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.

Suggested Articles

A massive media conglomerate like Comcast/NBCUniversal makes news often but this week was particularly busy with an acquisition, a big name reveal and a major…

DAZN, a subscription sports streaming service that launched in 2018, has a new distribution deal in place on Comcast’s X1 and Flex video platforms.

Given the accelerating rate at which consumers are going online for entertainment, Roku said that streaming TV viewers could surpass the amount of pay TV…