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  • Aereo: 'Okay, You Can Call Us A Cable Company'

    07/10/2014 4:14:59 PM PDT · by Brookhaven · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | 7/10/2014 | Emma Wollacot
    It turns out that Aereo does have a plan B after all: it wants to be classified as a cable company. After the Supreme Court sided with broadcasters CBS and ABC last month, ruling that the company was infringing their copyright, Aereo’s future has looked doubtful, to say the least. But in a letter to US District Judge Alison Nathan, the company has a plan for its survival. In the ruling, Aereo’s services were described as “for all practical purposes a traditional cable system”. And, the company now suggests, this is how it should be licensed to operate in future....
  • Journalists Accuse White House of Politically-Driven Suppression of News

    07/09/2014 6:10:42 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 34 replies
    Broadcasting & Cable ^ | July 8, 2014 | By John Eggerton
    Over three dozen journalist organizations including the Radio Television Digital News Association, National Press Foundation, and the Society of Professional Journalists, have asked the President to drop the "excessive controls" on public information by federal agencies, branding it "politically driven suppression of news and information about federal agencies." There has been an ongoing tension between broadcast, print and online journalists and the Obama administration, with complaints that the Administration has limited access to events, while providing its own "coverage" through official channels. n a letter to President Obama, the groups complained about policies that require journalists to go through public...
  • Verizon DSL Price Hike [versus Comcast]

    07/04/2014 12:55:05 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 21 replies
    Like the poster at the link, I am currently a Verizon Phone/DSL customer in Massachusetts and just received an email from Verizon stating that they will be raising my bill by $3/month, which already costs 76.00 with taxes, as we currently pay $59.99 for Verizon Freedom Essentials (unlimited nationwide + Canada and PR calling) and "High Speed Internet Enhanced" (approx. 6.50 Mbps speed at my location). No TV is included or needed. However, after i moved less than a 1/2 mile from where I was my Internet speed was approx. cut in half, from around 12 mbps to approx. 6,50....
  • ‘A Soup of Misery’: Over Half of People Say They’d Abandon Their Cable Company, if Only They Could

    06/06/2014 4:19:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 50 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Brian Fung
    Frustrated with rising prices? Check. Keep getting hit with more fees and charges? Check. You're paying for more channels than you'd ever want to watch? Check. These are just a handful of the most common complaints consumers have when it comes to grappling with cable companies. And it's not just anecdotal: A survey of subscribers on the nation's biggest cable providers has found that more than half of Americans would abandon their cable provider if they felt they could. Cable rage is real, and here's the data to prove it. Fifty-three percent of respondents to a recent survey said they'd...
  • Big Brother alert: Cameras in the cable box to monitor TV viewers

    05/24/2014 8:17:57 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 95 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Cheryl K. Chumley
    It hardly gets more Orwellian than this. New technology would allow cable companies to peer directly into television watchers’ homes and monitor viewing habits and reactions to product advertisements. The technology would come via the cable box, and at least one lawmaker on Capitol Hill is standing in opposition.
  • Ready to Smirk: How Comcast bought the Democratic Party

    04/05/2014 7:27:41 AM PDT · by cutty · 44 replies
    Washington Free Beacon. ^ | April 4, 2014 | Matthew Continetti
    Comcast, which employs more than 100 lobbyists, spent almost $19 million last year on lobbying activities. Its president and CEO, Brian L. Roberts, is a golf buddy of President Obama’s, and a Democratic donor who has contributed thousands of dollars not only to the president’s campaigns, but also to the Democratic Party of Pennsylvania, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the DNC Services Corporation, and to Steny Hoyer, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Bob Casey. Roberts’ executive vice president, David Cohen, is a former aide to Democratic bigwig Ed Rendell. Cohen skirts lobbying regulations through loopholes, has raised more than $2 million for...
  • Reid Chief of Staff Was a Comcast VP

    04/05/2014 7:37:23 AM PDT · by cutty · 14 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 4, 2014
    Democratic members of Congress and the Obama administration have extensive ties to Comcast and Time-Warner, the two cable giants currently awaiting approval from the Federal Communications Commission on a $45 billion merger. One that has gone mostly overlooked: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D., Nev.) chief of staff, David Krone, is Comcast’s former senior vice president for corporate affairs. Krone moved from Comcast to Reid’s office in 2011 under ethically questionable circumstances,
  • Bill Maher Absolutely Trashes the Bible and ‘Psychotic Mass Murderer’ God

    03/15/2014 12:49:04 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 56 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 11:22 pm, March 14th, 2014 | Andrew Kirell
    Maher began the monologue by declaring that America is “stupid” because 60 percent of the country reportedly believes the tale of Noah’s ark is literally true. He went on to slam the film Noah as “floating giraffe cr**,” but said it “must be doing something right” since it’s been condemned by both Muslims and Christians. And the fact that it might lose a lot of studio money, he joked, “may put it in hot water with the Jews too.”
  • Here's The One Sentence That Has Every Comcast And Time Warner Cable Employee Terrified

    02/13/2014 2:48:31 PM PST · by lbryce · 66 replies
    Business Insider ^ | FEbruary 14, 2014 | Staff
    Earlier today, Comcast Cable announced that it agreed to acquire Time Warner Cable in a $45 billion mega-deal. What's in it for Comcast Cable shareholders? "This combination creates a company that delivers maximum value for our shareholders," said Comcast CEO Brian Roberts. How are they going to do that? The company explains in one sentence that probably has every Comcast and Time Warner Cable employee nervous. "The transaction will generate approximately $1.5 billion in operating efficiencies and will be accretive to Comcast’s free cash flow per share while preserving balance sheet strength." "Operating efficiencies" usually means the closing and combining...
  • Comcast Reportedly Set to Acquire Time Warner Cable in $45.2B Deal

    02/13/2014 2:23:46 PM PST · by lbryce · 23 replies
    Fox ^ | February 13, 2014 | Staff
    Comcast, the nation's largest cable company, will buy Time Warner Cable for $45.2 billion in stock, combining America's two biggest cable operators, The Wall Street Journal reported late Wednesday. Under the deal expected to be announced Thursday morning, Time Warner Cable shareholders will receive $158.82 per share in stock for their shares, roughly $23 a share above where Time Warner has been trading, people familiar with the situation told the newspaper. The deal is expected to end a takeover battle for Time Warner by Charter Communications, the nation's fourth biggest cable operator, and its biggest shareholder, Liberty Media, The Journal...
  • Comcast Set to Acquire Time Warner Cable for $45 Billion

    02/12/2014 8:13:12 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 42 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 12, 2014 | David Gelles
    Comcast will announce a deal to acquire Time Warner Cable in an all-stock deal worth more than $45 billion that will unite the biggest and second largest cable television operators in the country, according to people briefed on the matter. . The surprise merger — expected to be announced on Thursday — is likely to bring to an end a protracted takeover battle that a smaller cable rival, Charter Communications, has been waging for Time Warner Cable, and will be the second major deal for Comcast in recent years to radically reshape the American media landscape.
  • Weather Channel Says Safety at Risk in Dispute

    01/12/2014 1:06:53 PM PST · by UB355 · 98 replies
    ABC News ^ | 1/12/2014 | DAVID BAUDER
    The Weather Channel asked its viewers Saturday to urge Congress to intervene in its business dispute with DirecTV, arguing that it can harm public safety if the satellite system pulls the network off the air for nearly 20 million viewers. The network's contract with DirecTV expires at the end of Monday. If an agreement on how much DirecTV pays The Weather Channel is not reached by then, TWC will likely stop airing on the system. The Weather Channel is asking for a "negligible" increase in what DirecTV pays to air the channel, spokeswoman Shirley Powell said. While hoping for an...
  • THE REAL ENEMY: NANCY DUBUC

    12/21/2013 6:51:37 PM PST · by ealgeone · 65 replies
    LIBERTY NEWS ^ | 12/21/2013 | SELF
    of Americans are standing at the ready to throw A&E to the curb. We’re hearing thousands have dumped the channel from their TV packages, unliked their Facebook pages, removed their apps and taken back product purchases. But voting with the wallet may not be that easy. Turns out Nancy Dubuc, CEO of A&E Networks, is in charge of quite a web. Nancy Dubuc is President and Chief Executive Officer of A+E Networks, encompassing A&E®, Lifetime®, HISTORY®, LMN®, bio.®, H2™, HISTORY en Español™, Crime & Investigation Network®, Military HISTORY®, LRW™ channels, as well as A&E IndieFilms®, A+E Networks International®, A+E Networks...
  • Not Enough to Boycott A&E; You Have to Cancel Your Cable

    12/19/2013 4:36:52 PM PST · by servo1969 · 48 replies
    Breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood ^ | 12-19-2013 | John Nolte
    If you are wondering why low-rated cable television shows and networks not only stay alive but also manage to be profitable, it is due to the bundled cable racket that forces over a hundred million Americans to pay for dozens of channels they don't like and/or watch. For example, if you want Fox News but have to get CNN and MSNBC in the package, chances are very good that CNN and MSNBC are getting a chunk of your cable bill. Yep, that is right. This racket has been so perfected that not only is failure rewarded, the networks can pretty...
  • Tennis Appeals Comcast Decision to Supremes - Says D.C. circuit ignores congressional intent

    12/04/2013 8:02:55 AM PST · by Dave346 · 12 replies
    Broadcasting and Cable ^ | 12/04/2013 10:45:00 AM Eastern | John Eggerton
    Washington - The Tennis Channel has taken its carriage complaint against Comcast to the Supreme Court. “We are seeking Supreme Court review of the D.C. Circuit’s decision in our case because the lower court strayed from longstanding federal discrimination law to invent an arbitrary and unfair standard for deciding cable carriage complaints," Tennis Channel said in a statement. "The ruling ignores Congress’ intent to ensure a diverse, competitive media marketplace and eviscerates the FCC’s congressionally assigned responsibility to regulate program network competition in the public interest. "“In doing so, the lower court reversed two-and-a-half years of repeated conclusions by the...
  • TV Is Dying, And Here Are The Stats That Prove It

    11/24/2013 1:13:05 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 147 replies
    Business Insider ^ | NOV. 24, 2013 | Jim Edwards
    The TV business is having its worst year ever. Audience ratings have collapsed: Aside from a brief respite during the Olympics, there has been only negative ratings growth on broadcast and cable TV since September 2011, according to Citi Research. Media stock analysts Craig Moffett and Michael Nathanson recently noted, "The pay-TV industry has reported its worst 12-month stretch ever." All the major TV providers lost a collective 113,000 subscribers in Q3 2013. That doesn't sound like a huge deal — but it includes internet subscribers, too. Broadband internet was supposed to benefit from the end of cable TV, but...
  • Meanwhile On Al Jazeera America

    10/18/2013 12:21:13 PM PDT · by reformedcrat · 11 replies
    Front Page Mag ^ | 10-18-2013 | Tom Thurlow
    AJA may be getting into the American mainstream, slowly getting accepted, so that if there is another 9-11, a war involving Israel, or some other mass terrorist event, AJA will be there to share its pro-Al Qaeda or anti-Israel side to American viewers. Kind of an “embedded news network,”
  • Netflix, as Easy as Changing the Channel

    10/16/2013 11:33:40 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 53 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 14, 2013 | Brian Stelter
    The television two-step is familiar to nearly every household with a TV set and a Netflix subscription. To watch cable, the television must be on one setting; to browse Netflix, it has to be on another. For some family members, toggling between the two is easy; for others, it’s so befuddling that it discourages any straying from cable at all. Now, in a sign of on-demand TV’s popularity, some cable companies, including Comcast, Charter Communications and Cox Communications, are talking with Netflix about doing away with the two-step and making the subscription service — and other online video services —...
  • Tennis Channel loses bid for new hearing in Comcast dispute (will be appealed to Supreme Court)

    09/05/2013 12:06:52 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 5 replies
    LA Times ^ | September 4, 2013, 4:54 p.m | Meg James
    <p>The Tennis Channel has lost its bid for a review of a pivotal court decision in its marathon legal match against cable giant Comcast Corp.</p> <p>On Wednesday, the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals denied the Tennis Channel's petition that asked the full panel of judges to hear its case accusing Comcast of anti-competitive behavior.</p>
  • Charter cable television out in entire state of Georgia

    09/01/2013 2:28:50 PM PDT · by citizen · 48 replies
    Sept. 01, 2013 | self
    My Charter Communications cable television went out about 3 hours ago. I know, boohoo you say :) I agree but I was interested in the FedEx Cup golf I had DVRed. It went black and I soon discovered the entire cable feed was off. I called Charter and the rep asked do I live in Georgia. Yes, I reply. He says there is a big problem and it's out for the entire state of Georgia. No estimate to get it back on but "repair crews had been dispatched." groan.... I searched bing, google and the local news site but no...
  • Duck Nation has spoken: 'Duck Dynasty' poised to be biggest cable show of all time

    08/22/2013 4:28:34 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 43 replies
    Today ^ | August 21, 2013 | Maria Elena Fernandez
    It’s a Duck Nation, and we’re all just living in it. Last week, A&E Network’s reality show “Duck Dynasty” catapulted to become the biggest unscripted show in cable history with its fourth season premiere. With nearly 11.8 million viewers, the show about a Louisiana family that has made millions from its duck call fabrication business is on the brink of toppling “The Walking Dead.” If it does, it will become cable's biggest show. The A&E Network, as Duck Commander patriarch Phil Robertson would say, is “Happy, happy, happy.” The show premiered in March 2012 and finished its first cycle with...
  • Analyst: End of Bundled Cable Will Kill Over 80 Channels (CNN, MSNBC, and MTV included in 80)

    08/12/2013 6:47:57 PM PDT · by upbeat5 · 105 replies
    Brietbart ^ | August 12, 2013 | John Nolte
    With streaming television becoming more and more popular, and providers like Aereo making an end-run around cable and satellite providers, a lot of attention is being paid to the future of bundled cable. In a world of growing choices and a weak, jobless economy, how long can something last that charges customers a ton of money for dozens of channels they never watch? Bundled cable is, in my opinion, one of the greatest hustles ever perpetuated against the American people. The worst part is how it works as a kind of affirmative-action program for left-wing programming that likely wouldn’t survive...
  • Is Your Cable Box Spying On You? Behavior-Detecting Devices.. Worry Privacy Advocates

    07/28/2013 10:41:21 PM PDT · by george76 · 42 replies
    IBT ^ | July 26 2013 | Christopher Zara
    Pay-TV providers like Verizon and tech giants like Microsoft are developing devices that can monitor our behaviors as we watch TV and play games. “Watching the watchers” is taking on a whole new meaning. News that Google .. may be developing a television set-top box with a motion sensor and video camera has rekindled the debate over technology that can record so-called ambient action. Should a TV-mounted box have the ability to track our movements, record our voices and monitor our behaviors? Should cable providers and tech companies be allowed to collect such information without our consent? Lawmakers and privacy...
  • Cameras in Your Cable Box? No way, says one lawmaker who introduces new bill

    06/17/2013 7:05:04 AM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 33 replies
    ADWeek ^ | June 14, 2013 | Katy Bachman
    Cameras in your cable box? No way, said Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Mass.), who has introduced a new bill that would stop technology and TV video services from monitoring viewing using cameras or microphones built-in to set-top boxes or DVRs in order to analyze viewing behavior and serve up targeted ads. The bill, called the We Are Watching You Act of 2013, would prohibit video service operators from collecting visual or audio data from the vicinity of the device without express permission from the consumer. For viewers that opt in, the monitoring company would have to display a "we are watching...
  • Tennis Channel CEO, Obama Fundraiser, Compares Comcast to 'Brutal' Rapist

    06/14/2013 4:52:17 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/14/13 | Tony Lee
    The CEO of the Tennis Channel, who also bundled millions of dollars for President Barack Obama's presidential campaign and was a co-chair of one of his fundraising committees, compared Comcast to a "brutal captor" and a rapist after the Tennis Channel lost a ruling in a federal appeals court. After a the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled last month that Comcast did not have to include the Tennis Channel on its basic cable package, Ken Solomon, fired off an email to his employees. Solomon was sworn in on Obama's Committee on the Arts and the...
  • I Want My A La Carte TV

    05/10/2013 10:23:58 AM PDT · by BO Stinkss · 55 replies
    http://iowntheworld.com ^ | May 10, 2013 | IronyCurtain
    John McCain, the media’s favorite “maverick” – unless he’s actively running for something – has just introduced a bill in congress called the Television Consumer Freedom Act of 2013. Normally, my iron clad rule of thumb is to take any side this guy is against but I have to admit he may have a point here. The bill would allow consumers to buy only the cable channels they want “a la carte” and not have 500 others jammed down their throats. Does anyone recall the original promise of cable TV? More than 30 years ago we asked, “why should we...
  • TV Ratings: 'Duck Dynasty' Tops 'American Idol' With Record-Breaking Finale

    04/26/2013 1:29:18 AM PDT · by prisoner6 · 57 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 4/25/2013 | Michael O'Connell
    TV Ratings: 'Duck Dynasty' Tops 'American Idol' With Record-Breaking Finale UPDATED: The A&E reality series outperforms all of Wednesday's cable and broadcast series in the targeted adults 18-49 demo --- and pulls in nearly 10 million total viewers. Duck Dynasty shows no signs of slowing. The A&E series' season finale drew a record 9.6 million viewers during its one-hour episode -- and an equally impressive 5.5 million adults 18-49. That haul in the key demo puts it ahead of all of cable and broadcast offerings for the night -- including American Idol. Duck Dynasty's 4.3 rating with adults 18-49 rating...
  • Benghazi investigators demand cable signed by Clinton; White House balks

    04/25/2013 9:08:38 AM PDT · by Nachum · 50 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4/25/13 | Susan Crabtree & Stephen Dinan
    The White House accused Republicans of a political distraction Wednesday after House committee chairmen asked President Obama to release a State Department cable that they said would prove Hillary Rodham Clinton, as secretary off state, signed off on security cuts at the diplomatic post in Benghazi ahead of the attack Sept. 11. According to the committee chairmen, the April 2012 Clinton cable denies the U.S. Embassy in Libya’s request for more security. Five months later, the outpost in Benghazi was attacked and four Americans were killed, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.
  • Fox Television Threatens to Go Off the Air

    04/09/2013 4:05:52 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 44 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 4-9-2013 | John Nolte
    After winning a major court battle last week, Aereo has Fox Television so freaked the network is considering becoming a cable channel, which would mean yanking their broadcast from the public airwaves: At the National Association of Broadcasters’ annual trade show on Monday, Carey, the News Corp. president, said, “We will continue to aggressively pursue our rights in the courts, as well as pursue all relevant political avenues, and we believe we will prevail.” Carey added: “One option could be converting the Fox broadcast network to a pay channel, which we would do in collaboration with both our content partners...
  • Success of 'The Bible' Series Makes History Channel Top Cable Network

    04/04/2013 10:55:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/04/2013 | Katherine Weber
    Mark Burnett's "The Bible" miniseries concluded this past Sunday with strong ratings, attracting 11.7 million viewers, 14 percent higher than its previous week of 10.3 million viewers. "The Bible" miniseries' great success resulted in the History Channel being the top cable network, both in total viewership and with adults ages 25 to 54, for the month of March. The episode's finale, which featured Jesus' crucifixion, death, and resurrection aptly on March 31, Easter Sunday, received 3.8 million viewers among adults ages 18 to 49 and 4.6 million viewers among adults ages 25 to 54, according to Nielsen ratings. As Deadline...
  • Comcast Cable Bans All Firearm, Ammunition Advertisers

    03/22/2013 4:54:02 PM PDT · by Nachum · 46 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/22/13 | AWR Hawkins
    Comcast Cable, "the nation's largest cable provider," has decided it will not accept firearm and ammunition advertisers in the future. This decision comes after Comcast has been running ads for some gun and hunting groups for decades. Comcast chose this new position after purchasing NBCUniversal, which has a long-standing ban against firearm, ammunition and firework advertisements. This move brings Comcast in line with its competitors, Time Warner Cable and Cox Communications. Cox already had a ban similar to the one Comcast has now instituted and Time Warner Cable announced in January that it was banning "ads showing semi-automatic weapons and...
  • New conservative, San Diego-based cable news network to be launched

    03/18/2013 1:58:04 AM PDT · by South40 · 35 replies
    10News.comSanDiego ^ | 3/15/2013 | Michael Chen
    SAN DIEGO - A new San Diego-based cable channel could end up competing with Fox News for the conservative cable audience. It is unapologetically conservative and it could be coming to a cable channel in your home. The upcoming launch of the One America News Network was announced Thursday. It is a creation of San Diego-based Herring Broadcasting. On July 4, the company – which also produces cable channel Wealth TV – will launch its newest venture, a conservative cable news network.
  • We just cut our Time Warner Cable TV service.

    02/11/2013 2:37:24 PM PST · by Mad Dawgg · 41 replies
    from inside my head | Feb. 11th 2013 | Mad Dawgg
    I've been 3 months trying to get TWC to come and get my defective DVR (we have 2) several calls promising they would come and they would adjust our bill blah blah blah. Then the new bill came and informed us we are getting a price increase so we talked it over and did some research. Our TV bill (We have their internet as well) was over 110 bucks a month. We realized we could get Hulu plus and receiver most of the shows we watch for about 9 bucks a month and the two shows we definitely watch that...
  • Watching TV on web is disrupting cable, broadcast worlds

    01/26/2013 3:52:18 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 164 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | January 26, 2013 | Glenn Garvin
    Veteran programmer Rob Barnett recently attended a breakfast meeting of television executives where the talk turned, as it almost always does these days, to “disruption,” the industry buzzword for the way new technology is upsetting the TV applecart. From somewhere down the table, he heard a question: “Has anybody here cut the cord?” — that is, dropped cable service in favor of just watching TV through the Internet? Barnett shrugged and raised his hand. “Mine was the only one,” he recalls. “But when it went up, I saw beads of sweat break out on the foreheads of some of the...
  • THREE THINGS - 2. algores satanic filth

    01/17/2013 6:21:48 AM PST · by plsjr · 13 replies
    Barnhardt ^ | 13 Jan 2013 | Ann Barnhardt
    2. I caught an interesting factoid ... Algore selling his Marxist agitprop cable station to Al Jazeera last week. ... it was reported that CurrentTV received cable and satellite licensing revenues of $0.12 per month per subscriber - that is the pinch of incense you people who had CurrentTV included in your cable/sat package were paying to Algore. ... Your $0.12 per month multiplied together put $80 million per year in cashflows into Algore's hands in order to spread his evil, satanic filth. The interesting factoid released last week was that cable/sat licensing revenues comprised 80% of CurrentTV's revenue, with...
  • Cable in Crisis: Time Warner Drops Ovation,

    01/03/2013 10:51:27 AM PST · by virgil283 · 38 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 2 Jan 2013 | Christian Toto
    "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...
  • Al Jazeera faces dubious U.S. public

    01/04/2013 2:46:03 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 4, 2013 | Joe Garofoli and Carla Marinucci
    Conservative America can't get enough of the story about liberal former Vice President Al Gore selling the Current TV network he co-founded to Al Jazeera. Or, as Fox News commentator Ann Coulter described it - "a foreign company that hates America."........ .......Despite what perceptions remain about its political bias, analysts say Al Jazeera has developed a strong journalistic reputation with international audiences as it reports from places that U.S. outlets, with their scaled-down overseas reporting staffs, barely touch. Aside from the media implications, some analysts wonder how Gore, a part-time San Francisco resident who won the Nobel Peace Prize for...
  • Hollywood A-listers called hypocrites on issue of gun violence in ‘Demand a Plan’ response video

    01/03/2013 5:22:45 AM PST · by SJackson · 18 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | January 02, 2013
    Several big-name Hollywood stars appear in a new anti-gun public service YouTube video calling for Americans to demand that their elected officials come up with a strategy to curb gun violence. In the video, A-listers like Cameron Diaz, Paul Rudd, and Chris Rock read the names of the sites of the most horrific gun massacres before calling on viewers to “demand a plan” to stop mass shootings. But now a new video called “Demand a Plan – Demand Celebrities Go F*** Themselves” has been created that highlights the gun violence many of these same stars have taken part in in...
  • Intel to Challenge Cable and Offer Individual Channels

    01/02/2013 5:02:23 AM PST · by chopperman · 77 replies
    Intel is reportedly on the cusp of delivering something that consumers around the world have been wanting for a long, long time. Kelly Clay at Forbes reports Intel is going to blow up the cable industry with its own set-top box and an unbundled cable service. Clay says Intel is planning to deliver cable content to any device with an Internet connection. And instead of having to pay $80 a month for two hundred channels you don't want, you'll be able to subscribe to specific channels of your choosing.
  • Time Warner Cable to Drop Ovation

    12/19/2012 5:49:44 AM PST · by AT7Saluki · 15 replies
    Multichannel News ^ | 12/18/12 | Kent Gibbons
    Ovation, the arts-culture cable channel that's enjoyed a distribution surge the last several years, said Tuesday it expects to be dropped by Time Warner Cable on Dec. 31, potentially losing about 7 million subscribers and the key markets of New York City and Los Angeles. The independently owned network, reaching 51 million homes via cable, satellite and telco providers, went public about the expected drop in hopes of gaining support from viewers and arts organizations that would persuade Time Warner Cable to rethink the decision. “If Time Warner Cable proceeds then, in 2013, its customers who love the arts will...
  • Cable subscribers are about to get a sneaky fee

    12/09/2012 8:58:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    NBC News Business ^ | December 9, 2012 | Herb Weisbaum
    If you have cable TV service, you probably have at least one set-top box in your house. On Monday, a federal rule change takes effect that could eventually force you to rent more cable boxes. Right now, most cable systems don’t scramble the “basic tier” service which includes local broadcast stations, public, government and education channels, as well as some non-premium programming. Buy basic service and you can plug the cable into a digital set that has a QAM tuner and see these unencrypted channels without a set-top box. Cable companies want to scramble everything coming through their wire, including...
  • The Smoking Gun of the Benghazi Cover-up

    11/02/2012 12:18:14 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 40 replies
    Townhall ^ | November 2, 2012 | Pat Buchanan
    November 2, 2012 The Smoking Gun of the Benghazi Cover-up By Pat Buchanan 11/2/2012   On June 6 of this year, a bomb planted at the U.S. compound in Benghazi ripped a 12-foot-wide hole in the outer wall. On June 11, the British ambassador's motorcade was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, wounding a medic and doctor. The next day, the ambassador was gone and the British Benghazi post was closed. At the same time, the Red Cross, after a second attack, shut down and fled the city. "When that occurred," says Lt. Col. Andrew Wood, who headed the military...
  • Is Now the Time For You to Cancel Your Cable and Stop Newspaper Delivery?

    11/07/2012 11:25:30 PM PST · by Steelers6 · 86 replies
    Hillbuzz.org ^ | October 4, 2012 | Kevin DuJan
    I’d like to give a nudge today to everyone out there to do something that I did back in 2009 and have never regretted since: cancel your cable TV service and stop your newspaper delivery. If enough people did this, it would decimate the Democrats’ most powerful propaganda tools: the Comcast-owned networks of NBC and MSNBC, CNN, and the other dinosaur media outlets that comprise the Left’s Ministry of Truth (Minitrue, for short) that serves Barack Obama with cultish devotion. Since you can’t just cancel MSNBC and NBC or CNN, you’ll need to cancel your cable TV service altogether. This...
  • Criminal Negligence: Benghazi Gave 1-Month Warning

    11/01/2012 3:47:14 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 4 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | November 1, 2012
    Scandal: A month before the terrorist attack, the State Department was warned Benghazi couldn't protect itself and was surrounded by Islamist militia and al-Qaida camps. It was 3 a.m. and the administration pressed "snooze." When the U.S. mission in Benghazi called an Aug. 15 emergency meeting, it wasn't to discuss an obscure Internet video. It was to discuss the lack of security for a consulate surrounded by at least 10 terrorist camps. An Aug. 16 cable to the office of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and obtained by Fox News reported that the State Department's senior security officer "expressed concerns...
  • Exclusive: Classified cable warned consulate couldn't withstand 'coordinated attack'

    10/31/2012 4:48:08 PM PDT · by tsowellfan · 17 replies
    The U.S. Mission in Benghazi convened an “emergency meeting” less than a month before the assault that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, because Al Qaeda had training camps in Benghazi and the consulate could not defend against a “coordinated attack,” according to a classified cable reviewed by Fox News. Summarizing an Aug. 15 emergency meeting convened by the U.S. Mission in Benghazi, the Aug. 16 cable marked “SECRET” said that the State Department’s senior security officer, also known as the RSO, did not believe the consulate could be protected...
  • Murdered ambassador sent cable warning of threats on day of Benghazi attack

    10/08/2012 7:02:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/08/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    A number of media sources have fresh looks at the Obama administration's handling of security in the weeks before the terrorist attack on our consulate in Benghazi drove us out of eastern Libya and killed four Americans, including US Ambassador J. Christopher Stephens. First, Fox News reported yesterday that the State Department decided to stick to its schedule of rotating out a 16-man Special Ops team assigned to diplomatic security in Benghazi, just weeks before the attack in August. They were joined in their exit by a six-man security team from the State Department itself:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO...
  • Who Owns the News Media

    09/21/2012 11:09:41 AM PDT · by B4Ranch · 24 replies
    Who Owns The Media? The 6 Monolithic Corporations That Control Almost Everything We Watch, Hear And Read Back in 1983, approximately 0 corporations controlled the vast majority of all news media in the United States. Today, ownership of the news media has been concentrated in the hands of just six incredibly powerful media corporations. These corporate behemoths control most of what we watch, hear and read every single day. They own television networks, cable channels, movie studios, newspapers, magazines, publishing houses, music labels and even many of our favorite websites. Sadly, most Americans don't even stop to think about who...
  • Discovery’s ‘Shark Week’ Causes Feeding Frenzy Among Viewers

    08/21/2012 9:14:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | TUESDAY, AUGUST 21, 2012 | DAVID HINCKLEY
    Sharks ruled the air waves as well as the ocean waves again this year. The Discovery Channel says total viewership for its annual "Shark Week" was 21.4 million, up from 18.6 million in 2011. The big fish also drew 1.6 million tweets, about double the volume from last year. Discovery encouraged tweeting this year with several segments in which tweets were flashed on the screen. Shark Week, which launched 25 years ago, has become the most successful long-running cable theme week on television, remaining ahead of later descendants like "Big Cat Week" and "Tornado Week." Discovery has produced more than...
  • Economic bummer: 6.9 million homes ditch cable TV

    06/19/2012 4:55:11 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 64 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 6/19/2012 | Paul Bedard
    It started with homes, then cars, and now penny-pinching Americans, especially minorities, are giving up cable TV because they just can't afford it in the lingering recession. Instead, they are switching back to free TV, improved with the recent switch to digital broadcast which requires a special antenna but eliminates the $70-$100 monthly cable, satellite or broadband service fee. Industry officials had worried that Americans would begin "cord-cutting" in a shift to internet TV, but the recession is more to blame, not internet bling. "It's not so much cord-cutting as cost-cutting that's motivating this. There's possibly recessionary issues here," said...
  • Is Cable Trying to Squash Netflix?

    06/16/2012 5:31:05 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 33 replies
    tvpredictions.com ^ | 14Jun2012 | Phillip Swann
    The Justice Department has begun an investigation into whether Comcast and other cable operators are purposely and illegally trying to squash competition from rival streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu. That's according to articles by The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg News. The Justice Department won't comment on the reports, but the newspaper say the department is probing whether the cable ops are charging extra if their Internet subscribers exceed their data caps in using the rival streamers. Justice investigators are also examining if the cable operators are giving preferential treatment to their own streaming services by not charging...