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No Cash Swap in Microsoft-TiVo Settlement

News that cooler heads have prevailed in the patent spat between Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) and TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO) kicks off Thursday's cable news roundup.



  • Microsoft has agreed to drop all its pending litigation against TiVo, and the DVR pioneer has agreed to dismiss its counterclaims against Microsoft, according to this 8-K filing. The settlement is on the heels of a separate settlement in January between TiVo and AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), which is one of Microsoft's big Mediaroom customers. Terms of the latest settlement were not disclosed, but a TiVo spokesperson tells Light Reading Cable that the arrangement with Microsoft "does not include any money changing hands or TiVo granting any patent rights to Microsoft." (See AT&T to Pay TiVo $215M-Plus to Settle DVR Fight, Microsoft Sues TiVo Again, Microsoft Takes On TiVo and TiVo Suit Targets AT&T & Verizon.)

  • Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) has HD video on its app roadmap to take advantage of the new iPad's eye-popping Retina display, but isn't saying when it might become available. Netflix is already streaming some content in 1080p format to the latest Apple TV device. (See New Apple TV Induces Zs.)

  • Elsewhere in Netflix-land, 10 percent of Canadians now use the video streaming service, finds a new survey from the Media Technology Monitor, noting that the average user streams 5.6 hours of Netflix fare per week. Netlfix launched a streaming-only service in Canada in the fall of 2010 for C$7.99 per month. (See Netflix Canada Cuts Video Streaming Quality.)

  • Shares in Dutch MSO Ziggo B.V. jumped 15 percent in their first day of trading on the Amsterdam Euronext exchange. The operator raised €804 million (US$1.1 billion) via its IPO, reports the Financial Times.

  • Michael Bishara has joined Synacor Inc. as VP and GM of TV Everywhere. Bishara most recently was SVP of HBO Broadband/Digital group, where he oversaw strategy of the premium programmer's broadband products, including HBO GO.

  • Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) has promoted three women to SVP posts: Tracy Pitcher to SVP of small- and mid-sized business operations for Comcast Business; Rebecca Scilingo to SVP of the Enterprise Project Management Office for Comcast Cable; and Amy Stipandic to SVP of strategic process, design and delivery for Comcast Cable.

  • Comcast Ventures and Liberty Global Inc. (Nasdaq: LBTY) led a $11 million B-round investment in Integrate, a startup that's developed an advanced ad platform to reach consumers via online and offline (telemarketing, billboards print, etc.) media.

    — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

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