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Microsoft Sues TiVo Again

Hello, cable guys and gals. Welcome to today's look at what else is making waves in cable circles.

  • Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) doubled down on its patent dispute with TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO), filing a complaint at the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) seeking to block TiVo from importing DVRs. (See Microsoft Takes On TiVo .)

  • Five more towns in the United Kingdom have access to Virgin Media Inc. (Nasdaq: VMED)'s 100Mbit/s Docsis 3.0 service. (See Virgin Media CEO Disses DSL.)

  • After settling a complaint involving programming fees it pay to Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) for its municipal cable operation, the city of San Bruno, Calif., says it'll save $1 million over the next six years. (See San Bruno Taps RGB for All-Digital.)

  • Broadband satellite firm Hughes Communications Inc. is apparently on the block.

  • Look for Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) to use its $10 million acquisition of fflick to help Google TV users recommend programming to friends on social networks.

  • Fox Sports Chairman David Hill says he "absolutely" doesn't want to distribute NASCAR races online because of the ratings impact it could have on local Fox Broadcasting Co. affiliates.

  • If CNN, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC were equipped to deliver interactive TV applications, maybe this is the type of interactive content they would be able to offer during tonight's State of the Union Address. (See Comcast Claims Interactive Ad Success.)

  • U-verse Movies is the new brand for AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T)'s video-on-demand service. AT&T will reportedly wield the brand against movie rental rivals Redbox Automated Retail LLC and Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX).

    — Steve Donohue, Special to Light Reading Cable

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