People of Lava erupt with interactive TV service; An honor Comcast doesn't want to win

> We're not making up these names. Swedish company "People of Lava" has launched what it claims is the world's first Internet TV and named it "Scandinavia." One might have thought they'd call it Lava Lamp. Story.

> Here's an honor Comcast's media relations crew won't crow about--if Comcast wins, of course. The MSO has made it to's sweet 16 of the "Worst Companies in America" (along with Time Warner, it should be noted) and is in the running for the top spot after being runner-up the last few years. The field is winnowed by reader votes. Story.

> Of course this could have been worse--it could have been something important and it could have been longer--but Service Electric customers in Lehigh and Northampton counties in Pennsylvania and Warren and Hunterdon counties in New Jersey missed the first few innings of Sunday night's baseball game between the New York Yankees and the Red Sox. Now Service Electric and ESPN are tossing blame beanballs at each other. Story.

> Funai Electric Co., which manufactures U.S. consumer electronics under the brand names Philips, Magnavox, Sylvania and Emerson is incorporating Widevine's adaptive streaming and digital rights management (DRM) platform on its Internet connected devices to provide video optimization with telecom, cable, satellite and Internet providers via TV Everywhere. News release.

> Turku Cable TV of Finland is launching a test of the country's first video-on-demand on its cable TV network in the Turku area this month. If all goes well, the service will launch sometime in the fall. The VOD service works on the Teleste-developed MyCast application platform. News release.