Norway's Altibox sees 35% VOD growth since relaunch with Pace; Feds crack down on video piracy again

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> Altibox has seen a 35 percent growth in user numbers to its VOD portal since its relaunch in January 2011. The Norwegian IPTV provider was one of the first operators to use the Pace Elements software platform, said to provide a simple, highly intuitive experience when searching and navigating its on-demand film and TV content. Article

> Federal law enforcement agents celebrated cyber-Monday in their own peculiar fashion by seizing 150 websites to go along with the 72 they bagged last year. And now the agencies are using the captured trophies to play videos blasting movie piracy. Article

> Starz President Chris Albrecht has said his network would launch an HBO Go-like application to allow subscribers to watch its content on a variety of digital devices. Also, for the first time, he indicated a willingness to offer Starz directly to customers and not as part of a package of cable television channels. Article

> SureWest Communications announced today an amendment to its current credit agreement, which lowers the company's interest rate for an interest expense savings of up to $1 million in 2012. The amendment reduces the interest rate margin by 50 basis points and the quarterly principal payments by half. Release

> German IPTV platform Vodafone TV aims to reach 100,000 customers before the end of the year, said Dhananjay Mirchandani, CEO of Vodafone TV. Article

> China's regulators will ban advertising during television dramas, dealing a blow to marketers who have ramped up ad spending to reach the nation's growing consumer class. The State Administration of Radio, Film and Television on Monday issued new rules restricting commercials from interrupting TV dramas, allowing them to air only back-to-back between programs. Article

> SeaWell Networks announced John Major as Chair of its Board of Directors. SeaWell Networks provides subscriber controls, individualized advertising insertion, reporting and analytics on HTTP Adaptive Bitrate (ABR) video. Release

And finally... Woman dons bikini to hunt for lost dog. Grrr. Article