Netflix Subs Face Password-Sharing Crackdown

Also: LightSquared and Sprint deal rumor swirls; Comcast, Fox, ESPN battle for Olympic rights; Baker details NBCU job talks

June 3, 2011

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Netflix Subs Face Password-Sharing Crackdown

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 .)

  • LightSquared may be close to striking a US$20 billion, 15-year deal with Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) to share the costs of building a broadband wireless network. (See Sprint Gives Clearwire $1B Boost.)

  • That line from Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) CEO Glenn Britt about the MSO targeting broadband-only subs has caused some to wonder if cable's "giving up on the triple play."

  • New Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) lobbyist Meredith Attwell Baker told the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) general counsel's office on April 13 that she was interviewing for a gig at NBCUniversal LLC , according to the House Oversight Committee. The former FCC commissioner faces questions about joining the cable giant just months after voting to approve the Comcast-NBCU merger. (See Attwell Baker Jumps From FCC to Comcast.)

  • 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.

  • Tablets running Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)'s Android platform will overtake Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL)'s iPad, Adobe Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: ADBE) CEO Shantanu Narayen predicted Thursday.

  • 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.)

  • Comcast's Metro Ethernet product is scoring new commercial customers in Utah, including the Stein Ericksen Lodge in Park City. (See Comcast Expands Metro Ethernet and Juniper, Cisco Share Comcast's MetroE Spoils .)

  • For your viewing enjoyment -- and further proof that movie studios are continuing to invest in 3-D -- here's a trailer for Happy Feet Two that is burning up the Web. (See 2010 Top Ten: 3DTV Hype Builders .)

    — Steve Donohue, Special to Light Reading Cable

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