Over 50% of U.S. has an Internet-connected device in living room; Level 3 looking to pick up Limelight

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> According to a published report, Level 3 is the latest company rumored to be interested in content delivery network Limelight, which itself is rumored to be looking to shed EyeWonder, the interactive ad business the CDN paid $110 million for a year ago. Article

> Roku has collected $8 million in funding, according to a form D filed with the SEC Friday. Roku confirmed the round and its lead investors: Globespan Capital Partners and Menlo Ventures. Article

> According to Website Optimization, video duration has increased from just 45 seconds in 1997, to two minutes in 2003 and more than four-and-a-half minutes in 2011. The actual size of online videos has grown as well, from 200 Kbps in 2003 to 300 Kbps in 2010. Article

> The living room is going online, and it's happening faster than many would have thought. Interpret LLC, an entertainment, media and technology market research firm, found that over half of U.S. households now have an Internet-connected device in their living rooms. Article

> Apple just flipped a switch and turned on HD availability for many HBO television shows in the iTunes Store. Customers in the U.S. and Canada can now purchase HD episodes and seasons of many HBO series, including Eastbound & Down, Rome, Entourage and Big Love. Article

> EchoStar Wednesday told its IPTV customers it was terminating its ViP-TV linear MPEG-4 transport offering, giving them about 45 days to find a new vendor with which to work. The move will affect about 26 customers, almost all of them Tier 3 service providers. Article

> Chinese online video website operator Tudou Holdings Ltd. priced its initial public offering Tuesday night at $29 a share, the midpoint of its expected range. The company, which sold six million American depositary shares, is expected to trade Wednesday on the Nasdaq under the symbol TUDO. Tudou, which runs a website similar to YouTube, is the first Chinese company to launch an IPO since Taomee Holdings went public in June. Article

> Hauppauge Digital, a manufacturer of TV tuner products for personal computers, has announced the launch of WinTV Extend for iPad, which allows Hauppauge WinTV Extend customers to use a native iPad application to watch live TV on their iPad, either in the home via Wi-Fi or around the world via Wi-Fi or 3G. Article

> Pay-TV isn't the only service telcos are looking to add to their offerings. Increasingly, home automation is moving to the forefront as a business opportunity. Some 1.8 million home automation systems were shipped globally in 2011, ABI Research reports, but that number pales in comparison to the 12 million it expects to ship by 2016 as more telcos enter the segment. Article

> Alaskan telco Matanuska Telephone has chosen Comtrend's HD Video Extender Comtrend for wireless distribution of HD IPTV video services within and throughout its subscribers' homes. Article

And finally... A worker at a California wastewater treatment plant saw a 120-pound rodent swimming in a wastewater pond. And he has pictures to prove it. Article

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