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  • The naked truth about television: 500 channels and there’s nothing on. Not a stitch, in fact

    07/17/2014 2:54:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 59 replies
    Deacon's Bench ^ | July 17, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    The TV critic at The New York Times is keeping an eye on the tube, so we don’t have to. Reading this, describing what’s coming into our living rooms this summer, I have to think that’s a very good thing: In case you missed the news that traditional courtship is dead, naked people on VH1 stand ready to enlighten you. And in case you thought that television networks had evolved beyond trying to attract viewers with cheesy titillation — ditto.Yes, it’s time for “Dating Naked,” a reality series beginning Thursday on VH1 in which just-introduced strangers looking for love are...
  • TV Streaming Startups Forge Ahead, Guided by Aereo Ruling

    06/30/2014 8:50:23 AM PDT · by PoloSec
    News Max ^ | June 30 2014 | Melanie Batley
    Digital television streaming companies are forging ahead with their services following the conclusion of a Supreme Court case against Aereo Inc., despite the media company's loss in a copyright dispute brought on by traditional broadcasters. According to The New York Times, with clearer legal parameters for service delivery, dozens of digital media startups plan to move forward with innovations that offer ways to watch traditional cable broadcasting for a fraction of the cost. "If cable companies believe that their old ways of doing business are protected by the Aereo Supreme Court decision, they are clearly misguided," Dan Nova, a partner...
  • Here’s what you’ll save by ditching cable TV (MarketWatch cord-cutting calculator)

    06/25/2014 6:07:06 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 96 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 06/24/2014 | Quentin Fottrell
    Stop paying the electric bill and they’ll turn off the lights. Cable TV, however, is no longer quite so essential. It’s now possible to stop paying the cable bill and enjoy much, if not all of your favorite programming — at great savings. But is cutting the cord right for you? To help answer that question we’ve created a new interactive cord-cutting calculator . Here’s how it works: Answer a few questions about your TV watching needs, including your favorite shows and sports leagues, and the tool will crunch the numbers and give you several options to best approximate your...
  • Trapped into paying extra for cable TV sports

    05/06/2014 12:51:00 PM PDT · by jeannineinsd · 131 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 5/1/14 | David Lazarus
    Cable TV's sports costs are prompting a growing number of people to "cut the cord". Exhibit A: The $8 billion charged by the Dodgers for broadcast rights to their games knowing full well that pay-TV companies would have to pass along this sky-high cost to all customers. Time Warner Cable is the Dodgers' partner in crime. It paid that whopping sum for exclusive rights to distribute the Dodgers channel to other pay-TV companies, assuming, like the team, that it would get away with sticking both fans and non-fans with an extra $4 to $5 fee every month. The harsh reality,...
  • VANITY - Free advice welcome - what to do about cable, no cable, TV, Internet, etc.

    12/21/2013 10:24:26 AM PST · by OKSooner · 64 replies
    Vanity | 12-21-2013 | Vanity
    This is a followup thread to another one that was posted yesterday on the same subject, particularly this one: http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3103587/posts To get straight to the point, I'd like someone to give me a straight answer about what a viable option would be for us to accomplish the following: Continued internet access for our home. Continued access to desirable TV programming - local channels, desirable cable programming such as sports events, both local and national, and [take my pick] of other stuff, also Fox News and CSPAN if it still exists. Cost decreased significantly from what we're paying [ourlocalcableprovider]. (I don't...
  • Vanity- We no longer need Cable- With Roku or a Smart TV We can see more for less money.

    12/19/2013 7:19:08 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 137 replies
    www.freerepublic.com ^ | Dec 19 2013 | NLZ
    Cable is to TV what the dial up is to online access. We no longer need Cable to see what we want and when we want to. Streaming TV allows us to dump cable. Get a Roku or a Smart TV. Get Netflix for $8.00 and Hulu Plus for $12. And stations such as METV even stream on local sub channels that you can access for free!
  • Red America, blue America and reality TV

    12/19/2013 6:44:36 PM PST · by re_nortex · 8 replies
    The Washington [Com]Post ^ | August 22 at 2:13 pm | Reid Wilson
    Yes, there is a red America and a blue America, at least according to television viewing habits. Our friends at National Media, a Republican ad-buying firm, sent us this map of a recent television event. Using data from Rentrak, a company that monitors data from set-top boxes, the map shows what percentage of television viewers in specific designated market areas watched this television event live.
  • Comcast Management CHOOSES to Destroy the Company through Subscriber Attrition

    A thought provoking Marketwatch article regarding the growing trend of cable "cord cutting" demonstrates the need for a shakeup in the cable television industry. The industry is being run into the ground by old guard gatekeepers. It is becoming a case study of what not to do when faced with competition from visionaries with new technologies and business models. Comcast CEO Brian L. Roberts is best thing that ever happened to Netflix shareholders. Listen Comcast shareholders: Despite CMCSA sitting near 52 week highs, that is abysmal compared to what the market cap SHOULD be and WOULD be if the company...
  • CABLE/SATELLITE VS NETFLIX/HULU/OTHER STREAMING SERVICES

    12/10/2013 4:48:49 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 88 replies
    EEE | 10 DEC 2013 | EEE
    Has any FReepers completely ditched their cable or satellite provider and went exclusively with streaming services, such as Roku or Wi-Fi Blu-Ray? I did. I had cable that I was paying upwards to $80 a month. I got rid of it and simply stream Netflix, HuluPlus, or Amazon Prime and saved over half.
  • 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...
  • Americans Being Forced to Pay for Al Jazeera (If you have Verizon, Comcast, Dish Network or DirecTV)

    09/09/2013 7:41:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/09/2013 | Kieran Lalor
    Two weeks ago, Al Jazeera America launched, beaming into 48 million homes across the country. The media company that allowed Osama bin Laden to use it as a vehicle to communicate with jihadists around the world is now on your TV screen and you are paying for it. The network pushed its way onto basic cable packages with several providers. If you subscribe to Verizon, Comcast, Dish Network or DirecTV, you are forced to subsidize Al Jazeera's propaganda as part of your cable bill whether you like it or not. I represent a district about 70 miles north of where...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Cable Industry to Move Away from TV Service?

    08/05/2013 9:30:03 PM PDT · by 867V309 · 60 replies
    breitbart ^ | 5 Aug 2013 | Warner Todd Huston
    Television has been a mainstay of American life since the late 1950s, but nothing lasts forever and one CEO of a major cable company is hinting that the end of TV could come sooner than we think.
  • I canceled my cable TV because they cover up shows with ads for other shows

    05/31/2013 3:14:04 AM PDT · by grundle · 30 replies
    wordpress ^ | December 11, 2011 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog I canceled my cable TV because they cover up shows with ads for other shows I love watching TV. I mean, I really, really love watching TV. I grew up watching far more TV than what the “experts” say anyone should ever watch.Having been a young child in the 1970s, I got to watch reruns of Get Smart, Gilligan’s Island, I Dream of Jeannie, Jonny Quest, and Speed Racer, as well as new episodes of The Muppet Show, Land of the Lost, The Jeffersons, Alice, Wonder Woman, and The Dukes of Hazzard, as well as theatrical...
  • Eric Schmidt: television is 'already over'(The death of TV)

    05/03/2013 11:33:48 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 48 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/2/2013 | The Telegraph
    Speaking at a gathering of digital advertisers in New York City last night, Mr Schmidt refused to forecast when internet video would displace television, instead declaring: "That's already happened." "It's not a replacement for something that we know," he added. "It's a new thing that we have to think about, to program, to curate and build new platforms." YouTube recently surpassed the milestone of a billion unique users a month. Only the Google search engine and social network Facebook are frequented more often by those browsing the internet worldwide. However, the video site lags behind traditional television in the UK,...
  • Anyone see "Chasing Tail" last night? Left is all fired up.

    04/12/2013 6:54:44 AM PDT · by envisio · 48 replies
    Chasing Tail ^ | 4/12/13 | DG
    Anyone catch this show last night? It is definetely for a small market of viewers. Like me. I loved it. The content interests me. Of course, this coming from someone who's favorite TV program is Duck Dynasty. This show will never take off like Duck Dynasty, but I thought it was fairly entertaining. One reason I like it is because, as I was watching, I was thinking that the left is going to have a fit about these hunters are 'killing defensless deer". I say they are not killing defensless deer... they are killing delicious meat. Besides, the deer have...
  • Sacred mystery: Blockbuster ratings for ‘The Bible’ confound Hollywood

    03/15/2013 1:15:20 PM PDT · by tom h · 36 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Thursday, March 14, 2013 | Daniel Wattenberg
    Sure, it’s easy to criticize Hollywood, but try to remember that the entertainment industry today is an intellectually demanding environment, fraught with cognitively challenging, even intractable, questions, like, to take one recent example: How can the cable mini-series “The Bible” be such a ratings hit when there is no audience for overtly religious entertainment programming? According to the latest Nielsens, released Tuesday, Sunday night’s telecast of “The Bible,” produced by husband-and-wife team Mark Burnett and Roma Downey for basic cable’s History channel, managed to attract more viewers than anything on broadcast network NBC … during the entire week ...
  • 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...
  • (Bastard Nation) Oxygen TV Mum About Proposed Show Involving Rapper with 11 Children from 10 Women

    01/07/2013 3:26:06 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 37 replies
    KSPR 33 ^ | January 7, 2013 | KSPR 33
    Oxygen mum about show on proposed show involving rapper with 11 children from 10 women PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Oxygen cable television executives aren't talking, as negative attention grows about its proposed program featuring a musician who has fathered 11 children with ten different mothers. The Parents Television Council on Monday asked Oxygen to shelve "All My Babies' Mamas" before it ever gets on the air, calling it "grotesquely irresponsible and exploitive." The group follows a New York author, Sabrina Lamb, who has launched a petition drive against the show that she said has more than 20,000 signatures. Oxygen executives...
  • Canceled Comcast

    11/08/2012 8:58:49 AM PST · by PHloon · 126 replies
    I called Comcast last night and cancelled my cable TV. When the young lady on the phone asked me why I was cancelling it I explained that we just had a change in our financial situation. I told her that my wife and I both work full time and because we have good paying jobs we are now going to have have to pay higher taxes as we are for some reason considered the enemy. I went on to explain that we have fixed expenses such as a mortgage and car payments that we cannot cut. With 4 kids who...
  • Alternatives to Cable? (OT)

    06/22/2011 10:32:28 PM PDT · by MacMattico · 51 replies
    Me
    Ok, So we've got Time Warner Cable, no pay channels, and Road Runner High speed Internet. I'm sick of paying $140 a month!!! What are some good alternatives people are using? We need high speed Internet for business purposes. As for the TV, we like Fox News, ESPN, local channels, Disney, Nickolodean, A&E, HG, History, Discover, and YES. (Yankees). Does any such system exist at a more reasonable price? That you can use a DVR or like devise? I'm willing to entertain "just stream from a computer" or whatever it is as long as it's reasonably user friendly and the...
  • Univision plans three new cable TV channels

    05/19/2011 5:39:09 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 19, 2011 | Meg James
    Spanish-language media giant Univision Communications Inc. plans to launch three new cable television channels next year in a bid to tighten its grip on the growing Latino market and diversify its revenues. Univision is expected to announce Thursday that one of the channels will offer soccer and other sports, one will be devoted to news and information, and a third will showcase the spicy Spanish-language soap operas, or telenovelas, that fuel Univision Network's prime-time ratings. The new channels are part of an increasing trend by media companies to increase their investment in Spanish-language TV. Recently released census findings show that...
  • First Person: How We Cut the Cord and Now Enjoy (Almost) Free TV

    01/21/2011 7:34:53 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 15 replies
    yahoo finance ^ | 1-21-11 | ted sherman
    We cut the cord after our local cable provider, Time-Warner, raised our rates to over $90 a month for our cable television service alone. We have one HDTV and were subscribed to the basic cable service, with a digital box. We also subscribed to what they called their "Variety" tier, which included A & E, BBC America, Discovery Channel and the other basic cable channels. We did not get HBO or any premium channels and there were many other basic channels not even included in their Variety tier. In addition, we were charged $10 a month for the rental of...
  • Time Warner Views Netflix as a Fading Star

    12/14/2010 6:26:14 AM PST · by Gondring · 90 replies · 2+ views
    The New York Times ^ | December 12, 2010 | Tim Arango
    For the past year, executives at big media companies have watched Netflix with growing resentment — for its success in delivering movies and television shows via the Internet, for its stock price nearly quadrupling, for its chief executive being named businessperson of the year by Fortune magazine. Now many of the companies that make the shows and movies that Netflix delivers to mailboxes, computer screens and televisions — companies whose stocks have not enjoyed the same frothy rise, and whose chief executives have not won the same accolades — are pushing back, arguing that the company is overhyped, and vowing...
  • At CNN, Talk Show Tensions

    12/07/2010 8:06:51 PM PST · by La Lydia · 42 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 7, 2010
    In one sweeping move, the 8 p.m. political talk show “Parker Spitzer” could have turned around CNN’s flailing prime-time ratings, publicly rehabilitated the fallen New York governor Eliot Spitzer, and turned co-host Kathleen Parker into a television star. Instead, at the two-month mark, the ratings for CNN’s latest experiment are stagnant. The show has been troubled by backstage tensions that have spilled out in gossip columns and have given rise to speculation — and some wishful thinking among his supporters — that CNN could make Mr. Spitzer the sole host. CNN executives and the co-hosts flatly ruled out that outcome...
  • Russian Cable Station Plays to U.S.

    08/23/2010 2:27:30 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 23, 2010 | Andrew Kramer
    MOSCOW — Only a handful of viewers may know it, but a 24-hour cable news station sponsored by the Russian government is making inroads in American cable markets. No longer viewing America through the lens of Communist ideology, the Russians’ new take on the United States is more subtle: Russia Today, offers a blend of social critique, debates on international issues and a dip into conspiracy theories that is helping ratings... Russia Today, which is financed by the Russian government, has 20 million potential viewers in the United States. It has poured money into a Washington bureau, with 40 editorial...
  • USA's Magic Formula For Making Hits [Network scores in ratings without trendy sex or violence]

    07/30/2010 9:09:01 AM PDT · by rhema · 51 replies · 1+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 7/30/10 | ORDAN C. HIRSCH
    Four and a half million Americans tuned in earlier this month to watch the second-season premiere of USA network's series, "White Collar"—a high number by any cable-channel's standards. The tale of an ex-con, forger and thief extraordinaire who partners with the FBI to solve white-collar crime, the series seems to have it all—big money, high society and dangerous villains. But the show is missing two ingredients seemingly inherent to modern television: sex and violence. You might also notice that absence in the rest of USA's summer lineup. From "Royal Pains," about a concierge doctor treating Hampton's aristocracy on the fly,...
  • Steve Jobs Gets It Wrong (On Cable TV)

    06/03/2010 9:56:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies · 805+ views
    Real Clear Markets ^ | 6/3/2010 | Jason Schwarz
    As the visionary of our generation it isn't very often that Steve Jobs gets it wrong but he sure was missing on a few key points during the All Things Digital interview. It might be argued that he was purposefully ambiguous with his statements in order to illustrate the structural weaknesses of the cable television industry but I'm going to take him at his word and refute the following claims: No. 1. Jobs said that cable operators "give everybody a set-top box for free, or for $10 a month. That pretty much squashes any opportunity for innovation because nobody's willing...
  • Hate Paying for Cable? Here’s Why.

    03/15/2010 8:16:02 AM PDT · by TomGuy · 58 replies · 1,588+ views
    All Things Digital: MediaMemo ^ | March 8, 2010 | Peter Kafka
    Love grousing about cable TV? Then I’ve got a list for you. It comes from industry analyst SNL Kagan, and I came across it via a research note Barclays Capital’s Anthony DiClemente sent out last week. DiClemente was arguing that the bundled approach to cable TV–whereby subscribers get dozens or even hundreds of channels for one big fee, no matter how many networks they actually watch–wasn’t going anywhere for quite some time. If ever
  • Comcast unveils new brand name and logo

    02/04/2010 9:50:08 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 15 replies · 541+ views
    philly.com ^ | 2/4/10 | Bob Fernandez
    The Comcast cable guy and his truck are getting a new look. Comcast Corp. said yesterday that it would re-brand its TV, Internet, and telephone services as Xfinity on Feb. 12 to signal to customers that this isn't the same old company. Comcast will remain as the corporate name, but the company will emphasize Xfinity in advertisements and on 24,000 service trucks and thousands of employee uniforms. The new brand name will first appear in Comcast ads, around the time of the Winter Olympics, in Philadelphia and 10 other markets and will then appear in Comcast's cable-franchise areas in other...
  • Smut TV: Hollywood Doubles Down On Their Crusade to Sexualize Your Children

    02/03/2010 7:15:43 PM PST · by This Just In · 37 replies · 1,987+ views
    Big Hollywood ^ | February 3, 2010 | Charlie Richards
    - Big Hollywood - http://bighollywood.breitbart.com - Smut TV: Hollywood Doubles Down On Their Crusade to Sexualize Your Children Posted By Charlie Richards On February 3, 2010 A USA Today story informs us “Viewers are about to see full-frontal male nudity, heterosexual, homosexual and group sex, and graphic scenes rarely — if ever — seen on mainstream TV.” A few years back, I got a real taste for how silly Hollywood’s obsession with force feeding America a steady diet of filth had become. I sat across from a Fox Family exec, pitching programs for kids. I’d been in this chair many...
  • Clock stops for Fox, Time Warner: Talk past deadline without pulling plug

    01/01/2010 3:03:47 AM PST · by Scanian · 8 replies · 780+ views
    NY Post ^ | January 1, 2010 | GEORGETT ROBERTS, PETER LAURIA and LEONARD GREENE
    Fox programs were still playing on Time Warner cable early this morning -- a hopeful sign that the media giants would strike a deal. Carmen Electra and "American Idol" singers Kris Allen and Allison Iraheta -- stars of Fox's New Year's Eve show -- rocked past the midnight deadline on local Time Warner Channel 5 with no interruption, as negotiators worked into the early hours of 2010. "We're still negotiating and going to give it a little more time," said Scott Grogin, senior vice president of communications for the Fox Networks Group. Harriet Novet, regional vice president for Time Warner's...
  • Fox says Time Warner Cable may drop Fox TV shows (Fox News OK -- NFL broadcasts out)

    12/18/2009 2:46:05 PM PST · by Zakeet · 56 replies · 2,083+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 18, 2009
    News Corp warned that testy carriage negotiations with Time Warner Cable Inc could leave viewers unable to see programing from its Fox broadcast network, including it blockbuster hit "American Idol" and NFL football. Negotiations between the two sides have been primarily held up by a disagreement over the value of Fox's free-to-air broadcast network. Fox is asking Time Warner Cable for around $1 a subscriber in payment for the retransmission rights to carry its network, according to a person familiar with the talks. Time Warner Cable executives have balked at paying that much and have claimed that negotiations with...
  • Fox News Scorching Rivals

    10/02/2009 12:00:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies · 1,777+ views
    Real Clear Politics Blog ^ | October 2, 2009 | Tom Bevan
    Looking for a fitting historical analogy to describe the current "cable wars?" Try the firebombing of Dresden. Fox News has been dominating its competitors now for some time, but the latest round of Abritron ratings shows FNC absolutely scorching rivals CNN and MSNBC: (Chart at link) As you can see, every show in the top ten is from Fox News, as are 13 out of the top 15. In fact, only one of Fox News' fourteen programs is ranked below #15 in the ratings. That show is Red Eye, which airs from 3-4am - and it still pulls in more...
  • Fox News goes 10 for 10

    06/30/2009 4:09:19 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 72 replies · 2,228+ views
    Politico ^ | 6-30-09 | Michael Calderone
    As MSNBC and CNN battle for second place, second-quarter Nielsen numbers show the network's programs now rank one through 10 in total viewers on cable news. Since Obama came into office, Fox has continued not only winning, but doing so at unprecedented levels. As the Hollywood Reporter noted last week, the network is having its "best year yet," with the competition in the ratings, shifting from not only the news networks but all of basic cable. Indeed, Fox came in 3rd this quarter, behind only USA and TNT. Across the board, already top-rated shows are up by percentages in the...
  • An Inconvenient Mess - How Al Gore and excessive regulation destroyed the cable TV

    05/28/2009 5:09:54 PM PDT · by balls · 21 replies · 1,135+ views
    CNBC ^ | 28 May 2009 | Marc Gunther
    In the early days of cable, long before anyone dreamed of a 24-hour food channel, Real World Season 22, or Glenn Beck, a startup network showing nothing but music videos struggled to get carried by cable systems—that is, the companies that own the wires leading into people's homes. Frustrated, the owners of this new channel created a now-classic advertising campaign urging teenagers to call their cable operators and declare: I Want My MTV! Ever since—this was the early 1980s—the media companies that own networks (Viacom, Disney, CBS) have fought with the companies that own cable systems (Comcast, Time Warner, Cox...
  • IPTV needs to be the next step for conservative media

    05/08/2009 7:41:09 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 16 replies · 934+ views
    Let's face it folks, we have the liberal media on the ropes. Drive by newspapers are dying. liberal broadcasts are setting record lows. Liberal cable outlets are always claiming 2nd, 3rd, etc best to Fox. So what's the next step?
  • 10 Things Cable Companies Won't Say

    04/19/2009 5:26:57 AM PDT · by shove_it · 33 replies · 2,107+ views
    Smartmoney ^ | 4/16/2009
    1. “Deregulation is a joke— but it’s probably not as funny for you.” For years the cable business had acted like a typical monopoly, providing lessthan- ideal customer service, skyrocketing prices, and little choice of service. Then along came the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which opened the door for competition and promised weary cable customers relief at last. Too bad that relief never came. Nearly four years after the bill was passed, a mere 286 of the 30,000 U.S. cable markets were being served by more than one provider, according to the Federal Communications Commission. And in the FCC’s most...
  • Cutting Cable: Companies Losing Customers

    02/09/2009 4:28:16 AM PST · by Zakeet · 81 replies · 2,316+ views
    CBS News ^ | February 8, 2009
    Porter McConnell gave up on pay TV last summer after noticing that monthly rates kept creeping up. Now with no satellite or cable TV, she watches her trusty old TV set with an antenna or she goes online to catch her favorite programs. Once in a while, she buys shows from Apple Inc.'s iTunes service. McConnell also upped her subscription to Netflix Inc.'s movies-by-mail service so she gets two DVDs at a time instead of one, for $15 a month. "Part of it is, I've got to economize," said the 30-year-old Washington, D.C., resident who works at a nonprofit....
  • The CIA-Censors Model: Killing Rush Softly with 'Localism'

    02/02/2009 8:04:12 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 24 replies · 1,829+ views
    Our late colleague Jim Boulet last year unearthed the facts here and here and here on how the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) ‘localism' schemes could shut down or inhibit talk radio. Last Thursday, Ishmael Jones, nom de plume of a former officer in the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) clandestine service, gave his take on the danger radio ‘localism' poses to free political speech in his American Thinker article "What the CIA's Censors Can Teach Us about Plans to Muzzle Talk Radio" here. Here is Ishmael Jones on this Administration and their possible ‘localism' approach to shutting down political speech on...
  • Global Taxes and Global TV Now on the Agenda

    01/27/2009 8:10:10 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 28 replies · 1,045+ views
    FamilySecurityMatters ^ | 1/27/09 | Cliff Kincaid
    President Obama’s pick for Treasury Secretary, Timothy Geithner, is being urged to lay the foundation for “global governance” by considering “international taxation” measures to loot more money from U.S. taxpayers. The recommendation is included in the report, “The Global Agenda 2009,” which is being considered by the World Economic Forum (WEF), meeting in Davos, Switzerland, January 28th - February 1st. The WEF is not an official government group but does include dozens of government, corporate and labor leaders at its annual meetings. Media companies such as News Corporation (parent of Fox News, the Fox Business Network, and the Wall Street...
  • Verizon Robocalls Customers Urging Them to Watch Obama Inauguration

    01/18/2009 6:14:48 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 23 replies · 1,345+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | January 18, 2009 | P.J. Gladnick
    Have you remembered to pay heed to Barack Obama worship services at his inauguration this Tuesday? If you are a Verizon customer you just might be getting an urgent reminder of this sacred duty in the form of a robocall as related by Brian Maloney of the Radio Equalizer: Yesterday, I was all set to write a smug, self-congratulatory post regarding my tremendous wisdom in finally dumping Comcast a few weeks ago for the complete Verizon Fios package, including cable. With Comcrap now establishing an all-Obama channel, isn’t it finally time to make the switch? Sadly, however, Verizon did something...
  • HDTV Question (Vanity)

    01/06/2009 7:34:39 PM PST · by night reader · 26 replies · 1,045+ views
    I apologize if I'm doing this wrong. Be gentle.Received a new Sharp 46" 1080P HDTV for Christmas. Hooked it up to existing Analog Cable (Comcast) and ran the channel search feature to program it. Works well.Then while just jumping through the channels, after Channel 2 (Analog) It went to Channel 2.1 (Digital) Wow!!! I have HDTV and I have not paid to upgrade the cable service! But when I look at the cable guide, they do not list channel 2.1. They do, however, list channels up in the 700's whereas my TV cuts off somewhere around 130 or so.There seem...
  • Paterson: Tax First, Cut Later… Maybe

    12/17/2008 9:11:24 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 14 replies · 1,039+ views
    CanadaFreePress ^ | 12/17/08 | Bob Parks
    There’s no “change” when it comes to politics as usual in The Empire State, in fact the Emperor’s latest edict is not being well-received. Gov. Paterson’s proposed $121 billion budget hits New Yorkers in their iPods - and nickels-and-dimes them in lots of other places, too. Trying to close a $15.4 billion budget gap, Paterson called for 88 new fees and a host of other taxes, including an “iPod tax” that taxes the sale of downloaded music and other “digitally delivered entertainment services.” “We’re going to have to take some extreme measures,” Paterson said Tuesday after unveiling the slash-and-burn budget....
  • Enduring TeleSUR - Venezuela's Leftist Propaganda Channel

    06/11/2008 1:04:46 PM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 6 replies · 387+ views
    As I was 'channel surfing' at my grandmother's house in San Juan this past weekend, I came upon TeleSUR, the new Hugo Chavez T.V. venture, live from Caracas. The programming I saw -- after enduring a cooking show featuring how to make 'arepas', the equivalent in Venezuela of 'pancakes' -- started with anti-U.S., anti-'Imperialists', anti-Bush, et.al. from their news proogramming dept. and then, in the entertainment dept., a segment featuring a musician named Rene Calle 13, who basically told the audience: "F*ck George Bush, he's the worse president ever". Here in the U.S. we have Al Jazeera and other international...
  • Agreement may mean end of cable set-top boxes

    05/28/2008 3:18:25 AM PDT · by iowamark · 5 replies · 113+ views
    Yahoo News, AP ^ | 05/27/2007 | JOHN DUNBAR
    WASHINGTON - The set-top box, a necessary appendage for millions of cable television customers for decades, is moving toward extinction. A leading television manufacturer, Sony Electronics Inc., and the National Cable and Telecommunications Association said Tuesday they signed an agreement that will allow viewers to rid themselves of set-top boxes, yet still receive advanced "two-way" cable services, such as pay-per-view movies. In most cases, cable viewers also could dispose of another remote control since they could use their TV's control rather than one tied to the set-top box. The agreement marks a significant meeting of the minds between cable companies...
  • Cable Prices Keep Rising, and Customers Keep Paying

    05/24/2008 11:43:54 AM PDT · by kingattax · 32 replies · 117+ views
    New York Times ^ | May 24, 2008 | MATT RICHTEL
    Americans discouraged by higher gas prices and airline fares may decide to spend more vacation time at home, perhaps watching television. But that, too, will cost them more than ever. Cable prices have risen 77 percent since 1996, roughly double the rate of inflation, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported this month. Cable customers, who typically pay at least $60 a month, watch only a fraction of what they pay for — on average, a mere 13 percent of the 118 channels available to them. And the number of subscribers keeps growing. The resiliency of cable is all the more...
  • Mark Cuban (Redacted) Owned Company Sued For Theft

    04/29/2008 10:30:57 PM PDT · by PervPatrol.com · 4 replies · 75+ views
    North American Boxing Council Sues Mark Cuban's HDNet For Theft Eight count suit alleges HDNet's unifying mixed martial arts organization, "HDNet Fights" is the work product of the NABC. HDNet Fights, the unifying mixed martial arts organization televised on Mark Cuban's HDNet cable channel, should cease operations immediately because it was born out of a breach of trust, misappropriation of trade secrets, and other harmful actions on the part of HDNet, the North American Boxing Council (NABC) said in a lawsuit filed March 17th in the Marion Superior Court in Indianapolis, Indiana. The eight count suit seeks to restore the...