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CES 2011: Verizon to Sling Video to LTE Phones

Welcome to a brief summary of today's cable-related headlines with an emphasis what's shaking at this week's gizmo-fest at the International CES .

  • Verizon Wireless has inked a deal to offer a new subscription video service from Sling Media Inc. that will pipe TV to select Long Term Evolution (LTE)-powered smartphones. (See Sling, Verizon Combine 4G & TV.)

    Under the deal, the resulting service will provide the Slingbox and the SlingPlayer app and any other requisite "networking accessories."

    The rumor of a Verizon-Sling Media connection started to spread earlier in the week, resulting in speculation that Verizon may attempt to place-shift programming from its FiOS TV platform. (See CES Rumor: Verizon Connecting With Sling .)

    Although that kind of setup could still factor in, the initial subscription service will be bundled with Verizon's 4G play. Customers will be able to sign up for the offering through the V CAST Apps storefront. Pricing hasn't been announced, but Verizon will bill customers for it directly.

  • Boxee ’s deal with CBS Interactive is its first agreement with a Big Four broadcaster to sell TV shows on the Web, but it’s not clear if its cord-cutting customers will be willing to pay for CSI, The Mentalist, and other CBS programs. (See Boxee Launches Cord-Cutting Box .)

  • Wonder if that $2 billion ESPN will reportedly pay the NFL each year comes with rights to produce football games in 3-D? (See 3DTV Eye Strain? Take a Break, ESPN Says.)

  • Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ)'s top lobbyist wants to overhaul the 1996 Telecommunications Act, telling the National Journal that there is "no policy in place for the Internet broadband infrastructure." (See Net Neutrality Sweep: Everyone's Ticked.)

  • Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski wants to allocate more spectrum to mobile broadband services, arguing that broadcasters aren't making effective use of their spectrum. (See FCC Swaps TV Spectrum for Mobile Broadband.)

  • TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO) plans to launch its Premiere iPad app by the end of the month. (See TiVo: $99 Premiere DVR Revving Retail.)

    — Steve Donohue, Special to Light Reading Cable

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