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January 14, 2014 | By Michael Hiltzik
Advocates of a free and open Internet could see this coming, but today's ruling from a Washington appeals court striking down the FCC's rules protecting the open net was worse than the most dire forecasts. It was " even more emphatic and disastrous than anyone expected," in the words of one veteran advocate for network neutrality. The Court of Appeals for the D.C. circuit thoroughly eviscerated the Federal Communications Commission's latest lame attempt to prevent Internet service providers from playing favorites among websites--awarding faster speeds to sites that pay a special fee, for example, or slowing or blocking sites and services that compete with favored affiliates.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 19, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Cable giant Comcast Corp. may be eyeing Time Warner Cable's New York systems so it can create its own version of Amtrak's Acela, the super fast train that takes commuters up and down the East Coast, according to a new report from Moffett/Nathanson Research. It's no secret that Charter Communications is preparing a bid for Time Warner Cable, which has about 12 million subscribers around the country, including big operations in New York and Los Angeles. But Comcast has some interest in Time Warner Cable as well and New York City is probably why. It already has systems in Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 25, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Are two cable moguls about to square off again? The emergence of Comcast Corp. as a potential suitor for Time Warner Cable is the latest twist in the at-times tense relationship between Comcast CEO Brian Roberts and John Malone, whose Liberty Media has a 27% stake in Charter Communications, which is also pursuing Time Warner Cable. Roberts is now what Malone was for many years, head of the biggest cable company in the country. Comcast has over 21 million subscribers and also owns NBCUniversal, parent of NBC and several powerful cable channels including USA, Bravo, CNBC and MSNBC.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2013 | By Joe Flint
  After the coffee. Before figuring out this whole life thing. The Skinny: Thursday I worked from 5:30 a.m. until about 8:10 p.m. and unfortunately I won't be able to mail it in today. But to paraphrase Hyman Roth, this is the life I have chosen. Friday's roundup includes the box office preview and Comcast's plans to sell movies through its cable boxes. Also, John Oliver is jumping from Comedy Central to HBO. Daily Dose: On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission clarified its rules on foreign ownership of broadcast television and radio properties.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Comcast executives downplayed speculation that it was near a deal with Netflix to add the streaming service to its cable set-top boxes. On a conference call with analysts to discuss the cable and programming giant's third-quarter results, Comcast Cable President Neil Smits dismissed the flurry of recent media reports that a groundbreaking agreement to add a Netflix app to its set-top boxes was in the works. "It is incredible to me the amount of press coverage this has received," Smits said, adding that there is "nothing to report" and that a Neflix app on set-top boxes is "not really a high priority for us. " Smits noted that Comcast customers already have many ways to access Netflix.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before rooting for the Tigers to beat the A's.  The Skinny: How do the St. Louis Cardinals do it? Every year they are in the running. That is some smart management and the Dodgers will have their work cut out for them. Thursday's headlines include a deal between Comcast and Twitter, clouds over Katie Couric's daytime show and CBS overhauls its struggling Monday night lineup. Daily Dose: Satellite broadcaster Dish Communications is in another spat with a broadcaster.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 2013 | By Meg James
John Malone's Liberty Media Corp. has paid Comcast Corp. $417 million in cash to buy back shares in Liberty Media that Comcast held. Comcast's interest in Liberty dates back to the Philadelphia-based cable company's sale 10 years ago of its stake in TV home shopping network QVC. Comcast owned about 6.3 million shares of Liberty. Thursday's deal also ended a long-standing revenue-sharing agreement involving the business news network, CNBC. Englewood, Colo.-based Liberty received a portion of CNBC revenue in a complicated arrangement that dates back at least two decades.
BUSINESS
October 10, 2013 | By Meg James
Comcast Corp. Chief Executive Brian Roberts has made a mission out of perfecting a new-generation remote control to help customers seamlessly find TV programs they want to watch. Now, Roberts is turning to Twitter to help him do just that. Comcast and Twitter on Wednesday announced they are teaming up to try to capitalize on the hundreds of thousands of conversations about TV shows that unfold each day on the popular micro-blogging site. The two companies have struck a strategic partnership to introduce a feature designed by Comcast engineers called "See It" that will connect consumers with TV shows.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 9, 2013 | By Meg James
Comcast Corp. has struck a partnership with Twitter to try to capitalize on the huge volume of social media conversations that occur about TV shows. Twitter has turned out to be a digital water cooler with thousands of people around the country simultaneously engaging in real-time conversations on Twitter about favorite television shows or sporting events as they unfold. Media companies, including Comcast, have been scurrying to find ways to channel these conversations that occur on the so-called "second screen" into more viewers for their television programming.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 2, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
With an eye toward consolidating its Los Angeles-area operations, Comcast Corp. has purchased 10 Universal City Plaza, the tallest office building in the San Fernando Valley, for its NBCUniversal division. Comcast's NBCUniversal unit is the largest tenant at the property, which sold for about $420 million, according to three sources with knowledge of the matter. The deal with seller Normandy Real Estate Partners  closed Tuesday. According to real estate sources who were not authorized to comment publicly, the 35-story building in Universal City sold for about $516 per square foot. The transaction is one of the biggest commercial real estate deals in Los Angeles County this year.
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