Yesterday’s news item about TiVo Inc. was incorrect when it said subscribers will pay for downloading additional ads. The company explained it meant to say the setup and per-download fees will be charged to advertisers, not to subscribers. An updated version of the story has been posted.
* Fox fixes on iTunes
Apple Computer has inked a deal with Fox Entertainment Group that will allow the iTunes service to make several shows, including 24, Prison Break and The Shield, available for purchase.
The download deal, for Apple’s new line of video iPods, covers 16 series from the Fox network, as well as FX, Speed, Fuel TV and the 20th Century Fox Television library.
With the latest deal, iTunes presently offers more than 90 TV shows for $1.99 per episode, Apple said.
* JDSU bows 2.5/2.7G jitter test platform
JDSU has launched a new platform that tests 2.5G and 2.7G optical and electrical interfaces. The new jitter/wander module, available for JDSU’s ONT-506 and ONT-512 gear, tests from 155 Mbps up to 43 Gbps.
* Report: XO sues Level 3 over old contract terms
XO Communications is suing Level 3 Communications over the terms of a $750 million contract signed between the two in 1998, according to a report in The Denver Business Journal.
The complaint, filed in Delaware, stems from a disagreement on whether the existing contract allows XO to “light” fiber with its own services or if it needs to purchase capacity directly from Level 3, as well.
* Comcast, CareerBuilder launch jobs feature on Comcast portal
Comcast has teamed with CareerBuilder.com to launch a comprehensive online Jobs Channel on Comcast.net, the operator’s Internet portal. CareerBuilder.com, co-owned by Gannett and Knight-Ridder, claims more than 20 million unique visitors and a database with more than 1 million jobs.
* Anystream serves up Reuters video clips
Anystream announced that Reuters is using its Agility production suite as the basis for its global digital video distribution system. Reuters is using the system to create more than 1,200 video clips a day, and to reformat them for a variety of devices, including mobile phones. The Agility system translates among 12 formats. Organizations using the clips include NTT DoCoMo in Japan, Vodafone in the United Kingdom and Sprint PCS in the United States.