Cable company profits up 10.6% in 2010

The CRTC last week released the aggregate financial results for cable, satellite distribution and multipoint distribution system (MDS) companies in Canada for 2010.

The regulator reports that Canadian cable companies earned profits before interest and taxes (PBIT) of $2.6 billion, up 10.6% from $2.3 billion in 2009 and up 121% from $1.2 billion five years earlier.

Wind Mobile tops 232,000 subscribers

Alternate wireless provider Wind Mobile gained 92,960 wireless voice and data subscribers in the fourth quarter of 2010, almost double the gain of 45,799 in the previous quarter.

By the end of the year, the carrier’s total retail subscriber base totalled 232,641 making it Canada’s sixth largest wireless operator

Record Sales for Plasma TV in 2010

Worldwide sales of Plasma televisions hit 19.1 million units in 2010, up from 14.8 million units in 2009 according to recent report from DisplaySearch.

The research firm says every quarter of 2010 saw sales increases over the same quarter of 2009. The results surprised researchers who believed the loss of several plasma manufacturers in 2009 and the renewed threat from LCD TVs with LED backlighting would put a dent in sales.

Magellan announces 2010 Roadmate line of GPS devices

Magellan today announced the company’s new 2010 RoadMate series of portable vehicle navigation devices which includes eight models in a variety of screen sizes and feature sets.

Included with all 2010 models is a lifetime subscription to live traffic which keeps users informed of any traffic conditions that may delay the drive and calculates route options for the driver to choose from.

This week on Blu-ray (Feb 23rd)

This week is a slow week for Blu-ray releases with Digital Home unable to find any new release movie to recommend to our readers.

The one notable Blu-ray release that Digital Home readers may consider is season one of “Nurse Jackie”, a Showtime television comedy starring Edie Falco as title character Jackie Peyton, a “flawed” emergency room nurse at All Saints’ Hospital in New York City.

This week on Blu-ray (Feb 15)

Digital Home’s top pick on Blu-ray this week is “Black Dynamite”, a comedy spoof of blaxploitation films of the 1970s which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

Michael Jai White plays Black Dynamite, a former CIA agent who is called back into action after “the Man” kills his brother, fills black orphanages with heroin, and floods the street with bad malt liquor.

This Week on Blu-ray (Feb 8th)

Digital Home’s top pick on Blu-ray this week is “A Serious Man”, a black comedy film written, produced, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen who are best known for such films as O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Raising Arizona, No Country for Old Men, Barton Fink, Fargo and Burn after Reading.

Set in 1967, the movie tells the story of Larry Gopnik, a physics professor at a small university, who has just been informed by his wife Judith that she is leaving him.

This Week in Blu-ray (Feb 1st)

Digital Home’s top pick on Blu-ray this week is “Zombieland”, a comedy film from Columbia Pictures which stars Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin as survivors of a zombie apocalypse.

Together they take an extended road trip in an attempt to find a sanctuary free from zombies, following a set of “rules” designed to keep them alive where others have failed, killing zombies in a variety of creative ways while trying to “enjoy the little things” in a ruined world.

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