Roger Brown dies at 46
Brown, Publisher and Editorial Director of CED magazine,
lost an 8-month battle to cancer Oct. 5. He was 46.
Brown joined CED magazine in 1988 and for the past
18 years was an integral part of developing the cable and
telecommunications magazine into one of the leading monthly
publications in the industry.
During his career in cable and telecommunications, he oversaw
the development of CED, expanded the magazine into
daily and weekly online newsfeeds, and created Webcasts and
seminars to meet the industry growing appetite for news and
Brown established himself as one of the premier journalists
in the broadband, cable and telecommunications industries,
covering many of the most revolutionary technical achievements
along with the spectacular growth of broadband services.
He was honored for his editorial excellence numerous times
by the American Society of Business Publication Editors.
Brown was graduated from Ohio University with a degree in
journalism, and moved to Denver following a reporting career
with Houston Community Newspapers in 1981. He is survived
by his wife, Catherine (Birdy) and four children: Tony, 17;
Cayleigh, 15; Nick, 11; and Alexandra, 7. Brown is also survived
by three brothers: Randy, Rick and Ron.
A special fund has been established to assist the Brown family.
Contributions to the Roger Brown Family Account should be
sent to: First American State Bank Roger Brown Family Account
8390 E. Crescent Parkway Suite 100 Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Craig Kuhl, CED
"Roger Brown has left a legacy of journalistic excellence,
integrity, ethics and humility. He established an unmatched
reputation for honesty and kindness. The cable and telecommunications
industries, and his many friends, admirers and associates,
have lost a true friend, top journalist and his family has
lost a devoted husband and father. We will all miss him deeply."
Jeff Baumgartner, Editor, CED magazine, and xOD
streams into the future
Networks has launched its first channel to be distributed
entirely via high-speed broadband connections.
The broadband network, dubbed "mtvU Uber," is an offshoot
a full-time college programming network that presently is
available on more than 730 campuses.
Offered via streaming and download, the "Uber" net will showcase
a lineup of original programming, including music videos,
"short-form" series, and animated fare. Drawing on the growing
popularity of video blogging, MTV's new broadband-based network
will also enable students to submit their own videos.
"Rough Cut," for example, will enable student bands and artists
to upload their music videos, where the audience will vote
whether they make "The Cut"a "multi-platform" mtvU franchise.
"Uber," in partnership with
Cisco Systems, is also going as far as awarding 10
grants of $25,000 that will be used as "broadband incubators"
to fund students and student groups interested in creating
content for the venture.
mtvU Uber "gives [college students] the power to create and
program their own channel, and will remain in perpetual beta
mode as they experiment and pioneer the digital future," said
mtvU General Manager Stephen Friedman.
Comcast takes shot at hockey online
Corp. is looking to score a goal with its broadband
Internet users by offering live National
Hockey League games on its Comcast.net
portal. In a deal struck with the NHL and Comcast-owned Outdoor
Life Network, the MSO will be the first broadband
provider to stream NHL games over the Internet. Starting last
week, Comcast began streaming as many as two live games daily.
In all, the operator plans to offer a max of 300 games to
its 7.7 million cable modem customers throughout the 2005-2006
In November, Comcast will start adding more NHL content, including
access to an archive of streamed games available for 48 hours
after the original broadcast; a custom media player; Hockey
Fan, a content package including video game highlights, previews,
reviews and player interviews; links to the OLN TV schedule
and commentary from its on-air hockey experts; links to the
NHL full-season schedule and merchandise; and a complete league
"With Comcast, hockey fans can experience an entirely new
level of their favorite sport," said Greg Butz, senior vice
president of marketing and business development for Comcast
Online. "We are offering our customers a fast, reliable connection
and content they can't get from any other broadband providersuch
as their favorite NHL teams, streamed live and archived for
a limited time, for added convenience."
Adelphia and Gotuit get with it
Communications and Gotuit
Media Corp. are going to Buffalo, as the MSO expands
its deployment of Gotuit's suite of On Demand products, including
Music On Demand, News On Demand and Sports On Demand.
"The partnership offers an even larger selection of On Demand
programming. The initial results of Gotuit's products, launched
earlier this year in Adelphia's other Northeast Region have
been exceptional," said Thomas Haywood, Adelphia's area vice
president of operations, in a statement.
Rentrak unveils VOD content provider site
Corp. has fired up an on-demand resource portal and
has gathered a dozen new programming customers. The OnDemand
Essentials Content Provider site allows programmers to access
daily video-on-demand performance data organized either by
specific MSO or from multiple cable providers.
New content provider customers include Viacom Inc. properties
Paramount Studios, CBS, MTV, Nickelodeon, Noggin, The N, Comedy
Central and VH1, as well as Expo TV, National Geographic Channel,
NFL Network and Ripe TV.
They join Music Choice, which signed up for the service last
year when it was in beta mode.
Rogers expands VOD library, updates outlook
Cable saw some favorable math last week--not only
did it add to its video-on-demand library with a major new
deal with the Warner
Bros. International Television Division, but it also
is bumping up its 2005 outlook for high-speed Internet growth.
The Warner Bros. VOD pact will provide a lineup of movies
such as "Million Dollar Baby," "Miss Congeniality 2: Armed
and Fabulous," "Constantine" and "Alexander." That brings
the title count to 2,000 for the VOD service, which launched
in 2002 and now reaches more than 1.8 million homes passed
in Ontario. Rogers also has VOD movie deals with Universal,
Sony, Maple Pictures Corp., Alliance Atlantis Motion Picture
Distribution, CBC, CHUM Television, Corus Entertainment and
Meanwhile, Rogers also is adding to its 2005 guidance for
high-speed Internet subscriber growth. The MSO now expects
to draw in between 165,000 to 195,000 new subscribers total
for the year, a bump from the original estimate of 140,000
to 170,000. Rogers also expects stronger growth for its wireless
voice service, revising its new subscriber estimate from the
original 450,000 to 500,000, to between 600,000 and 650,000.
DVR uptake speeds through 2010
Digital video recorder service
subscriptions in the United States will ramp sharply in the
coming years, according to new projections from
Lyra Research. The Newtonville, Mass.-based research
outfit is pegging DVR subscriptions to rise from about $500
million in 2004 to more than $3 billion by 2010.
We are making changes and
additions (including several international deployments) to
our Web- based "living" deployment chart. If
you have a new deployment to report for the VOD Scorecard
and the Web-based deployment chart, please contact CED editor Jeff Baumgartner.