MCN Friday First Read


MCN Friday First Read

Policing The Pigs
Time Warner Cable and Comcast last week each kicked off tests aimed at dealing with the small percentage of broadband subscribers who chew up the vast majority of capacity on their networks. Learn about what this means for bandwidth hogs and their wallets on multichannel com and in Multichannel News.

Drivers’ Seats
The two biggest cable-technology suppliers—Motorola and Cisco Systems—are now behind the wheel of the downloadable-security project being managed by PolyCipher, a joint venture of three operators. Find out what this means for operators trying meet to the Federal Communications Commission’s requirements for separable set-top security in the June 9 issue of Multichannel News and on

Cox Campaign Has New ‘Friends’
Digital Max, the character Cox Communications used to represent its brand promise “Your Friend in the Digital Age,” has been retired. Find out what new characters the cabler has dreamed up to refresh its brand in the June 9 issue of Multichannel News and on

Sci Fi’s Got Game
Sci Fi Channel will look to take content development to another dimension when it teams with game/entertainment publisher Trion to create a new series that will simultaneously exist on several platforms. Check out what the network has in store for sci-fi fans and hard-core gamers on and in Multichannel News.

‘Psych’ Stars Pay Homage To The Boss 
Psych stars James Roday and Dule Hill took on what could be a prickly assignment last week: serve as the comedic masters of ceremonies for a charity dinner and take jabs at their boss, Bonnie Hammer. To find out what they did and how the USA Network honcho responded, take a gander at “Through the Wire” in the June 9 issue of Multichannel News or go to