October 10, 2013 |
The PGA and NBC announced Friday that the the Ryder Cup, the most prestigious team event in golf, will stay on the network through 2030. NBC has televised the competition since 1991. This agreement features new programming and special coverage of the Ryder Cup including: Ryder Cup preview shows, vignettes, features, reports and points updates on NBC and the Golf Channel, a Ryder Cup documentary series on both networks, live coverage of practice rounds (for the first time ever) and the Ryder Cup captain selection show on Golf Channel, and new Ryder Cup highlights programming on Telemundo and Mun2 to expand Spanish-language viewing opportunities.
September 4, 2013 |
The Tennis Channel has lost its bid for a review of a pivotal court decision in its marathon legal match against cable giant Comcast Corp. On Wednesday, the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals denied the Tennis Channel's petition that asked the full panel of judges to hear its case accusing Comcast of anti-competitive behavior. In May, Comcast won a unanimous court victory when three members of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. circuit ruled that the Tennis Channel had failed to prove that Comcast was guilty of discrimination by placing the Tennis Channel in a higher-priced sports tier with fewer subscribers.
September 3, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before acting surprised at the welcome-back party awaiting me in the office. The Skinny: It was so nice of CBS and Time Warner Cable to wait until I was back in town to resolve their distribution dispute. Too bad they had to ruin the last day of my vacation. Did you miss me? I was in a world with no Twitter or emails and it was great. I highly recommend getting off the grid! Also, a big thank you to Ryan Faughnder for filling in. Monday's headlines include CBS and Time Warner Cable's peace treaty, the Labor Day box office report.
July 18, 2013 |
If you had asked me last week how I felt about people having to pay for dozens of TV channels they never watch, I'd have told you it's an unfair and archaic practice that should be done away with. I'd have said pretty much the same earlier this week after a report was issued by the New York investment bank Needham & Co. warning that a switch to so-called a la carte programming would cost the pay-TV industry about $70 billion and leave viewers with fewer than 20 channels. And after a lively, at times heated, conversation with the author of that report, I still think it's wrong to make consumers pay for products they don't want.
July 12, 2013 |
The Tennis Channel wants back on the court. The cable network has petitioned the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in an effort to reverse a May ruling by three of the judges there regarding a dispute with Comcast Corp. In that ruling, the court said the Tennis Channel had not proved that Comcast Corp., the nation's largest cable operator, had discriminated against it by not offering the network to all its subscribers as it does for sports networks it owns, including the Golf Channel.
June 14, 2013 |
ARDMORE, Pa. -- Difficult, the U.S. Golf Assn.'s Mike Davis said this week, is "our DNA. " And making a course play difficult, the USGA's executive director said, is easy to do. For proof, Davis offered Friday's setup at Merion Golf Club, which played 95 yards shorter than its peak length and gave away only three completed rounds under par at the U.S. Open. Was that Merion proving length doesn't determine golf course difficulty, or the USGA proving it knows how to manipulate DNA?