Rumor say TWC kills Mediaroom trial in L.A.; MSO dumping traditional STBs

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> A year ago, Time Warner Cable (NYSE:TWC) was rumored to be launching a trial using Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Mediaroom set-top box in Los Angeles as it began to plot its course in the IP video delivery space, but rumors say the MSO is abandoning the trial, deciding that the solution doesn't meet its business needs and objectives for deploying next-gen IP video services. Article

> Fox Group SVP of content protection Ron Wheeler, in a filing with the FCC, stated that "in the course of renegotiating a contract with one of Fox's multichannel video programming distribution (MVPD) partners, the MVPD has told Fox that it intends in the near future to make its subscription and on-demand video services available directly to widely-marketed consumer electronics devices, such as game consoles." Article

> Comcast's (NASDAQ:CMSA) launch of its Metro Ethernet service suite shows how serious the cable MSO is serious about taking on the RBOCs and CLECs to serve medium-sized business customers. Article

> Remember that olive branch Time Warner (NYSE: TWX) CEO Jeff Bewkes waved alluringly at Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) last month at the Tribeca Film Festival? Forget it. Article

> Alphabird has acquired the PlaceVine, whose Brand Integration Platform automates the sourcing and management of brand integration opportunities for leading advertising agencies and marketers. Article

> Startup encoding company Zencoder is now offering publishers cloud-based batch video encoding, making it easier for content providers to encode entire libraries of content to all of the popular video formats. Article

And finally... This is one little piggy that had a very, very bad day. Article