TiVo hides behind walled garden; cable could get 'pole-axed'

> Perhaps somewhere we got the wrong idea about trade shows, but we thought they were places to showcase company products. TiVo (Nasdaq: TIVO) apparently sees things differently since it's demonstrating its suite of satellite, DTT and cable products only to IBC 2010 delegates who get a special invitation. Story.

> Potential FCC regulation of broadband could have another, far more damaging effect on smaller cable operators: it could hike the price that these guys have to pay to attach to poles, the American Cable Association has argued. Story.

> In some places, it's considered news when a politician has flip-flopped on an issue. In FierceCable, it's a passing item of interest only when it involves a former presidential candidate. Anyway, current Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, who unsuccessfully sought the nation's highest office, has apparently flip-flopped on net neutrality. Story.

> Despite the old saying, the air has never been free as long as television and radio have operated across it. Even so, it's becoming more valuable by the minute, as evidenced by predictions that Mexico will make $10 billion by auctioning off its digital television rights. Story.

> Nearly a third of Western Europe's population has a broadband connection because (and here's a shocker) it's cheap. Broadband subscriptions in Europe run about 1 percent of the user's income, according to a study by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). Story.

And finally... Here's an even more surprising and impressive statistic. Eighty-two percent of Maltese households have a high-speed Internet connection, putting that country ahead of such advanced nations as Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, the U.K., Germany and, of course, the U.S. Story.