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February 13, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Comcast Corp. may seem like a white knight to Time Warner Cable, but the folks at Charter Communications probably consider it more of a snake in the grass. Charter, which last month made an unsolicited bid for Time Warner Cable, had been talking with Comcast Corp. about joining its efforts, people close to both companies confirm. Charter even offered to sell Comcast some of Time Warner Cable's East Coast properties, including a valuable system serving New York City. Although Time Warner Cable rejected Charter's bid, it was still making a push.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Comcast's blockbuster deal to buy Time Warner Cable has ignited speculation among Wall Street analysts about further consolidation in the media industry.  Investors have long anticipated merger agreements between Dish and DirecTV on the satellite side, as well as Sprint and T-Mobile on the wireless service provider side, and are now pondering what's next. The deal also raises questions about future moves by Cox Communications and the jilted Charter Communications, which was in the process of its own takeover attempt of Time Warner Cable.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 2014 | By Meg James and Joe Flint
Comcast Corp. has reached an agreement to buy Time Warner Cable in a deal valued at $45.2 billion, according to people familiar with the negotiations. The proposed blockbuster combination is expected to be announced Thursday and would create a video and Internet juggernaut with 30 million subscribers and operations in some of the country's biggest markets, including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Besides its cable and Internet operations, Comcast also is the parent of NBCUniversal, which owns the NBC broadcast network, Universal Studios and several popular cable channels, including CNBC, MSNBC and USA Network.  ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll Time Warner Cable also has been expanding into programming and owns two sports channels in Los Angeles.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 11, 2014 | By Joe Flint
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 | By Tony Perry
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before the Time Warner earnings call. The Skinny: The winter blahs are settling in and I'm not even on the East Coast. Might be time for stronger coffee. Wednesday's news includes a look at Olympics producer Jim Bell and Time Warner's fourth-quarter results. Also, a recap of the one awards show I wish I was at. Daily Dose: Last month, Charter Communications launched an unsolicited and since-rejected bid for Time Warner Cable . Since then, Charter has attacked Time Warner Cable brass, saying the pay-TV giant is mismanaged.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 2014 | By Joe Flint
There's been no Netflix effect on HBO. Time Warner Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes, who used to mock Netflix as the "Albanian army" coming to take over the world, said its success doesn't hurt HBO either in terms of revenue or eyeballs. Talking to investors and analysts about its fourth-quarter and year-end earnings, Bewkes noted that HBO and its sister channel Cinemax added 2 million subscribers last year. Overall HBO is in 130 million homes around the globe compared to 44 million for Netflix.
NEWS
February 3, 2014 | By Carla Hall
Here's the emotion that Sunday's boring Super Bowl managed to stoke: the irritation Time Warner Cable subscribers are feeling for the cable company. And here's the surprising news: The cable company fell on its sword. Kind of. Time Warner Cable announced Monday that it would provide a $5 gift card to subscribers who don't have digital cable and could only watch the game on a standard definition channel. But even the subscribers who have digital TV - the majority - and so watched the game on a high-definition channel get something: credit for the cost of an on-demand movie once it is purchased.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 2014 | By Victoria Kim
Football fans across a large swath of Southern California were deprived of live coverage of the Super Bowl on Sunday evening when Time Warner Cable's feed appeared to cut out in the second quarter for about an hour. The outage, which began shortly before 5 p.m., appeared to affect customers in and around Los Angeles County, from Hacienda Heights and Hancock Park to Santa Monica, and in some parts of Ventura County. In South L.A., Merv Evans said after his screen went black, he called his aunt, who was also watching in the area and became convinced it was a conspiracy to deprive the neighborhood of the Super Bowl.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 2, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Time Warner Cable subscribers in Los Angeles watching the Super Bowl in standard definition lost a big chunk of the game and halftime show due to technical issues. The analog signal of Fox's KTTV-TV Channel 11 Los Angeles went dark toward the end of the second quarter and was not repaired until about midway through the third quarter. However, the feed of Time Warner Cable's high-definition channel carrying Fox's coverage of the game was not interrupted. The majority of the region's subscribers have digital boxes and thus were not affected by the blackout.
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