Google Fiber rolls out to 5 more fiberhoods; U-verse adds streaming Starz

More IPTV news from around the World Wide Web...

> Google Fiber has opened up sign-ups for five more Kansas City, Kan., fiberhoods with deadlines ranging from Jan. 31 to March 7 for residents to choose and sign up for broadband packages. Story

> AT&T U-verse subscribers can now stream Starz-owned channels including a Movieplex offer, as long as they're also Starz subscribers. Story

> In news that could impact IPTV home networks, Cisco has reportedly hired Barclays PLC to find a buyer for its Linksys home wireless access business unit. Story

> A study by U.K. media regulator Ofcom has found that "British consumers are way ahead of their U.S. counterparts when it comes to TV upgrades and viewing behaviors." Story

> South Korean communications provider KT signed up 80,000 new IPTV subs and now has a base of around 3.95 million IPTV customers. Story

Online Video News

> Hulu announced it will close 2012 with more than 3 million paying Hulu Plus subscribers, a huge coup for the company that also offers a version of the same service, albeit with less content, for free. Story

Cable News

> Apple will begin selling both a smart TV and a new companion set-top in 2013 that would allow cable and satellite TV subscribers to access TV programming and interactive TV applications through a new user interface, Brightcove CEO Jeremy Allaire has predicted. Story

And finally… Croatian service provider H1 Telekom has introduced an iPad app that lets its IPTV subscribers use their tablets as motion sensing remotes. Story

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