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Tech Moves: Former Razorfish exec Jeff Lanctot named CEO of Mixpo; Skytap adds VPs; and more

—Mixpo, the six-year-old online video advertising startup, has named former Razorfish and aQuantive executive Jeff Lanctot as CEO. He replaces founder Anupam Gupta, who will remain on the board of directors. Lanctot has served on the board of Mixpo for the past four years. “I believe in our people and our product, and more importantly,… Read More


ThePlatform inks deal to power multi-screen video for USA Network, Syfy, Oxygen

Here’s a partnership that’s all in the family. ThePlatform has inked a deal to provide its online video publishing system to NBCUniversal’s USA Network, Syfy and Oxygen, making it easier for those networks to push their content across various devices as part of an expanding “TV Everywhere” strategy. As you may recall, ThePlatform was acquired by Comcast… Read More


Tech Moves: RealNetworks vet takes control at Control 4; changes at Cray; thePlatform; and more

Control 4, a Salt Lake City, Utah maker of home automation technologies, has named former RealNetworks and Bungee Labs executive Martin Plaehn to the position of CEO. Plaehn previously served two separate tenures at RealNetworks — most recently as senior vice president of product & service development. He also worked at the company from 1999… Read More


Comcast shows next-gen Xfinity TV interface, gets help from your Facebook friends

The rise of free online alternatives to traditional cable television means the big cable operators will need to roll out user-experience innovations to keep those users in the fold. Cable giant Comcast is showing where it’s headed — demonstrating a next-generation Xfinity TV interface that incorporates and tries to improve upon approaches from the traditional… Read More


Comcast iPad app adopts Microsoft media technology

In a bit of cross-lake collaboration, Microsoft is now working with thePlatform, Comcast’s Seattle-based tech subsidiary, to integrate some of the Redmond company’s digital media technologies into thePlatform’s web video management system. And in an unexpected twist, the first rollout of the combined technologies is for Comcast’s Xfinity TV iPad app, in addition to online… Read More


Report: Is Comcast looking to sell thePlatform?

[See update below] The Platform, an online video management company which has been owned by Comcast for the past five years, may be on the auction block again. That’s the word from Business of Video’s Dan Rayburn, who reports that Comcast has been shopping the company around for the past few months. The most interested… Read More