Discovery's Hendricks announces retirement; Roku's Wood honored at BAFTA

Cable news from around the Web.

> John Hendricks will retire as chairman of the Discovery board and from the board itself after the annual meeting May 16. Story

> Roku founder-CEO Anthony Wood received the 'Lifetime Achievement Award' for services to the IPTV and connected entertainment industry and the company's Roku 3 was named "Best TV Consumer Device" at BAFTA. Story

> Montreal-based MVPD Videotron named Pierre Bonin vice president, information technology and CIO. Story

> Japan's NHK World TV is coming to the U.S. via a deal with AT&T U-verse. Story

> Media player/connected set-top vendor Dune HD introduced a line of IPTV, video-on-demand and over-the-top devices, including an HEVC-capable product. Story

> Emcore has released a 1550 nm DOCSIS 3.1 DWDM DFB laser module that it said is "fully compliant with the new DOCSIS 3.1 standard" and supports operational bandwidth up to 1.2 GHz. Press release

> Taiwan MVPD China Network System will use Arris' HD set-tops and middleware platform (KreaTV) as part of its digital transition. Press release

Telecom News

> AT&T is giving its consumer and business users in Alabama access to more of its next-gen service set, investing more than $1.35 billion in its local networks between 2011 and 2013. Story

Online Video News

> Google kicked off the global rollout of its Chromecast streaming stick, announcing that the device is now available in nine countries on the European continent, the United Kingdom and Canada. Story