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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.
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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
December 2, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
The Chernin Group has acquired a majority stake in Crunchyroll Inc., an online video company that specializes in Japanese animation known as anime. "Online video is growing faster than any other sector within media, and we feel that with Crunchyroll, we have a fantastic, anchor platform," said Chernin Group Chief Executive Peter Chernin in a statement. Chernin added that he plans to expand the anime segment and enter new genres through additional channels. The Chernin Group said Crunchyroll's senior management will keep a "significant stake" in the company along with its existing investor, TV Tokyo Corp. Financial terms of the sale were not disclosed.
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.
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
April 3, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After weeks of speculation, NBC confirmed today that Jimmy Fallon will succeed Jay Leno as host of “The Tonight Show” in the spring of 2014. As part of the switch from Leno to Fallon, “The Tonight Show” will move from Burbank to New York City. Leno has served as host of “The Tonight Show” for more than two decades and has been in first place in the ratings during much of that run. Fallon, who hosts the show that currently follows Leno, recently signed a new deal with NBC. No replacement for Fallon has been named but there is talk that Seth Meyers of “Saturday Night Live” is the leading candidate.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before seeing if "Super Fun Night" did super good. The Skinny: I think 10 p.m. Wednesday is available for me if anyone has any suggestions on what to watch. I'm throwing in the towel on "Nashville. " Maybe I'll finally finish "Orange is the New Black. " Thursday's headlines include a restructuring at Focus Features. Also, Comcast buys the Black Tower and AEG is cleared of any wrongdoing in Michael Jackson's death. Daily Dose: It looks like the ABC drama "Lucky 7" about how winning the lottery changes the lives of seven people will have the dubious distinction of being the first show canceled this season.
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