Motorola and Technicolor separately announced the shipment of 100 million digital set-top boxes. Motorola had hit the 50-million mark in October 2006; Technicolor, formerly Thomson, began participating in the digital set-top market in 1994.
Despite the iPhone's modest share of the cell phone market, the smartphone is at the core of most conversations concerning mobile video, according to Jeremy Allaire, CEO of Brightcove, an online video-technology provider. Allaire said the iPhone alone would provide an attractive market for mobile-video applications.
CNET Networks announced it launched CNET TV, a video Web site devoted to news and product reviews, and said it has signed a deal with Verizon Communications to distribute video content via the telecom's VOD platform.
Comcast Entertainment has expanded the duties of E! Networks President/CEO Ted Harbert, giving him oversight of the male-targeted G4 channel in addition to his current duties at E! and Style. The move to encompass the three West Coast-based networks will reduce costs for stand-alone G4, Harbert said.
Current TV, the cable channel co-founded by Al Gore, has entered a deal with Yahoo! to form an online-video network. The new service will feature four ad-supported channels that will combine professional content with user-generated videos.