Long live Apple TV?

> There's no accounting for some tastes, but apparently some people are willing to jump from the frying pan into the fire, trading cable TV for Apple Television. Story.

> Combining the obvious with the ominous, the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer has used newsprint to detail how cable and satellite service subscription fees have climbed 42.5 percent in the last 10 years, far outpacing inflation while cell phone and Internet services and even television set prices have come down. Story.

> Forgetting for a moment about 3D TV, BigBand Networks has unveiled broadcast video services software to support increasing demand for high def advertising enabled by switched digital video (SDV). News release.

> Recently acquired RCN Cable has beefed up its channel lineup with more Hispanic programming including Media World channels Pasiones, Centroamerica TV & Television Dominicana. News release.

> It's not censorship in the truest sense of the word, but the Pakistani Senate Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting has asked cable operators not to show Indian TV channels and dramas because broadcasts should reflect "national sentiments and aspirations." And these are two nuclear countries. Story.