IPTV operators grow share of VOD movie rental business; Discovery reports multiscreen success

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> IPTV operators grew their share of the VOD movie rental business by 4 percent and earned more than twice the amount of rental revenue per subscriber than cable and satellite during 2012. Story

> Discovery Channel audiences in Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa love multiscreen, catch-up TV and content snacking, Discovery Networks said. Story

> Speaking of Africa, Bloomberg Media Group has entered into a multi-year deal with Nigeria's Optima Media Group to create Bloomberg Television Africa. Story

> TiVo CEO Tom Rogers isn't worried about the company's relationship with Virgin Media even after it's taken over by Liberty Global. Story

> Northeastern Nebraska Telephone has changed its IPTV middleware to Innovative Systems' APMAX IMS. Press release

> In something of a trend reversal, Spanish telecom Telefonica said it is actually losing IPTV subscribers. Story

Online Video News

> The competition for content continues to foment between old-timer Netflix and newcomer Amazon Prime Instant Video service. Read more

Cable News

> While Comcast hasn't yet completed a nationwide rollout of its Xfinity X1 digital video service and program guide, the MSO is developing an improved user interface that it calls "X2," Comcast Cable Communications CEO Neil Smit said Monday. Read more

And finally… A contractor laying fiber optic lines for Google Fiber in Kansas City got the blame for a gas leak that caused residents to be evacuated. Story