But that sort of comparison hasn't stopped Public Knowledge President and CEO Gigi B. Sohn to argue that the MSO's policy "is exactly the type of situation the FCC rules on the Open Internet were designed to prevent -- that an Internet Service Provider juggles the rules to give itself an advantage over a competitor." Free Press Policy Director Matt Wood piled on by labeling such policies as "anti-competitive tricks" looking to open loopholes in the FCC's rules that would put other broadband video services at a disadvantage.
Comcast's authenticated Xfinity TV VoD service will reportedly go live on the Xbox 360 sometime Tuesday. However, at last check, it appears that most users are still waiting:
Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO)'s latest acquisition target is the subject of a security scandal in the U.K. BBC Panorama reports that video security and software specialist NDS Ltd. is accused of hacking ITV Digital, a former rival of Sky TV that went under in 2002. NDS and Sky TV are both still tied to Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. (NYSE: NWS). According to the report, NDS allegedly leaked info from ITV Digital to create counterfeit smart cards. NDS, which told Panorama that the allegations involving ITV are false, was recently cleared in a similar case involving EchoStar Corp. LLC (Nasdaq: SATS). (See EchoStar Pays $18.9M to Settle NDS Suit and Cisco Bets $5B More on Video With NDS.)