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Well, I’m gonna be changing things up a bit on this, I’m starting to get backlogged, and things are slipping through the cracks. From here on out, I’m just going to be posting when I get 3-5 items OK?

Sony Unveils Pricing, Availability of Vue Online TV Service – Sony launched its cloud-based TV service PlayStation Vue on Wednesday. The service is available on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 video game consoles in three markets: New York, Chicago and Philadelphia. Sony says additional markets will be added later this year. The service includes a robust selection of channels, including CBS, Fox, NBC, Discovery Communications, Turner and Viacom. Overall, 85 channels are available, including local broadcasts. Channel packages start at $49.99, and move all the way to $69.99, adding local sports networks and more family channels.

FCCStreaming TV Services Seek Fast Lanes – The Wall Street Journal on Thursday reported that HBO, Showtime, and Sony have all been speaking with Internet providers about the possibility of being treated as “specialized services,” separating them from other internet traffic and essentially giving them a fast lane to consumers. Such an arrangement would tap into a gray area of the debate over net neutrality. The FCC’s recently approved net-neutrality rules bar broadband providers from accepting payment from companies to favor their traffic. But the agency has maintained that cable and phone companies can offer certain specially managed services – digital phone and video-on-demand, for example – that run on a dedicated slice of bandwidth in the cable pipe that is separate from the portion reserved for public Internet access.

New Streaming TV Services Could Help Comcast – News that Dish’s new Sling online TV service had already attracted more than 100,000 subscribers (at least on a trial basis) would seemingly be a bad thing for Comcast and other cable companies, which have been fighting to stem the flow of cord-cutters. However, that’s not actually the case, at least for Comcast. The company needs all the competition it can get these days, as it tries to convince regulators to approve its $45 billion deal to acquire Time Warner Cable. It’s been more than a year since the deal was proposed, but Justice Department and Federal Communications Commission officials still haven’t said what they think of the deal.

AppleNew Apple TV Device Rumored to Appear Midyear – Apple will unveil a new Apple TV box at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) later this year, multiple outlets are reporting, citing people who claim to have knowledge of the company’s plans. The Apple TV announcement will come in tandem with the unveiling of a software development kit that will allow developers to bring apps to the set-top box, according to the report. Apple TV currently has apps, but those are automatically added to the device. The update would deliver an App Store to Apple TV, similar to the App Store on iOS devices like the iPhone and the iPad.

Sources: The Wall Street Journal, online; USA Today, online; Bloomberg; Reuters; Ars Technica; Engadget; SlashGear; The Verge, Re/code, Gizmodo; Barron’s, online; VentureBeat; TechCrunch; Boy Genius Report; Electronista;, Forbes, online; Fortune, online; CNET;

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  1. Regarding “fast lanes”: I am all for net neutrality. I could see some particular fast lanes if their producers agreed to control prices and the ISPs agreed to make no more on them than on non-fastlane services. But this would not be an issue if the entire country were served by satellite, would it?

    On Comcasr/TimeWarner: Comcast isn’t only fighting being a monopoly, but also its public image as one of the three most hated corporations in the country (the other two being a communications giant and a financial giant). I’m sure the regulators are as aware of the reputation of Comcast as they are of its market share.

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