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Google TV Won't Fool Logitech Again

Welcome to the cable news roundup, T.G.I.F. edition.

  • When Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) launches the next version of Google TV, don't expect Logitech Ltd. to raise its hand again. It might have a different sort of gesture in mind after Logitech took a bath on Google's much-maligned first attempt at trying to change how people use the boob-tube. Logitech has "no plans to introduce another box to replace Revue," company CEO Geurrino De Luca said this week at the company's analyst and investor day. He estimates that the Google TV misstep and Logitech's own mistakes overseas cost it "well over $100 million in operating profits." (See Google TV's Refresh and Google TV Stumbles Out of the Blocks .)

  • Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) still has no plans to deliver subscription video services over the top outside its traditional cable footprint in part because the economics just don't add up, company CFO Michael Angelakis said at an SNL Kagan event. Comcast, which saw video sub losses slow in the third quarter, intends to concentrate on expanding its base in existing cable systems where upgrades have already been made and trying to parry the effects of the bad economy by continuing tests of lower-priced subscription TV tiers. (See Comcast Won't Go Over the Top.)

  • Angelakis also confirmed that Comcast has no intention of plowing more cash into Clearwire LLC (Nasdaq: CLWR), dispelling a rumor that circulated in August. He also took at least one option off the table regarding what the MSO might do with its Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum. "We have no desire to own a wireless network," he said. (See Cable May Plow More Cash Into Clearwire .)

  • Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC)'s offer of discounted Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) mobile services for the MSO's small- and mid-sized business customers is now being featured in nearly 60 Sprint stores in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. Cablevision and Sprint announced the Optimum Business Benefits program in August. (See Cablevision Gets Closer to Sprint.)

  • Comcast recently launched a streamlined Xfinitytv.com video hub, and company VP and Executive Creative Director Tom Loretan offers a video preview.

    — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

  • ibarrera 12/5/2012 | 4:49:12 PM
    re: Google TV Won't Fool Logitech Again

    Now claiming to remove support to mobile Flash, after putting an agent name that blocked access to all the Google TV from watching Hulu and other pages online.

    If it weren't for flash and websites with the impending necessity of blocking access to Google TV, it would have been a great device. Google messed also not providing an update to avoid being blocked.

    A year later, now Google finally is updating so people can install apps on their TVs. Now that nobody wants to support those systems.

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