Google TV has compatibility problem; FCC queries ivi on Comcast-NBCU

> On the surface, it appears that Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) has nothing against Google TV (Nasdaq: GOOG), it's just that the current iteration of its TV Everywhere service uses a media player that is incompatible with Google's over-the-top service. That's the word out of Philadelphia, where the MSO said that it will migrate from Move Networks' media player to Microsoft's (Nasdaq: MSFT) Silverlight in the next few months. The problem there is that Google doesn't support Silverlight either, and has no plans to add it to its Android operating system. Story.

> Even as broadcasters rail against ivi TV and cable operators wonder what the service will mean in the cord cutting era, the FCC has lent the start-up over-the-top provider some street cred by asking CEO Todd Weaver for his thoughts on the Comcast-NBCU merger. "We were approached" to talk about Comcast's "contractual roadblocks" in cable carriage deals that impact video streaming, an ivi spokesman said. Story.

> All Things Digital is reporting exclusively (and this might take some of the glow off that scoop) that Comcast Interactive Media President Amy Banse is "shifting into a job as head of a new Silicon Valley-based equity firm aimed at making digital investments." Can you say over-the-top? Story.

> Germans, used to driving on the autobahn, appreciate speed so they're probably a bit blasé with news that would shake the 65-mile-an-hour crowd in the U.S. Kabel Deutschland said it trialed a download speed of 1,170 Mbps on its cable network using Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO) equipment and the DOCSIS 3.0 standard. Story.

> Cable companies aren't the only ones pushing high-speed networks in Germany, Telecompaper reports. Utilities providers are set for entry into the fiber-to-the-home space as partners of existing telecoms as well as cooperating with municipalities that want to push high-speed services out to their residents. Story.

And finally... Clearleap, a company that provides streaming content to cable and telco providers, has raised $4.5 million in new funding, reports Rapid TV News. Story.

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