By Rocco Pendola:For as solid of a handle as I have had on the company since last year, I'm not quite sure what to make of Netflix (NFLX) at this point. It's tough to find a negative with its enhanced inclusion on the refreshed AppleTV. Consumers can now sign up for a Netflix account through Apple's (AAPL) iTunes interface.
John McCain is actually working on something people really want to see happen — blowing up the cable industry's expensive bundles of channels. He's introducing legislation that would make it easier for consumers to pick their channels.
Brian Roberts, chairman and CEO of Comcast, delivered a rare spectacle at this week's Cable Show, the annual conference for the cable TV business. In a ballroom in Washington, D.C., he delivered a product demo with distinct echoes of Macworld or CES, showcasing the cable operator's X2 user interface and cloud-based DVR. One of the key features: the system allows multiple household devices to play the same content that's on the big screen. “If you don’t have your products on every platform, you’re missing a whole generation,” Roberts said.
While many cable subscribers around the country are dreading the impact that a merged Time Warner Cable and Comcast could have on pricing for TV and Internet service, some satellite customers have shrugged off the news.
Smartphone/tablet users are getting into TV-content apps, according to a Parks Associates study. The most-common consumer activities with such apps are watching video, looking up information related to programming, plus purchasing related music or merchandise.