Mariner tabbed by Telus for IPTV QoE; Universal Pictures expands Facebook play to international market

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> Canadian telco Telus has chosen Mariner's xVu monitoring solution to help it assure the quality of Optik TV, its IPTV offering, to its more than 400,000 subscribers to the service. Article

> The sky may be falling at Netflix, as at least one more competitor stalks the streaming video space, but over at Amazon, things appear to be sunny with its Prime Instant Video play, which Wednesday announced an expanded licensing deal with PBS Distribution to allow members to instantly stream, at no additional cost, current and archived PBS programming. Article

> Hulu's owners last week ditched plans to sell the video aggregation site. Then news followed that Hulu's IPO, shelved in December, might resurface, and now there is news that a new media owner might be added to the troika of media companies already in control. Article

> More competition is on the horizon for Netflix, as the co-founder of Skype, Joost and Kazaa--Janus Friis--reportedly is readying a streaming video service for launch in the United Kingdom. Article

> Universal Pictures is extending its Facebook play into the international market, making Johnny English available through the social networking site in the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom through its Social Cinema App. Article

> Online video platform Ooyala has rolled out a new tool for publishers to measure the performance of their content, tracking video performance across audience-driven segmentations like age, gender, educational background, hometown, political affiliation, interests and even brand preferences. Article

And finally... Michigan State Police say they have found more than 100 bricks of cocaine in a pickup truck driven by an 87-year-old man. Article