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  • Comcast is trying to fix its customer service problems (again)

    09/26/2014 6:20:07 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 50 replies
    Fortune ^ | September 26, 2014, 8:03 PM EDT | Tom Huddleston, Jr.
    The company’s cable division has appointed a new executive in charge of the “customer experience.” After years of customer service complaints, Comcast said Friday it is appointing a new executive to fix the problem.
  • Time Warner Cable to televise final six Dodgers games on local TV

    09/15/2014 11:56:15 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 13 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 15, 2014 | Meg James
    Time Warner Cable has agreed to broadcast the final week of the Los Angeles Dodgers' regular season baseball on local broadcast station KDOC. The move -- in a show of goodwill to Los Angeles area baseball fans -- enables millions of viewers throughout the region to watch the final six games of the regular season. The Dodgers are locked in a tight race to clinch the National League West Division title.
  • Everybody hates Comcast and TWC — and this massive survey now proves it

    05/26/2014 8:28:39 AM PDT · by null and void · 49 replies
    Electronic Products ^ | 05/21/2014 | Jeffrey Bausch
    Cable providers rank worst in customer satisfaction According to the latest survey by American Customer Satisfaction Index, by far the biggest (and often most accurate) study in the country, cable providers Comcast and Time Warner Cable have the lowest customer satisfaction ratings of all companies . . . in all industries . . . in all of America. And that’s not even the bad news: Comcast and Time Warner Cable were the only two companies to score below a 60 on the ACSI’s 100-point scale. They’re lower than perennial customer satisfaction basement dwellers United Airlines, Bank of America, Sprint, Aetna...
  • Five US Internet Providers Are Slowing Down Access Until They Get More Cash

    05/06/2014 8:34:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Popular Resistance ^ | May 6, 2014 | Timothy B. Lee
    If you’re the customer of a major American internet provider, you might have been noticing it’s not very reliable lately. If so, there’s a pretty good chance that a graph like this is the reason:These graphs comes from Level 3, one of the world’s largest providers of “transit,” or long-distance internet connectivity. The graph on the left shows the level of congestion between Level 3 and a large American ISP in the Dallas area. In the middle of the night, the connection is less than half-full and everything works fine. But during peak hours, the connection is saturated. That produces...
  • Yes, I Hate the Cable Company Too

    04/09/2014 5:49:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 52 replies ^ | April 9, 2014 | John Ransom
    Heavyweight conservatives and banterweight conservatives are lining up on both sides the Comcast/Time Warner merger. The heavyweights, which include Grover Norquist at Americans for Tax Reform, Wayne Crews at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and Duane Parde at the National Taxpayers Union, have penned a letter to influential Senators including Mike Lee, Chuck Grassley and Ted Cruz, urging them to look past the politics and approve the merger between the two cable giants on traditional grounds—you know, the grounds under which the anti-trust laws were written and passed in the first place? “As advocates for a free market,” the heavyweights write,...
  • Comcast Time Warner Deal Looks More Like Democratic Marriage

    04/06/2014 12:08:24 AM PDT · by paltz · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/5/14 | Kerry Picket
    Amid assurances from some republicans, conservatives, and libertarians in Washington that the $45 billion Comcast - Time Warner merger is nothing to fear, The Washington Free Beacon's Michael Continetti reveals the deep ties Comcast CEO Brian Roberts as well as Time Warner has with the Democratic Party:
  • 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,
  • Report: Dish, DirecTV Discuss Possible Merger

    03/27/2014 5:16:12 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 33 replies
    Fox ^ | Matt Egan
    In response to Comcast’s (CMCSA) $45 billion buyout of Time Warner Cable (TWC), Dish Network (DISH) has reportedly sent feelers out to rival DirecTV (DTV) about a possible combination of the two satellite television companies. The potential tie-up would marry the two largest U.S. satellite TV operators, creating a juggernaut with about 34 million subscribers. According to Bloomberg News, Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen recently approached DirecTV CEO Mike White about a merger. White is reluctant to go ahead with formal talks due to concerns about opposition from antitrust regulators, the news service said.
  • Comcast's big bucks to minority groups may aid merger

    s Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc. roll out a massive lobbying effort to win regulatory approval for the merger of the nation’s two largest cable companies, one key step for the companies will be garnering the support of prominent civil rights and minority groups. Comcast has already shown it can pull support from key minority groups — dozens sent letters of support to the Federal Communications Commission, which must approve the buyout, while it was considering Comcast’s last mega-deal — its 2011 purchase of NBC/Universal. As tax data analyzed as part of a collaboration between the Center for...
  • 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...
  • 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 To Buy Time Warner Cable For $45bn

    02/13/2014 6:36:46 AM PST · by shove_it · 49 replies
    SkyNews/Yahoo ^ | 13 Feb 2014
    The two biggest US cable companies are joining forces in a $45bn (£27bn) deal, creating an entertainment giant with some 32 million TV subscribers. Comcast's merger with Time Warner Cable was confirmed at the start of trading on Thursday. Its offer, which is subject to regulatory approval, is about 17% higher than the company's closing share price on Wednesday. The takeover bid trumps an earlier $38bn (£23bn) offer from Charter Communications, which appeared to concede defeat by announcing: "We've always maintained our greatest opportunity to create value for shareholders is by executing our current business plan. "We'll continue to be...
  • 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.
  • Time Warner Cable hit with outage during Super Bowl

    02/03/2014 10:12:51 AM PST · by Dave346 · 19 replies
    Fierce Cable ^ | February 3, 2014 | Steve Donohue
    Just three days after announcing that it would rebrand its cable systems in New York and Los Angeles, Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) grappled with an outage on its Los Angeles system on Sunday that left subscribers unable to watch the standard-definition feed during much of Fox's coverage of Super Bowl XLVIII. TWC blamed the outage on a "technical issue" which knocked out the standard-definition feed from 4:49 p.m. to 6:02 p.m. PT. That saw many subscribers miss the half time show starring Bruno Mars and parts of the second and third quarters of the Broncos-Seahawks game. The MSO didn't...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Outage Disrupts East Coast Internet Traffic

    10/19/2013 7:30:35 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 64 replies
    Wall St. Journal ^ | Oct. 19, 2013 | DREW FITZGERALD
    Internet users from Brooklyn to Philadelphia suffered slow to nonexistent service Saturday after equipment at a New York-area network hub broke down, disrupting service for several hours. A spokesman for the Internet service provider Level 3 Communications Inc. LVLT +0.25% said technicians were working quickly to fix the outage, which cascaded down to customers using Cablevision Systems Corp.'s CVC -0.45% Optimum service and Time Warner Cable Inc., TWC -0.36% among others.
  • CBS, Time Warner reach TV content agreement

    09/02/2013 8:29:02 PM PDT · by hole_n_one · 6 replies
    MSN ^ | 9/2/13
    NEW YORK (AP) - TV network CBS and cable provider Time Warner Cable have ended their payment dispute and expect programming to resume in millions of homes Monday night. The agreement ends a monthlong blackout of CBS and CBS-owned channels including Showtime Networks, CBS Sports Network and the Smithsonian channel that affected more than three million homes in Dallas, Los Angeles and New York and began Aug. 2. The companies were in dispute about how much Time Warner Cable Inc. would pay for CBS Corp. programming. Specific terms of the deal were not disclosed. The disagreement comes at a touchy...
  • Time Warner Cable in talks to carry Al Jazeera America

    08/13/2013 5:28:19 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 25 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 8/13/13 | DAVID HINCKLEY
    Time Warner Cable customers could be watching Al Jazeera America before they see CBS again. TWC spokesman Eric Mangan confirmed a Huffington Post report Monday that the company was in "active discussions" with the new cable news network, which is scheduled to start broadcasting next week.
  • 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.
  • Woman Removed from Metrorail Train for Singing (Illegally Sang Christian Hymn)

    03/08/2013 11:28:15 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 49 replies
    Local10 ^ | Mar 06 2013 | Terrell Forney
    Miami-Dade Transit says county rules prohibit anyone to do so without permit An 82-year-old woman was forcibly removed from a Miami-Dade Metrorail train for singing during her ride. Emma Anderson was sitting in a seat on the train and singing a spiritual hymn when a private security guard approached. Quick Clicks Sun Life bill survives tough fight FOIA request filed about woman removed from Metrorail Cows found roaming golf course 3 Homestead officers to be fired Jungle Island does Harlem Shake The guard, hired by the transit system, first told the woman she was being disruptive. "I was beating my...
  • Cable in Crisis: Time Warner Drops Ovation,

    01/03/2013 10:51:27 AM PST · by virgil283 · 38 replies ^ | 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...
  • Time Warner Cable Drops Al Gore's Current TV Due To Purchase By Al Jazeera

    01/03/2013 5:55:41 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 19 replies ^ | 1/3/2012 | Noel Sheppard
    As NewsBusters reported Wednesday, Al Jazeera entered into an agreement to buy Al Gore's failing network Current TV. Hours later, as a result of the purchase, Time Warner Cable dropped the station with a message reading to viewers "This channel is no longer available on Time Warner Cable." According to multiple news sources, Current co-founder Joel Hyatt said in a statement that TWC dropped his TV network because TWC "did not consent to the sale to Al Jazeera." “Current will no longer be carried on TWC," wrote Hyatt. "This is unfortunate, but I am confident that Al Jazeera America will...
  • UPDATE: Al Jazeera Buys Current TV, But It Won’t Be On Time Warner Cable

    01/02/2013 6:18:29 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 10 replies
    Deadline ^ | 1/2/13 | DAVID LIEBERMAN, Executive Editor
    Current TV CEO Joel Hyatt just confirmed the sale in a memo to staffers. “Getting this transaction done was very difficult,” he writes. (Read the network’s official statement after the original break of the story.) Since Time Warner Cable would not consent to the sale “Current will no longer be carried on TWC. This is unfortunate, but I am confident that Al Jazeera America will earn significant additional carriage in the months and years ahead.” Time Warner Cable says that it is “removing the service as quickly as possible.” The loss of the No. 2 cable operator will hurt: Time...
  • Weather Channel Goes Political

    08/28/2012 2:22:08 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 55 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | P.J. Gladnick
    There is a sixty percent chance that Republicans will rain on your weekend plans. The Weather Channel hasn't yet gone quite that far to inject politics into weather reporting but they sure seem to be working on it. Their reporting on Tropical Storm Isaac has brought out the inner liberal of a channel that was once noted for its complete professionalism but, sadly, seems to be going off into political tangents completely unrelated to the weather. In the first example, they republish a highly biased Associated Press article on their Weather Channel site which touches on Tropical Storm Isaac but...
  • Cable cos. to offer $9.95 broadband for poor homes

    11/09/2011 8:57:24 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 35 replies
    AP ^ | November 9, 2011 | PETER SVENSSON
    NEW YORK (AP) — Cable companies said Wednesday that they will offer Internet service for $9.95 per month to homes with children that are eligible for free school lunches. The offer will start next summer and is part of an initiative the Federal Communications Commission cobbled together to get more U.S. homes connected to broadband. One third, or about 35 million homes, don't have broadband. That affects people's ability to educate themselves and find and apply for jobs, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said.
  • New York Subways Are Shut Down as Hurricane Irene Nears

    New York became a city without one of its trademarks — the nation’s largest subway system — on Saturday as Hurricane Irene charged northward and the city prepared to face powerhouse winds that could drive a wall of water over the beaches in the Rockaways and between the skyscrapers in Lower Manhattan. Multimedia New York City Braces for Irene Slide Show Hurricane Irene Makes Landfall Interactive Map Hurricane Tracker: Irene Interactive The Preparations for Hurricane Irene and Reports of Damage Interactive Map: New York City Hurricane Evacuation Zones Interactive Feature: Scenes From the Storm: Readers’ Photos of Hurricane Irene Related...
  • Same-sex marriage got free ads (on Time Warner Cable)

    08/16/2011 11:58:42 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Times Union ^ | August 16, 2011 | JIMMY VIELKIND
    ALBANY -- Time Warner Cable gave advocates of same-sex marriage $70,846 of free airtime this spring, lobbying records show.The communications giant aired ads produced by the Human Rights Campaign as part of its "New Yorkers for Marriage Equality" series during March and May, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushed for same-sex marriage in a statewide tour.The ads featured actors such as Whoopi Goldberg and Cynthia Nixon, athletes like Sean Avery and Michael Strahan, and politicians including Chuck Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand, Tom DiNapoli and Michael Bloomberg talking about their support of same-sex marriage, and urging viewers to do the same."Join us in...
  • Weather's sponsored ad: Obama's official 2012 website

    08/13/2011 7:32:18 PM PDT · by HGSW0904 · 44 replies · 1+ views
    I wish I knew how to do a screen shot, but I'm technologically challenged. I went to check my local forecast on, and saw to the right in the sidebar a 'sponsored link' to Obama's 2012 official re-election site (complete with that annoying logo). I immediately sent them feedback (via the feedback link at the bottom of the page) informing them that if they're going to support Obama in 2012, and post his ads for him, I've made my last visit. If enough of us say so, they may drop it.
  • Texas unemployment rate falls to 8%

    12/18/2009 9:28:05 AM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 24 replies · 847+ views ^ | DECEMBER 18, 2009 | N/A
    Texas continues to fare better than the rest of the nation and even noted a decline in its seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for the month of November, the Texas Workforce Commission said in a new report. The Texas unemployment rate dropped from 8.3 percent to 8 percent in November as total non-agricultural employment in the state grew by 17,300 positions. In the past two months, the state has added close to 70,000 jobs, the commission said. Compared to the rest of the nation, Texas unemployment figures are sitting in more optimistic territory.
  • Senators weigh tax hikes to pay for health care

    05/12/2009 4:13:33 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 100 replies · 5,251+ views
    msnbc ^ | 5/12/2009 | ap
    Senators are considering limiting — but not eliminating — the tax-free status of employer-provided health benefits to help pay for President Barack Obama's overhaul plan and provide coverage to 50 million uninsured Americans. Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., said Tuesday that there are no easy options. Senators began grappling with how to finance guaranteed coverage for all Americans, even as independent experts put the costs at about $1.5 trillion over 10 years. Obama sees a world in which doctors and hospitals compete to offer quality service at lower costs, and the savings help cover the uninsured. Turning that vision...
  • North American Union to Get Firmed Up in Secrecy at Meeting in Canada

    08/06/2007 3:07:13 PM PDT · by Calpernia · 14 replies · 527+ views
    WEBCommentary ^ | August 6, 2007 | Barbara Anderson
    North American Union to Get Firmed Up in Secrecy at Meeting in Canada "Information is the currency of democracy." Thomas Jefferson American citizens have learned of some secretive groups in the country which are given great autonomy. Some are authorized by our government, but have little oversight, and some have not been authorized by our government, but seize authority just because they can. One example of this is the secretive CFIUS, Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States. When the plans to turn over operation of six ports to Dubai Ports World became public, (with no thanks to the...
  • Con job at The Weather Channel

    01/05/2007 6:16:37 AM PST · by Ouderkirk · 191 replies · 5,388+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 1-5-07 | Melanie Morgan
    Con job at The Weather Channel -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: January 5, 2007 1:00 a.m. Eastern This week Americans observed a national day of mourning (I'm speaking not of President Ford's funeral, but rather the day that Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi seized power in Congress). Far-left political ideologies are being promulgated through ever-increasing mediums, and recently I noticed that a once-vaunted American television network, The Weather Channel, had succumbed to the cancerous spread of liberalism. The Weather Channel debuted in 1982 and went on to earn a reputation as a well-known and respected cable network. The explosive success of the cable...
  • TIME PLANNING TO AX MOORE PEOPLE (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    01/05/2007 6:45:27 AM PST · by abb · 14 replies · 431+ views
    New York Post ^ | January 5, 2007 | Keith J. Kelley
    CUTBACKS, 2007, now playing at a Time Inc. magazine near you. The latest casualty figure is 150 people - with the ax being honed and a decision possibly due from bosses like CEO Ann Moore in the next two weeks. "These things tend to change almost day to day, I don't think anything has been finalized yet," said one source. It is clear that the editorial ranks will absorb more cutbacks than in the past. Insiders are expecting that Time magazine, which installed Rick Stengel as the managing editor in June, will be particularly hard hit. People, which had largely...
  • Time Inc. To Stop Publishing Teen People (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    07/25/2006 6:04:57 PM PDT · by abb · 17 replies · 702+ views ^ | July 25, 2006 | Louis Hau
    Time Warner's Time Inc. subsidiary said Tuesday that it will end publication of Teen People magazine with its September issue, although the company said it will continue operating "We're looking at…what makes sense for the Time Inc. portfolio," spokeswoman Ali Zelenko said. "We decided it made sense for this brand to live on on the Web." The move echoes similar moves elsewhere among teen-oriented titles. Hachette Filipacchi Media shuttered ELLEgirl magazine with its June/July issue, although it is continuing to operate the Web site In October 2004, Conde Nast Publications purchased the assets of teen-oriented YM and closed...
  • New Front Moves in at Weather Channel

    03/11/2005 1:18:26 PM PST · by lainie · 52 replies · 1,868+ views
    B&C ^ | 3/11/2005 | John M. Higgins
    The Weather Channel unveiled a new logo and marketing campaign Thursday. Using the tag line "Bringing Weather to Life," the network wants to draw more of the viewers it labels “vitalists." Network President Patrick Scott defined them as a cross between viewers who are actively interested in weather and “planners” who use the channel to schedule their lives. Spots focus on families flying kites or business "drones" suddenly having snowball fights. The campaign is part of a long-running effort to reduce the network’s reliance on what executives call “commodity” viewers, i.e. those who stop in to quickly check a forecast...