Dish set to launch Netflix competitor next month; Sony hires new security chief

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> Prompted by a disastrous spate of hacking that forced it to shut down its network for weeks, Sony Corp. has hired a former U.S. Department of Homeland Security official as its new top security executive. Article

> Dish Network, the second largest U.S. satellite-TV provider, will introduce a Blockbuster streaming-movie service to compete with Netflix next month, according to a person with direct knowledge of the plans. Article

> TiVo officially announced it's launching a four-tuner TiVo dubbed the Premiere Elite. The multiple tuners allow users to record four programs at once and still watch something previously recorded to its 2TB of storage--twice the room of the TiVo Premiere XL. It will hold up to 300 hours of HD programming.  Article

> Verimatrix announced a wide range of enhancements to its Verimatrix Video Content Authority System for Internet TV solution that enable a greater range of subscriber features and an enhanced security profile for advanced over-the-top video delivery. The ViewRight Web client products for PC and Mac will enable an extended range of delivery models and feature more fine-grained security options on a device by device basis. Release

> Boxee Box, which has always been one of the more expensive OTT devices on the market, is dropping its price--just a bit--from $200 to $180. The question, of course, is: Does it matter? Article

> Small businesses have been fast to tap social media platforms like Facebook, but their efforts to provide compelling video about their products and services have fallen short. One L.A.-based entrepreneur is launching Near Networks, a national video service to improve those efforts, while keeping production within the budgets of many local companies. Article

And finally... You've probably seen a dancing bear, at least on TV. But a driving bear? Article