Rovi sues Hulu for patent infringement; Best Buy jumps into connected TV market

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> Rovi Corp., which in December bought Sonic Solutions, licenses its electronic program guide technology to a number of companies like Apple, Comcast and Microsoft. One of them, however, isn't Hulu, and the company has sued Hulu claiming the online TV site is infringing on its electronic program guide patents. Article

> With increasing consumer demand for easy access to over-the-top online video content from services like Netflix and Hulu, it's no surprise that CE manufacturers are jumping on the connected TV bandwagon. Add Best Buy to that list. Article

> Hawaiian Telcom may be determined to take on the state's near-monopoly video provider Oceanic Time Warner with its own IPTV service on Oahu, but the company does not want to reveal when it is actually going to start delivering the service. Article

>E-tailer Amazon kicked  its chase of Netflix up a notch, acquiring the rights to stream part of NBCUniversal's Universal Pictures library. Article

> Fox, which in May said it would start to count online viewers as part of its audience and to set ad rates, is planning to put its programming behind a paywall starting Aug. 15. Article

> Video-on-demand vendor Vudu is moving up. The streaming video service is getting a place on owner Walmart's Web homepage--Walmart.com--as the retailer tries to position the service for growth. Article

> A federal judge Wednesday criticized the antitrust settlement that allowed the merger of Comcast Corp. and General Electric's former NBCUniversal unit, threatening to hold up court approval of the agreement. Article

> Bulking up its international content, Netflix inked a nonexclusive two-year pact with CBS to offer subscribers in Canada and Latin America a range of broadcast TV shows and episodes from Showtime Networks streamed over the Internet. In Canada, where Netflix had 970,000 customers as of the end of June, members will be able to access past seasons of Showtime's Californication, Dexter and The United States of Tara, current and full prior seasons of CW's 90210; as well as CBS library content including Numb3rs, Sleeper Cell and Twin Peaks. Article

> The Sundance Institute said Wednesday it was expanding its Artist Services program, helping connect alumni of the non-profit organization's film festivals and labs with streaming partners like iTunes, Amazon, Hulu, Netflix, SundanceNOW and YouTube. Filmmakers will be able to make their movies available online at any or all of the sites, but retain ownership of their work. Article

> Akamai Technologies Inc. , the operator of a server network that lets businesses deliver data quickly, fell as much as 14 percent in late trading after its third-quarter revenue and earnings forecast missed estimates. Profit will be 31 cents to 34 cents a share, excluding some items, said Akamai CFO J.D. Sherman, compared to analysts' estimates of 38 cents. The company expects sales of $273 million to $283 million, compared projections of $288.7 million. Article

And finally... Annoyed that drivers were ignoring parking regulations, the mayor of a city in Lithuania took matters into his own hands... he used an armored personnel carrier to crush an offending car. Article

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