April 23, 2014 |
On scratchy radios they listen to Vin Scully for a mere three innings, salvaging what they can of this aberrant young season, brimming with equal amounts promise and poison. "Come on," insists frustrated Dodgers fan Gary Mandell. "We are talking about a legendary announcer…. It's like taking the brushes away from Rembrandt. " There is the sense that maybe we shouldn't make a fuss at all, that the worst thing to do to this Dodgers front office right now is nothing. What if you blacked out 70% of your TV market in a cable standoff, and no one cared?
April 22, 2014 |
This post has been updated, as indicated below. The revolutionary Fan TV set-top box and viewer guide will soon be available to Time Warner Cable customers across the country, marking the first formal roll-out of a product that delivers a combination of live TV, pay-TV services and online video on demand through a minimalist receiver. Fan TV, which San Francisco-based start-up Fanhattan unveiled 11 months ago, is unusual in at least three respects. All the programming, including broadcast TV, is transmitted via Internet Protocol, à la an online video service such as Netflix.
April 21, 2014 |
Larry saw my recent video about T-Mobile offering hundreds of dollars to get people to sign up for wireless service. He wants to know if any cable or satellite companies have similar offers. I can understand his interest. Cable and satellite packages can set you back plenty -- especially because you're required to buy dozens if not hundreds of channels you may never watch. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions The good news: Yes, these companies have some special offers on tap. The bad news: They may not be offering what Larry's looking for. Check out today's Ask Laz video for some tips on how to get the best deal for cable or satellite service.
April 19, 2014 |
The Dodgers play host to the Colorado Rockies on Friday, exactly two months after the launch of SportsNet LA. At this rate, there will be nothing to celebrate. For far too many fans, there will be no game to see. Vin Scully does not get SportsNet LA in his home. Peter O'Malley does not. Fred Claire does not. Claire was the general manager the last time the Dodgers won the World Series, in 1988. That was the year a cable television outfit called the Z Channel carried 35 Dodgers home games.
April 17, 2014 |
Bad TV deals are becoming a ruinous force, the Time Warner Cable deal the latest example, with Dodgers fans held hostage in yet another standoff. Welcome to America, 2014. It used to be copious bundles of advertising cash were once enough to keep TV and ballclubs afloat, now copious amounts of cable cash are required. Stop this train. I want to get off. Why isn't Bud Selig helping solve this fiasco? Where's L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti? We also have a couple of U.S. senators I haven't seen in maybe three years, and they are AWOL too. Feeling used or abandoned, Dodgers fans?
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April 15, 2014 |
Republican Tony Strickland, running to succeed Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Santa Clarita), on Tuesday launched a cable TV ad for his campaign. The 30-second ad, dubbed "Principles," portrays Strickland as a conservative in the Ronald Reagan mold dedicated to "getting government out of our way and out of our pockets so we can grow our economy. " In the ad, Strickland promises to fight for the repeal of the Affordable Health Care Act, "real cuts" in spending and a balanced budget amendment.