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Oprah Winfrey Network Sets Deal With Comcast
The Wall Street Journal ^ | Sam Schechner and Christopher S. Stewart

Posted on 04/01/2012 4:49:20 PM PDT by abb

Oprah Winfrey's cable channel struck a distribution deal with Comcast Corp., lifting the number of homes in which the network can be seen, according to people familiar with the situation. Related Video

As a result of the deal, 17 million Comcast subscribers will be able to watch the network, known as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, up from about 14 million currently. Comcast had 22.3 million video subscribers on Dec. 31. Overall, OWN will be in 83 million homes, up from 80 million, people close to channel said.

Comcast also agreed to begin paying subscriber fees for the channel at the start of next year, the people familiar with the situation said. The cable operator currently carries the channel without paying subscriber fees.

The agreement is good news for OWN, which has grappled with management turmoil, cost overruns, and concern about its ratings—despite a recent boost from the premiere of Ms. Winfrey's own show on the channel in January. The network is jointly owned by Ms. Winfrey and Discovery Communications Inc.

Two weeks ago, the network said it would cut 30 jobs as part of a cost-cutting measure, under which it said it would outsource many operations to Discovery and Ms. Winfrey's Harpo Inc.

Boosting OWN's anemic subscription fees is a central priority for the network. Fees from cable and satellite operators often account for at least half the revenue of many cable networks and are a reason why they are so profitable. By contrast, OWN didn't initially earn subscription revenue from its distributors when it went on air early last year, people close to the channel said.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: comcast; dbm; nbc; oprah
Yet another affirmative action payoff in return for the FCC's blessing of the Comcast/NBC merger.
1 posted on 04/01/2012 4:49:31 PM PDT by abb
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ping


2 posted on 04/01/2012 4:51:21 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb
Comcast also agreed to begin paying subscriber fees for the channel at the start of next year

If it still exists

3 posted on 04/01/2012 4:52:17 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: abb

Are more people clamoring for “suck” on their cable subscriptions?


4 posted on 04/01/2012 4:55:55 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: abb

Affirmative action payoff, exactly. Only this one is played in the boardrooms and not on the streets. Own is a disaster financially but no one dares fire Oprah’s network, but they can’t make people watch.


5 posted on 04/01/2012 4:57:23 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: abb

‘OWN will be in 83 million homes’-————

What does it matter if it’s ‘available’ to 83 million if 82.5 don’t want to watch?

Nonsense headlines to get publicity.

Even bad publicity is better than no publicity.

Too bad Oprah, we see you. We don’t like what we see.


6 posted on 04/01/2012 5:07:59 PM PDT by Freddd (No PA Engineers)
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To: abb
will peoples bill go up cause of this now???
7 posted on 04/01/2012 5:12:52 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: abb
Yet another affirmative action payoff in return for the FCC's blessing of the Comcast/NBC merger.

Where's my 'hammer hits nail on the head' icon?

8 posted on 04/01/2012 5:19:47 PM PDT by Ken H (Austerity is the irresistible force. Entitlements are the immovable object.)
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To: Chode
Comcast also agreed to begin paying subscriber fees for the channel at the start of next year, the people familiar with the situation said.

Yes. Sort of a cable version of reparations, it seems.

9 posted on 04/01/2012 5:20:09 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

83 million homes? And MINE isn’t one of them?????

There IS a God.


10 posted on 04/01/2012 5:23:39 PM PDT by bigheadfred (MY PET TAPEWORM (OBIWAN) IS AN INSANE MILITARY HATING LEFTIST)
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To: bigheadfred

Sadly, I am a comcrap customer. If you want speed and tv, it’s the only choice here.

However. I know how to block channels on my equiptment so I don’t have to be bothered with CNN, MSNBC and now Own..

Won’t even see um on my channel guide.

why comcrap would pay for a channel with such low ratings is beyond me.


11 posted on 04/01/2012 5:27:44 PM PDT by cableguymn (Good thing I am a conservative. Otherwise I would have to support Mittens like Republicans do.)
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To: Secret Agent Man
Are more people clamoring for “suck” on their cable subscriptions?

Best line of the day. I bet folks can't wait to pay for another channel they won't watch.

12 posted on 04/01/2012 5:30:06 PM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: cableguymn

Well, I have basic cable. Part of the phone, internet, tv package I signed up for. Apparently, if they have Oprah, it is a “premium” channel. LOL spit


13 posted on 04/01/2012 5:31:51 PM PDT by bigheadfred (MY PET TAPEWORM (OBIWAN) IS AN INSANE MILITARY HATING LEFTIST)
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To: cableguymn

Because it is required as part of the original deal.

http://blogs.wsj.com/deals/2011/01/18/comcast-nbc-merger-read-the-fcc-approval-letter/

Protecting Diversity, Localism, Broadcast and Other Public Interest Concerns. The Commission is also imposing conditions and accepting voluntary commitments concerning a numbers of other public interest issues, including diversity, localism, and broadcasting, among others. For example, to protect the integrity of over-the-air broadcasting, network-affiliate relations, and fair and equitable retransmission consent negotiations with the joint venture, the Commission adopts a series of conditions that were independently negotiated between the Applicants and various network affiliates.


14 posted on 04/01/2012 5:41:38 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

Wider availability won’t necessrily mean more viewers.

Racist Orca and her stable of dykes could be the ONLY channel in my house and I still wouldn’t watch her cultural equivalence propaganda.


15 posted on 04/01/2012 5:46:33 PM PDT by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: abb

I try watch OWN network few months ago couldn’t they could drop the channel or replace with Deadliest Catch reruns that going happen probably next replace it with Deadliest Catch Flying Wild Alaska turn into travel channel


16 posted on 04/01/2012 6:00:47 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: cableguymn

You not missing much they only show new age movies and new age teachers they try promote BUT FAIL big time Rosie O’Fat show that was horrid show to watch IT SUCKS


17 posted on 04/01/2012 6:02:19 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: abb

And that is why I cancelled my Dish subscription about two years ago. I refuse to support channels that are directly opposed to my own philosophy (MSNBC, CNN, LOGO, etc. etc.).


18 posted on 04/01/2012 6:07:52 PM PDT by suthener
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To: abb
Yet another affirmative action payoff in return for the FCC's blessing of the Comcast/NBC merger.

Bears repeating.
19 posted on 04/01/2012 6:13:35 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: Secret Agent Man

I’m so offended that I would have had to pay to get algore’s current channel.

But now that that A-Hole Olberman was shit-canned, and replaced by the whore-monger Eliot Spitzer, maybe I don’t need to pick up that premium channel anyway.

Maybe, next month’s CPI index will decrease because so many people will cancel their subscription to the current channel.


20 posted on 04/01/2012 7:03:36 PM PDT by Noob1999 (Loose Lips, Sink Ships)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

Own is a disaster financially but no one dares fire Oprah’s network, but they can’t make people watch.

I think the liberals and Mayor Bloomberg may differ. I can see the Executive Order now that requires all Americans to watch Oprah as necessary to stimulate the economy and combat those racists Tea Party people.


21 posted on 04/01/2012 7:34:35 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (There's a pill for just about everything ... except stupid!)
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To: Chode

How much does it cost each subscriber to amortize 1200 donuts?


22 posted on 04/01/2012 7:43:58 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: stephenjohnbanker
knowing her they're prolly the $5 apiece gourmet type... so i'm guessing a lot
23 posted on 04/01/2012 7:53:42 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode

Might be cheaper to buy a donut shop....


24 posted on 04/01/2012 8:11:38 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: stephenjohnbanker
i'm wouldn't be surprised to find out the cow owns stock in Krispy Kream...
25 posted on 04/01/2012 8:15:43 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: RetiredTexasVet
If people won't watch OWN, nobody's going to stop them.

(tip of the hat to Yogi Berra)

26 posted on 04/01/2012 11:03:47 PM PDT by Ken H (Austerity is the irresistible force. Entitlements are the immovable object.)
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To: abb

I stopped watching “Oprah” when she had Hellaary Clinton on and they discussed the book “It Takes A Village”......neither of them have taken in an orphan. They both suck....and do double-speak!

Don’t tell me what I should do.......Hellary Clinton and Oprah Winfrey.....show me what you do, bit@es! You do nothing but dictate to those with less ca$h!


27 posted on 04/01/2012 11:34:41 PM PDT by JouleZ (You are the company you keep.)
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To: abb

http://jezebel.com/5898152/oprahs-own-is-not-quite-dead-yet

By Doug Barry
Apr 1, 2012 3:10 PM

Oprah’s OWN Is Not Quite Dead Yet

It’s not quite time to mourn the passing of the television hothouse experiment in hubris that is Oprah’s floundering cable channel — Comcast has agreed to a new distribution deal with the Oprah Winfrey Network, which would guarantee that OWN will be beaming its mediocre programming into 83 million homes, according to the Wall Street Journal, up from the network’s previous reach of 80 million.

Despite a recent boost from the debut of Oprah’s own show, OWN has been plagued by management turmoil, cost overruns, nearly constant concern over its poor ratings, and a very public power struggle between Rosie O’Donnell and Caesar Winfrey. Just two weeks ago, OWN, which is owned by Oprah Winfrey and Discovery Communications Inc., announced that it would cut 30 jobs as a cost-cutting measure, and outsource many of its in-house jobs to Discovery. The deal with Comcast will buoy OWN for the time being, helping increase the network’s subscription fees, which often account for at least half of many cable networks’ revenue (OWN didn’t initially earn any subscription revenue from its distributors when it hit the airwaves early last year). For the time being, at least, we can take comfort in knowing that Oprah will on tv at least a little while, and maybe this brush with sudden cable death will teach her and her management team that what the network really needs is some more surprise giveaways and maybe a show in which Oprah replaces all the books on your bookshelf with others she thinks you should be reading instead.


28 posted on 04/02/2012 4:42:49 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

I read an article in Forbes this morning where an Indian billionaire founded a satellite cable TV network that has 500 million viewers.

Then we read of Kieth Olderman on algores pitiful effort with 30,000 viewers.

Ha....


29 posted on 04/02/2012 4:58:35 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: RetiredTexasVet

“I can see the Executive Order now that requires all Americans to watch Oprah as necessary to stimulate the economy and combat those racists Tea Party people.”

Shades of “1984”. Large screens everywhere showing only what Big Brother wants us to see. Coming in 2013 if Obama is re-elected. God, help us!


30 posted on 04/02/2012 7:38:30 AM PDT by Polyxene (Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice.)
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To: Chode

Krispy Kreme stock went the way of the O : )


31 posted on 04/02/2012 8:51:05 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: Chode

Krispy Kreme stock went the way of the O : )


32 posted on 04/02/2012 8:51:12 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: stephenjohnbanker
i did not know that...
33 posted on 04/02/2012 2:55:44 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: SevenofNine
probably next replace it with Deadliest Catch Flying Wild Alaska turn into travel channel

Heck, Travel Channel is turning into Food Network. Man vs Food, Andrew Zimmern and that pompous ass Anthony Bourdain.

I wish they'd feature Samantha Brown again. I'm interested in TRAVEL.

34 posted on 04/02/2012 5:45:46 PM PDT by mountn man (Happiness is not a destination, its a way of life.)
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To: mountn man

I Know TELL ME ABOUT IT Yikes

I rather watch Deadliest Catch guys than OPRAH I did see some of programming BOY IT STUNK LOL! the Oprah network


35 posted on 04/02/2012 5:49:02 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: mountn man

I Know TELL ME ABOUT IT Yikes

I rather watch Deadliest Catch guys than OPRAH I did see some of programming BOY IT STUNK LOL! the Oprah network


36 posted on 04/02/2012 5:49:18 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: mountn man

I Know TELL ME ABOUT IT Yikes

I rather watch Deadliest Catch guys than OPRAH I did see some of programming BOY IT STUNK LOL! the Oprah network


37 posted on 04/02/2012 5:49:35 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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