DISH survey: users willing to pay $300 for Google TV-enabled set-tops; NAB pushes mobile phone proposal

> Based on a survey it conducted among its subscribers, DISH Network (Nasdaq: DISH) is confident that they're willing to pay "up to $300" for a Google TV-enabled set-top box. DISH is banking on Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) --and the willingness of consumers to pay for it--to cut into the divide between itself and satellite rival DirecTV (Nasdaq: DTV). Story.

> Everyone always seems so hung up on getting TV into mobile phones. The National Association of Broadcasters, however, are not ones to overlook anything and have pushed a proposal that would require mobile phones receive FM signals and, most importantly, pay artists for airplay. The deal did not meet with wide-eyed enthusiasm from Gary Shapiro, CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association who called it a "back room scheme" and "the height of absurdity." Story.

> Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO) has not overlooked the size of the Brazilian TV market, even if it is a little sketchy these days. The set-top box maker, supposedly severely wounded by Cablevision Systems' (NYSE: CVC) purchase of Samsung set tops, has cut its own set-top deal with NET Servicos, the largest cable provider in Latin America with over 11 million households. News release.

> Accedo Broadband is feeling connected and wants everyone else to feel the vibe as well. The Swedish IPTV and Connected TV apps provider said that it's introducing a range of new applications for TV operators to be made available over Connected TV devices such as TVs, Blu-ray players and other over-the-top appliances. News release.

And finally... here's a weekend thought as you struggle with the notorious Sunday drivers. IMS Research said that the number of new vehicles with integrated Internet access could reach six million by 2017. The popularity of downloaded apps like live weather reports and having email read aloud is driving (pun intended) the market. Story.

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