The service also includes the ability to select titles based on mood, which opens up speculation that Jinni Media Ltd. is involved. Jinni, by the way, just announced its first service provider deal (with Belgacom SA (Euronext: BELG)), which follows its original agreement to help power the new Google TV platform. (See Belgacom Gets Taste of Jinni.)
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has apparently had just about enough of all this bickering between MSOs and broadcasters over testy retrans negotiations that been resulting in blackouts. The recent high-profile spat between Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) and Fox apparently was the last straw, as the Commission this week said it would propose new rules that would let it step in and referee these disputes before they get out of hand, and reduce the number of "failed deals and dropped signals." (See Cablevision to Pay for World Series Streams.)
Following a test in Charlotte, N.C., during the third quarter, Time Warner Cable has gone national with SignatureHome, a premium triple-play residential offering that sells for $199.99 in its New York City market. Among the features are a whole-home DVR, remote DVR management, wireless home networking, and speedy customer service response. (See TWC Takes 'SignatureHome' Service Nationwide.)
The new high-end tier follows TWC's ongoing tests of a no-frills video tier called "TV Essentials." (See No-Frills Cable TV .)
A company called Snapstick is the latest to try to bring Web video to big screen TVs in what vendors like to call a "seamless" fashion. In this instance, users with a Snapsick-enabled devices such as an iPhone can call up a video there and sort of toss it to the TV with a flip of the wrist. And it claims the method avoids blocking from sources such as Hulu LLC . Well, here's a video example of how that happens.
Snapstick launched a private beta on Thursday. The intention is to see Snapstick's software ported to TVs with Internet connections. A spokesman says the company is in licensing discussions with makers of cable boxes, TVs, and gaming devices. The hope is to have Snapstick-powered devices out by the second quarter of 2011. Snapstick will be showing off at the Consumer Electronics Show next month, so we'll be popping by to learn more.