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Verizon Ordered to Pay ActiveVideo $24.1M MoreVerizon Ordered to Pay ActiveVideo $24.1M More

Also: Hulu mulls its next move; Casa notches China CMTS expansion deal; WoW eyes wideband tiers; Ultra HDTV advances

Jeff Baumgartner

October 17, 2011

2 Min Read
Verizon Ordered to Pay ActiveVideo $24.1M More

The latest chapter in the legal spat between Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) and ActiveVideo kicks off Monday's cable news roundup.

  • A federal district judge ruled late last week that Verizon is on the hook to pay at least US$24.1 million in additional and supplemental damages and interest to ActiveVideo for infringing on four of the vendor's patents linked to interactive television and video-on-demand (VoD). In August, a jury had ordered Verizon to pay $115 million as a result of the infringements, but the telco has previously said it won't be paying ActiveVideo a dime as it mounts an appeal. In a separate-but-connected case, Verizon recently came up short in its attempt to have the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) ban several set-top models used by Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC), ActiveVideo's marquee customer. (See ActiveVideo Wins $115M Case Against Verizon and ITC: Cablevision Didn't Violate Set-Top Patents.)

    • The Wall Street Journal looks at what's next for Hulu LLC after its owners decided to scrap plans to sell the Web video hub. The paper says Hulu will need to "sort out Hulu's fractured governance structure" and its owners may ask Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX), which runs channels such as HBO and TNT, to join them as an investor. [Ed. note: Won't that make it more fractured?] Hulu is on course to generate $500 million in revenues this year. (See Hulu: No Sale .)

      • China's Guangzhou Digital Media Group will tap Casa Systems Inc. 's new Docsis 3.0-qualified chassis-class C10G cable modem termination system (CMTS) chassis for a network upgrade aimed at tripling the capacity that the operator has already installed using Casa's more compact C3000-series CMTSs. Financial terms weren't disclosed, but the expansion will cover Guangzhou, China's sixth-largest city, and will give the operator additional capacity for both IPTV and residential broadband services.

About the Author(s)

Jeff Baumgartner

Senior Editor, Light Reading

Jeff Baumgartner is a Senior Editor for Light Reading and is responsible for the day-to-day news coverage and analysis of the cable and video sectors. Baumgartner, who previously had served as Site Editor for Light Reading Cable from 2007-2013, was most recently Senior Content Producer-Technology at Multichannel News, heading up tech coverage for the publication's online and print platforms, and was a regular contributor to Broadcasting & Cable, a sister publication to Multichannel News. Baumgartner was named to the 2018 class of the Cable TV Pioneers.

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