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1M Join Netflix Canada Despite Cap Flap

Welcome to the cable news roundup, T.G.I.F. edition.

  • Angst and hand-wringing over Canadian ISP consumption caps and metering policies weren't enough to prevent Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) from racking up its millionth subscriber north of the border just 10 months after launch. On deck for the video streaming specialist: launches in Latin America and the UK. (See Netflix Canada Cuts Video Streaming Quality and O, Canada! Netflix Streaming Gets a Reprieve.)

  • Meh. That seems to sum up the level of interest DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV) truly has in buying Hulu LLC . In yesterday's earnings call, DirecTV CEO Mike White admitted his company is looking at the Web video hub, but says DirecTV probably has the tools and tech it needs to pull off its TV Everywhere strategy without it.

  • Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is trying to sack a DirecTV ad campaign for the satellite TV giant's exclusive NFL Sunday Ticket package, accusing DirecTV of false advertising, unfair competition and consumer fraud. The allegations center on ads claiming that the package is free although subs must agree to a minimum two-year contract and face early cancellation penalties. (See Cable: DirecTV's 'Ticket' to Broadband Content.)

  • Ceton Corp. tweets that CableLabs has certified a new external, USB-connected version of its CableCARD tuner for Windows Media Center PCs. Ceton's Ed Graczyk tells us the device is entering production, with pricing to be revealed "soon." (See Ceton Pitches Cable Set-Top Alternative .)

  • In its first big move since going private in March, Mediacom Communications Corp. announced it will build a US$35 million, 110,000-square foot headquarters facility in Blooming Grove, N.Y. (See Mediacom Goes Private.)

  • Comcast launched dynamic video-on-demand ad insertion in June and already has the capability rolled out to 7.4 million subs, MSO Executive Director of Video Business Operations Caroline Brown points out in this video blog about the project. (See Comcast Signals New Ad Era for VoD.)

    — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

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