AT&T, Comcast, Verizon Crack Down on Piracy

Also: U-verse surges in San Francisco, NBC teases iPad owners, Netflix CEO joins Facebook board, Comcast closes in on self-install CableCARD kits

June 24, 2011

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AT&T, Comcast, Verizon Crack Down on Piracy

Here's a snapshot of what's making cable waves.

  • AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) and Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) are close to cutting a deal with Hollywood studios to crack down on subscribers who share copyrighted content through file-sharing services. The companies are reportedly considering a "graduated response," where suspected pirates that don't heed warnings could find their Web access restricted and their bandwidth speeds throttled. (See Comcast Settles P2P Class Action Spat .)

  • NBC is teasing iPad owners with an app that lets them watch clips of popular shows, but not the complete episodes. (See Cablevision, Viacom Fight Over iPad App.)

  • DSL Reports says Comcast is prepping a self-install option for CableCARDs, the separable security modules that are being used in some retail products, including some digital TV models and TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO) and Arris Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ARRS) Moxi DVRs. A source tells the pub that self-install kits will become available on Aug. 1.

  • Meanwhile, the CE guys are still pushing the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to move ahead with a successor to the CableCARD called AllVid. In a filing describing recent meetings at the Commission, the AllVid Tech Company Alliance argued that recent efforts by cable to work with the CE industry and its support of HDMI (high-definition multimedia interface) won't "lead to a market for devices that can receive programming and services from more than a single MVPD [multichannel video programming distributor] operator." (See Google, TiVo & Best Buy Rally for AllVid and AllVid Starting to Look App-Tastic .)

  • AT&T says its U-verse products are available to more than 1 million "living units" in San Francisco.

  • Facebook recruited CEO Reed Hastings for a seat on its board of directors as the social networking giant gears up for an IPO.

  • Goldman Sachs & Co. added Comcast to its "conviction buy" list, predicting its stock will climb 31 percent to $31 per share in the next 12 months.

  • DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV) is supplying its hotel customers with anti-microbial remote controls that aim to be germ-free.

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

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