AOL, Inc.’s (NYSE:AOL) micro data center prototype was revealed this week. The rack-sized enclosure will live outdoors and is the first step toward AOL’s plan to reshape infrastructure via small, unmanned IT facilities which can be managed remotely. This strategy continues AOL’s work toward deploying a “lights out” data center last year, says AOL Services CTO Michael Manos, who revealed the micro data center’s design in a blog post. According to Manos, the high density enclosure can house thousands of virtual machines, and was deployed on Wednesday at an AOL facility in Dulles, VA. Manos pictures a distribution network of micro data centers, which will allow AOL to reveal its new IT capacity quickly as well as creating its own content distribution network (CDN). The shares traded down $0.31 (1.08%) recently at $28.35.
Netflix, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:NFLX) sudden increase (NFLX +13.5%), up more than 19% this week, is being labeled overdone by a number of skeptics. Netflix’s question of the day: “Does an anecdotal Facebook post about streaming hours translate into paid subscriber growth?” The shares traded up $0.18 (0.22%) recently at $81.90.
Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE:TWC) now offers Digital TV customers the anticipated UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen II fight, live on Pay-Per-View. Anderson Silva with defend his title against Chael Sonnen in the highly anticipated rematch. The tow champions will battle for the title live Saturday, July 7 at 8 PM (ET)/5 PM (NYSE:PT). The shares traded up $0.07 (0.09%) recently at $81.87.
Walt Disney Co. (NYSE:DIS): Comcast (CMCSA +0.9%) intends to sell its 15% stake in A&E Television Networks to Disney (DIS +0.1%) and Hearst, claim reports. This follows the success of the Hatfields and McCoys which assisted in raising A&E’s value. If the deal is successful, Disney and Hearst will own the group of networks 50/50.
Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA): Broadcast companies’ uncertainty regarding streaming options should clear by the end of the Summer Olympics. NBC intends to air 3.5K hours of streaming content in its most high-profile display of top-tier Internet broadcasting in history. Although the network claims ratings will not be cannibalized by the online coverage, the most likely scenario is that executives will crunch numbers to decide the potential for revenue earned from live streaming sporting events compared to any decrease in broadcast ratings.
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