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Netflix Streaming Plans May Go Family-Friendly

A family-friendly move by Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) to let subscribers with streaming-only accounts watch video on more than one device leads today's cable news roundup.

  • Netflix may allow subscribers to pipe videos to multiple devices simultaneously. (See Netflix Debuts Streaming-Only Option .)

  • Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH) plans to shutter 1,000 Blockbuster Inc. stores. (See Dish's Latest Buy Is a Blockbuster .)

  • Does anyone find it odd that Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) and DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV) subscribers have HBO Go, but customers of the premium programmer's former corporate sibling, Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC), can't access HBO's TV Everywhere site? (See HBO to Premiere New Series on Web.)

  • NBCUniversal LLC will pay the NHL more than US$200 million per year to renew its TV rights deal for Versus.

  • Royal Philips Electronics N.V. (NYSE: PHG; Amsterdam: PHI) is exiting the TV manufacturing business.

  • ESPN dropped all poker advertising and programs, after the feds indicted the owners of PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker.

  • Cable's tru2way platform showed some retail legs at the CableLabs home networking interop. (See Tru2way Shows Its Premium TV Colors.)

  • LOVEFiLM International Ltd. is the first online movie rental service to strike a deal with Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) to rent movies to subscribers in the UK and Ireland.

  • BP squeaked by Bank of America to win The Consumerist's 2011 Worst Company in the World tourney, after beating last year's champ, Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), in the final four.

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

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