Cox hikes cable rates in Rhode Island; Comcast prepares launch of 10 new nets

Cable industry news from across the Web:

> Cox Communications will boost its standard cable rates $5 a month (9.4 percent) for Rhode Island subscribers. Also going up, starter packages ($3) and expanded service ($2). Story.

> Comcast said it has begun its eight-year quest to launch 10 new independent channels, including eight that are Hispanic and African-American owned or operated. News release.

> Texas Instruments will create the world's third largest semiconductor maker by paying $6.5 million to buy National Semiconductor. Story.

> Google is willing to pay at least $900 million for bankrupt Nortel's patent portfolio. Story.

> FilmOn has added 22 channels such as Fashion TV, Jewelry TV and NASA TV to its Internet-based HDTV service. News release.

> Motorola Mobility is working on a new box that will support multiple HD and SD in the home and larger home coverage. Story.

And finally ... not everyone hates Netflix. Twentieth Century Fox has renewed its multi-year non-exclusive digital distribution agreement. Story.

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