Netflix could be more popular than cable; Vudu resets customer passwords

More online video news bytes from around the Web...

> If Netflix viewers actually watched more than 4 billion hours of streaming content over the last three months, the service is probably more popular than cable. Story

> Walmart's Vudu video service had to reset its customers' passwords when it found that hard drives had been stolen from its office. Story

> Ora.TV, Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim's online digital network, has acquired Stick Figure Productions to boost its content. Story

> In something less than a surprise, Parks Associates reports that smartphones and tablets are expanding their roles in video second screen experiences. Press release

IPTV News

> Verizon is pulling its most popular widget, YouTube, from its FiOS interactive menu, the carrier has informed its existing customers. A direct Internet stream will be available to new set-tops starting later this year for subscribers who want to access the Google-owned video service. Full article

Telecom News

> AT&T reported that vandals cut into a fiber cable in Gilroy, Calif., on Tuesday disrupting Internet, wireline phone and wireless service for local residents and businesses. According to Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith, the fiber cables were cut near Monterey Highway at around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. Full article

And finally… The Myrtle Beach, S.C., police department is using online video to keep prisoners in their places--behind bars. Story

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