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Samsung Forecasts Weaker Fourth Quarter on Falling Prices

Samsung Electronics (SSNHY), the world%u2019s biggest maker of TVs, expects weaker fourth quarter earnings because of lower prices and a stronger South Korean won. The fourth quarter will see "severe" competition in TV prices, Samsung said, according to Bloomberg News. There will be excess supply in the computer-memory chip market and persistent low prices in the market for liquid-crystal displays, Samsung said.

Comcast Reports Third Quarter Earnings of 31 Cents Per Share

Comcast (CMCSA) reported earnings of 31 cents per share for the third quarter, compared with 33 cents per share a year earlier. Earnings were negatively impacted by the costs of the NBC Universal transaction, the company said in a statement.

Networks Block Users Watching Programs Via Google TV

Networks ABC, CBS and NBC are blocking viewers from accessing their programs through Google%u2019s (GOOG) Web TV service, demonstrating the challenges Google faces in getting content for its new product. Users can%u2019t watch full-length episodes of show%u2019s including NBC%u2019s "The Office" and ABC%u2019s "Modern Family" on Google TV, The Wall Street Journal said.

Why American Idol Still Commands the Biggest Bucks on TV

Despite a slip in its ratings dip and the loss of man-we-love-to-hate Simon Cowell, "American Idol" remains the most expensive show on TV for advertisers. Why are they willing to pay close to half a million dollars for a 30-second spot? Young viewers, and lots of them.

Contract Dispute Left Millions Without Fox Network Over Weekend

Three million households in the New York area were left without Fox programming this weekend as a contract dispute between Cablevision Systems (CVC) and News Corp. (NWS) rumbled on. Millions of New York sports fans were unable to watch the Phillies play baseball on Saturday night and the Giants play football on Sunday, The New York Times reported.

Sony's Google TV Set Coming Saturday

Sony's lineup of sleek televisions boasting Google's Web-surfing system will go on sale online Saturday and will hit Best Buy shelves early next week. The company unveiled the high-definition LCD sets Tuesday evening, with recommended retail prices from $600 to $1,400.

U.K. Media Ask Government to Examine Murdoch's Bid for BSkyB

British newspapers and the BBC wrote a letter to the UK government asking it to examine Rupert Murdoch's bid to take over British Sky Broadcasting Group, saying the deal could harm the public interest. The owners of newspapers including The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian, along with the director general of the BBC, wrote a letter saying that the deal would expand News Corp.%u2019s (NWS) control of the UK media. Murdoch controls News Corp.

Toshiba Unveils No-Glasses 3-D TV

Toshiba (TOSBF) unveiled a new 3-D TV that viewers can watch without wearing special glasses. The 3-D liquid crystal display TV uses a high-definition screen backlit with LEDs, a special sheet on the screen and chip technology to display information from nine images, The New York Times reported.

Political Ad Spending Will Fatten Broadcasters This Year

TV station political revenues may hit $2.5 billion in 2010, a 25% increase above 2006, SNL Kagan says. Among the biggest beneficiaries: conservative broadcaster Sinclair, which has the largest footprint of all independent station owners in areas with contested elections.

Fox Broadcasting Has Sold Over 90% of Superbowl Ad Time

News Corp.%u2019s (NWS) Fox Broadcasting has sold more than 90% of its Superbowl advertising time, almost five months ahead of the event. The broadcaster is charging an average of about $3 million for a 30-second ad, Reuters reported without naming its sources.

Sluggish TV Sales Create Huge Glut of LCD Panels

Lower-than-expected flat-screen television sales have created a glut in liquid-crystal display panels and are unlikely to be bolstered anytime soon from 3D television demand, according to two separate reports released this week.

Tech Titans' New Battlefield: Your Living Room

With Apple and Google joining Amazon and Netflix in aiming to channel entertainment to your TV, where does that leave the cable guys and broadband providers? They're all girding to fight it out. The biggest winner: consumers.

TV Sales Grow Globally, But Not in North America

Americans are buying fewer televisions, according to a new report from DisplaySearch. Overall, North American TV shipments fell 3% in the second quarter, even as worldwide shipments grew 26%.

Amazon Planning Online TV and Movie Subscription Service

Amazon.com Inc (AMZN) is in talks with media companies regarding a new online subscription service that would let viewers watch TV shows and movies over the Internet. Amazon has spoken to companies including NBC Universal, Time Warner (TWX) and News Corp., (NWS) The Wall Street Journal reported without naming its sources. Amazon wants to begin by streaming older TV shows and movies.

TiVo Announces Quarterly Loss of $15.3 Million

Television services company TiVo Inc (TIVO) reported a net loss of $15.3 million for the second quarter, compared with a loss of $2.7 million a year earlier. Net loss per share was 13 cents. Net revenue slipped to $51.6 million, from $57.6 million a year earlier, the company said in a statement.

Quaker Oats Enlists Bob Harper of 'Biggest Loser' for New Campaign

The Quaker Oats Company, a unit of PepsiCo (PEP), introduced two new brands of hot cereal and a marketing campaign featuring Bob Harper, the host of NBC%u2019s "The Biggest Loser." Quakers Oats will introduce Mix-Up Creations Instant Oatmeal, which will be aimed at children, and Hearty Medleys Instant Multigrain, the company said in a statement.

Netflix Clinches Deal to Stream Hollywood Movies Sooner

Netflix clinched a deal to stream movies online from three Hollywood studios just three months after they appear on pay television. The deal with pay-TV company Epix will let Netflix stream movies from studios Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer much sooner than it does currently, The New York Times reported. The deal is likely to cost Netflix a total of almost $1 billion in licensing fees.

News Corp. to Sell Control of Three Chinese TV Channels

Rupert Murdoch%u2019s News Corp (NWS) said it will sell control of its three Chinese TV channels. The deal will hand controlling stakes in the channels to China Media Capital, a private equity fund, Reuters reported. China Media Capital has 5 billion yuan ($793 million) in assets under management and is backed by Shanghai Media Group, the country%u2019s second-largest media company, as well as China Development Bank and China Broadband capital.