Vid-Biz: Discovery Earnings, thePlatform, RCN-Tivo

Discovery Revenue Up, Net Down In Second Quarter; Discovery Communications chalked up an 11% increase in revenue in the second quarter, but despite growth in operating profits, its net income declined from a year ago. (Multichannel News)

thePlatform Gives Content Owners More Control; the Comcast-owned video publishing firm has added some key security and geo-location features that control how, where, and on what device certain content can be viewed. (Light Reading Cable)

RCN Takes TiVo to Windy City; RCN has launched TiVo Premiere in Chicago ahead of schedule, now offering the advanced DVR in all its markets. (Multichannel News)

Here’s How Much Data 3G FaceTime Uses; a five-minute FaceTime call with lots of movement used 14.7 MB of data, or about 3 MB per minute. (9to5Mac)

Hands-on With the New Flixster Roku Channel; Flixster just launched its own Roku channel, streaming new movie trailers on the broadband set-top box. (CrunchGear)

Highwinds Hires Van Macatee as COO of Content Delivery and Network Services; a month after bringing on Steve Liddell to lead the content delivery group, Highwinds has hired another Level 3 veteran. (press release)

Comcast Saves Y-Combinator Startup Fanvibe From Obscurity; the cable company is kicking off a new partnership with Fanvibe, a service that lets sports fans check-in to live games to interact with each other while they watch. (Business Insider)

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