A patents squabble linking big U.S. and British interests kicks off Wednesday's cable news roundup.
Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) has lobbed a lawsuit at a unit of U.K.-based BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) that seeks a ruling that the MSO doesn't infringe on eight BT network-related patents covering functions such as network-traffic management and fault monitoring. The suit, aimed at BT Telecommunications, is urging a Delaware court to invalidate the patents, and comes after BT tried to add Comcast as a defendant to a separate lawsuit filed last year against Cox Communications Inc. and Cable One Inc. in the same court, reports Business Week.
Sixteen percent of Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) subs are poised to churn and another 14 percent are seriously considering cancelling the service, according to a survey of 1,000 U.S. consumers conducted by Frank N. Magid Associates just before Netflix's price hikes took effect. The firm notes that 60 percent of Netflix subs currently rent DVDs from Redbox, and 30 percent of those surveyed intend to use it more often following Netflix's price changes. (See Netflix Does the Splits .)