Welcome to today's cable and broadband news roundup:
First, we had Dish cutting subscribers off from the Breaking Bad Season 5 premiere, which is on Sunday, not that anyone's counting the days or anything. Now Viacom -- owner of networks including Nickelodeon -- has gone one better in battling DirecTV, removing complete episodes from online access, apparently to prevent DirecTV users from having any way to see the shows. They're fighting over carriage fees. As GigaOm notes, DirecTV had posted instructions on how to get to the shows, so this is apparently Viacom's retaliation, one where DirecTV non-customers become collateral damage.
It's a reminder of the power that content owners still have, but that power could be fleeting, according to a short essay on Slate.
Comcast wants to get into automobile software, according to a report on FierceCable Wednesday. The potential product could run in two directions. It could use a set-top or a mobile device to alert cable subscribers about a theft attempt, and it could include ways to control home-based systems while in the car.
Oi, the Brazilian service provider, has picked Microsoft Mediaroom as its IPTV platform and Alcatel-Lucent as its systems integrator, according to an email sent by Microsoft to the press.
Time Warner Cable is offering employees $50 in prizes for delivering tips about how the Google fiber buildout is going, GigaOm reports. Three $50 gift cards are up for grabs per week.