February 20, 2014 |
After a month of not televising any City Section events following layoffs of its local sports employees, Time Warner Cable is resuming its high school sports coverage by televising the City Section boys' and girls' championship games in Division I, III and V on March 8. San Diego Section championships also will be televised on March 7. The Southern California regional championships will be broadcast on March 22 for Open Division, Division I...
February 16, 2014
Re "A media behemoth," Feb. 14 The proposed merger of Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable is unthinkable. For federal regulators, it should be dead on arrival. It is an example of media consolidation at its worst. The beneficiaries would be Comcast and Time Warner Cable, period. Consumers would be the big losers. To mitigate any negative effects on the public, Congress should pass legislation that mandates a la carte pricing for cable programming, allowing consumers to pay for only the channels they want.
February 14, 2014 |
If you believe that the problem with cable companies is that they're just not big enough, today is a really good day. Comcast's proposed $45.2-billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable will create a behemoth with about 30 million customers and dominance in 19 of the nation's 20 largest pay-TV markets. Comcast's chief executive, Brian Roberts, said Thursday that the merger would be "pro-consumer," "pro-competitive" and "in the public's interest. " It's not yet clear what he means by any of that, since there would be less competition in the cable industry and more market power in a single company's hands, a combination that history has shown tends to result in higher prices and lousier service.
February 14, 2014 |
The proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable, the country's two largest cable TV operators, generated a predictable wave of outrage from opponents of corporate consolidation. With about 30% of all pay-TV customers served by its wires, the combined company would have extraordinary leverage when negotiating with television networks over the fees for their programming. It also would be the gatekeeper to a third of all U.S. homes with broadband. Those are scary scenarios for consumers and content companies.
February 11, 2014 |
Having failed in its initial effort to buy Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications now wants to take over the company's board of directors. On Tuesday Charter announced a slate of directors it will nominate to Time Warner Cable's board at its annual meeting later this year. The 13 nominees include James Chiddix, a former chief technology officer for Time Warner Cable and Lisa Gersh, former president of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and Oxygen Media. The hostile move comes about a month after Time Warner Cable rejected Charter's unsolicited offer of $132.50 a share and sets up a proxy fight for the company.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 2014 |
SAN DIEGO - Voters go to the polls Tuesday to elect a new mayor. But one knotty political problem was solved Monday after two years of fruitless negotiations. Time Warner Cable and Fox Sports San Diego announced that a deal has been struck to have Padres baseball games carried to Time Warner customers, an estimated 185,000 households in San Diego County. For two seasons, the two sides were unable to reach a deal even though four other cable providers in the county had already done so. As a result, Time Warner Cable customers -- 22% of the county -- were unable to see the Padres.