Also: Amazon streams with NBCU, sales for streaming-only Apple TV are lukewarm, NPG Cable gets a splash of Suddenlink

Jeff Baumgartner, Senior Editor

August 1, 2011

2 Min Read
Best Buy Boots Up TiVo-Powered TVs
  • 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.)

  • Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) kept the heat on Netflix after striking a licensing deal with NBCUniversal LLC that lets Amazon beef up its Prime Instant Video service, which is currently stocked with about 8,000 movies and TV shows.

  • It's not nearly as hot a seller as the iPad, but the $99 streaming-only version of the Apple TV is being sold at a modest 500,000 units per quarter, AppleInsider says. (See Will Smaller Apple TV Spell Big Trouble for VoD?)

  • Some former NPG Cable systems in Arizona officially took on the Suddenlink Communications moniker last week as the new buyer matched the rebranding with service enhancements, including a free cable modem downstream speed increase and access to more HD channels and Suddenlink's new TiVo offering. (See Suddenlink Closes NPG Cable Buy and Suddenlink Boxes Up TiVo Deal .)

  • 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.

    — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

About the Author(s)

Jeff Baumgartner

Senior Editor, Light Reading

Jeff Baumgartner is a Senior Editor for Light Reading and is responsible for the day-to-day news coverage and analysis of the cable and video sectors. Follow him on X and LinkedIn.

Baumgartner also served as Site Editor for Light Reading Cable from 2007-2013. In between his two stints at Light Reading, he led tech coverage for Multichannel News and was a regular contributor to Broadcasting + Cable. Baumgartner was named to the 2018 class of the Cable TV Pioneers.

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