DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV) and Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH) subscribers in Ohio will have to keep paying a 5.5 percent sales tax on pay-TV programming. The sales tax is comparable to the franchise fees cable subscribers pay in Ohio and other states.
Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) will reportedly release three versions of the iPad 2 which will support Wi-Fi, UMTS, and CDMA, or a combination of the technologies, according to Digitimes. Apple is also reportedly working to improve the “anti-smudge and anti-reflective treatments” on the iPad 2. (See Comcast Readies iPad Video Streaming.)
Arris hired former Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) senior sales manager Don Toft to oversee its account with Comcast.
In a story reminiscent of Jim Carrey’s The Cable Guy, police in Florida arrested a man posing as a Brighthouse Networks cable installer. Gregory Tennin was allegedly hooking up Orlando residents to Brighthouse’s cable plant and “trying to profit from his technical work.”