Happy Friday, cable gang. We end the week with the latest chapter in the Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) iPad app saga and the reaction of movie theater owners as Hollywood studios look to cut deals with Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) and DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV) that will tighten video-on-demand release windows.
It’s not clear how many viewers will be willing to pay $30 to watch VoD movies two months after they hit the big screen, but theater owners are ticked that four Hollywood studios didn't talk to them about the deals they cut with Comcast, DirecTV and VUDU Inc. (See The Prescience of John Sie .)
The exodus of top execs at Charter Communications Inc. continued Friday with word that EVP of Programming and Legal Affairs Gregory Doody has resigned, and is rejoining his advisory practice, Dumaine Advisors LLC, "to return to the restructuring arena." Among other recent high-level moves at the MSO, which emerged from bankruptcy in November 2009, CTO Marwan Fawaz left last month. (See Charter's CTO Resigns.)
Viewing of video on mobile phones jumped 40 percent in 2010, with 25 million U.S. mobile phone subscribers watching an average 20 minutes of mobile video monthly during the fourth quarter, according to The Nielsen Co.
No shortage of April Fools jokes on the technology blogs today, including Will Richmond's take on Netflix's acquisition of HBO, and YouTube traveling in time to look at the "top five viral pictures of 1911." Check out the latter below:
— Steve Donohue, Special to Light Reading Cable, and Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable