Much of the TV industry doesn't want TV to merge with the Internet. Cable companies fear it would let consumers deal directly with content providers, bypassing their services; programmers fear it would open the way for more content piracy. But TV and the Web are merging as phone companies move quickly to send content over IPTV.
Gear maker Acatel has named Mike Quigley, head of Alcatel's fixed-line and North-American operations, as its next COO, according to people close to the situation. The appointment puts Quigley in line to succeed CEO Serge Tchuruk.
The Walt Disney Co. and Time Warner are among the companies developing children's programming for cell phones. The target audience? Infants who are too young to speak on the phone, but who will watch their favorite characters dance, sing and play across the tiny screen.
Intel today is expected to unveil its first chipset designed for WiMAX, the wireless broadband technology that eventually may emerge as a competitor to cable and DSL. The company envisions the chips being integrated into laptops much the same way Wi-Fi capability is now a common feature.
DVR maker TiVo is in talks with Internet search engines Google and Yahoo! to create a venture that would merge TV and the Web. Among the items being discussed: a service that would allow customers to search the Web for videos they could play on their TVs.