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Boxee: Not Must-See TV

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LR Cable News Analysis
Light Reading
12/29/2010

Welcome to a very brief summary of today's cable news headlines:

  • Cable’s love for the iPad could generate more scrutiny from privacy advocates. Apple and several app developers, including The Weather Channel, were sued in California for allegedly sharing their customers' personal data with advertisers without consent. The class action complaint was filed by Manatt, Phelps & Phillipson on behalf of a Los Angeles County resident. (See Comcast Invades the iPad and Everyone's Mad About the iPad .)

  • Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC)'s retransmission agreement with Sinclair Broadcast Group expires Saturday at midnight. If no agreement is reached, some of the 58 stations in 35 markets could be blacked out. Happy New Year!

  • Discovery Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), Sony Corp. (NYSE: SNE) and IMAX plan to call their new 3D network "3NET," according to Multichannel News, which dug up the trademark filing. The network is set to launch next year. (See Discovery Prez: New 3D Net Will Need 6MHz and CTAM Summit: 3DTV Is Poised to Pop.)

  • A Los Angeles Times review of the Boxee Box says the $200 gizmo and over-the-top video service is an "alternative to cable TV, not a substitute.” The paper dinged Boxee for a lack of programming from major TV networks and the absence of a “unifying program guide.” (See Boxee Launches Cord-Cutting Box and Boxee Urges TV Nets to 'Experiment'.)

    — Steve Donohue, Special to Light Reading Cable

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