Here's a look at what's making news around the cable realm.
Motorola Mobility LLC expects to lay off roughly 800 workers -- about 4.2 percent -- before the end of the year, and the effect will be felt at both its Mobile Devices and Home units, reports Multichannel News, citing the company's recently filed 10-Q. Company management approved the layoff plan on Oct. 24, and expects to record a net pre-tax charge of approximately $31 million, including $27 million of severance and $4 million of facility exit costs, in the fourth quarter. (See Moto Ships 4.8M Smartphones Amid Q3 Losses.)
Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)'s YouTube Inc. unit confirmed in a blog post that it will soon launch almost 100 streaming video "channels" with original content in genres such as TV, music, news and sports, confirming reports that surfaced earlier in the year. YouTube said channels will start going live in November and will be offered on a wide range of Internet-connected devices, including the revamped Google TV. The current list shows 96 channels under names such as The Red Bull Channel, The Comedy Shaq Network (with Shaquille O'Neal), the RIDE Channel (from Tony Hawk) and WWE Fan Nation. (See Google Crafting YouTube 'Channels' and Google TV's Refresh .)
Google will forgo the 2011 holiday selling season to instead wait until 2012 for the launch of new Google TV hardware and pricing, reports PaidContent.
Perhaps Coinstar Inc. forgot that Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) just got ripped to shreds for raising its rates, but the company that runs the Redbox DVD kiosks will today start charging $1.20 per rental per day, a 20 percent increase, to help cover higher expenses tied to debit card processing and the DVDs themselves. Blu-ray titles and video games will stay at $1.50 and $2 per day, respectively. (See Netflix Loses 810,000 Subs .)
Netflix, meanwhile, continues to shore up its streaming business, announcing a license extension for hundreds of library episodes from ABC Studios, Disney Channel and ABC Family, including prior season episodes of series such as Grey's Anatomy and Desperate Housewives, as well as content that will be completely new to Netflix, including all episodes of Alias.