Happy hump-day, cable guys and gals. In today's roundup of cable stocking-stuffers, John Malone is apparently eyeing another cable MSO in Germany, Level 3 Communications Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) accuses Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) of breaking a non-disclosure agreement, Discovery Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) complains about Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH)'s place-shifting app, and Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) does what Apple does -- sells lots of products.
Look for more spats between cable programmers and distributors over their TV Everywhere distribution strategies. Discovery Communications has complained to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that Dish Network doesn’t have the rights to place-shift its programming to iPads, iPhones, and Android devices using its Sling technology, according to Broadcasting & Cable.
The dispute over interconnection fees between Level 3 and Comcast is heating up yet again, with Level 3 accusing Comcast of violating a non-disclosure agreement by blogging about their discussions tied to potential peering trials, GigaOm reports. (See Comcast: Level 3 Balks at Trial Offer .)