Sony prepping for pay TV entry; Google Fiber launches VUDU

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> It looks as if Sony is about to get into the TV business as it reportedly worked out a deal with MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon owner Viacom to stream its content straight to TVs. Story

> Google Fiber has launched the VUDU on-demand video service on its Fiber TV Box as a companion to the already-present Netflix and Google Fiber Video-on-demand. Blog item

> Colombian operator Azteca is launching a 40-channel IPTV channels, 33-channel online pay TV service over the national fiber network. Story

> Irish consumers now can receive Liberty Global' s Horizon service, including a set-top box and multi-screen platform that lets record up to four while watching a fifth. Story

> South Korean communications added 40,937 customers in July and now has 1.36 million IPTV subscribers. Story

> Spain's Abertis Telecom is collaborating with TV operators and producers in an effort to launch hybrid broadcast broadband TV (HbbTV) by the end of 2013. Story

Cable TV News

> Charter Communications may be preparing to launch new mobile video applications which could allow subscribers to watch both live TV and DVR content on the Web and mobile devices, according to two trademark applications it filed last week. Article

Telecom News

> Google Fiber has named Leawood, Kansas as the next city where it's going to deliver its FTTP service after it received approval from the city council last night. Leawood will become the fourteenth Kansas City-area community where it plans to deliver service to residential customers. Article

And finally … Taiwanese service provider Chunghwa Telecom subscribers can get a 50-inch Ultra HD TV "discount" when they sign up for a three-year IPTV contract. Story