Rovi's interactive program guide intellectual property portfolio may not be as strong in Europe as it is in U.S. courts. The company lost a patent infringement suit against Dutch cable operator Ziggo B.V. , after a court found that one of its IPG patents is invalid in the Netherlands.
Just as cable operators often blame cable programmers for forcing rate hikes, Hollywood is taking the blame for Netflix's subscription fee increases. (See Netflix Subs Revolt .)
comScore Inc. says the average U.S. Web surfer watched 16.8 hours of video in June, an increase of 2.3 hours compared with June 2010. The most popular sites were YouTube Inc. and other sites owned by Google (Nasdaq: GOOG).
Here's a look at how Comcast's switch to an all-digital lineup in Northern Virginia affected one subscriber who "wasn't prepared to welcome the digital age."