Egypt Protests Throttle Up Web Video Traffic
Happy Friday, cable gang. Today's roundup goes abroad, from a look at the online video traffic spurred by unrest in Egypt to China's version of YouTube Inc. raising boatloads of cash.
The protests in Egypt are driving big traffic increases at online video sites and spurring downloads of mobile video apps. (See Roku Launches Al Jazeera .)
We wonder how many DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV) and Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH) subs looking for news from Egypt are choosing to watch Link TV's distribution of Al Jazeera English versus reports from CNN, Fox News and MSNBC.
Offering a target for broadband ISPs looking to grow subscribers, 32 percent of U.S. Web surfers say they mooch Wi-Fi connections from their neighbors. (See Comcast Whips Up More WiFi .)
TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO)'s new site that lets marketers measure how many viewers watch commercials from competing brands is worth checking out. (See TiVo to Measure OTT Video .)
Look for Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), DirecTV, Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) and other pay-TV providers wooing iPad owners to build apps for Google's new operating system for Android tablets. (See Everyone's Mad About the iPad .)
PPLive, China's version of YouTube, raised a whopping $250 million.
On March 4, Mediacom Communications Corp. investors will get to vote on CEO Rocco Commisso's bid to take the MSO private. (See CEO Offers $600M for Mediacom.)
Following Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX)'s and Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ)'s big cloud-computing buys, who's next to follow this M&A trend and shore up their business service capabilities? THINKstrategies Managing Director Jeffrey Kaplan considers Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) to be a likely candidate, so long as its NBCUniversal LLC deal doesn't prove "to be too much of a distraction." (See TW Cable Buys Into the Cloud, Verizon Taps Terremark for $1.4B and Will Verizon Kick Off a Cloud Feeding Frenzy?)
Dish Network cut a carriage deal with Comcast SportsNet California, terminating an arbitration proceeding at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) .
— Steve Donohue, Special to Light Reading Cable