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Cable in Crisis: Time Warner Drops Ovation,
breitbart.com ^ | 2 Jan 2013 | Christian Toto

Posted on 01/03/2013 10:51:27 AM PST by virgil283

"Real competition in the cable television industry is forcing change at long last. And we can thank the dawn of streaming content.

Time Warner Cable just axed the Ovation channel, and the cable giant threatens more channels may get trimmed in the coming months. But Time Warner Cable warns subscribers in an online notice today that there’s no guarantee it will continue to carry several other channels whose contracts expire soon including mainstays such as E!, Lifetime, and Starz, and a bevy of international services ... Former Vice President Al Gore’s Current TV also remains in danger, although it survived a possible year-end purge. Other channels Time Warner Cable identified as being under review include Encore, Music Choice, News 12, NHL Network, ShopNBC, Smithsonian HD, and Style Network.

(Excerpt) Read more at breitbart.com ...


TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: cable; timewarner; timewarnercable; tv; twc

1 posted on 01/03/2013 10:51:35 AM PST by virgil283
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To: virgil283

Heretofore, I thought we were going to receive 600+ channels.


2 posted on 01/03/2013 10:55:09 AM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: virgil283

I doubt any cable company would drop ‘mainstays’ from their line-ups. Those are their money makers. That is just tough talk for the coming negotiations.


3 posted on 01/03/2013 10:58:12 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: virgil283

They should drop Current


4 posted on 01/03/2013 10:59:47 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: virgil283

They should drop Current


5 posted on 01/03/2013 10:59:52 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: onyx

I believe content will go online, a la carte. People will pay only for what they actually consume. Cable and satellite companies are in the buggy whip business.


6 posted on 01/03/2013 11:00:41 AM PST by Trod Upon (Civilian disarmament is the precursor to democide.)
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To: onyx
Heretofore, I thought we were going to receive 600+ channels.

I think the concept of "channels" is becoming obsolete. People watch what they feel like off Netflix, Amazon Prime, or whatever, and do so when they feel like watching it, not when the "channel" decides to schedule it.

7 posted on 01/03/2013 11:01:00 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: Trod Upon

Geeez, and I so love to channel surf!
:)


8 posted on 01/03/2013 11:05:11 AM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: GeronL

Time Warner announced they were dropping Current with the sale


9 posted on 01/03/2013 11:06:33 AM PST by jbwbubba
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To: PapaBear3625

I don’t watch 80 percent of what’s offered anyway, so I guess it would be good to pay for only what we want.


10 posted on 01/03/2013 11:10:26 AM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Trod Upon
I believe content will go online, a la carte. People will pay only for what they actually consume. Cable and satellite companies are in the buggy whip business.

Intel is getting ready to rollout a-la-carte content.

http://www.businessinsider.com/intel-cable-2013-1#ixzz2GkSFccYf

11 posted on 01/03/2013 11:11:13 AM PST by Spirochete (Sic transit gloria mundi)
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To: Trod Upon

They may hang on for a while.

It is rather like telephone companies and landlines. I noticed my ‘local’ phone book it about 1/2 the size it was 5 years ago.

Four years ago, I dropped my landline ($25/month) for cell (pre-paid averages me about $6/month).

I noticed recently that the landline company now offers local landline for $9 per month.

==

Cable has been lose customers nationwide, but they still periodically (like twice a year) raise their rates a few dollars.


12 posted on 01/03/2013 11:12:35 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: virgil283

Am glad that Time Warner Cable did one decent thing and dropped that sack of garbage Current TV..or should I call them the Al Jazeera Network..the other channels they are thinking about dropping I dont care about anyway


13 posted on 01/03/2013 11:14:29 AM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: PapaBear3625

That is what DVR is for. We do need more memory for DVRs.

I like watching.Stop and start watching a bit later in another room.Or a few hours later. Doing this with multiple shows as the mood strikes you.Wife comes in stop watching your guy show,start watching your “couple” show. You go to answer the phone from work she watches her “chick” show for 10 minutes. Harder to do with streaming.

I don’t see sports moving away from premium cable channels either.


14 posted on 01/03/2013 11:17:39 AM PST by Reaganez
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To: jbwbubba

I’m still waiting for Verizon FiOS to drop Communist China TV


15 posted on 01/03/2013 11:18:13 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: PapaBear3625
People watch what they feel like off Netflix, Amazon Prime heck thats what I do. sometimes I wait for a series to get a few season before I watch it. I just finished Breaking Bad and I have started on Sons of Anarchy...eventually I will get around to Walking Dead
16 posted on 01/03/2013 11:20:23 AM PST by 09Patriot (your freedom to be you, includes my freedom to be from you.--Wilkow)
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To: Spirochete

The problem is foresee with Intel offering cable TV is that it will be over the Internet.

Okay. Good idea.

Except: As cable companies lose TV income, they will up the prices on ISP/Internet service as it will take more bandwidth to deliver Intel’s content.

Of course, cellular could develop fast enough and become less expensive and more competitive. Right now, 5gb per month is about the maximum cellular service load. Anything over that increases cost significantly. Cable offers 200gb for about the same price.


17 posted on 01/03/2013 11:25:25 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: Reaganez
Wife comes in stop watching your guy show,start watching your “couple” show.
Sorry dude, you gotta' turn in your "guy license" for that one.
18 posted on 01/03/2013 11:26:02 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: PapaBear3625

that is what dvr’s are for, watch it when you want


19 posted on 01/03/2013 11:26:18 AM PST by markman46 (engage brain before using keyboard!!!)
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To: onyx
Heretofore, I thought we were going to receive 600+ channels.

We do!

Unfortunately, 150 are shopping Channels, 150 are religious channels, 100 are in languages no one understands, 50 are part time and 100 are the language of the invading Aztlan army...
That leaves about 50 most of us might want to actually watch.

I wouldn't mind paying half as much as I do now, and watch the 20 or so channels I actually want to watch regularly.

20 posted on 01/03/2013 11:28:16 AM PST by publius911 (Look for the Union Label -- then buy something else)
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To: Spirochete

Thanks for the link—I’ve been wondering who would be first to take a shot at it in earnest.


21 posted on 01/03/2013 11:33:27 AM PST by Trod Upon (Civilian disarmament is the precursor to democide.)
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To: publius911

ROTFL. All those shopping channels?
I thought we only had QVC and HSN!

Seriously, I agree.. I think my household likely watches 20 or fewer channels on a regular basis.


22 posted on 01/03/2013 11:36:32 AM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: TomGuy
Except: As cable companies lose TV income, they will up the prices on ISP/Internet service

The upside is the death of leftist cable news. No one going to pay for MSNBC or CNN in their alcarte lineup.

23 posted on 01/03/2013 11:38:25 AM PST by Spirochete (Sic transit gloria mundi)
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To: Spirochete

Roku has already been there for sometime now.


24 posted on 01/03/2013 11:44:41 AM PST by frogjerk (Obama Claus is coming to town!)
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To: 09Patriot
"eventually I will get around to Walking Dead"

When you do, you are in for such a treat. Best show on TV.

25 posted on 01/03/2013 11:57:13 AM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: publius911

I wonder if there has been a REAL survey of the top ten channels people would remove from their cable bill.


26 posted on 01/03/2013 12:06:10 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: virgil283
I suppose they can't please everybody. But there is a large body of us who couldn't care less about professional sports in totality.

On the other hand, Starz, Encore and Smithsonian HD would be missed (if they are there at all now.) Let the "special interest" groups pay for their no-life choices and let the rest of us pay for our special interests. Let's see whose choices overload the current cable and satellite rates.

27 posted on 01/03/2013 12:11:12 PM PST by publius911 (Look for the Union Label -- then buy something else)
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To: virgil283

I primarily watch “Antenna TV”, “Me TV” and the new “COZI TV” channel. All of them feature classic TV shows from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. I couldn’t tell you anything about programs on the broadcast networks.


28 posted on 01/03/2013 12:13:26 PM PST by GreenHornet
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To: virgil283

Considering the apparent IQ of Americans, is it any wonder Ovation had not enough viewers?


29 posted on 01/03/2013 12:36:22 PM PST by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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To: GreenHornet

I tend to put those on first to see their schedule.


30 posted on 01/03/2013 12:36:31 PM PST by windcliff
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To: oh8eleven

Do you have a “happy marriage license”?

Or do you have an “I’m happy/She tolerates me” license?


31 posted on 01/03/2013 12:46:45 PM PST by Reaganez
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To: virgil283

How ‘bout the 35 infomercial channels in a row that Dish has on? If it weren’t for HDTV (wife) and the Food Network (I can’t get enough of Guy Fieri), I’d just get a set of rabbit ears and use Netfix.


32 posted on 01/03/2013 12:46:54 PM PST by jagusafr (the American Trinity (Liberty, In G0D We Trust, E Pluribus Unum))
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To: oh8eleven
Sorry dude, you gotta' turn in your "guy license" for that one.

"Dude" most likely knows more about how to make a relationship work than you do.

33 posted on 01/03/2013 1:22:52 PM PST by Isabel C.
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To: Isabel C.

Been married 44 years .. to the same woman. MYOFB.


34 posted on 01/03/2013 1:58:05 PM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Reaganez

Hey, you want to go at it, fine by me. Just make sure you take off your apron first.


35 posted on 01/03/2013 2:00:10 PM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: virgil283

I love the smithsonian channel. but I am directv.


36 posted on 01/03/2013 2:12:17 PM PST by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: oh8eleven

“Couple” shows != girlie shows. Shows the wife and I enjoy together include The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad.


37 posted on 01/03/2013 2:19:10 PM PST by discostu (I recommend a fifth of Jack and a bottle of Prozac)
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To: Spirochete
Probably 90%+ of people have bundled ISP and cable (with a landline often at nearly no cost. ( So, if you get rid of cable..will internet cost go up..also, will cable companies allow transmission of competition ( indivudal channels/programs)over their own system..

More likely the threat of of Intel's product will finally allow cable systems to start dropping making stations..they can be made available via Intel's a la carte system..if they can find a way to be profitable.

I read recently that about 50% of cable subscribers don't use/or want..the ESPN channels...( which cable systems often now bundle in with a whole bunch of other sports channels) as a "sports package".thus they are directly subsidizing those who want sports.

Another problem/issue..about 15% of my cable bill is various taxes and other fees..what happens to those? Will various governments accept the considerable drop in revenue?

38 posted on 01/03/2013 2:24:09 PM PST by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: longtermmemmory
I wonder if there has been a REAL survey of the top ten channels people would remove from their cable bill.

That would be fascinating, but seriously distorted. There are many more than ten that I have never watched, and couldn't recognize the call letters if you showed them to me. Perhaps ten times ten or more.

So my "top ten" would consist of the alphabet soup MSM, followed by professional sports channels, followed by soap operas and chick channels, "reality shows," wannabe entertainer shows, followed by exploitation shows, followed by shows like crab fishermen and "The dangerous world of accounting..."

I know, that's a lot more than 50 right there.

39 posted on 01/03/2013 3:14:20 PM PST by publius911 (Look for the Union Label -- then buy something else)
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