Welcome to the T.G.I.F. edition of the cable news roundup.
Tennessee lawmakers passed a bill that'll make it illegal to share logins for Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) and other video websites. If this kind of crackdown goes wider, the legal benefits will also extend to MSOs, satellite TV and telco TV service providers that are launching TV Everywhere services on broadband-connected devices and are wary of having customers share access with unauthorized users. (See Comcast's TV Everywhere Play Breaks Out of Beta .)
If only the International Olympic Committee would televise the auction for TV and online video rights that'll take place Monday and Tuesday in Switzerland. Among the media execs making the trip are Comcast CEO Brian Roberts and NBCUniversal chief Steve Burke, Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) CEO Bob Iger, ESPN CEO George Bodenheimer, and Fox Sports Chairman David Hill.
Jon Favreau and Christopher Nolan joined the posse of directors fighting new premium video-on-demand (VoD) services from DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV) and other pay-TV providers that sell movies for $29.99 just two months after they debut in theaters. (See Study: $30 VoD Titles Won't Win.)