Welcome to today's broadband and cable news roundup.
A combination of two social TV application startups is not to be, after GetGluecalled off its merger with Viggle Inc.. But no hard feelings, right? "The two companies remain friendly and think highly of each other," GetGlue CEO Alex Iskold said in a blog post Sunday that announced the scrapped deal, which was comprised of $25 million in cash plus 48.3 million shares of stock. The merger agreement announced in November 2012 had included a condition that Viggle raise at least another $60 million in financing, which apparently played a role in the deal's demise. Both companies make second-screen social TV apps and count DirecTV Group Inc. as a partner. Viggle has more than 1.2 million registered users, while GetGlue has about 3.5 million for a system that lets users "check in" when they're watching a show. They both compete with Comcast Ventures-backed zeebox. (See Comcast, HBO Back Zeebox.)
Ex-Ericsson AB exec Henri Caddeo has been named CTO of Sweden's Com Hem AB, succeeding Martin Kull, who left last August, reports Broadband TV News. Caddeo, the report adds, is slated to start on April 1 and take over for acting CTO Jens Persson, Com Hem's full-time head of technical development.
Netflix Inc. received special treatment from the U.S. Postal Service, including free manual sorting, over other mail-order companies, a federal court ruled in a complaint originally filed in 2011 by GameFly Inc., a by-mail video game rental service. GameFly claimed that the alleged discrimination means it faces a possible "epidemic" of broken discs, since it does not receive similar (and free) treatment from the post office.