DirecTV lays out more Comcast conditions; connected TV makers get props at CES

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> DirecTV (Nasdaq: DTV) has one more thing it would like from the FCC if and when that body ever gets around to seriously considering the Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA)-NBC Universal merger: unbundle its arbitration condition. According to the sat provider, "requiring arbitration of multiple, bundled networks would significantly increase the complexity and cost of an arbitration proceeding." Story.

> The CES, some reports are predictably saying, sounded the first death knell for cable and at the same time the first celebratory peal for connected TVs. "It's not the distributor that owns the relationship with the consumer anymore; it's the TV manufacturer," crowed GigaOM. Story.

> Speaking of killing cable, The Motley Fool's Anders Bylund believes that an all-IP platform from Verizon (NYSE: VZ) could be a cable killer because it would allow the carrier's FiOS feed to move outside the house onto Verizon Wireless devices. Story.

> 3DTV got some bytes out of the terabytes of reportage at last week's CES but it was certainly well below the levels of tablets, connected TVs and 4G. That doesn't mean the subject's dead. Just ask Italian broadcaster Mediaset which has officially gone live with a service it calls 3VOD offering 40 films over Motive's Bestv set-top box. Story.

And finally ... believe it or not, international network operator Orange has "pledged" to automatically reduce monthly subscriptions for home phone and broadband if they become available for less. Story.

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