Apple TV seen hitting million sub mark; Big media means big money, earnings reports show

Cable industry news from across the Web:

> Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) TV is "within shooting range of some of the smaller cable operators like Cablevision" as it approaches the 1 million subscriber mark, a Hudson Square Research analyst said. Story

> Big media and big money have become synonymous during first quarter earnings results. Story

> Speaking of big media, Time Warner (NYSE: TWX) CEO Jeff Bewkes has advised antsy theater owners that "our interests are aligned" even though TW is pushing a premium early release VoD service. Story

> Shaw Communications (NYSE: SJR) will use Arris' whole home platform starting in Calgary and expanding throughout its footprint. News release

And finally ... It could be nothing, but it certainly appears to be something synergistic as NBC has ordered up four new TV series next year, all of which are produced by corporate sister Universal Media Studios. Story