Welcome to the cable news roundup, T.G.I.F. edition.
Its deal with Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) set to expire in March 2012, Starz Entertainment LLC is preparing to launch an authenticated TV Everywhere service in the vein of HBO Go, Starz President Chris Albrecht told investors Thursday. Starz balked at a US$300 million renewal with Netflix when the streaming specialist would not go for a more expensive tier that included the premium programmer's content. "We would have eroded … our core business" without that provision, Albrecht said, noting that the company is considering the idea of offering its service as an add-on to broadband users that don't subscribe to a traditional pay-TV service. (See Netflix, Starz on the Outs .)
U.S. cable MSOs dominated broadband in the third quarter, representing 83 percent of the 635,000 net broadband subscribers added in the period, according to Leichtman Research Group Inc. (LRG) 's analysis of the top 18 cable operators and telcos. Cable's year-on-year additions were flat (98 percent), while the telcos added just 38 percent of the total from the third quarter of 2010. Overall, top MSOs ended the period with 43.6 million broadband subs, while the telcos had 34.2 million.
Roku Inc. will take its act to the international stage in early 2012 when it starts selling its streaming video devices in the U.K. and Canada. Roku, which recently added HBO Go to its menu, said it is expanding its platform to support region-specific channels. Its U.S. lineup has more than 350 channels of content.