Welcome to the cable news roundup, Hump Day edition.
In a case of strange bedfellows, Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK)-owned media publishing firm thePlatform Inc. and TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO) have struck a deal to develop RCN Telecom Services LLC 's TV Everywhere portal. The collaboration may raise some eyebrows as RCN competes with Comcast in markets such as Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia. The portal, expected to debut later this year, will tie together RCN's linear and on-demand video content with the coming TV Everywhere library, and be capable of running on a range of IP-connected devices, including tablets, smartphones and TiVo DVRs. thePlatform's cloud-based video publishing system will manage and centralize the TV Everywhere backend and feed data and content to the TiVo-based user interface. (See RCN to Expand TiVo 'Premiere' Rollout.)
BendBroadband has completed its Long Term Evolution (LTE) upgrade in central Oregon (here's the coverage map), promising mobile broadband speeds of up to 12Mbit/s. In tandem, BendBroadband plans to shut down its original HSPA+ network at the end of June as it shifts into LTE-only mode. Among the operator's mobile broadband service packages, its top-end tier sells for $44.99 per month when bundled with the operator's cable modem service, and limits consumption to 50 gigabytes. The USB-connected LTE router costs $99.99 with a 12-month contract, or can be rented for $6.99 per month. However, BendBoadband is giving the equipment away for free to customers who renew 12-month contracts by May 31.
Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) has launched an Instant Video streaming app for the Xbox 360, offering access to more than 17,000 movies and TV shows via the game console. Amazon's Prime Instant Video, which comes with the company's $79-per-year Prime shipping service, debuted on the PlayStation 3 in April.