November 1, 2013 |
We hate to kick a company when it's down, unless it's a cable company. Especially if it's Time Warner Cable, which ruthlessly used its customers as hostages last summer in a knock-down, drag-out battle with CBS over cable retransmission fees. Remember that time? The cable firm turned off access to all CBS network programming, as well as Showtime, the CBS-owned premium cable channel. It refused to to compensate subscribers for the loss of the network programming, though it rebated a few bucks for Showtime, which customers pay extra for. The blackout lasted 30 days, ending just before the pro football season started with games on CBS. That was pretty much what experts thought would happen, which meant Time Warner Cable put its subscribers through the wringer to end up more or less where it began.
October 29, 2013 |
Well, that didn't take long. Just one month after taking over her new 9 p.m. time slot at Fox News Channel, Megyn Kelly has the No. 2 show on cable news. "The Kelly File" averaged 2.2 million total viewers for October, behind only "The O'Reilly Factor" (2.8 million), according to Nielsen. (The ratings measurement company ends its month a little sooner than most people's calendars do.) Kelly, a longtime anchor for Fox News, took over the 9 p.m. slot from Sean Hannity, who moved to 10 p.m. as part of a broader network shake-up.
October 28, 2013 |
Internet speeds are about to double for Time Warner Cable's premium customers in Los Angeles. After first introducing super-speeds in Kansas City, Mo. and Kan., where Time Warner Cable is competing with Google Fiber, the company is increasing its Web service from 50 megabits per second to 100 megabits per second for its "Ultimate" service customers in the L.A. market without increasing prices. The high-end offering is listed at $75 a month. The upgrade is also rolling out to New York City and Hawaii by the end of the year.
October 24, 2013 |
Time Warner Cable, one of the nation's biggest pay-TV distributors with millions of subscribers in New York and Los Angeles, has agreed to carry the news channel Al Jazeera America. The agreement, unveiled Thursday, means that the channel, owned by the Qatar-based media company Al Jazeera, will reach a total of nearly 55 million homes. "It has been a pleasure working with TWC over the past few months as their executives evaluated our programming and commitment to fact-based, in-depth reporting," Ehab Al Shihabi, Al Jazeera America's interim chief executive, said in a statement. PHOTOS: Cable versus broadcast ratings Financial terms were not disclosed.
October 18, 2013 |
There has been a lot of speculation lately that Netflix may soon reach agreements with some big cable operators that will make it easier for consumers to access the streaming service for movies and television shows. But don't get rid of your tablet or Roku, or put off plans for an Internet-enabled television, just yet. There is still a big sticking point dividing Netflix and some of the nation's biggest pay-TV distributors, including Comcast and Time Warner Cable, that may slow any movement to make access to Netflix available via the set-top box. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll At issue is Open Connect, a content delivery system Netflix wants broadband providers such as Comcast to use. The catch is that Netflix wants Open Connect to be installed inside the broadband provider's own networks.
October 16, 2013 |
The artsy cable network Ovation has something to clap about. Beginning in January, Ovation will be available in about 9 million homes that have Time Warner Cable digital packages. The cable company had been carrying the independent Santa Monica channel but dropped it in January, saying Ovation was one of its least-watched channels. As part of the agreement to restore carriage, Ovation agreed to significantly bolster its slate of original programming dedicated to the arts.