October 3, 2012 |
The endless Twitter messages Jeanie Buss receives in her inbox mostly center on one thing - concern from Laker fans on whether their cable subscriber will feature Time Warner Cable SportsNet, which has a 20-year, $3-billion agreement to showcase Lakers programming including all their games. As The Times' Joe Flint reported, no cable outfit has agreed to TWC's asking price of an additional $3.95 per month to carry the channel. Buss, the Lakers' executive vice president of business operations, conceded that she doesn't have the channel, either.
August 7, 2013 |
The longer CBS and Time Warner Cable continue to fight over retransmission fees, the more calls there will be for government to intervene on behalf of Time Warner customers who've been cruelly denied their right to watch "Under the Dome" and "Ray Donovan. " But this is one instance in which lawmakers and regulators should ignore the cries from the grass roots and consumer advocates. To do otherwise would be to deny CBS the leverage it should rightfully have in the dispute. That's true even though CBS is going to some unusual lengths to assert that leverage.
December 14, 2010 |
There are things you can count on every year ? the changing of the seasons, the happy faces of kids during the holidays ? higher cable rates. Time Warner Cable is notifying Southern California customers that their cable bills are about to go up yet again, with higher charges for pretty much everything the company offers, from TV to Internet access. The $3 monthly rate hike for basic service follows an identical increase in April for about 500,000 local subscribers and higher bills for the remainder of Time Warner's nearly 2 million SoCal customers a few months earlier.
November 26, 2013 |
If Time Warner Cable is sold, its new owner is also likely to inherit some pretty expensive sports deals. Besides owning cable systems that have more than 11 million subscribers, Time Warner Cable owns two regional sports networks in Los Angeles and is preparing to launch a third next year. It also owns a piece of a sports channel in New York City and has an Ohio outlet as well. But it is the Los Angeles outlets that are the big-ticket items. SportsNet and Deportes, launched last year, are home to the Lakers.
February 26, 2014 |
Los Angeles, you may have a Houston problem. The Dodgers are expected to have a much better season than the lackluster Houston Astros, but fans of both teams may soon have a lot in common when it comes to watching the games on television. In Houston, a regional sports network owned by cable giant Comcast Corp., baseball's Astros and basketball's Rockets has struggled since launching in late 2012. Comcast was the only big distributor carrying it as other area pay-TV operators, including DirecTV and AT&T, resisted because they thought the price tag was too high.
April 29, 2013 |
Time Warner Cable is shaking up its executive staff. The nation's second-largest cable company said Monday that Arthur Minson is returning to Time Warner Cable as the company's chief financial officer after several years working in the executive ranks of AOL. He was most recently that company's chief operating officer. Minson, a former Time Warner Cable chief operating officer, will report to the company's Chief Executive Glenn Britt. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments “We're delighted to welcome Artie back to Time Warner Cable,” Britt said in a statement.
August 2, 2013 |
Time Warner Cable subscribers who want to watch CBS programs on the network's website are out of luck as a result of the distribution fight between the two companies. CBS makes a substantial amount of its content available on CBS.com, but it's blocking Time Warner Cable broadband subscribers from accessing its programming as of Friday afternoon. When a Time Warner Cable broadband customer requests to see a CBS show on the CBS website, the words "content not available" appear at the top of the screen and then an ad critical of the cable company appears.
April 16, 2013 |
Time Warner Cable subscribers can now take a lot of their television lineup with them on the road. The cable company, which has more than 2 million subscribers in Southern California, is now offering its customers the ability to access content from popular cable channels such as MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon via Apple's tablet devices and mobile phones. The agreement is unique because it will allow Time Warner Cable subscribers to view content even if they are not in an area serviced by the cable company.
August 28, 2012 |
Time Warner Cable found an unusual way to land programming for its regional sports channel in Southern California. College football and basketball games from San Diego State, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and Fresno State will appear Time Warner Cable SportsNet, which launches in October and is already home to the Lakers and the Galaxy. To get the rights, Time Warner Cable had to do a little wheeling and dealing with CBS. According to people familiar with the matter, CBS Sports Network, a cable channel that focuses primarily on college sports, agreed to swap the rights to the games in return for greater distribution on Time Warner Cable systems.
August 15, 2012 |
Lakers fans aren't the only ones cheering the recent additions of Steve Nash and Dwight Howard to the team's starting lineup. Time Warner Cable is also probably sending Lakers brass a big thank-you note. In October, Time Warner Cable will launch both English-language and Spanish-language sports channels in Los Angeles, and a strong Lakers team is key to the company's success. The addition of two superstars to the team will give the cable company a little more juice in negotiations for distribution with satellite broadcasters DirecTV and Dish as well as AT&T's Uverse and other pay-TV providers in the region.