Streaming media killing Blockbuster; HBO inks 6-year streaming deal with Conviva

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> Streaming media is killing Blockbuster, as owner Dish Network said it will close 300 more stores, leaving just 500 still in existence. Story

> HBO has signed a six-year deal with Conviva to continue to provide video optimization support for HBO GO and MAX GO. Press release

> Cisco has created what it calls the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) video network specialist certification for professionals new to the area and those broadening their skills from voice to video. Story

> Internet media platform blinkx launched the next generation of its platform viewing experience enhancement platform. Press release

> Slovakian broadband video equipment manufacturer Streamstar is integrating Octoshape's cloud-based global broadband video distribution technologies. Press release

> VTC Digilink and PPTV will provide global online TV services serving what they believe to be 5 million Vietnamese immigrants in the international market. Press release

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> Multichannel Video Programming Distributors (MVPDs) who need to evolve into Multiscreen Video Programming Distributors still have a rough row to hoe, according to Infonetics Research's recently released Multi-Screen TV Service Deployment Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey. Article

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> AT&T said Tuesday afternoon that an outage that left subscribers in Texas, Florida and several other states without U-verse TV or high-speed Internet service was caused by "an issue with a server that supports U-verse." Article

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> Enterprise IT managers cite cloud computing as among their most important initiatives this year. Nearly two-thirds of them have already begun transitioning their business-critical applications to the cloud. A driving force is the exponential rise of big data that requires massive storage, virtualized computing and ready accessibility from anywhere in the world. Industry Voice

And finally… Take a moment to quietly reflect on the fact that Atari, which might actually have been the original online video provider, is in Chapter 11 bankruptcy and is liquidating its logo and video game titles. Story