Microsoft talks with Verizon, Comcast about bringing pay-TV to Xbox; AT&T adds Starz, Encore to U-verse Online

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> The long-term prospects for Telecom Italia's over-the-top TV service Cubovision look bleak after the telco withdrew from a supply contract with subsidiary Telecom Italia Media. Competition from two pay-TV rivals, regulatory issues and slow uptake were blamed for the decision. Article

> Microsoft Corp. plans to offer online pay television service from Comcast and Verizon Communications through Xbox Live, in a bid to channel more entertainment to its video-game console, people with knowledge of the situation said. Article

> Avail-TVN, which in August pitched its services to 26 Tier 2 and Tier 3 IPTV service providers scrambling to find a substitute for its  transport and programming business support when EchoStar suddenly announced it was terminating the service, has landed 23 of them as customers. Article

> ALi Corporation, a  provider of set-top box (STB) system-on-chip (SoC) solutions, announced the launch of its M3911 Networking Media Processor, the first in the industry to feature fast sleep and resume function.  Article

> AT&T this weekend said it was adding content from both Starz--with which Netflix has been unable to reach an agreement with before its content deal expires next year--and Encore, which will bring offerings from both programmers to AT&T's U-verse Online. Article

> Unable to reach what it felt was a "fair and detailed" deal, AT&T U-verse Friday night dropped the NHL Network from it's U-verse lineup. Article

> Norwegian telco Altibox has introduced plans to launch a new TV Everywhere service called 'Chill', which enables its IPTV customers to stream live channels and rent movies on their PC, tablet or smartphone, wherever they are. Article

> The bad image quality of IPTV services provided on ADSL base has been pointed out as the biggest problem that hinders the development of IPTV services in Vietnam. But network operators have launched fiber packages with integrated IPTV to take full advantage of the broadband. Article

> Boxee is adding Spanish news channels. El Pais--the world's leading Spanish language newspaper--delivers the current national and international news, sports information, cartoons and is loaded with photos and video coverage. Users of the El Pais app will enjoy a diverse range of topics including economics, technology, culture, society and travel with photos and videos from the newspaper's online archive of news clips, interviews and reviews covering current events. Article

> Hulu's new audience in Japan will be able to watch hundreds of Miramax films after the video aggregator and the studio agreed to extend its existing relationship. Article

And finally... Looking for a tasty-and crunchy-snack to enjoy while watching a football game? Try some chocolate-chip mealworms. Article