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Verizon VoD Claims Challenged in Court

Here's a quick look at today's cable news.

  • Cablevision supplier ActiveVideo says a U.S. District Court judge invalidated some of Verizon's claims related to interactive TV services like video-on-demand. The decision in that lawsuit could affect Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC)'s patent litigation with Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) (See Cablevision, Verizon Brace for Court Collision and ActiveVideo Suit Targets Verizon.)

  • Cox Communications Inc. debuted wireless services in Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Cleveland, Ohio. (See Cox Lights Up Wireless in the Sooner State and Cox Wireless: Soup to Nuts .)

  • Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) invested in advanced advertising firm BlackArrow Inc. , giving president of media sales Joan Gillman a seat on its board. (See Cable Project Tries to Jolt VoD Advertising .)

  • Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) struck a licensing deal with Miramax, and some fans of cancelled NBC series The Event hope it'll keep the show alive. (See Netflix to Rescue Cancelled TV Series.)

  • Blip.tv is positioning itself as the Hulu LLC for original Web shows.

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

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