Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) and Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) have
signed a new, comprehensive carriage deal that places a heavy emphasis on TV Everywhere. The new deal includes ESPN 3D and access to the out-of-home, broadband-fed "Watch" feeds of The Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, ABC, ABC Family and ESPN.
Consumer demand for new ultra-hi-definition 4K TVs (those with a horizontal resolution of about 4,000 pixels) will remain "negligible for the foreseeable future," and not account more than 1 percent of the global LCD TV market during the next five years, predicts IHS iSuppli . The research firm expects global shipments of 4K LCD-TVs to rise to 2.1 million in 2017, up from just 4,000 in 2012. There's very little 4K-ready content and anyone who's even in the market for a 4K set will need deep pockets. Sony's 84-inch 4K TV, for example, is priced at $25,000. On top of all that, 1080p resolution is "good enough" for most people, the firm says. (See Photos: Comcast/NBCU Ultra-HD Demo and A Glimpse of Ultra-HD .)
House of Cards, the Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) original drama series starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright and directed by David Fincher, will debut Feb. 1, 2013. Netflix will offer the entire 13-episode first season all at once. The second season is slated to start production in 2013.