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Vid-Biz: Rainbow Media-DirecTV, YouTube Gaming, TiVo

Negotiations Continue As DirecTV-Rainbow/MSG Deadline Approaches; the multi-year distribution contracts for Rainbow Media’s national services AMC, We TV, IFC and Fuse conclude with DirecTV on Dec. 31, as do the deals for regional sports networks MSG and MSG Plus. (Multichannel News)

Google Applies for YouTube Gaming Patent; the company applied for a patent on a “Web-based system for [the] generation of interactive games based on digital videos,” and several facts point to Google moving ahead with the idea. (WebProNews)

TiVo Prepping New “Premiere” DVR?; the reworked DVR has a single multistream CableCARD slot (M-Card), versus the two slots found on prior HD models. Additionally, S-Video output has been dropped along with the dialup modem. (Zatz Not Funny!)

YouTube’s Sincerest Form of Flattery: The “Response” Video; if you’re a cynic, you’d argue that creating a response video to a popular clip is just a crude attempt to piggyback your way to exposure — but some are worth watching. (MediaMemo)

Tivit Streams Mobile DTV to Your iPhone, BlackBerry, and PC; a new networking device called the Tivit will enable PCs and many smartphones to access Mobile DTV programming via Wi-Fi. (CNET)

Jeremy Allaire’s Predictions for Online Video in 2010; Brightcove CEO expects disappointing TV Everywhere experiences, slow takeup of connected TVs, a boom in mobile video, and that the industry will “crack the code” for higher-value video advertising. (AllThingsD)

News Corp.’s Carey Rejects Arbitration; in a letter to Sen. John Kerry, Chase Carey, News Corp.’s deputy chairman, president, and COO, rejected the idea of arbitration and an interim carriage agreement in its retransmission dispute with Time Warner Cable. (Multichannel News)

What We Can Learn From the Top Viral Videos of 2009; viral video is not solely the domain of big-budget brands, but these videos should have a general sense of light-heartedness. (AdAge)