Verizon said the two-week union strike on the East Coast resulted in a backlog of more than 100,000 FiOS orders by the time about 45,000 striking workers returned to work. The telco also noted that Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee caused trouble reports to spike three times the normal level in areas affected by the storms, but expects them to return to normal levels in about two weeks. (See Verizon Workers Return Without Contract and Verizon Strike Gets Uglier.)
The opening Sunday for the streaming version of DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV)'s pricey NFL Sunday Ticket package bombed in the early going, with users reporting that their video was stuttering or freezing up. Some consumers are paying a tidy $340 for the broadband-only version offered to those who can't access the DirecTV service (because of line-of-site issues, for example). A DirecTV official told Light Reading Cable that the company is still investigating the cause of the problem "and we're working hard to make sure our customers have a better experience on Sunday." (See PlayStation 3 to Stream NFL Games Over the Top .)
Liberty Global Inc. (Nasdaq: LBTY) has all but given up on trying to acquire Ziggo B.V. and combining it with UPC Nederland, because the Netherlands's largest MSO is intent on moving forward on an IPO, company CEO Mike Fries toldHet Financieele Dagblad.
Germany's largest MSO, Kabel Deutschland GmbH , now markets its 100Mbit/s wideband service to 7.2 million homes (about 82 percent of its service footprint) after extending its Docsis 3.0 platform to another 315,000 in the cities and surrounding areas of Goettingen, Peine and Wolfsburg in the Federal State of Lower-Saxony, as well as Rostock in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.