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Security Snag Sacks Boxee's Netflix Rollout

Good morning, cable gang. Leading this morning's roundup, Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) subs looking to keep entertained during today's lovely wintry mix won't be using Boxee .

  • Boxee blamed a failure to satisfy Netflix security requirements for blowing a second target date for adding thousands of movies and TV series to its OTT service, putting it in an "awkward spot." (See Boxee Preps a New Over-the-Top Box .)

  • Cable guys are partly to blame for a spectrum shortage, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) told lawmakers, pointing to Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC)'s lollygagging with the Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum it won at auction in 2006. (See TW Cable Has 15,000 WiMax Subs .)

  • Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH) is buying bankrupt DBSD North America Inc. for roughly US$1 billion. DBSD, which counted Dish as a creditor, has been developing hybrid satellite and terrestrial systems.

  • Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is starting to get a fix on IPv6 just as the v4 base peters out, activating its first group of cable modem subs using IPv6 in a "Native Dual Stack" configuration, meaning they can access Internet content natively over both v4 and v6. (See Global IPv4 Counter Hits Zero and Where Are Comcast's IPv6 Volunteers? .)

  • Media buyers can use the Google TV Ads system to bid for local cable ads placed on WideOpenWest Holdings LLC (WOW) , RCN Corp. , Atlantic Broadband and Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) FiOS TV under a deal Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) struck with rep firm Viamedia. (See SKY Television Boards thePlatform.)

  • Another "TV Everywhere" win for Comcast-owned thePlatform Inc. , which scored a deal to drive Sky TV's new "iSky" video portal/service in New Zealand. (See thePlatform Gives Content Owners More Control.)

  • U.K. cabler Virgin Media Inc. (Nasdaq: VMED) is trying to undercut BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) by boosting the downstream of its "XL" tier from 20 Mbit/s to 30 Mbit/s, and chopping the monthly price on XL from £20 ($32.21) to £18.50 ($29.80) when bundled with home phone service. However, Virgin's upgrade does include a £30 ($48.32) fee to cover the new Docsis 3.0 modem and router.

  • Cable ops looking to add weather info to their interactive TV lineups can expect a call from new AccuWeather VP Pascal Racheneur, who just left The Weather Channel.

    — Steve Donohue, Special to Light Reading Cable

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