September 3, 2013 |
Cord-cutting continues to nibble away at the U.S. pay-TV industry. According to a SNL Kagan report released Tuesday, the industry suffered a net loss of 217,000 subscribers in the second quarter of this year compared to the same period last year. The report also showed that traditional cable companies -- including Time Warner Cable -- are losing more subscribers to satellite and telecommunications competitors that also offer video service. The report illustrated why Time Warner Cable had little choice but to settle its contentious dispute with CBS Corp., which led to a monthlong blackout of CBS-owned stations in Los Angeles, New York and Dallas.
September 26, 2012 |
The turtles are being unleashed in the nick of time. On Saturday morning, Nickelodeon will take the lid off a slicker, hipper version of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. " The armed reptiles, a hugely popular cartoon franchise in the '80s and '90s, are the latest effort by the children's network to combat a dramatic ratings plunge. Over the past year, Nickelodeon has lost 28% of its young audience, according to ratings firm Nielsen. The network's signature programming, "SpongeBob SquarePants" and tween sensation "iCarly," have lost cache with kids who are turning to other channels and other entertainment such as video games.
November 6, 2009 |
The cost of travel has really gone through the roof. Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. has bought a majority stake in the Travel Channel from Cox Communications Inc. in a cash-and-debt deal that values the little-watched cable network at $975 million. Scripps is betting the channel will be a good fit with its other lifestyle networks, including Home & Garden TV and its majority stake in Food Network (which also counts Los Angeles Times parent Tribune Co. as an owner). The steep price caught many analysts by surprise.
December 18, 2012 |
Time Warner Cable plans to drop the small Santa Monica-based channel Ovation from its programming lineup at year's end -- a blow to the independent network that has attempted to elevate TV coverage of the arts and contemporary culture. The nation's second-largest cable television provider said its decision came down to simple economics. There hasn't been enough demand for the channel, which was seeking a modest rate increase when negotiations over a new distribution agreement stalled several months ago. “Steeply escalating programming costs are forcing us to closely assess each network as it comes up for renewal,” Time Warner Cable said Tuesday in a statement.
September 6, 2012 |
The National Football League has struck a deal with Google Fiber for carriage of its two cable channels on the search engine's new broadband distribution service it launched in Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan. For the NFL, the deal is another opportunity to take a shot at Time Warner Cable, the only major pay-TV distributor that is not yet carrying the NFL Network or its sister channel RedZone. Time Warner Cable is the cable operator Google is competing with in that region.
December 8, 2011 |
News Corp. Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey hinted that the programming giant would oppose any push from pay-television providers to put sports channels on a specialty tier. The topic of moving big sports channels such as ESPN and regional sports networks - of which News Corp.'s Fox owns 19 - has heated up in recent weeks. With sports rights costs rising, cable and satellite operators are fearing a backlash from consumers - particularly non-sports fans - when bills go up. However, programmers are against specialty tiers devoted to sports channels because it would mean reaching fewer potential viewers and hurt advertising.