Welcome to the cable news roundup, T.G.I.F. edition.
Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK)'s young Metro Ethernet business got into the hit column after scoring a deal to handle high-speed links for Fenway Park, home to the Boston Red Sox, and the team's spring training facility in Fort Myers, Fla. Among the uses, media will tap in to upload photos and massive video files during games. Comcast will also support public Wi-Fi access at Fenway, noting that as many as 2,000 users are logging in during an average game. Comcast has placed a big bet on MetroE as it heads upmarket to serve businesses with up to 500 employees, but hasn't broken out how many revenues it's getting in the category. The MSO ended 2011 with business service revenues of $1.79 billion, with the bulk of it coming from small business customers served by Docsis. (See Comcast Hones 2-Pronged Business Attack, Ciena, Cisco & Juniper Get Piece of Comcast's MetroE and Comcast Rolls Business Voice Into the Cloud.)
HBO is giving non-subscribers a taste of two original series -- Girls and Veep -- by streaming the pilot episodes for free via HBO.com, YouTube, DailyMotion, TV.com and MSO VoD platforms. HBO will provide access the day after they premiere on the premium network. Girls kicks off Sunday, April 15, followed by Veep on April 22.
UPC cablecom has snapped up fellow Swiss cable operator Télémeyrin SA after picking up shares owned by the municipality of Meryin and Geneva Cantonal Bank, reports Broadband TV News. The deal gives UPC cablecom, already Switzerlands' largest MSO, another 7,000 subs.