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Netflix: More Subscribers Than Comcast?

Here's a quick look at what's interesting in the world of cable technology.

  • Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) is expected to report this afternoon that it added 3.7 million subscribers during the first quarter, which would give it 23.7 million subscribers, or 500,000 more than top cable MSO Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) (See Can Netflix Keep Flying?)

  • Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) added to its live TV lineup for the iPad, including nets from Fox Broadcasting Co. and Discovery Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). (See Fox to TW Cable: Stop Streaming Our Stuff and TW Cable's iPad TV App Changes Channels.)

  • That new Wii console Nintendo of America Inc. plans to launch in 2012 may include support for 3-D video. (See 2010 Top Ten: 3DTV Hype Builders .)

  • Comcast is preparing to deploy an HD version of one-way, low-cost Digital Terminal Adapter (DTA) devices and is working on a way to run a program guide on DTAs. (See FCC Opens the Way for More HD-DTAs, Cable ONE Looks to Pump Up HD-DTA Volumes and EBIF Coming to DTAs .)

  • CE manufacturers are building smarter remotes for connected TVs, including a QWERTY keyboard from Samsung Corp. and a remote that uses motion-control technology from LG Electronics Inc. (London: LGLD; Korea: 6657.KS) . (See Hillcrest Web Browser Targets Cord Cutters.)

  • AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) has expanded U-verse TV to 136 metropolitan areas in 22 states, counting 3.2 million subscribers.

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

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