Netflix not a pay TV competitor, yet; DirecTV looks to compete with theaters

Cable industry news from across the Web:

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> Despite all indications to the contrary, Netflix shouldn't be seen as public enemy number one by cable operators, says Home Media Magazine. Story.

> DirecTV, on the other hand, is in the laser sights of movie theater owners as it prepares a $30 no-popcorn-included premium VoD offer. Story.

> Cox and Motorola have issued some uplifting news about getting faster speeds via channel bonding. Story.

> Here's one to watch: Maximum Service Television (MSTV), a group most recently obsessed with broadcast spectrum, wants to merge with the NAB. Story.

> Pace has moved a step closer to integrating IP-based video along with linear feeds in its set-tops thanks to a partnership with Clearleap. Story.

> Sticking to tech, CableLabs has issued DOCSIS Provisioning EPON specifications (DPoE) to help cable operators deliver commercial services over EPON networks. News release.

And finally ... those following the exploits of John Malone should know that his Liberty Global company is among the final round bidders for Germany's fun-to-say Kabel Baden-Wuerttenberg. Story.