A new broadband-connected TV model from Best Buy Co. Inc. is the first to bake in the TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO) user interface without the need for a separate set-top box. The new Insignia-branded sets signal a new era for TiVo as it tries to place less emphasis on the capital-intensive hardware end of its business. Best Buy sets sells the 32-inch version for US$499 while the 42-incher fetches $699, with Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX), CinemaNow and YouTube Inc. among the featured apps. (See TiVo Gets Inside Best Buy TVs.)
More fallout from Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK)'s acquisition of NBCU: Versus (the ESPN wannabee) will be rechristened as the NBC Sports Network effective Jan. 2, 2012, complete with a new peacock logo.