Here's a look at what's making the cable market snap, crackle and pop today.
A class-action lawsuit against Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) over allegations that the MSO violated antitrust laws is moving ahead after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit declined Comcast's appeal in a 2-1 ruling (PDF) handed down last week. The suit (Behrend v. Comcast Corp), which seeks more than US$875 million in damages, alleges that the MSO overcharged customers after engaging in a number of system swaps in the Philadelphia area starting in 1998 that increased Comcast's share of the pay-TV market and established a monopoly position there in violation of sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act. The suit also contends that Comcast engaged in similar conduct in the Boston and Chicago markets.
With its sights set on "the next-generation of widescreen digital television," the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has started a standards effort for a super-wide 21:9 aspect ratio. The CEA-861 effort aims to establish specs for signaling video in the budding format to digital TVs, and digital cable, satellite and terrestrial set-top boxes.