Today's cable roundup kicks off with a comment that's sure to fan the cord-cutting flames.
Video subscriptions still make up 56 percent of Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC)'s revenues, but broadband "clearly is becoming the anchor service," MSO CEO Glenn Britt told The Wall Street Journal. "Clearly the relative importance of the video business has declined over time." His comments come after the MSO lost 128,000 video subscribers (giving it a total of 12 million) and added 54,000 broadband subscribers (extending that total to 9.7 million) in the second quarter. (See Q2 Video Scorecard: Cable, Satellite Get Creamed .)
Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) has launched its Xfinity Mobile app for BlackBerry devices, following earlier introductions on gear running Android and Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) iOS. In addition to providing access to email and voice mail, the app also lets subs manage their DVR remotely.
Cable boxes have many uses, but here's a new one: weapon. Denver's 7News reports that a tow truck driver trying to hook up an illegally parked car over the weekend got struck in the face with a set-top allegedly flung by the auto's owner, Bradley Henkle. No word yet on the set-top model, but given the cable market, it was probably a Motorola or Pace plc box.