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TV News Round-Up

There’s lots of TV news making the rounds today, and interestingly, two of the three headlines below include Netflix. Is it any wonder cable companies are hot on OTT video for 2011?

Cable Industry Grooms Its Netflix Killer: Vutopia
By, Andrew Wallenstein — paidContent, Dec 7, 2010 6:30 PM ET

It’s trendy nowadays to challenge Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX), whether you’re Amazon or OnLive. Little did anyone know that the nation’s cable operators are already far along in development of a Netflix killer of their very own.

Meet Vutopia. Like Netflix, it’s a trove of hundreds of catalog movies from major studios accessible via TV and internet. In addition, it’s packaged as subscription VOD, which means one monthly price to watch all the movies you want…

Netflix Gets Hands On More Disney, ABC Shows
By Todd Spangler — Multichannel News, 12/8/2010 9:43:04 AM

Netflix has expanded the bucket of TV shows and movies from Disney-ABC Television Group it can stream to subscribers — including content from Disney Channel and now ABC Family — although the deal limits Netflix’s access to shows no sooner than 15 days after initial telecast.

The companies said the new licensing agreement adds “hundreds” of episodes to Netflix’s streaming queue from the ABC Television Network, Disney Channel and ABC Family. The 15-day embargo appears to be a concession to assuage Disney-ABC’s traditional cable, satellite and telco distribution partners…

Time Warner Cable Unveils Signature Home
Mike Farrell — Multichannel News, 12/8/2010 10:22:41 AM

Time Warner Cable took the cover off its much anticipated high-end service offering – Signature Home – a high-end package that includes more than 180 channels of video, 50 Megabits per second high-speed Internet service, phone and white-glove customer service.

Time Warner Cable began testing the service in Charlotte, N.C., in November. The launch comes shortly after Time Warner Cable unveiled a lower-cost tier, called TV Essentials, for more price conscious customers…

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