Mobile Video

Bright House Brings Live TV to the iPad

Here's a look at what's making cable waves today.

  • Bright House Networks is the latest MSO to bring live TV streaming to home-bound iPads after launching an app that closely mimics the one corporate cousin Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) introduced in March. According to Bright House's iPad-TV Web page, the app currently supports 97 channels, including A&E, Discovery Channel, ESPN Classic and The History Channel. (See TW Cable Flirts With Full IP Video Simulcast.)

  • Charter Communications Inc. is taking a bigger leap into the world of over-the-top video today with claims that it's the first pay-TV operator to launch a unified search and discovery tool that lets customers find content from Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX), Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) Instant Video and Hulu LLC . The MSO is offering the initial version of the online video directory via its Charter.net customer portal, but expects to extend it to tablets and smartphones sometime in 2012. (See Charter.net Goes OTT.)

    Update: Charter confirmed that it developed the capability with long-time TV Everywhere partner Synacor Inc.

  • DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV) averted a potential blackout of Fox-owned cable channels, including FX and some regional sports nets, after agreeing terms with News Corp. on a new retransmission deal. Terms weren't disclosed. A similar spat last fall between News Corp. and Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) resulted in a temporary blackout that left some MSO customers grasping for ways to watch the World Series. (See Cablevision to Pay for World Series Streams.)

  • Adobe Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: ADBE) has acquired Auditude, a firm that provides ad management and analytics for Web video that is delivered to IP-connected devices, and counts Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) and its Xfinity TV Online portal among its higher-profile customers. Details weren't disclosed, but GigaOm reports that Adobe paid about US$100 million.

    — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

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