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December 3, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Time Warner Cable will start carrying the news channel Al Jazeera America this week. According to the cable operator's website, Al Jazeera America will launch as early as this Friday on many Time Warner Cable systems around the country, including those in New York and Los Angeles. PHOTOS: 2012 highest-paid media executives In Los Angeles, Al Jazeera America will be on channels 445 (high definition) and 227 (standard definition). The channel will be on the cable company's "Variety Tier.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Finding a closer to replace Mariano Rivera isn't the only headache the Yankees face this off-season. The team's YES Network, which carries most of its games, will soon need a new distribution deal with Time Warner Cable, the biggest pay-TV operator in the New York City area. On the Time Warner Cable website, YES is listed as a network whose contract is "about to expire. " Although the site does not give a date, people familiar with the matter said the contract expires in January.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 26, 2013 | By Meg James
Just a few weeks ago Time Warner Cable was considered a laggard of the pay-TV industry. Now, the nation's second-largest cable provider is one of the hottest properties around. Not only is Charter Communications (with help from equity owner Liberty Media Corp.) interested in acquiring Time Warner Cable, but Comcast Corp. may want to make a run at all or some of the company, which boasts about 11 million subscribers around the country. Cox Communications is considering kicking the tires of Time Warner Cable as well.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 26, 2013 | By Joe Flint
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 23, 2013 | By Joe Flint and Meg James
Time Warner Cable might have its own cord cut. Two big cable operators - Comcast Corp. and Charter Communications - are interested in acquiring Time Warner Cable, the nation's second-largest cable operator, which boasts more than 1 million customers in Los Angeles and an additional  11 million around the country. Any combination would reduce the menu of providers in California; Charter provides service to Long Beach, Burbank and Alhambra, and Comcast has customers in the northern and central regions of the state.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Time Warner Inc. said its profit grew by 44% in the third quarter while revenue remained flat. The media giant, whose holdings include Warner Bros., HBO and Turner Broadcasting, posted profit of $1.18 billion thanks to its cable unit as well as reduced programming costs and gains from an acquisition. Revenue for the quarter was $6.9 billion. Time Warner's cable unit, particularly the Turner networks (TNT, TBS, TruTV) had a strong quarter, with revenue increasing by 5% to $3.8 billion thanks to increases in advertising and subscription fees.
BUSINESS
November 1, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
We hate to kick a company when it's down, unless it's a cable company. Especially if it's Time Warner Cable, which ruthlessly used its customers as hostages last summer in a knock-down, drag-out battle with CBS over cable retransmission fees. Remember that time? The cable firm turned off access to all CBS network programming, as well as Showtime, the CBS-owned premium cable channel. It refused to to compensate subscribers for the loss of the network programming, though it rebated a few bucks for Showtime, which customers pay extra for. The blackout lasted 30 days, ending just before the pro football season started with games on CBS. That was pretty much what experts thought would happen, which meant Time Warner Cable put its subscribers through the wringer to end up more or less where it began.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 28, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Internet speeds are about to double for Time Warner Cable's premium customers in Los Angeles.  After first introducing super-speeds in Kansas City, Mo. and Kan., where Time Warner Cable is competing with Google Fiber, the company is increasing its Web service from 50 megabits per second to 100 megabits per second for its "Ultimate" service customers in the L.A. market without increasing prices. The high-end offering is listed at $75 a month. The upgrade is also rolling out to New York City and Hawaii by the end of the year.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 16, 2013 | By Meg James
The artsy cable network Ovation has something to clap about. Beginning in January, Ovation will be available in about 9 million homes that have Time Warner Cable digital packages. The cable company had been carrying the independent Santa Monica channel but dropped it in January, saying Ovation was one of its least-watched channels. As part of the agreement to restore carriage, Ovation agreed to significantly bolster its slate of original programming dedicated to the arts.
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