Wardrobe malfunction brings suspension; SoC devices sampled

> They apparently had a little wardrobe malfunction in India and now the Fashion TV channel is banned by the government for 10 days. The Ministry for Information and Broadcasting charged the channel with showing "obscene visuals" that denigrated women and were not suitable for children and unrestricted public exhibition. In the U.S. that constitutes a sitcom. Story.

> STMicroelectronics wants to make sure that anyone exposed to obscene cable programming pays for it. The set-top box chip vendor says it is sampling system on a chip (SoC) devices to prevent hacking of pay TV broadcast signals. Story.

> The first clue might be that they split the two words, but Open Cable obviously means something different to the Dutch than OpenCable means to Americans. In the Netherlands, the Independent Post Telecommunications Authority has released the final version of Open Cable rules and pricing for cable operators Ziggo and UPC Nederland that include basic wholesale pricing for cable access. Story.

> The movement to watch TV without cable gained a little momentum in a widely distributed New York Times article, "Can a Mouse Cut the Cable?" Story.

> Here's a surprise, when asked, residents in the Asheville, N.C. region didn't seem likely to shell out $3,000 for a 3D TV and at least $150 for a pair of special glasses, including one resident who said she has an HD set but "I can't get HD because my cable provider doesn't bring it to where I live." Story.