Liberty Media said it has made offers to buy the portions of On Command Corp. and Liberty Satellite & Technology that it doesn't already own.
Cable companies are rolling out HDTV programming to prevent subscribers from shifting to satellite. Falling prices for flat panel TV screens could boost cable's efforts to roll out HD services.
Competition among news networks reportedly has turned nasty, with heated promos being bandied about. Moreover, the recent controversy over Geraldo Rivera and Peter Arnett has created a media spectacle.
Comedy Central has picked up the second window rights to NBC's upcoming comedy series "The Last Comic Standing: The Search for the Funniest Person in America," hosted by comedian/actor Jay Mohr.
The music network has given the nod to two new shows, a talk show staring Tom Green and celebrity gabfest "When I Was 17." MTV has also greenlighted several pilots.
Vivendi Universal gave former CEO Jean-Marie Messier a 10% pay raise in 2002, upping his salary to $6 million, before dismissing him. The company has not commented on the reports.