Dish deals free Blockbuster; consumers spending more for cable, satellite TV

Cable industry news from across the Web:

> New Dish Network customers will get three free months of Blockbuster By Mail as part of their subscription. Story

> Think people are spending a lot more on gas these days? They are. But they're also spending a lot more on cable and satellite entertainment as part of a 69 percent rise to $235 billion in 2010 purchases. Story

> TelcoTV continues to slice away at cable markets internationally, according to new information compiled by ABI Research, with cable's market share declining from 72 percent to 69 percent from 2009 to 2010. News release

> Apple TV's second generation box software updates are fulfilling the promises that were made when the product was introduced last fall, MacDirectory says in a product review.

And finally ... the Download Fairness Coalition, with members like Apple, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Verizon and the Newspaper Association of America, has been formed to "stop double or triple taxation practices that states charge on digitally downloaded purchases like music, movies and books." Betcha John Malone's in favor of these guys. Story