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Cable Catchup

3:15 PM -- Things are humming here in Las Vegas at TelcoTV 2010, but here's a snapshot of news from the cable world…

  • Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH) on Wednesday formally launched its integrated Google TV offering, selling it for $179, plus a "DVR integration service" that runs $4 per month. At the start, it's compatible with Dish receiver models such as the ViP 622, ViP 722, and ViP 722k. (See Google TV Guns for Cable Deals , Photos: Google TV-Logitech Gearfest , and Dish's Google TV Exclusive Will Be Brief .)

  • Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC)'s new Look Back service starts to bring a quasi-network DVR into the MSO's video equation, but Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) blogger Mari Silbey points out that there's some important broadcast content missing from the overall puzzle in the early going. (See TW Cable Unleashes 'Look Back' .)

  • Multichannel News noticed that Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is starting to integrate video-on-demand (VoD) search capabilities, starting in Motorola markets on the iGuide, and later to its Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO)-made boxes via a new tru2way-based guide.

    The Comcast corporate blog made note of the new feature, dubbed "Search TV & On Demand, on November 5.

  • Netherlands-based MSO CAI Harderwijk is reportedly using Docsis 3.0 to demonstrate a symmetric 100Mbit/s broadband service, offering yet more evidence that upstream channel bonding is finally making some progress. (See Moto CMTS Set to Bond With Cable's Upstream and CableLabs Eyes a Super-Sized Upstream .)

  • The Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH)-TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO) DVR patent battle continued this week in the federal circuit appeals court. Sky Report, citing a note from Stifel, Nicolaus & Co. Inc. analysts, reports that, based on the early exchanges, Charlie Ergen's side may be in line for some relief, though a final opinion isn't expected before the first quarter of 2011.

  • From the in-case-you-were-wondering department: Comcast, which is trying to close its acquisition of NBC Universal , said it played no role in the suspension and reinstatement of MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann.

    Here are some other quick-hitters with cable implications:

    — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

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