the cord in the next year. (See MSOs Risk Losing 'Gen Y' to Cord-Cutting.)

  • EchoStar Corp. LLC (Nasdaq: SATS)'s Sling Media Inc. unit is beginning to test a Flash-based Website that can deliver video to Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) TV boxes and other connected devices.

  • Clearleap and tech partner itaas Inc. are pitching a Stream On Demand product to pay-TV providers that can deliver IP video to tablets, set-tops and other connected devices. (See Clearleap Reels In a Big Fish .)

  • Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) has teamed with Intersections Inc. to offer a base-level ID theft protection service to its cable modem subs for no additional fee as part of the MSO's broader Constant Guard Security Suite. Subs can also subscribe to premium-level tiers of the Identity Guard service at a discounted rate.

  • Vince McMahon recruited former Cablevision marketer Patricia Gottesman for a spot on World Wrestling Entertainment's board of directors. It's a been a busy spring for Gottesman, who recently secured a $5 million investment from Cablevision founder Chuck Dolan for her new Crimson Hexagon social media analysis company.

  • Dutch cable operator Ziggo B.V. wants to raise €1.5 billion to launch an LTE-based mobile phone service through a joint venture with Liberty Global Inc. (Nasdaq: LBTY)'s UPC Broadband unit.

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

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