Blaine stepping down at thePlatform; NAB boss calls FCC 'myopically focused' on broadband

More cable news from around the Web:

> Ian Blaine, co-founder of white label video publishing company and Comcast subsidiary thePlatform will step down June 20 and Marty Roberts and Jamie Miller will take over as co-CEOs. Press release

> NAB President Gordon Smith, in a speech at the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) convention said the FCC is "myopically focused" on broadband and getting broadcaster spectrum into the hands of wireless companies that cannot match broadcasting's ability to provide critical info "to the masses." Story

> AT&T U-verse has implemented Jinni's personalized TV experience features within its set-top boxes. Story

> BabyFirst and AT&T launched the BabyFirst U-verse App that lets children create images using an iPhone or iPad and see them "come to life" on the TV screen. Press release

> INSP has signed a multi-year renewal agreement with Time Warner Cable that expands the network's reach from TWC's TV Essentials package to the digital basic tier. Story

> Liberty Global is gearing up to roll out its next generation RDK-supporting Horizon TV service in Poland. Story

> Deutsche Telekom's European IPTV, satellite and cable TV customer base increased by 19.8% (589,000 customers) in the first quarter of the year and now stands at 3.56 million TV customers. Story

> ABOX42 will supply an advanced IPTV and OTT set-top box platform for the new Dutch IPTV service Sparql. Story

> Conklin Intracom has released the cdn|anywhere mobile TV app for cable and IPTV service providers who want to enable live television programming, digital video recordings and on-demand video to connected devices. Story

Telecom News

> Fiber-based broadband is hardly ubiquitous, but according to a new ABI Research report, it grew 29 percent from 2012 to 126.6 million subscribers in 2013. The research firm has forecast that by 2019, fiber-based broadband subscriptions will grow to 265 million subscribers, with a CAGR of 11.7 percent. Full article

Online Video News

> Don't turn attention away from older viewers just yet: Over the top viewing by seniors over 55 is continuing to swing upward, a Centris report says, with subscriptions to services like Netflix increasing from 18 to 24 percent of 55-to-64-year-olds in the fourth quarter of 2013. Full article

And finally … "Severe" competition from Bell Canada's expanding broadband and TV move has caused Zack's to issue a "strong sell" advisory for Rogers Communications, despite "significant LTE network expansion, innovative service launches and an attractive dividend yield." Analysts' note

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