EchoStar set to unveil Sage home automation product; Starz ready to go OTT overseas

Cable industry news from across the Web:

> AT&T says it has transitioned all its U-verse GigaPower customers to speeds reaching 1 Gbps, whie also doubling the reach of its fiber network in Austin, Texas. Press release

> Clarity Telecom announced that it has completed its $262 million cash deal to buy Upper Midwestern broadband assets from Wow! Story

> EchoStar Corp. is getting set to unveil its new Sage home automation product for service providers in early 2015. Story

> Netflix has signed a deal with CBS Studios International for licensing of CBS and Showtime series in six European markets. Story

> Warner Bros. is prepping the launch of a VOD service in Korea that will feature films that have yet to have a theatrical release in the country. Story

> U.K. pay-TV giant BSkyB is investing $500,000 in online video aggregator Pluto.TV. Story

> Starz has signed a deal with Sweden's Parsifal Entertainment to create a Starz OTT service in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America. Parsifal helped HBO create a similar service in the Nordic region. Story

> Users of the Linux-based Ubuntu platform can now stream Netflix programming without any workarounds via Google's Chrome browser. Story

And finally … MSNBC is experiencing its one of its biggest-ever ratings skids, with the recently completed third quarter generating record-low audience numbers. Story