Broadband Briefs for 8/28/08
• Verizon’s FiOS TV service hits R.I. communities
By Traci Patterson
Starting today, consumers in two more Rhode Island communities – Glocester and Smithfield – have access to Verizon’s FiOS TV service. FiOS TV is already available in 14 Rhode Island communities: Cranston, Coventry, East Greenwich, Exeter, Foster, Johnston, Narragansett, North Kingstown, North Providence, Providence, South Kingstown, Warwick, West Greenwich and West Warwick.
And residents of Snohomish County, Wash., will soon have access to Verizon’s FiOS TV service, thanks to a newly approved agreement authorizing the telco to offer its video service in the area. Snohomish County is the 10th community in the state to grant a video franchise to Verizon, following recent approvals in Bothell, Brier, Edmonds, Everett, Kenmore, Lynnwood, Marysville, Woodinville and Woodway. The company plans to begin offering FiOS TV in Washington State later this year.
Additionally, consumers and businesses in Markle, Ind., and several Massachusetts communities now have access to Verizon’s high-speed Internet service. The Massachusetts communities include Blandford, Becket, Cummington, Goshen, Middlefield, New Marlborough, Sandisfield, Tolland and Washington.
• DirecTV adds 3 new local HD markets
By Traci Patterson
DirecTV is now offering local high-definition (HD) programming to customers in Augusta, Ga.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Johnstown-Altoona, Pa.
The following broadcast networks are now available in HD in Augusta: WJBF/ABC, WRDW/CBS and WFXG/FOX; in Chattanooga: WTVC/ABC, WDEF/CBS, WDSI/FOX and WRCB/NBC; and in Johnstown-Altoona: WTAJ/CBS and WJAC/NBC.
With the addition of the new local HD markets, DirecTV now offers local HD broadcast channels in 82 cities, representing more than 77 percent of U.S. TV households. The satellite provider continues to expand its HD programming offerings, and the company said that it will add 39 additional HD local channel markets by year’s end.
• Judge tosses video copyright case against Veoh
By Mike Robuck
According to published reports, a U.S. judge has dismissed a copyright infringement case against Veoh Networks after finding that video-sharing companies aren’t responsible for policing piracy that could take place on their Web sites.
Judge Howard Lloyd of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that Veoh worked actively to protect copyright owners, which meant the company qualified for “safe harbor” protections of the Digital Media Copyright Act.
Adult entertainment company Io Group had filed a copyright infringement suit against Veoh that argued the Internet video provider hadn’t done enough to stop site users from uploading unauthorized clips of 10 Io adult sex films, according to Reuters.
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