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  • Comcast Is Said to End $45 Billion Bid for Time Warner Cable

    04/23/2015 6:47:05 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | 4-23-15 | EMILY STEEL, DAVID GELLES, REBECCA R. RUIZ and ERIC LIPTON
    Facing intense regulatory scrutiny, Comcast is planning to abandon its $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable, people briefed on the matter said on Thursday, ending a bid that would have united the country’s two largest cable operators and reshaped the rapidly evolving video and broadband markets. The collapse of the deal comes as technology changes and an array of Internet offerings upend how people watch and pay for television, making broadband service more important than ever. Had the deal been approved, the combined company would have controlled as much as 57 percent of the nation’s broadband market and just...
  • Roku: Good Deal?

    04/12/2015 11:10:39 AM PDT · by ducttape45 · 131 replies
    Hello all. I was wondering if I could fellow Freepers about a streaming video product called "Roku." I've heard it talked about on radio programs, and I've seen it advertised on the Internet of course. I just wondered if anyone has Roku or could possibly cue me in on how well it performs and your overall assessment of it. I turned off my Comcast TV because they keep driving the prices up and taking channels away and I got sick and tired of not being able watch TV stations that were once part of a standard cable package. Thanks.
  • In cable, it’s survival of the fittest as channels drop from the bundle

    04/08/2015 11:57:07 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 7, 2015 | Cecilia Kang
    At the Weather Channel, the heavy snow and bitter cold that swept the Northeast this winter was cause for celebration as its wall-to-wall coverage helped lift ratings to their highest level in years. But none of that mattered in the spring, when Verizon Fios dropped the channel from its offerings to more than 5 million subscribers. In a letter to customers, Verizon said that people want to get their reports from the Internet and apps on their phones these days, not TV.
  • Cable lobby eyes opening to rewrite Web law

    03/21/2015 11:39:00 PM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/21/15 | Julian Hattem
    Cable and telecom industry lobbyists are launching an effort to convince lawmakers to support new legislation that replaces federal Internet regulations. 
After the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued its new regulations to treat the Web like a public utility, major companies are now sensing an opening to escape what they consider crushing net neutrality regulations. “The 400-page order really is starting, to us, a process on the hill,” said one telecommunications industry lobbyist who was granted anonymity in order to speak freely about the plans. “Our focus and our priority [is] to makes sure everyone understands what the FCC did,...
  • Apple is going to launch a TV service this fall that could kill cable

    03/17/2015 7:02:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/17/2015 | Bryan Logan
    Apple is reportedly working on a plan to launch its own TV service. A Wall Street Journal report suggests Apple, which already lets users watch television and Netflix shows through its Apple TV device, is working with programmers "to offer a slimmed-down bundle of TV networks this fall." The Journal cites sources familiar with the talks who say Apple's subscription service may provide "about 25 channels, anchored by broadcasters such as ABC, CBS, and Fox, and would be available on Apple devices such as the Apple TV." The as-yet-unannounced service would cost $30 to $40 per month, according to The...
  • Looking for best option to drop cable.

    03/16/2015 6:29:41 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 86 replies
    myself | 3-16-15 | TZ
    (I could live without it, but The Chief of Procuremenet will not.) Is Hulu, Netflix or Amazon Prime the best option for someone who has a few favorite shows? Will show be ONE WEEK behind on episodes or ONE SEASON? (assuming these shows on cable are not available right away) Dish is not an option (she won't allow it on the roof) Will likely be getting DSL from a phone company.
  • Cable alternative Sling TV from DISH Network may be wave of future

    03/12/2015 5:52:08 AM PDT · by Colehill1999 · 21 replies
    The Daily News ^ | 3-10-15 | Eb Samuel
    Meet Sling TV, an Internet-driven endeavor from DISH Network that is the first legitimate alternative to traditional cable TV. It’s a service that’s free of contracts and friendly of pricing, and it offers tantalizing flexibility to the tech-savvy user. The service needs some work before it’s ready to captivate the average user, but with evolution, it has the potential to be special. The service is currently available on a handful of devices, including Amazon’s streaming devices, iPads and iPhones, Android phones and PCs and Macs. In the coming months (and Sling’s been working quickly), it will hit the Xbox One...
  • DVD/VCR Cable Box TV Cable Question

    03/07/2015 8:48:55 AM PST · by Bob434 · 61 replies
    3/72015 | bob434
    trying to hook my dvd/vcr combo up to cable box and TV but need an RF converter I guess as the DVD won't play on my older SD tv without the RF modulator- TV has composite connectors yellow/white/red, plus component blue/green/red, plus 1 S-Video connector- the cable box and dvd/vcr combo also has all three connections, but the RF modulator only has composite yellow/red/white and S-Video connection, plus coaxial in and out- I want the best picture possible, what wires am I going to need? Am I stuck having to use composite wires? The problem I'm facing is trying to...
  • Broadcasters fear falling revenues as viewers switch to on-demand TV

    02/22/2015 4:02:09 PM PST · by SamAdams76 · 67 replies
    Financial Times ^ | February 22, 2015 | Shannon Bond in New York and Matthew Garrahan in Los Angeles
    With YouTube to watch, Instagram pictures to take and Facebook, Snapchat and other social media platforms to explore, a generation of young Americans that used to turn to television for entertainment is finding its fix elsewhere. They are watching on-demand services, such as Netflix and Hulu and the BBC iPlayer but turning off “linear” TV, or tuning in at a set time on a set channel. This migration has been gradual but is starting to show up in the quarterly results of some of the world’s biggest media companies — and investors are beginning to notice.
  • Your opinions about Comcast? (vanity)

    02/06/2015 7:20:01 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 64 replies
    Feb. 6, 2015 | me
    Comcast is now offering in my area a triple-play package (TV, phone, and Internet) that is much cheaper than what I'm paying now with Verizon. No contracts either. But I've heard many bad things about Comcast. Is that all in the past, or is Comcast still a mess? Your thoughts, please.
  • MSNBC suffers lowest ratings in a decade

    02/05/2015 8:41:52 AM PST · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | February 4, 2015 | Dylan Byers
    MSNBC registered its lowest full-day rating in nearly a decade on Tuesday, a devastatingly low benchmark that shows just how severe the network's decline has become. The liberal cable news network drew an average of 55,000 viewers in the all-important 25-to-54 year-old demo on Tuesday, its lowest full-day rating since July 2005, according to Nielsen ratings provided by an industry source. CNN had nearly three times as many viewers in the demo; Fox News nearly five times as many.
  • More customers report Comcast is changing their names on bills

    01/31/2015 3:26:33 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 58 replies
    CBS News ^ | January 30, 2015, 9:24 PM | CBS News
    [VIDEO] After a Comcast employee changed a customer's first name to "A**hole," more customers are now coming forward with similar stories, including one whose bills were addressed to "Whore Julia."
  • Bidding war between networks, sports leagues will increase price of cable TV

    01/24/2015 6:36:09 AM PST · by C19fan · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 23, 2015 | Cecilia Kang
    Cable TV is about to get more expensive for millions of consumers because of a bidding war between networks and the country’s most powerful sports leagues. Time Warner Cable, Cablevision and scores of rural cable providers are tacking on sports surcharges each month, the direct result of higher fees they are paying to ESPN and other sports networks to carry their channels. Beginning Feb. 5, DirecTV will raise fees by 5.7 percent. The rise in cable prices is likely to test the patience of customers, who may already be tempted to cut their cords in exchange for streaming options that...
  • COLLAPSE BEGINS: AL JAZEERA AMERICA CANCELS ALL MORNING SHOWS

    01/13/2015 6:01:36 AM PST · by C19fan · 44 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 12, 2015 | John Nolte
    Al Jazeera America’s inevitable collapse has begun with the elimination of all of its morning programming. Instead of producing its own programming, the basement-rated cable news network will simply re-broadcast Al Jazeera programs from its parent studio in Qatar. Also canceled is the late morning program, “Consider This With Antonio Mora.” Mediabistro reports that behind-the-scenes staffers will be reassigned and “the fate of on-air talent is unclear.” Variety, however, reports that primetime anchors Ali Velshi and Joie Chen will have less airtime and mid-to-late afternoon programming is also on the chopping block.
  • Discovery president admits that Eaten Alive stunt where anaconda was supposed to eat a grown man was

    01/09/2015 10:22:39 AM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 9, 2015 | Chris Spargo
    The president of the Discovery Channel is finally speaking out about their recent special Eaten Alive. The highly hyped network event was supposed to show Paul Rosalie, a noted naturalist, as he was consumed by a giant Anaconda, something that would be made possible by a special suit he was wearing. In the end the snake never did eat Rosalie, and now, Discovery president Rich Ross is admitting that the show was misleading.
  • Is anyone here using the Matricom, G-Box Midnight MX2?

    12/13/2013 10:12:21 AM PST · by mylife · 27 replies
    Matricom.net ^ | 12/13/13 | mylife
    I would be interested in your thoughts about how well this works, and how difficult it is to use.
  • Ecuador moves to expel US embassy military personnel

    04/25/2014 1:14:25 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 9 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | April 25, 2014 20:06 GMT | Gonzalo Solano, Associated Press
    Ecuador's government has ordered everyone in the US Embassy's military group, about 20 Defense Department employees, to leave the country by month's end. The group was ordered to halt operations in Ecuador in a letter dated April 7, embassy spokesman Jeffrey Weinshenker said Thursday. The Associated Press was alerted to the expulsions by a senior Ecuadorean official who refused to be identified by name due to the information's sensitive nature.
  • Fox and Dish TV contract ends today.

    12/20/2014 9:01:39 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 27 replies
    WBOC ^ | 12-20-2014
    DISH FAQS Posted: Dec 19, 2014 1:50 PM CST 1. What is happening? By law, WBOC and FOX21 must negotiate carriage agreements with satellite companies like DISH. Usually, these deals are reached without any disruption to your service. In fact, our company has negotiated dozens of agreements. Unfortunately, so far, DISH has refused to reach a fair, market-based deal to carry WBOC and FOX21. Our existing agreement with DISH expires at midnight on Dec. 31, 2014. If no deal is reached before that date, you will lose live access to the shows, sports and local news on WBOC and FOX21,...
  • Fox News finds new way to scare its viewers, warns of Dish blackout

    12/17/2014 8:48:51 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 39 replies
    FireceCable ^ | 12-15-2014 | Daniel Frankel
    Fox News finds new way to scare its viewers, warns of Dish blackout December 15, 2014 | By Daniel Frankel Already adept at scaring its rapt audience, Fox News has begun warning Dish Network (NASDAQ: DISH) subscribers that the channel, along with Fox Business News, could disappear from their program guides "any day now." The campaign features the usual TV spots, directing viewers to visit the "protest the operator" website, in this case KeepFoxNews.com. Fox News versus Dish Fox's post urged Dish subscribers to call the satellite operator. (Source: KeepFoxNews.com) A Fox News blog post notes, "Despite the undeniable demand...
  • Al Jazeera America Viewers Down Nearly 50 Percent From Current TV's Numbers

    10/30/2014 12:08:19 PM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    The Wrap ^ | October 29, 2014 | Jordan Chariton
    The winner and loser of the lawsuit between Al Jazeera America and former Current TV CEO Al Gore is yet to be determined, but ratings comparisons between the two show a clear winner. After buying Current TV in early 2013, and debuting over the summer that year, Al Jazeera has lost almost half of Current TV's audience.
  • Fox News Nabs Historic Cable Ratings Victory

    09/30/2014 9:08:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | September 30, 2014 | Michael O'Connell
    FNC celebrates a quarter with the most-watched primetime across the cable dial, while MSNBC slides below CNN in the demo. No one would say the summer of 2014 suffered any shortage of breaking news. From the crisis in Ferguson, Mo., to the cultural impact of Robin Williams' and Joan Rivers' sudden deaths and all the way up to recent round-the-clock coverage of U.S. strikes on ISIS, cable news has been heavily occupied. The last three months have been so big, Fox News Channel just clocked its first quarter with the most-watched primetime across all of cable in more than a...
  • bundled cable blinks: a la carte in 2015; hbo considers break

    09/15/2014 8:22:53 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 36 replies
    Breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood ^ | 9-15-2014 | John Nolte
    This is huge, huge news. But don't get too excited. For now at least, the a la carte "cable television" service will only be available on your mobile devices. Though it happened a few years sooner than I would have expected, the news also isn't a big surprise. It was just a matter of time before our Bundled Cable Overlords came to terms with the reality of reality. During a Thursday appearance at a Goldman Sachs technology conference, Verizon Communications chief Lowell McAdam said the service will likely include access to the "big four" broadcast networks, as well as "custom...
  • Any other Charter Communication cable customers find this a little irritating?

    08/13/2014 8:16:40 PM PDT · by bobonthejob · 11 replies
    self
    I am a Charter Communications cable customer in California and recently was “upgraded” to all digital TV. A feature of the Charter cable service had been to “power on” the receiver with the channel of your preference. Mine was Fox News. After the conversion to “all digital” TV, the ability to make a selection of the “power on” channel was eliminated from the receiver menu. The receiver would “power on” to a Charter informational channel with the skinny Charter girl telling you about the wonderful things you were in store for with Charter “all digital’ TV. I was wishing that...
  • 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...