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Roger Brown dies at 46

Roger 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 information.

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 Contributing Editor

"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 Capsule

MTV streams into the future
MTV Networks has launched its first channel to be distributed entirely via high-speed broadband connections.

The broadband network, dubbed "mtvU Uber," is an offshoot of mtvU, 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
Comcast Corp. is looking to score a goal with its broadband Internet users by offering live National Hockey League games on its 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 season.

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 scoreboard.

"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 provider—such as their favorite NHL teams, streamed live and archived for a limited time, for added convenience."

Adelphia and Gotuit get with it
Adelphia 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
Rentrak 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
Canadian MSO Rogers 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 TVA.

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.

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