Japan Quake Shakes Pace

Here's a breakdown of what's making cable waves today.

  • Pace plc shares fell more than 30 percent after the world's largest set-top maker warned that full-year profits would fall short of forecasts because global supply chains were disrupted by the Japan earthquake and tsunami.

  • Cox Communications Inc. debuted "TV Online," offering cable TV subs access to on-demand fare from Turner Broadcasting, Home Box Office Inc. (HBO) , Epix and Vutopia. Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK)'s thePlatform Inc. unit is supplying the publishing backend for Cox's site. [Ed. note: We'll have more on this soon.]

  • ESPN launched an Android version of its WatchESPN app. (See ESPN Pipes Live TV to Apple Devices and Q&A: Disney-ESPN's Matt Murphy.)

  • Comcast will soon use NBC Sports as the brand for its regional sports channels, resulting in changes like Comcast SportsNet Chicago becoming NBC Sports Chicago.

  • Charter Communications Inc. has deployed more than 1 million Enhanced TV Binary Interchange Format (EBIF)-capable Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) set-tops, meaning that close to 20 percent of its 5 million subs have access to the interactive TV platform. Concurrent Computer Corp. (Nasdaq: CCUR) (back-end reporting) and FourthWall Media Inc. (EBIF set-top user agent) are the MSO's other EBIF partners. (See Charter Gears Up for Interactive Ad Rollout.)

  • No shortage of buzz about what Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) will do with its $8.56 billion acquisition of Skype Ltd. Some say it'll be a "game changer" if it adds Skype functionality to its Windows Phone operating system. We wonder how Skype video phone technology could be integrated with its Mediaroom platform. (See Microsoft to Buy Skype for $8.5B .)

  • Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) added Inception, The King's Speech, and about 3,000 other titles to YouTube Inc. 's movie rental library. (See Google to Launch Major Rental Service.)

  • First-quarter revenue at Suddenlink Communications increased 9 percent to $446 million, thanks to an increase in new phone, high-speed Internet and digital video subscribers. (See Suddenlink Posts Q1.)

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

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