Welcome to the cable news roundup, T.G.I.F. edition.
Amazon Web Services Inc. will try to siphon away more dollars from cable's video-on-demand business after expanding its Instant Video library to more than 100,000 movies and TV shows, with 9,000 of those titles available for free to customers who subscribe to Amazon's $79-per-year Prime shipping service. Amazon rents and sells the other titles in the library for prices starting at $3.99, and has a presence on more than 300 IP-connected devices, including Roku Inc. and TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO) boxes.
Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) confirms to Fortune that the MSO is bidding good-bye to the Road Runner as the mascot of its cable modem service, and will instead try to "create excitement" around the company's new ear-eye logo as the cable op moves ahead on a "brand-refresh." [Ed. note: We can hardly contain our excitement, so imagine what the customer reaction will be.]
John Malone's Liberty Media Corp. (NYSE: LMC) has dropped its bid to buy Barnes & Noble Inc., but will instead invest $204 million in the bookstore chain and maker of the Nook e-reader.