DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV) lost 52,000 video subs in the second quarter, more than the 36,000 losses analysts were expecting. According to Reuters, DirecTV chalked it up to stricter credit policies, a focus on higher-end customers and fewer customers coming in the door through telco sales channels.
Roku Inc. has lined up eight consumer electronics (CE) companies to integrate a USB-connected, Wi-Fi capable Streaming Stick that's expected out in a few weeks. Those that will carry products with the "Roku Ready" label include Element Electronics, GlobalVue International LLC, Haier; Hitachi America; Best Buy (for its Insignia-branded products); Mitsubishi Electric; Onkyo and Integra; OPPO; and TMAX Digital. Some of those CE partners will also bundle the Roku Streaming Stick in "select devices."