Starz Entertainment locks up carriage with Comcast; Cox mum on location of actual Trio users

>  Pay TV provider Starz Entertainment doesn't have to worry (if it ever did) about what will happen to its programming when Comcast officially acquires NBC Universal since it's inked a new affiliation agreement for the MSO to distribute Starz, Encore and MoviePlex premium channels and related HD, on-demand, HD on-demand and online services. News release.

> If you're one of the select few "real customers" who have access to Cox's new Trio interactive program guide, please give us a holler so we know who and where you are and how you like the service. In keeping with an ongoing cable tradition, Cox says you're out there but won't say where. Story.

> Who needs cable TV anyway? Taiwan Mobile said it let an agreement to purchase 15.5 percent of Carlyle's Taiwan cable TV unit die a quiet death after running into legal hassles with the Taiwanese government. Story.

> There are apparently no such legal restrictions in India, where Reliance Communications is reportedly close to buying a 60 percent stake in cable TV distributor Digicable Network. Story.

And finally... EchoStar Satellite Services has moved yet another chess piece on its competitive board with cable operators by signing a contract with XStreamHD to offer HD movie and TV content on-demand. Story.