Vid-Biz: Epix, Net Neutrality, BBC iPlayer

Premium Movie Channel Epix Coming To Cox; the cable provider confirms it has reached a deal to carry Epix, the premium movie channel started by Viacom, Lionsgate and MGM last year. (The Business Insider)

Net Neutrality Hearing Totally Comcastic; During a hearing last Friday, a three-judge panel questioned whether the FCC has the authority to impose net-neutrality rules without an explicit congressional mandate. (AllThingsD)

BBC Expands iPlayer Beta on Freesat; the Freesat version is currently available on Humax set-top boxes, and will become available to all Freesat HD set-top boxes and HDTVs over the coming months. (BBC Internet Blog)

Mark Cuban on 3-D, HD, LSD; The WSJ talks to Cuban about which gadgets he’s looking forward to seeing, why he thinks 2-D-to-3-D video processors are a “cheat,” and what exactly he was thinking when he compared 3-D to LSD. (Digits)

Internet on TV is a highlight at Consumer Electronics Show; the most promising new products were not expensive, content-deprived 3DTV sets, but Internet-connected HDTVs. (Washington Post)

DirecTV Tells Its Growth Story; CFO Patrick Doyle said gross subscriber additions should decline, but that the satellite-TV giant sees growth opportunities in apartment buildings and a more aggressive broadband offering. (Multichannel News)

Ensequence Cuts More Jobs; the interactive TV solutions provider has conducted another round of layoffs in an effort to refocus its efforts on its core business. (InteractiveTV Today)

SpeedCine Goes International; the database of legal feature films available for streaming or downloading expands to the international market today, serving every computer user worldwide. (press release)

Ensequence Raises $20 Million, Gets New CEO

Interactive TV services company Ensequence announced today that it has secured $20 million in new funding, led by Clay Mathile, CEO of CYMI Technologies and former CEO and owner of the Iams Company. Ensquence also announced today that Peter Low will become the company’s new CEO, replacing Dalen Harrison, who will remain on the board. Low had been the Ensequence president and COO and will retain the president title.
Portland, Ore.-based Ensequence is no slouch when it comes to getting money. We first wrote about the company in April of 2007, when it raised $40 million. With today’s announcement, Ensequence has now raised $110 million, according to a company spokesperson.
Ensequence boasts an impressive list of clients including MTV, ESPN, BBC and MLB.TV, and has created interactive television programs for shows such as Top Chef, Deal or No Deal and the Spike Video Game Awards.