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Verizon Stocks VoD Vaults With 24K Titles

Here's a rundown of what's happenin' in cable country today…

  • Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) says it now offers more than 24,000 video-on-demand (VoD) titles each month, with 15,000 available for free to all FiOS TV subs and 3,800 in hi-def format. The additions put Verizon's VoD service in the same league as Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK)'s, which currently tops out at about 25,000 titles. (See Comcast's 'Project Infinity' Takes Flight .)

  • Cox Communications Inc. has promoted Kelly Williams to VP of wireless product and operations, a move that comes almost two months after Stephen Bye left the company to become VP of technology development at Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S). Williams, late of BellSouth/Cingular/AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), was handling the enterprise project management for Cox Wireless and was running the division's network operations team. (See What's Next for Cox Wireless? and Cox Appoints New VP of Wireless.)

  • With an eye on international expansion, Digitalsmiths Corp. has closed a US$12.5 million Series C round led by Technicolor (Euronext Paris: TCH; NYSE: TCH), extending the amount raised by the video search specialist to more than $30 million. (See Digitalsmiths Raises Bar on Video Search.)

  • Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH) has closed its $320 million deal to acquire the assets of bankrupt video retail chain Blockbuster Inc. (See Dish's Latest Buy Is a Blockbuster and Dish's Baffling Blockbuster.)

  • Suddenlink Communications is adding about 1,800 titles to its TV Everywhere menu following the launch of HBO Go and Max Go.

    — Steve Donohue, Special to Light Reading Cable, and Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

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