Fox explains role in Sinclair-Time Warner Cable fight; Snapstick jumps into Google TV, Apple TV space

@FierceCable RT @latimes - Fox Networks has finally commented on its special relationship with Time Warner Cable that has Sinclair Broadcasting--and its Fox local affiliates--in a tizzy. If Sinclair blacks out Fox local programming as a result of a retransmission stalemate, the national network would step in with national programming "to protect Fox viewers from any service interruptions," a Fox spokesman said. Story. | Follow @FierceCable

> Look out, Apple TV and Google TV (both of which are just having a wonderful time in the OTT space): Here comes Snapstick, a software platform that says it can help stream Web content onto a TV using a Web-connected device like an iPhone. The software supposedly obviates the need for another set-top box. Story.

> Burlington, Vt.'s city-owned telecom, Burlington Telecom, has pledged to continue to fight to stay operating despite claims of a state official that the service owes big bucks to taxpayers. "People had $17 million of their money stolen from them in broad daylight," said Public Service Commissioner David O'Brien, probably eliciting loud guffaws from banking and Wall Street types who took more than that over their lunch breaks. Story.

> If you've been listening closely or reading between the lines, you may have noticed a trend by U.S. cable operators to concentrate more on broadband and less on TV. Now that trend is expanding internationally, with Manila, Philippines-based SkyCable skewing its spending mix towards broadband. Story.

And finally ... 3DTV is becoming like Jell-O; there's always room for it in this pub. That's why it's worthwhile noting that Technicolor has introduced a quality control program to make sure 3D content meets minimum requirements (like jumping off the screen?) before it's delivered to consumers. Story.