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February 20, 2014 | By Jon Healey
When new technology races ahead of the law, judges are often put in the uncomfortable position of judging what the innovation is really doing. Is it something truly different, or a familiar thing done in a new way? That's the question raised by Aereo, the service that lets people view and time-shift local TV broadcasts through the Internet. The courts have been split over whether to treat Aereo as a new version of cable TV - which, consequently, must pay retransmission fees to broadcasters - or a groundbreaking offer of a TV antenna as a service, combined with a cloud-based digital video recorder.
October 16, 2012 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before choosing between the debate and the baseball playoffs. The Skinny: I have got to stop turning these football games off at halftime. That Broncos comeback would have been fun to watch. Tuesday's headlines include a curtain-raiser on News Corp.'s annual meeting, India-based Reliance Media's thoughts on outsourcing and an update on the Cablevision - Dish Network trial. Daily Dose: Sports personality Dan Patrick, host of his popular radio and TV morning talk show , is getting a new home.
July 11, 2012 | By Jon Healey
A federal judge in New York handed the entertainment industry a preliminary defeat in an important copyright infringement lawsuit Wednesday, granting more leeway to online services that record and stream broadcast TV at their customers' behest. The case pitted broadcasters against Aereo (formerly Bamboom ), a start-up that makes local broadcast TV shows available to subscribers online for $12 a month, albeit only in New York City at the moment. Aereo rents out tiny digital antennas hooked to powerful computers that capture and record over-the-air telecasts, then streams them over the Internet.
January 25, 2004 | Mark Heisler
If New York City is basketball's mecca, how come they can't get anything right? The New Jersey Nets, this league's Little Orphan Annies, were sold again last week for an eye-popping $300 million to an ownership group headed by a heavyweight developer named Bruce Ratner that also includes the rapper Jay-Z. Ratner is moving the team to a sparkling new Brooklyn arena at the corner of Atlantic and Flatbush avenues.
November 25, 2004 | From Dow Jones/Associated Press
Cablevision Systems Corp. said its Rainbow DBS satellite television unit would buy $740 million of satellites from defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. Lockheed, based in Bethesda, Md., will build five satellites and provide related equipment, software and training, according to a filing by Cablevision with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Shares of Bethpage, N.Y.-based Cablevision fell 46 cents to $21.72 on the NYSE. Lockheed's shares rose 16 cents to $59.20, also on the NYSE.
January 17, 2007 | From the Associated Press
An independent committee of directors of Cablevision Systems Corp., a New York-area cable TV provider, on Tuesday rejected an offer from the company's controlling shareholders to take the firm private. In a letter to James Dolan, Cablevision's chief executive, and his father, Charles, the chairman, the two-person committee said the Dolans' latest offer of $30 a share, or $8.
October 26, 2005 | From Associated Press
The family that controls Cablevision Systems Corp. has abandoned a bid to take the company private in the latest twist in a yearlong saga of turmoil at the New York-area cable TV provider.
November 1, 1994 | Jack Searles
Whether you're ready or not, the interactive TV business is coming to Ventura County. Ventura County Cablevision, which has 90,000 household subscribers, about 70,000 of them in the county, expects to offer interactive programming in the second quarter of next year. In an arrangement with ACTV Inc.
June 26, 1999 | From Associated Press
Cablevision, the majority owner of Madison Square Garden, the NBA's New York Knicks and the NHL's New York Rangers, is close to buying the New York Mets, according to a published report. Citing two high-ranking team officials it did not identify, The Record of Hackensack, N.J., reported that the deal could be announced within the next week. The officials said the price would be "in the neighborhood" of $400 million, but the newspaper said others estimated the price as high as $500 million.
April 20, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Cablevision Systems Corp. on Tuesday raised its offer to buy Adelphia Communications Corp.'s cable television assets to $17.1 billion from $16.5 billion to scuttle a purchase by Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Inc., people familiar with the matter said. In a related development, Adelphia on Tuesday said it had agreed to pay Time Warner and Comcast a breakup fee equal to 2.5% of the purchase price should it sell to another bidder. Time Warner and Comcast have offered to buy Adelphia for $17.
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