Hulu Nears 1M Paid Subs

Streaming video results lead today's cable news roundup.

  • Hulu LLC says it's on the verge of cracking 1 million subs for its $7.99-per-month Plus service, which is available on connected devices such as Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT)'s Xbox 360, Android phones, TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO)'s Premiere DVR and Samsung Corp. Blu-ray players. (The results come amid word that Hulu's owners are committed to selling the Web video hub.

  • Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK)'s switch to the Xfinity brand and new interactive program guide is confusing some subscribers in Southwest Florida who also miss features such as local weather radar maps and its picture-in-picture function. (See Comcast's 'Xfinity' Brand to Take Over the House .)

  • Charter Communications Inc. is among the first MSOs to sign a licensing deal for TotalGuide, Rovi Corp. 's new navigation system for set-top boxes that can also be extended to smartphones, tablets and PCs. Charter initially will use it in STBs, and will complement the separate advanced box/guide work the MSO already has underway with TiVo. (See 'TotalGuide' Takes Run at Cable and Ericsson, Arris to Aid Charter-TiVo Hook-Up.)

  • Comcast is hiking rates for subscribers in York, Pa., by 3.3 percent on Aug. 1.

  • A drug smuggler in Texas attempted to use a fake DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV) van to transport 2,300 pounds of marijuana, but an "imperfect logo" caught the eye of a Border Patrol agent. The smuggler remains on the loose, after ditching his truck during a chase.

  • New Blockbuster Inc. owner Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH) launched several summer discounts, including a "Lazy Days of Summer" offer of 49-cent movie rentals on Sundays. (See Dish Puts Blockbuster to Work.)

  • Virgin Media Inc. (Nasdaq: VMED) is putting some weight behind a Fujitsu Ltd. (Tokyo: 6702; London: FUJ; OTC: FJTSY) proposal that calls for the extension of fiber to as many as 5 million homes in the U.K. Fujitsu's $3.2 billion proposal includes a caveat that it is granted "fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory access" to BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA)'s infrastructure, with Virgin planning to pitch in using cable's Radio Frequency Over Glass (RFoG) platform, IPTV News reports. (See Fujitsu Unveils UK FTTH Plan.)

  • Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK)'s thePlatform Inc. hired former SeaChange International Inc. (Nasdaq: SEAC) exec Simon McGrath to lead the media publishing firm's push into Europe. (See AlcaLu, thePlatform Take On Cisco's Videoscape .)

  • Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) says more than 15 billion apps have been downloaded from its App Store by more than 200 million iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users in the last three years.

  • iStreamTV will begin marketing an IPTV video service over ADSL lines and 3G networks in Australia next week.

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

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