No place for Comcast on FCC agenda; Amino adds 'companion' set-top box

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> Perhaps the FCC will have settled the Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA)-NBC Universal matter before its Jan. 25 meeting or perhaps it just keeps pushing things back. Either way the tentative agenda for the year's first meeting says nothing about it. Story.

> There are those who think the set-top box is dead; Amino is not among them. It's adding what it calls a "companion" box to sit alongside pay TV units already in the home and provide access to over-the-top content. Story.

> On the subject of boxes--at least peripherally--In-Stat has developed a report that shows that personal video recorders continue to set new sales records. North America, it should be noted, is the biggest market. News release.

> Funai Electronics has apparently gotten caught up in those annoying "to the cloud" Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) commercials. It says it's building television and blu-ray players with ActiveVideo's Cloud TV platform so consumers can watch Web-based video and applications on their TVs. Story.

And finally ... it seems like it's a good idea to connect as many devices to the Internet as possible. The latest data from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press (those two are distinct?) says that 41 percent of Americans get most of their news from the Internet while 66 percent still get it from television. Newspapers are another matter, apparently. News release.