Vid-Biz: FCC, Avatar, Comcast


FCC Talks Up “Gateway” Set-Top Device; the commission continues to push for a “gateway” set-top device or add-on that would combine linear video with online capabilities (Multichannel News); but DirecTV says it should not be required to open its set-top boxes, arguing it would be too costly to do so. (also Multichannel News)

Sky to Launch Avatar 3-D Promotion; satcaster will take advantage of the UK release of James Cameron’s Avatar to launch a nationwide promotion for its proposed 3-D channel. (Broadband TV News)

Comcast Could Own 100% of NBCU by 2014; cable company could buy out GE’s 49 percent interest in the NBC Universal joint venture for $17 billion in the next four years, according to Citigroup media analyst Jason Bazinet. (Multichannel News)

Cox Upgrades VOD Service’s On-Screen Interface; the new interface provides faster and simpler navigation and is available now across its digital cable footprint. (InteractiveTV Today)

Livestation Rolling Out Premium Channels; streaming-TV startup says it will start charging for packages of some live news channels next year. (paidContent)

Blockbuster’s ‘Direct Access’ Service Goes Live; the service makes all of Blockbuster’s titles available by allowing them to draw on by-mail inventory if a title they want is not available in-store. (Video Business)

ITV Integrates Facebook to Promote Catch-up TV Service; the broadcaster will use the social networking site Facebook to help viewers find new content on its ITV Player catch-up TV service. (Broadband TV News)

Technicolor Partners with Testronic for Blu-ray Services; Technicolor is launching a new digital content distribution business, which will focus on video delivery and hardware, including the management of cloud-based applications and portable devices. (Video Business)

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