Good morning, cable gang. Today's industry roundup leads with a look at the buzz being generated by cloud-based video startup Bamboom.
Navic Networks founder Chet Kanojia is turning heads with Bamboom, a startup that's looking to woo cable cord-cutters with a cloud-based video service that rents subscribers access to local broadcast programming delivered from server farms equipped with mini HD antennas and DVRs. While Bamboom must overcome legal and technical hurdles, Kanojia -- who sold targeted advertising firm Navic to Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) in 2008 -- is worth keeping an eye on. (See Microsoft Nabs Navic .)
Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is taking some heat for capping its "Extreme 105" 105Mbit/s wideband service at 250GB per month, with some observers noting that customers could hit the bandwidth ceiling if they downloaded video for about five hours at the maximum allowed bit rate. (See Comcast Pushes 105-Meg to 40M Homes .)
Because the reshuffling of TW Cable's channel lineup in Kansas City will result in channels from Liberty Media Corp. (NYSE: LMC)'s Encore being kicked into a US$5 monthly "Movie Pass" package, some locals are calling the move a "backdoor rate hike."
DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV) mistakenly told subscribers that they'd be able to watch Russell Brand's Arthur on VoD starting May 1, just 23 days after the movie hits theaters. The DBS company said it's actually distributing the original 1981 movie starring Dudley Moore.