October 2, 2010 |
Tens of thousands of baseball and college football fans could well be left in the lurch this weekend as a result of an increasingly contentious tug-of-war over price hikes between Fox and satellite broadcaster Dish Network. Fox cut the feed to Dish for several of its cable networks Friday, including FX, National Geographic Channel and 19 regional sports channels such as Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket. Those channels are scheduled to broadcast this weekend's Angels and Dodgers season-ending baseball games as well as the college football contest between UCLA and Washington State, among other events.
September 2, 2010 |
About 2.5 million AT&T U-verse television service customers lost their access to the Hallmark channels Wednesday, the latest dispute in a high-stakes scrimmage between TV programmers and the cable, satellite and telephone companies that carry their signals. The two Hallmark channels, which concentrate on family programming, went dark on AT&T's system at 9:01 p.m. Tuesday after AT&T and Crown Media Holdings Inc. of Studio City failed to reach a new carriage agreement. The blackout occurred less than two weeks before the launch of Hallmark's high-profile programming makeover starring lifestyle maven Martha Stewart.
August 11, 2010 |
Start-up pay channel Epix's newly signed digital distribution deal with Netflix may make it immediately profitable but could hamper its ability to convince major cable and satellite systems to put it in more homes. The five-year deal — valued at as much as $1 billion, according to people familiar with the transaction — will put movies from Epix's studio owners Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer on Netflix's Internet streaming service. Beginning Sept.
August 7, 2010 |
Jamie McCourt wants a percentage share of the revenue the Dodgers might generate in coming years from television and land development, but calculating what that revenue might be is far from simple. The Dodgers have explored launching two cable sports channels in 2014, one in English and one in Spanish, similar to outlets owned by the New York Yankees (the YES network) and the Boston Red Sox ( NESN). According to court filings, the Dodgers' net television revenue is projected to jump from $41 million in 2013, the final year of the current contract with Fox, to $158 million in 2014 and $235 million in 2018.
July 7, 2010 |
It's nice to be wanted, especially when you almost weren't. Last year, Rupert Murdoch's media leviathan News Corp. tried to unload its guppy-scale cable channel Fuel TV, which operates out of a hulking office building in West Los Angeles within earshot of the 405 Freeway. But after months of back-and-forth with the would-be buyer, MTV Networks parent Viacom Inc., News Corp.'s Fox executives decided to keep Fuel TV. The 7-year-old TV channel is available in only about 30 million homes, a little more than a quarter of all U.S. households with cable or satellite TV. That's a small footprint, but lately Fuel TV — which targets boys and young men and focuses on the action sports of skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, BMX biking, motocross and wakeboarding — has been finding its own mojo.
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.
August 22, 2009 |
Will rock and roll chef Anthony Bourdain come work in the commissary as part of a deal? That might be what some of the major media conglomerates kicking the tires of Cox Communications Inc.'s Travel Channel are wondering. The auction for the channel, whose biggest show is Bourdain's "No Reservations," is underway and the usual suspects are taking a look. Among those interested in the network are NBC Universal, Scripps Network and even News Corp., according to news reports. The price tag being bandied about is in the neighborhood of $700 million.