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Sony Seeks Slice of Pay-TV Market

Sony Corp. (NYSE: SNE)'s plan to turn the Playstation 3 into a video streaming machine leads off today's look around the cable world.

  • Sony has joined the legion of consumer electronics companies that want to grab a piece of the pay-TV market by going over-the-top. The Wall Street Journal says the company is in talks to pipe subscription video services, including tiers of live TV feeds, to PlayStation 3 game consoles and other IP-connected devices.

  • AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T)'s U-verse expansion in San Francisco, where Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is the incumbent cable operator, has hit another snag after a judge blocked the telco's plan to install 726 network appliances amid concerns about their effect on the environment. The judge said there's a "fair argument" that the boxes may not adhere to the California Environmental Quality Act and has ordered a stay on the city's approval of the telco's plan pending the outcome of an environmental study pushed for by citizens' groups.

  • Jesper Anderson has taken the helm of Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO)'s cable group under the title of SVP and GM of its Service Provider Technology Group, reports Multichannel News. Anderson succeeds Enrique Rodriguez, who left Cisco earlier this year. (See Cisco's Videoscape Leader Resigns.)

  • Arris Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ARRS) will soon provide a software development kit (SDK) so its MSO partners can develop apps for its line of Moxi video gateways, notes the ZatzNotFunny blog. Multichannel News adds that the vendor also expects to include a transcoding feature on a new model due out in mid-2012 that turns incoming MPEG-2 QAM streams into IP streams that can be viewed by tablets and other connected devices in the home, confirming a feature Arris was originally considering in 2009. (See Arris Crafting Its Own Video Sling.)

  • Charter Communications Inc. VP of Field Operations Tom Gorman was named the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) 's Member of the Year. It also welcomed Harold Null Sr., an early proponent of fiber optics and retired Storer Cable engineer, and Suddenlink Communications SVP and CTO Terry Cordova to the Society's Hall of Fame.

  • Comcast Ventures led a US$6.1 million A round in Padopolis, the Silicon Valley startup that developed the Catalog Spree iPad app.

    — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

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