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February 12, 2014 | By Michael Hiltzik
Reports are swirling around the media universe that Comcast is prepared to announce, as early as Thursday, a deal to acquire Time Warner Cable for north of $45 billion. The deal would combine the nation's biggest and second-biggest cable firms. Comcast, already No. 1 in subscribers, would end up with about 30 million video customers, a net gain of 8 million (following a reported commitment to divest 3 million subs). It would put that subscriber base together with its ownership of NBCUniversal -- the network, the film studio and several other cable channels.
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BUSINESS
November 3, 2011 | By Alex Pham, Meg James and Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
Sony Corp. posted a $350-million loss in its second quarter as sales of LCD televisions and other products in its flagship consumer electronics business deteriorated worldwide, reversing a year-earlier profit of $398.5 million, the company announced Wednesday. The red ink is expected to bleed into Sony's full fiscal year, which ends in March, resulting in a $1.2-billion loss. It previously had projected a $769-million gain. Kazuo Hirai, the senior Sony executive expected to succeed Chief Executive Howard Stringer, vowed to cut losses, particularly in the consumer electronics division.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2014 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, This post has been updated as indicated below
Comcast Corp.'s $45.2-billion bid to acquire Time Warner Cable would expand the reach of the nation's largest residential Internet provider into one-third of America's broadband households. The digital land-grab is likely to serve as a rallying cry for those who advocate government regulation over broadband providers. As a result of the deal, Comcast would reach 30-million broadband customers out of 92-million U.S. households with high-speed Internet access. Its sheer size and market clout present an opportunity for the Federal Communications Commission to revisit its efforts to regulate broadband Internet access.
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
September 16, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before proclaiming next week's "Breaking Bad" to be the best episode of TV ever.  The Skinny: The bad news is that the Redskins are 0-2. The good news is they play in the NFC East, where everyone is mediocre. Still, if they don't beat Detroit next week it will be a long and ugly season. Monday's roundup includes the weekend box-office report and NBCUniversal's big hire. Daily Dose: You know your football team is bad when the local TV station is basically apologizing for carrying its games.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 1, 2013 | By Meg James
Comcast Corp. posted strong first-quarter earnings with gains in nearly all of its business units -- except for the NBC broadcast network as the peacock's feathers once again got plucked. Dismal prime-time ratings at NBC contributed to a $35-million loss for the quarter for Comcast's broadcast segment. Broadcast revenue plummeted 18.5%, largely because NBC did not broadcast the Super Bowl this year. In 2012, NBC benefited from $259 million in Super Bowl advertising revenue. The network was further hurt because its hit singing show "The Voice" stayed off the schedule until late in the quarter.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2014 | By Meg James
Less than three years after launching a leading online video subscription service in Japan, Hulu has decided to bow out of the country. Santa Monica-based Hulu has agreed to sell its Hulu Japan subscription service to Japan's Nippon Television Network Corp., the companies announced late Thursday. "We have now reached a point in the growth of the business in Japan where we feel the best path forward is to sell the company to a strategic buyer," Hulu Chief Executive Mike Hopkins wrote in a blog post announcing the divestiture of one of the company's most ambitious projects.
BUSINESS
May 3, 2012 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
The Federal Communications Commission has ruled in favor of Bloomberg Television in its bitter fight with Comcast Corp. over where its business channel was carried on the cable giant's systems. In a ruling issued by the agency's Media Bureau on Wednesday, the FCC agreed with Bloomberg that Comcast is required to place the business network in the same neighborhood as other news channels, particularly those owned by Comcast, including CNBC and MSNBC. "We agree with Bloomberg that the plain language of the condition suggests that the commission intended that the condition would apply to Comcast's existing channel lineups," the FCC said.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Like Lucy yanking the football away from Charlie Brown just when he's about to kick it, the owners of Hulu have once again pulled the plug on selling the popular online site. Those lying flat on their back include satellite broadcaster DirecTV, cable operator Time Warner Cable and the Chernin Group, which was partnering with AT&T on a bid. This is the second time in less than two years that Walt Disney Co. and 21st Century Fox have gone through an elaborate auction process to sell the site only to get cold feet . Hulu's third owner -- Comcast's NBCUniversal -- is a silent partner in the site.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 2013 | By Joe Flint
David Letterman isn't going away just yet. The CBS late-night host has extended his contract through 2015. His deal had been set to expire in 2014. In a statement, Letterman cracked that he had a conversation with CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves and they both agreed that "I needed a little more time to fully run the show into the ground. " PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments Letterman has been with CBS since 1993. Though he currently trails rival Jay Leno in the ratings, CBS is optimistic that will change when Leno steps down and is replaced by Jimmy Fallon early next year.
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