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Intel's TV Disconnect

Welcome to the cable news roundup, Hump-Day edition.

  • Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) is abandoning plans to get its line of Atom processors built into Internet-connected TVs after failing to grab a sizable market foothold, reports Business Week. Its Digital Home Group will instead start to direct some of those resources toward the tablet market and continue to develop silicon for next-gen set-tops and video gateways. Among recent wins, Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is using Intel inside its initial QAM/IP Xfinity TV gateway, though Broadcom Corp. (Nasdaq: BRCM) is also expected to get a piece of that business as well. (See Comcast Confirms Xcalibur Partners and Comcast to Swing Xcalibur Wide in 2012.)

  • Roku Inc. will integrate HBO Go, a service that currently offers more than 1,400 titles to authenticated TV subs via broadband. Roku has a similar arrangement with EPIX. Roku also added a low-end, US$49.99 streaming player to its lineup. The Roku LT, due out in November, can stream 720p HD video, but does not support the motion-sensing remote control and casual games that come with recently launched Roku 2 models. (See Angry Birds Flocks to the Roku 2 .)

  • The imminent departure of Charter Communications Inc. President and CEO Michael Lovett will fan speculation about whether the MSO might seek a sale down the road, but there's already some rumors brewing about who might succeed him. Analysts tell Multichannel News that possible candidates include former Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) COO Landel Hobbs, Insight Communications Co. Inc. COO Dinni Jain (TWC is buying Insight), and current Charter EVP of Technology and President of Commercial Services Don Detampel. (See Charter CEO to Step Down .)

  • Regal Theaters has joined Cinemark in its threat to boycott Tower Heist, a Universal Pictures flick that Comcast will sell for $59.99 in Portland, Ore., and in Atlanta via VoD just three weeks after its debut in theaters. The studio may withdraw the test amid the backlash, writes Arlen Communications LLC President Gary Arlen. (See Comcast, Universal to Test $60 VoD Flick.)

  • On Demand Group (Nasdaq: SEAC), SeaChange International Inc. (Nasdaq: SEAC)'s London-based video-on-demand (VoD) content aggregation arm, has struck a deal to manage Cablevisión 's VoD services. The agreement with Mexico's largest cable MSO represents On Demand Group's initial operational move into Latin America.

  • Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) says a record 16 exhibitors have signed up for the Green Pavilion at the 2011 Cable-Tec Expo, set for Nov. 15-17 in Atlanta. This year's green component will expand to include areas such as power availability.

    — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

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