Verizon ready to push wider home energy management offering; thePlatform opens up video publishing system

> Verizon continuing to worm its way into consumer homes-and to stay there despite competition-plans to expand its home energy management and security offerings later this year as an addendum to home network and broadband connections. Story.

> White label video publishing company, Comcast-backed thePlatform has opened up its video publishing system to help consumers leverage "the expanding number of IP-connected home entertainment systems, including the upcoming Google TV platform," the company said in a news release.

> There's a six degrees element to the announcement that the growing popularity of digital broadcast entertainment and digital video is reviving the world satellite transponder market. News release.

> It's business as usual for Bresnan Communications despite being purchased by Cablevision Systems for $1.37 billion. The MSO said it will deploy Juniper Networks' technology for a next-generation MPLS network. News release.

> New on the Hulu front. The online video player is reportedly in talks with CBS, Viacom and Time Warner to add their television shows to its upcoming pay subscription service. Story.

> The Obama White House has taken time from its busy schedule of dealing with rogue military officers to reveal a plan to crack down on intellectual property theft, including pirated TV shows, movies and other online content. Story.

And finally... Competition among cable operators is driving faster internet speeds and the deployment of DOCSIS 3.0 for Eastern European cities according to a Liberty Global executive. Story.