DirecTV Rakes In US Subs in Q1

Here's a breakdown of what's making cable waves today.

  • DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV) added 184,000 U.S. subscribers during a first quarter that saw many of its cable MSO competitors continue to shed video subs. (See Comcast Offsets Video Pains With Broadband Gains.)

  • Facebook may acquire Skype Ltd. or form a joint venture with the company, Reuters reports.

  • Antitrust laws don't do enough to preserve the open Internet, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genchowski will argue at a House hearing today in which he'll fight to keep the Commission's new net neutrality rules alive. (See House May Repeal FCC's Net Neutrality Rules.)

  • TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO) boxes can do a lot of things. They can set season passes, access popular Web-sourced video and zip through ads. They can also improve your sex life, according to the company's "Turn On The Love" survey.

  • Subscriber growth in Western Europe headlined Liberty Global Inc. (Nasdaq: LBTY)'s solid first quarter, with Unitymedia GmbH of Germany leading the way thanks to a 250,000 sub boost. (See Liberty to Buy Unitymedia.)

  • U.S. DVD sales dropped 20 percent in the first quarter, while sales at subscription streaming services like Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) grew 33 percent and digital purchases increased 10 percent.

  • CBS Corp. (NYSE: CBS) is accused of "massive copyright infringement" for distributing 220 million copies of LimeWire LLC file-sharing software through CBS Interactive's CNET unit.

  • Warner Bros. said it'll use its acquisition of film-centric social media site Flickster to promote its "Digital Everywhere" multiplatform video application.

  • Twitter Inc. is taking credit for driving TV viewers to coverage of the Royal Wedding, demonstrating its impact in this video:

    — Steve Donohue, Special to Light Reading Cable, and Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

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