Among the most popular TV series on Twitter are "Breaking Bad," "The Walking Dead" and "Game of Thrones," and it appears some viewers are using their tweets to help with their anxiety -- either over the horror on screen or the horror of waiting for new episodes to air. Read more on The Connectivist.
Comcast has begun notifying customers in certain markets that it plans to encrypt their basic cable, as allowed under new federal rules. The move will require some customers who connect cable directly into their TV sets to obtain a digital converter box.
BET Networks' Centric, via a deal with Entertainment Studios, on April 19 will begin running episodes of the sitcoms "The First Family" and "Mr. Box Office" during the week. The same episodes will be show on syndication over the weekend, and one week later on Entertainment Studios' HD network Comedy.tv
Ali Velshi, chief business correspondent and anchor for CNN, is the first major name to get signed to the forthcoming Al Jazeera America network. Velshi will be the host of a 30-minute, prime-time business show. Al Jazeera America is scheduled to take the place of Current TV at some point in 2013.
Federal lawmakers are considering several measures that could impose taxes on Internet services, including broadband and cable operations. Chief among them is a revision to the Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act that could add a levy to pay-per-view, video on demand and video downloads, among other digital video sales and rentals. Also up for renewal is the Internet Tax Freedom Act, a law scheduled to end in November 2014 that blocks taxes on Internet access, therefore giving an exemption to cablers and other ISPs from taxes on online purchases.