February 25, 2014 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Less than two years ago, disillusioned investors were fleeing Facebook Inc. stock, worried the company would never figure out how to make the leap to mobile devices from personal computers, let alone make money on them. Now, more than half of the giant social network's advertising revenue is coming from ads for its 1.2 billion users on smartphones and tablets. And it's buying WhatsApp after outbidding rival Google Inc. for the most popular mobile app for sending messages on smartphones.
February 25, 2014 |
So it's the debut of the Dodgers' very own, seven-days-a-week, 24-hours-a-day TV channel! Is your heart all aflutter? Now you can try to satisfy your unquenchable Dodgers fix at 3 a.m., just as you've always demanded. Anyway, you can if you're a Time Warner Cable subscriber. As it stands, SportsNet LA will debut Tuesday night at 7 to those Southern California homes that subscribe to Time Warner. Would love to offer you an early review Wednesday morning, but alas I'm a DirecTV guy. The majority of us will be shut out of all TV broadcasts -- and all spring games will be telecast by SportsNet LA -- until Time Warner reaches agreements with all the other pay-TV distributors.
February 25, 2014 |
The landmark deal between Comcast Corp. and Netflix Inc. resolves a simmering dispute over who will support America's growing Internet video habit. Netflix has agreed to pay Comcast for a direct connection to the cable operator's broadband networks to ensure that Netflix customers receive an uninterrupted viewing experience when streaming movies and TV shows. The agreement, which was confirmed this weekend, comes after Netflix customers complained about deteriorating service, as videos they tried to watch stuttered and stalled in midstream.
February 24, 2014 |
Some small cable networks are worried that a combined Comcast and Time Warner Cable will make getting distribution more difficult. In a memo to his staff, Eric Sherman, chief executive of health and wellness channel Veria Living, said he is "not optimistic that this new development will be good for us or other independent networks. " Owned by Indian media giant Zee Group, Veria Living is a specialty channel that focuses on Eastern wellness practices. Its programs include "Got Zen?"
February 24, 2014 |
For Maria Bartiromo, it was time to take stock. "Sometimes in life you have to have a little courage," the longtime star of business channel CNBC said over the phone. "I wanted to try something new, something in which I could learn and grow. " After 20 years, Bartiromo gave up her comfortable perch at CNBC and moved to rival Fox Business Network, where on Monday she debuts a live, two-hour morning show, "Opening Bell With Maria Bartiromo. " PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV CNBC may have nearly three times the audience of Fox Business, but her defection is a big loss.
February 23, 2014 |
Updated to correct the name of Netflix's Open Connect initiative. Netflix Inc. has agreed to pay Comcast Corp. to ensure the online service's subscribers get seamless access to movies and TV shows delivered over the Internet, according to people familiar with the matter. The deal, which has been nearly a year in the making, would give Netflix direct access to Comcast's high-speed network, the two companies confirmed Sunday. Terms were not disclosed. FACES TO WATCH 2014: Digital media The agreement could set a precedent in Netflix's dealings with other Internet access providers, such as AT&T and Verizon Communications. For Netflix users who are Comcast subscribers, the pact should mean better quality.
February 21, 2014 |
"I want you to go to the window, open it, stick your head out and yell, 'I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore. " So said Howard Beale in "Network. " When the movie opened in fall 1976, critics and audiences - not to mention network news bosses - were divided on this dark satire revolving around a longtime news anchor who has a breakdown only to become the mad prophet of the airwaves. Directed by Sidney Lumet, the film starred Peter Finch as Beale (Finch, who died of a heart attack in early 1977, was posthumously nominated for lead actor - and won)
February 13, 2014 |
It's Valentine's Day, and I'm not celebrating. A few weeks ago my fiancee and I broke up. It was a difficult breakup, so I immediately stopped following her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and deleted her name from my iPhone address book. I thought that would be enough to disconnect her from my digital life. But I'm finding out - as many others have in the age of smartphones and social networks - that connecting is easy, but severing ties online is nearly impossible. Take even the basic task of doing an Internet search.
February 12, 2014 |
ESPN bills itself as the Worldwide Leader in Sports. Based on that, women's basketball is bigger worldwide than the Winter Olympics. Nothing against the Connecticut Huskies, but do they really warrant more airtime than Bode Miller, the U.S. women's hockey team, 3,000 Olympians from 88 countries and Bob Costas' valiant battle with pinkeye? If a Martian just landed anywhere in America that has cable, it would sure think so. Then it would fly to Sochi to have dinner with Jeremy Schaap, who must be feeling pretty lonely.
February 7, 2014 |
In an effort to cut costs, many insurers in the new state health insurance exchanges are offering plans with "narrow networks" that include fewer doctors and hospitals - particularly the costlier ones with famous names, such as Cedars-Sinai. The trade-off has sparked complaints from some policyholders who've had trouble seeing their favorite doctor or, in some cases, any doctor in the right specialty. Although regulators have to address those issues, narrow networks can actually be a good thing for patients if done the right way. Insurers started limiting their customers' choice of providers long before the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, steering patients to preferred doctors and hospitals through restrictive HMOs or more inclusive - and popular - PPOs.