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March 29, 2012 | By Pat Benson
Why did Magic Johnson and his partners spend so much for the Dodgers -- a record $2.15 billion? Entertainment business reporter Joe Flint says it's because they expect to make it back on television revenue -- and that would mean higher cable rates. Fox's regional cable network Prime Ticket carries Dodgers games at about $38 million per season. That is comparatively low in a time of skyrocketing rights fees, Flint says. Fox's contract with the Dodgers runs through the 2013 season.
March 19, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
The Dodgers are expanding their Spanish-language cable TV broadcasts this season, upping the telecasts from 30 to 50 games in 2012. As part of an effort by Fox to increase its Spanish sports broadcasts throughout the Los Angeles area, and nationally, games will be on Prime Ticket and carried by Time Warner, Cox and Bright House cable companies. Fox is still negotiating with other providers. The Dodgers have hired Jaime Jarrin's son , Jorge Jarrin, and long-time coach Manny Mota as broadcasters for their Spanish-language telecasts.
December 5, 2011 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
For decades, the only theft the cable industry worried about was people trying to get MTV and HBO without paying for them. Now some of the biggest cable companies - including Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc. - are looking to do more than just safeguard their signals from piracy. They want to use their broadband service to protect your big-screen television, the couch in front of it and even the family jewels with their own home-security systems. They're not just feeling altruistic.
August 26, 2011 | David Lazarus
As a newspaper employee, I know a thing or two about the Internet eating your lunch. So I can say with complete sincerity: I feel Time Warner Cable's pain. Southern California's biggest cable provider lost about 124,000 residential video subscribers in the most recent quarter — part of a broader industry shakeout that's resulted in more than 2 million households cutting the cable cord in the last year alone. Part of the reason for that is the rough economy. Many TV viewers simply can't afford an average $75 monthly cable bill.
August 16, 2011 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
The nation's second-largest cable operator just got a little bigger. Time Warner Cable Inc., which has some 12 million cable subscribers, including 2 million in Southern California, has added about 700,000 customers with its $3-billion purchase of Insight Communications Co. Inc. Insight was sought after because its holdings in Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio will fit in with Time Warner Cable's substantial operations in those states. Insight is owned by private equity firms the Carlyle Group, Crestview Partners and MidOcean Partners.
June 16, 2011 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski gently prodded telecommunications companies to build out their broadband networks in order to dramatically increase the number of homes that have access to high-speed Internet. The effort is vital to the nation's economic health, Genachowski told several hundred people attending the National Cable & Telecommunications Assn. annual convention in Chicago on Wednesday. About 67% of the country's homes now have high-speed or broadband Internet, he said.
December 20, 2010 | By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
Federal officials are set to enact the first broad regulations covering high-speed Internet access amid a heated debate about whether the rules would preserve the online world or destroy it. The vote by the Federal Communications Commission is the culmination of more than five years of battling over how best to preserve the free flow of information that has transformed the Internet from an obscure government network to an economic powerhouse....
October 19, 2010 | By Joe Flint and Meg James, Los Angeles Times
James Pelletier was not a happy camper Sunday. The 31-year-old Brooklyn logistics director was looking forward to watching the New York Giants battle the Detroit Lions, only to learn that his cable company ? Cablevision Systems Corp. ? was no longer carrying the local Fox TV station that was airing the football game. "I actually just bought my first big-screen TV. I was really looking forward to watching the Giants," Pelletier said. "It's pretty upsetting. " He's not alone.
September 27, 2010 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
Comcast Corp.'s second-in-command, Steve Burke, will become chief executive of NBC Universal when the merger of the entertainment assets of Comcast and General Electric Co. is complete, the two companies announced Sunday. Burke, 52, will succeed Jeff Zucker, 45, who said Friday that he would step down when Philadelphia-based Comcast assumes control of NBC Universal, which is expected to happen late this year or early 2011. The two companies are awaiting the federal government's approval of their $30-billion transaction.
August 24, 2010 | David Lazarus
Santa Monica resident Dan Sanders was interested in a fully monogamous relationship with Verizon Communications. He already received phone and Internet service from the company. Now he wanted to add TV to the mix. Sanders, 53, was in luck. Verizon was offering a sweet-as-you-please deal of $89.99 per month for the first year of bundled TV-phone-Internet service. But Sanders knew better. He wanted to know how much the monthly cost would be with all the taxes and fees included.
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