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Netflix Buys DVD.com Domain

Here's what's pushing cable's buttons this Monday morning.

  • Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) apparently isn't getting out of the DVD business anytime soon, or is at least hedging its bets, amid word that the streaming giant has acquired the DVD.com domain. But it doesn't appear that Netflix is about to replay the Qwikster debacle and try to spin out its DVD business. "Netflix cares about keeping DVD healthy, and this is just one small investment in keeping DVD healthy," the company tells NewTeeVee. Netflix currently offers a DVD-only subscription tier starting at US$7.99 per month. (See Netflix Kills Qwikster and Netflix Tries Again With DVD-Only Option.)

  • Speaking of Netflix, its CEO is the latest to complain about Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK)'s current lack of support for HBO GO, HBO's stand-alone TV Everywhere application, on Roku Inc. devices. "Comcast: I'm paying you a lot of money for HBO, so please let me watch HBO Go on my TV. I want my HBO Go," Reed Hastings wrote on his Facebook page. Comcast currently lets customers access HBO TV Everywhere content via the MSO's own Xfinity TV application via devices such as the iPad and Xbox 360. Hastings also found it "strange" that streaming Game of Thrones via the Xbox 360 does not count against his monthly Internet consumption cap. (See Comcast Won't Cap Xbox 360 Streaming .)

  • Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) has closed its acquisition of BelAir Networks, giving it a path toward integrated Wi-Fi/cellular products and access to BelAir customers such as AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK). About 120 BelAir employees are joining Ericsson as a result of the deal. (See Ericsson Adds Wi-Fi With BelAir Buy .)

  • WideOpenWest Holdings LLC (WOW) has tapped Sigma Systems 's Device Provisioning Manager (DPM) to power Ultra TV, a new high-end tier anchored by the Arris Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ARRS) Moxi whole home video gateway/HD-DVR. (See WOW Bundles Video Gateways With Docsis 3.0 .)

  • Frontier Communications Corp. (NYSE: FTR) says it has converted its operating, financial and human resources systems associated with its 2010 acquisition of Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) wireline exchanges in 14 states to its legacy systems roughly nine months ahead of schedule. Frontier noted that 2 million customers and 7,000 employees were converted in a single day. (See Frontier to Buy Verizon Assets .)

    — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

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