Google TV Still Not Ready for Prime Time

Happy New Year from the cable crew. Welcome to a very brief summary of today's cable news headlines:

  • Google TV is pretty lame, according to Fortune, which also doesn't like Apple TV, Roku Inc. , and the video content available on Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT)'s Xbox. (See Google TV Stumbles Out of the Blocks , Google TV Faces Delays Amid Poor Reviews, and Google TV Guns for Cable Deals .)

  • After DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV) balked at a demand for a 600 percent increase in retransmission consent fees from Northwest Broadcasting, about 160,000 subscribers lost the signals from their local Fox Broadcasting Co. affiliates. (See TV Contract Disputes Heat Up.)

  • The Daily Show and The Colbert Report may soon return to Hulu LLC , according to The New York Times. (See Daily Show, Colbert Leave Hulu.)

  • Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) took some heat in New Jersey for a 3 percent programming rate hike, a 10 percent jump in DVR fees, and a plan to begin charging subs for digital converters in June. (See AT&T, DirecTV Set Rate Hikes.)

  • Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) will keep 33 Sinclair Broadcast TV stations on its systems through January 14, after cutting a short-term extension of its retransmission consent deal.

  • Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH) managed to keep E! and Style on the slate after reaching a short-term contract extension with Comcast Networks Group.

    — Steve Donohue, Special to Light Reading Cable

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