Vid-Biz: Apple TV, Samsung TV Apps, Google TV

Apple Said To Have Netflix Streaming on New TV Product; Apple’s new set-top box will reportedly include movies from Netflix. (Bloomberg) Related: Rupert Murdoch May Be Key to Apple’s 99-Cent TV Rental Plan (LA Times); also Why Apple’s iTunes Rentals Aren’t Game-Changers (MediaMemo)

Samsung Working To Sell More TVs With Web Apps This Year; the Korean electronics giant plans to spend $70 million marketing its Samsung TV apps for internet-connected TVs and other devices. (VentureBeat)

Google TV: Up to $300 Price Premium?; the components necessary to run Google TV could add as much as $300 to the retail price of a TV. (Multichannel News)

Best Buy Selects Widevine for DRM and Adaptive Streaming; Widevine’s video optimization and DRM technologies will allow content owners to deliver videos directly to Insignia-branded CE devices. (press release)

Icahn Ups Lionsgate Bid; Carl Icahn increased his hostile takeover bid for Lionsgate Entertainment by 15 percent on Tuesday, to $7.50 per share, an offer the studio owner said its board of directors would review. (Multichannel News)

EPIX Live Debuts with Lewis Black and Kevin Smith; the cable network and broadband video provider announced EPIX Live, a new online forum that allows fans to interact with their favorite artists via thirty-minute Q&A sessions. (press release)

Disney-Time Warner Cable Deal Is Close, But Not Done; there is still no deal between Time Warner Cable and Disney for carriage of the programmer’s cable networks, including ESPN and Disney Channel, and retransmission consent for ABC stations. (Multichannel News)

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