Dagens Industri reported that The Carlyle Group LLC and Providence Equity Partners are looking to sell Com Hem for up to US$2.64 billion, with Telenor Group (Nasdaq: TELN), TDC, and Tele 2 among the possible buyers.
The service also includes the ability to select titles based on mood, which opens up speculation that Jinni Media Ltd. is involved. Jinni, by the way, just announced its first service provider deal (with Belgacom SA (Euronext: BELG)), which follows its original agreement to help power the new Google TV platform. (See Belgacom Gets Taste of Jinni.)
The new high-end tier follows TWC's ongoing tests of a no-frills video tier called "TV Essentials." (See No-Frills Cable TV .)
Snapstick launched a private beta on Thursday. The intention is to see Snapstick's software ported to TVs with Internet connections. A spokesman says the company is in licensing discussions with makers of cable boxes, TVs, and gaming devices. The hope is to have Snapstick-powered devices out by the second quarter of 2011. Snapstick will be showing off at the Consumer Electronics Show next month, so we'll be popping by to learn more.
— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable