Testing DTA boxes; 3D glasses dropping in price

> itaas said it has established a program to test and certify digital-to-analog (DTA) devices for cable MSOs, and is working with a number of manufacturers to test the devices prior to MSO deployment. News release.

> Dolby has slashed the price of reusable 3D glasses for movie theaters from $27.50 each to $17 if bought in orders of 1,000 or more. 3D specs for television are still well over $100 and no one's predicting a price drop anytime soon. Story.

> U.S. cable icon John Malone is apparently showing interest in buying up more of the German cable industry. Malone's Liberty Global already owns te No. 2 cable firm, Unitymedia, and now is casting its eyes on No. 3 Kabel Baden-Wuerttemberg. Story.

> Ithaca, N.Y. cable subscribers can blame the sun for the viewing problems they've had lately. Time Warner Cable said that solar flares--sunspots--were causing one-to-five minute interruptions on several satellite channels. Story.

> The American Film Institute has put its Digital Content Lab on hiatus, effectively ending a program designed to develop prototypes for online television and other forms of digital media. Story.