Netflix Throttles Video Streaming Settings

Also: Mediacom, Cablevision, WOW battle for Insight; Cox bemoans wireless wholesale pricing; TW Cable and Viacom iPad spat on hold

June 23, 2011

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Netflix Throttles Video Streaming Settings

Streaming video moves lead today's cable news roundup.

  • To help subs avoid breaking bandwidth caps imposed by broadband ISPs, Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) is letting U.S. customers adjust their bit rate and video streaming quality settings -- something it's already doing in Canada. (See Netflix Canada Cuts Video Streaming Quality and Will Cable Follow AT&T's Lead on Usage Fees?)

  • Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) and Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA) are attempting to settle their dispute over rights to distribute live programming to Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL)'s iPad, filing a "standstill" agreement with a New York court that puts the case on hold. (See TW Cable, Viacom Take iPad Fight to Court .)

  • Cox Communications Inc. says a big drop in wholesale wireless prices also factored heavily into its decision to halt the buildout of its own 3G network. (See Cox: We're Not Selling Our Spectrum and Cox May Tear Down Wireless Network.)

  • The bidding for Insight Communications Co. Inc. has been narrowed down to Mediacom Communications Corp. , Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) and WideOpenWest Holdings LLC (WOW) , reports Multichannel News. (See Who Will Bid for Insight Communications? )

  • Congress may fast track the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 's auction of 120 MHz of "underutilized" broadcast TV spectrum. TV stations could lose the spectrum to wireless broadband services as soon as this summer. (See FCC Chair Goes to Bat for Spectrum Auctions.)

  • ExpandTV has replaced SelectTV as the brand name for cable interactive services and apps enabled by Enhanced TV Binary Interchange Format (EBIF). (See Cable Picks 'SelecTV' as ITV Brand.)

  • Hulu LLC rolled out its Hulu Plus subscription package to mobile subscribers with smartphones running on Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)'s Android platform. (See Comcast, NBCU Seal the Deal and Netflix CEO: Hulu Plus Still 'Too Small to Matter' .)

  • Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) plans to resume the rollout of its latest FiOS TV Interactive Media Guide, and could have it deployed across the board within a few months. In-home streaming to and from HD DVRs are among upgrades gracing the IMG 1.9 release. (See Take a Ride on FiOS TV's New Guide .)

  • DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV) didn't let the National Football League lockout stop it from hiring Peyton and Eli Manning to shoot viral video "Football Cops." Check it out:

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

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