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 .)
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.
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.