BSkyB brings 3D TV channel into U.K. pubs; SRS Labs forms strategic partnership Numericable

> Maybe BSkyB didn't get the memo about the dangers of 3D TV and drinking, because the British pay TV giant is hyping its new 3D TV channel as being available in more than 1,000 pubs and clubs in the U.K. where it expects it will be seen by more than 100,000 people. Just imagine if they're all British rugby fans watching their favorite teams scrumming it up right there in the congested little neighborhood pub. Whoa! Story.

> Here's something that sounds (pun intended) like a great idea. SRS Labs has formed a strategic partnership with French cable operator Numericable to deliver standardized HD and SD broadcast volume levels within all of its new and existing set-top boxes. Say what? News release.

> What a Capitol idea. RCN has launched TiVo Premier from RCN, a co-branded DVR product, in the Washington, D.C. area for residential and (not sure we understand why) commercial customers. News release.

> WorldGate will unveil the Ojo Vision Digital Video Phone to cable operators and others at The Cable Show next week. News release.

> Cable operators are going to get a bigger chunk of revenue for backhauling mobile services, a Visant Strategies study said. Mobile backhaul, the survey concluded, is "a perfect match for the fiber plant many cable operators have deployed in urban and dense suburban areas." News release.

> Arris and Clearleap say they've integrated Arris' on-demand content management platform and distribution system with Clearleap's Web-based content and workflow management suite. This creates an integrated content management solution for VoD and advertising. News release.

> Light Reading Cable is reporting that Time Warner Cable will use Microsoft's Mediaroom platform to trial an IP video service. Story.