December 3, 2009 |
The quality of programming being what it is, I was listening to my TV with half an ear a few nights ago, most of my attention being devoted to a self-improvement book, when I thought I heard a voice from the screen say that Time Warner Cable needed my help. In my shock, the book -- "Donald Trump's Management Tips for Dummies," if recollection serves -- fell from my grasp. Yet it was true: Time Warner Cable, the nation's second-biggest cable system, desired my support in its long-running fight with content providers such as Fox, NBC, CBS and ABC. The programmers, it seems, want to jack up the fees they charge Time Warner and its fellows to beam their content through my cable box. "Price increases," Time Warner lamented on its website.
September 3, 2009 |
In the long-running battle between cable television and satellite, the cable TV industry is quietly trying to persuade the Legislature to levy a tax on its competitors. With just six days left in the legislative session, cable advocates in Sacramento want lawmakers to slap a new 5% tax on satellite service to match the 5% franchise fee that cable companies pay to string or bury their wires across public property and into homes. Cable companies argue that it's matter of fairness.
June 25, 2009 |
A plan by Time Warner Inc. and Comcast Corp. to ensure that people who watch TV on the Web are already cable-TV subscribers faces several hurdles, including the technical -- a workable encryption system -- and the political -- whether consumers will view it as an attempt to wall off free content.
April 24, 2009 |
Congress put cable TV operators on notice that it would scrutinize their plans to roll out targeted advertising to viewers, questioning whether they would use set-top boxes to monitor what people watch. As part of a broader discussion Thursday of Internet privacy issues, lawmakers at the House subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet brought up cable's newest advertising endeavor, called Canoe Ventures.
April 3, 2009 |
The cable TV industry, confronted with the rapidly rising popularity of watching TV shows online, is grappling with how to prevent the Internet from undermining its business. Hot Internet sites Hulu, YouTube and CBS-owned TV.com have become favorite ways for viewers to watch episodes of television shows.
January 17, 2009 |
Charter Communications Inc., billionaire Paul Allen's money-losing cable TV company, hired law firm Kirkland & Ellis and investment bank Lazard Ltd. to advise on a possible bankruptcy, people familiar with the matter said Friday. Kirkland's Rick Cieri is providing counsel, according to two people involved in talks on Charter's strategy. Allen has also hired lawyers and financial advisors, the people said. If the St.