March 15, 2014 |
Time Warner Cable Inc. has stirred anger over its hike in subscription rates for customers and its efforts to extract hefty fees from rivals to air the L.A. Dodgers channel. Now it has incurred the wrath of city officials. On Friday, the city of Los Angeles sued the cable giant, alleging it stiffed the city on franchise fees over four years through 2011. The city seeks nearly $10 million in fees, money it said could have helped ease its budget problems during the financial crisis.
March 14, 2014 |
After convincing some 91,000 fans to donate $5.7 million toward the making of a "Veronica Mars" movie, you'd think show creator Rob Thomas would take a breather. After all, no film on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter had ever raised that much, and now Thomas finally had the greenlight from Warner Bros. to turn his television show into a feature film. But in fact, it was only when he finally had the serious chunk of change in hand that he really began to worry. "Once we raised the money and it became a fan-funded movie, there was this added pressure to give 'Veronica Mars' fans what they wanted," said the writer-director.
March 11, 2014 |
Although Time Inc. won't be part of Time Warner much longer, don't expect the media giant to change its name to better reflect its assets. "We haven't decided to change the name," Time Warner Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes said during an interview Tuesday at the Deutsche Bank Media, Internet and Telecom Conference in Palm Beach, Fla. Bewkes was responding to a question from Deutsche Bank analyst Doug Mitchelson. Company insiders also have said a name change is unlikely. Instead, Bewkes seems pleased Time Warner Cable won't be around much longer, assuming its sale to Comcast gets through regulators and lawmakers.
March 4, 2014 |
If you're a Dodgers fan, you know somebody like Brian Gadinsky. Chances are, you may even be like Brian Gadinsky. The TV producer moved to Los Angeles on an October day in 1988. The next night, Kirk Gibson hit the home run, and Gadinsky has been hooked ever since. He has season tickets on the reserved level. He is neither famous nor entitled, he is just an average guy with a powerful passion about a team that has come to represent his love for his city. When Frank McCourt's regime began to slowly burn, Gadinsky angrily canceled his tickets.
February 27, 2014 |
“Myths, like inquisitive children, keep asking: why?” Marina Warner observes in an essay posted at the London Review of Books. “They answer with stories of origin and destiny, luck and catastrophe.” If anyone should know about this, it would be Warner . A professor at England's University of Essex, she may be our foremost authority on fairy tales. This is not, lest we think otherwise, kids' stuff; what Warner is after, rather, is what we might call the substance of our imaginative DNA. “Stories come from the past but speak to the present (if you taste the dragon's blood and can hear what they say)
February 26, 2014 |
After the coffee. Before making sure "The Americans" is on my DVR. The Skinny: Very excited that FX's "The Americans" is back Wednesday night. If you're not watching, start. It will easily fill the void left by the shark-jumping "Homeland. " I'm also strangely excited for the rain we're supposed to get. Today's Fix includes a preview of this Sunday's Oscars and a look at the museum the movie academy is building. Also, more stories about the challenges the Dodgers channel is facing getting distributed.
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.
February 24, 2014 |
Some small cable networks are worried that a combined Comcast and Time Warner Cable will make getting distribution more difficult. In a memo to his staff, Eric Sherman, chief executive of health and wellness channel Veria Living, said he is "not optimistic that this new development will be good for us or other independent networks. " Owned by Indian media giant Zee Group, Veria Living is a specialty channel that focuses on Eastern wellness practices. Its programs include "Got Zen?"
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 19, 2014 |
The new distribution contract CBS Corp. signed with Time Warner Cable Inc. last summer after a bitter fight could be a casualty of Comcast Corp.'s proposed acquisition of the pay-TV operator. According to people familiar with the deal, it does not include provisions protecting all the terms of the pact should Time Warner Cable be acquired by a distributor with a sweeter arrangement. These people requested anonymity because the agreement is confidential. Terms of the CBS-Time Warner Cable pact were never publicly disclosed, but Comcast, which signed a 10-year distribution agreement with CBS in 2010, is believed to be paying a lower fee to carry the network's TV stations.