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September 11, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Time Warner Cable lost subscribers when CBS pulled the signals of its local TV stations in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas, the pay-TV distributor's chief operating officer said. "There was a fair amount of pain we had to endure," said Rob Marcus, who next year will succeed Glenn Britt as chairman and chief executive of the cable operator. Speaking at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2013 Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference, Marcus declined to provide specifics on how many subscribers the cable giant lost because of the blackout, which ended last week, or the terms of the new deal with CBS. "It definitely had a subscriber impact.
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BUSINESS
April 22, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - Confronting a case that could reshape the television broadcast industry, Supreme Court justices sounded conflicted Tuesday over whether an upstart streaming service is violating copyright laws by enabling subscribers to record programs captured over the air and view them later on the Internet. The court's ruling, due by June, could either shut down New York-based Aereo or clear the way for the growing company to continue providing subscribers with a convenient, low-cost way to watch local broadcast channels without paying for cable or satellite service or putting an antenna on a roof.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 24, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Netflix stock fell 14% in after-hours trading due to renewed investor concerns about the subscription video company's subscriber growth in the U.S. Despite the Los Gatos, Calif.-based firm's growing revenue and profit in its second-quarter results announced Tuesday, Wall Street seemed most concerned about a warning from Netflix that it may not reach a previously stated goal of adding 7 million new domestic streaming subscribers by the end...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2014 | By Joe Flint
DirecTV subscribers may have to go without the Dodgers for this season and the foreseeable future. Time Warner Cable, handling distribution of the new Dodgers-owned channel SportsNet LA, said DirecTV has ended serious negotiations. "DirecTV has advised us that they will not carry the Dodgers this year, and they have walked away from the negotiating table," said Melinda Witmer, Time Warner Cable's executive vice president and chief video and content officer. RELATED: Amid SportsNet LA dispute, bars are hit with Dodgers fans A DirecTV spokesman countered that “nothing could be further from the truth" and added that "fans have already seen through Time Warner Cable's deception, and this is yet another transparent attempt to manipulate all TV customers throughout the region.
BUSINESS
November 29, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Sprint has it. Verizon has it. AT&T has it. And next week, T-Mobile might announce it is getting it too. We're talking about the iPhone, of course. In a recent note to investors, Merrill Lynch analyst Scott Craig  said "speculation is heightening" that T-Mobile USA's parent company Deutsche Telecom will announce a deal to make the iPhone available to T-Mobile users as early as next week, Fortune reports . Quiz: What set the Internet on fire in 2012? If the speculation is accurate, loyal T-Mobile subscribers will soon have a shot at getting their very own iPhone, without having to change carriers, or go through the rigamarol of buying an unlocked phone somewhere else.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
A Los Angeles County grand jury has indicted eight people in connection with a home burglary ring that targeted Los Angeles Times subscribers who were on vacation. The defendants are charged with multiple counts each of first-degree residential burglary, receiving stolen property and conspiracy.  Prosecutors say the group stole an estimated $1 million in dozens of burglaries in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. The 39-page indictment unsealed Friday by Los Angeles County Superior Judge Charlaine Olamedo names the defendants as Randal Joseph Whitmore, 44; Duane Vantuinen, 52; Joshua Ray Box, 44; Lorraine Marlene Vasquez, 41; Cory Mulligan, 22; Brian Thomas Duran, 42; Margaret Mary Susan High, 29; and Edwin Lynn Valentine, 53. The investigation started last year after a traffic stop on June 24, 2012, during which, police say, they discovered stolen property inside a car driven by Whitmore.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
Four men have been arrested on suspicion of burglarizing the homes of Los Angeles Times newspaper subscribers who were on vacation, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The burglars allegedly stole $1 million in property over the last three years. Detectives said one of the suspects obtained lists of subscribers who had submitted "vacation holds" to a vendor that distributes newspapers for The Times. Officials said they have identified 25 victims but believe there are more than 100. Sgt. Michael Maher of the sheriff's Major Crimes Bureau said most of the break-ins occurred along the 210 Freeway in eastern L.A. County and western San Bernardino County.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 2013 | By Meg James
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 21, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Netflix has surpassed rival HBO in domestic subscribers in the third quarter, a milestone it credits to buzz surrounding such original series as "Orange Is the New Black," the Emmy nominations for the political drama, "House of Cards," and its exclusive content. The online movie and television subscription service reached 31 million subscribers in the U.S., compared with 28.7 million domestic subscribers for HBO, according to SNL Kagan.  " 'Orange Is the New Black' has been a tremendous success for us," said Chief Executive Reed Hastings in a note to investors.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 16, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
A prominent media analyst projects that Netflix will exceed 40 million streaming subscribers by the end of 2015, thanks to its low monthly price and the proliferation of Internet-connected devices. Netflix currently has about 30 million people in the United States who subscribe to its Internet service for on-demand access to TV shows and movies. BTIG media analyst Richard Greenfield wrote that he can "see no reason why" the service cannot surpass the 40 million streaming subscribers mark in 2015.
SCIENCE
March 19, 2014 | By Melissa Healy, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Is there really a link between vaccine and autism, cellphones and cancer, the HIV virus and the CIA? Almost half of Americans believe the answer is yes for at least one of the many medical conspiracy theories that have circulated in recent years. And the attitudes and behavior of those conspiracists toward standard medical advice reflect that mistrust, says a study out this week. A pair of University of Chicago social scientists set out to determine the extent of "medical conspiracism" among the U.S. public and conducted a nationally representative online survey.
BUSINESS
February 24, 2014 | David Lazarus
Netflix is paying cable giant Comcast a pile of cash for what the companies say will be "no preferential network treatment. " Sure, because corporations routinely give money to one another just for the fun of it. The reality is that Netflix is handing Comcast an unspecified chunk of change, likely millions of dollars, for what they say is a "more direct connection" to the cable company's broadband network. That's preferential treatment. And that's not necessarily a bad thing.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Time Warner Cable is planning major upgrades to its Los Angeles and New York operations. The cable giant, which is resisting a takeover attempt by Charter Communications, said Thursday it will be substantially boosting Internet speeds and its video-on-demand platforms. The improvements in Time Warner Cable's two biggest markets are part of an overall three-year plan to upgrade its systems across the nation. “We'll triple Internet speeds for customers with our most popular tiers of service, add more community Wi - Fi , dramatically improve the TV product and, perhaps most importantly, we'll set a high bar in our industry for differentiated, exceptional customer service," promised Time Warner Cable Chief Executive Rob Marcus.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2013 | By Martha Groves
When Alan Smolinisky bought the local Pacific Palisades newspaper a year ago, he told readers how much he treasured the community and the old-school weekly that had chronicled happenings there since 1928. "While the newspaper business faces many challenges, and knowing full well that I will have to make difficult decisions," he wrote, "I promise you that this must-read paper will continue to arrive in your mailbox every Thursday. " The Palisadian-Post continues to arrive in subscribers' mailboxes, all right, but it is very different.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
After more than a year of testing, a service that lets pay television subscribers watch and record shows online is launching for New Yorkers. NimbleTV, a start-up with 17 employees, is rolling out in the greater New York area, where customers can sign up to watch channels on Internet-connected devices including Apple's iOS smartphones and tablets, Roku boxes, Web-enabled TVs and browsers. Anand Subramanian, NimbleTV's founder and chief executive, said the company is responding to consumers' demand for a way to watch programming online whenever, wherever and however they want, something the pay TV industry - which refers to the concept as "TV Everywhere" - has long promised but not yet fully delivered.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
A Los Angeles County grand jury has indicted eight people in connection with a home burglary ring that targeted Los Angeles Times subscribers who were on vacation. The defendants are charged with multiple counts each of first-degree residential burglary, receiving stolen property and conspiracy.  Prosecutors say the group stole an estimated $1 million in dozens of burglaries in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. The 39-page indictment unsealed Friday by Los Angeles County Superior Judge Charlaine Olamedo names the defendants as Randal Joseph Whitmore, 44; Duane Vantuinen, 52; Joshua Ray Box, 44; Lorraine Marlene Vasquez, 41; Cory Mulligan, 22; Brian Thomas Duran, 42; Margaret Mary Susan High, 29; and Edwin Lynn Valentine, 53. The investigation started last year after a traffic stop on June 24, 2012, during which, police say, they discovered stolen property inside a car driven by Whitmore.
SPORTS
February 2, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Time Warner Cable has made both TWC SportsNet and TWC Deportes available for Internet and mobile viewing. Subscribers through Time Warner Cable and DirecTV can watch Lakers games on their computers, Android tablets and phones, iPads and iPhones. “Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes are using the latest technology for on-the-go viewing because it is critically important to sports fans to be connected to their teams 24/7,” said Mark Shuken, general manager of TWC Sports Regional Networks.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 2, 2012 | By Joe Flint
DirecTV said Thursday its profits for the second quarter were up 1% to $711 million and revenue increased 9% to $7.2 billion thanks primarily to growth in Latin America, where it added over 600,000 subscribers. However, in the United States the satellite broadcaster lost about 52,000 subscribers. That is believed to be the first time in the company's history that it has experienced a dip in subscribers. DirecTV has just under 20 million customers in the U.S. DirecTV chief executive Mike White has said the company is focused more on retaining its customers and getting them to subscribe to additional services than it is in wooing new subscribers.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 6, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Apparently when it comes to selling satellite TV, anything goes. In a lawsuit filed in federal court in Sacramento, satellite broadcaster DirecTV accuses Dish One, a retailer majority-owned by rival Dish Network, of using all sorts of duplicitous and illegal acts including pretending to be DirecTV representatives in an effort to poach subscribers, primarily senior citizens. Dish One has "engaged in marketing efforts to target existing DirecTV customers and convince those customers to switch to Dish Network based on false and misleading representations," DirecTV said in the suit, which makes allegations of trademark infringement, false advertising, fraud and slander.
NEWS
December 2, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
Its online readers have been expanding, but even that doesn't save print anymore -- New York magazine, which has developed a highly successful website, said Monday that it would begin publishing every other week in order to better match consumer habits. The magazine, which has been published since 1968, currently comes out every week. But print circulation has been dropping, according to data from the Alliance for Audited Media. Paid subscriptions dropped 4.2%, to 330,145, from 2011 to 2012, while single copy sales dropped 12.7% in the same time period.
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