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Cable Catchup

1:45 PM -- It's once again time to pass along other news that's afoot in the cable realm…

  • Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) apparently didn't lose a ton of subs from its retrans spat with Fox, but ivi Inc. , which distributes broadcast TV over-the-top via broadband, says it came out smelling like a rose, claiming a campaign that ran pre-blackout to post-blackout resulted in a 323 percent increase in new subscribers to its over-the-top video service. (See A Drop in the Bucket? , ivi TV: We Gained From Cablevision-Fox Spat, and Q&A: ivi Inc. Founder & CEO Todd Weaver.)

  • Following earlier, aggressive moves by Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), Cox Communications Inc. is also getting its IPv6 on. The MSO announced Tuesday that it's conducting IPv6 trials with Cox Business customers, and plans to extend the test to residential customers later on. (See Cox Tees Up IPv6.)

    Cox, which serves about 250,000 biz customers, said it's deploying it in a dual-stack stack scenario so it can preserve IPv4 capabilities as it adds in IPv6.

  • Docsis 3.0 keeps rolling in Germany, with news that Kabel Deutschland GmbH has expanded its 100Mbit/s (downstream) wideband service to 570,000 homes in Breman, Kieol, and Magdeburg. KDG reportedly will deploy D3 across its footprint before the summer of 2012.

  • Lawyers at Rovi Corp. dropped the hammer on Toshiba Corp. (Tokyo: 6502) in the form of a complaint that the company unlawfully imported 19 TVs and five DVR models that infringe on three Rovi patents tied to interactive program guides and parental controls technologies.

    Among the patents in question, No. 6,020,929 describes a system and method for displaying IPG guide data, including a transparency component that lets viewers partially see TV programming through the IPG graphics.

  • The broadband-fed ESPN3 service has reached the Xbox 360, but with the caveat that the user's ISP must have a TV carriage deal with the sports net.

  • Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) opted not to change its name after peeling off from the Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX) mother ship, but it did change its logo, brandishing a new one created by The Brand Union. The MSO kept its "iconic eye and ear graphic" but gave the word "cable" the same weight as the words "Time Warner."

    Out with the old:

    In with the (sorta) new:

    A TWC spokesman said the new logo came into play in early October, but was starting to get out there in MSO presentations, business cards, and other materials during the recent Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM) Summit in New Orleans.

    — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

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