ThePlatform scores Liberty Global win; Netgear rolls out compact STB

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> ThePlatform, Comcast's online video unit, has been on a roll, last month announcing a reseller deal with Real Life Ventures AB in Sweden; it also made deals with Alcatel-Lucent and Telstra to support TV Everywhere initiatives. It just scored another big win, being selected by Liberty Global to aggregate and publish video across the cable operator's footprint. Article

> Netflix has completed its rollout in 43 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, offering programming in English, Spanish and Portuguese, and the company expects to be profitable in Mexico within two years. Article

> Content security firm Irdeto has expanded its ActiveCloak for Media solution portfolio to include providing protection for media applications or devices used to view content over the top or via the home network. Article

> Netgear is taking on Apple TV, Roku and others with its new NeoTV streaming player, a compact set-top box packing integrated Wi-Fi b/g/n and capable of funneling 1080p Full HD content to your TV. Article

> Video-over-IP delivery solutions provider Envivio, which last year said it had reached profitability, announced during IBC that it has added several new customers to its 4Caster C4 encoder platform. Article

> The two-week strike by 45,000 of its workers in August forced Verizon to suspend installation of new FiOS orders as it focused on repairs and maintenance, the company said, resulting in a backlog of 100,000 orders by the time employees returned to work. Article

> In spite of an overall decline in video subscribers in the second quarter, pay-TV service providers actually saw an increase in "revenue-generating units" because of expanding broadband and telephony subscribers, according to a new report. Article

> Distributed video delivery specialist Edgeware has rolled out a software suite that supports the company's Distributed Video Delivery Network (D-VDN) strategy for network operators, allowing them to tap into revenue streams once the purview of content delivery networks. Article

> Indie video ad network Tremor Video has added an additional $37 million to the approximately $78 million in funding it already raised. At least half of the money will be used for acquisitions and for expanding its presence in Europe. Article

And finally... Mysterious Hot Dog Man statue has Iowa town puzzled. Article