September 3, 2013 |
The settlement of the bitter contract negotiations between Time Warner Cable and CBS cost cable subscribers in Los Angeles, New York and Dallas a month of darkness on CBS-owned channels. Viewers were denied "Under the Dome," "Ray Donovan" and, in L.A., nine Dodgers games. Outlets affected included the CBS-owned KCBS and KCAL TV stations as well as the cable channel Showtime. Not surprisingly, the two giant corporations settled less than a week before the kickoff of the National Football League season, much of which airs on CBS. A football blackout would have been bad news for both Time Warner, which might have lost subscribers, and CBS, which might have lost ratings and advertisers.
September 3, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before acting surprised at the welcome-back party awaiting me in the office. The Skinny: It was so nice of CBS and Time Warner Cable to wait until I was back in town to resolve their distribution dispute. Too bad they had to ruin the last day of my vacation. Did you miss me? I was in a world with no Twitter or emails and it was great. I highly recommend getting off the grid! Also, a big thank you to Ryan Faughnder for filling in. Monday's headlines include CBS and Time Warner Cable's peace treaty, the Labor Day box office report.
September 2, 2013 |
After a monthlong blackout, Time Warner Cable and CBS Corp. struck a distribution deal that returned the broadcast network's programming to millions of frustrated subscribers in Los Angeles, New York and Dallas. The agreement came after weeks of bitter negotiations and public posturing by the two companies. With the fall television season weeks away and the National Football League set to return later this week, both CBS and Time Warner Cable had incentives to get a new contract signed.
September 2, 2013 |
After a monthlong blackout, Time Warner Cable Inc. and CBS Corp. reached an agreement that returned the broadcast network's programming to millions of frustrated subscribers in Los Angeles, New York and Dallas. The new distribution deal, which runs almost five years, came Monday afternoon after weeks of bitter negotiations and public posturing by the two media giants, with consumers caught in the middle. Besides CBS-owned stations including KCBS-TV Channel 2 and KCAL-TV Channel 9 in Los Angeles, the network's premium channel Showtime was blacked out in Time Warner Cable homes.
August 30, 2013
Re "CBS viewers fume as blackout rolls on," Business, Aug. 29 It's amazing that CBS can strike a deal with Verizon seemingly overnight, but Time Warner Cable continues to dig in its heels against the highest-rated network. Time Warner's offer to provide antennas is, at best, disingenuous. What am I supposed to do, jump up and switch my TV over to cable when I'm not watching CBS? I called Time Warner early on in this dispute to request a credit for not getting CBS and KCAL 9, and you know what the (exasperated, no doubt)
August 30, 2013 |
Millions of Time Warner Cable subscribers deprived of CBS and Showtime have every reason to be enraged. But they should put that anger to good use. The standoff tells us something important about the television industry. Despite urging from the Federal Communications Commission, countless angry customers and an array of elected officials, a cable operator already reviled for its skyrocketing rates can't cut a deal with an entertainment behemoth that just trumpeted its best financial quarter ever.
August 29, 2013 |
Justin Bass is a big Los Angeles Dodgers fan, but for nearly four weeks he has been shut out of the action. The continuing contract dispute between television giants CBS Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc. has blacked out the CBS-owned KCBS Channel 2 and KCAL Channel 9 in more than 1 million Los Angeles homes served by the cable company. Time Warner Cable customers like Bass, unless they have installed an over-the-air antenna to capture the broadcast signal, have missed nine Dodgers games that have aired on KCAL.
August 27, 2013 |
Like a lot of Time Warner Cable subscribers, Ruben is pretty cheesed about the ongoing spat with CBS over how much money should be changing hands between the two media giants. He's wondering: Can't we just sue Time Warner for breach of contract? Sure, why not? I've seen plenty of lawsuits with less merit. Here's the problem, though. Time Warner Cable's customer contract explicitly says the company's service is offered "as is" and "as available. " That's some pretty weaselly language, but what it seems to say is that you'll take what you get. The contract also has a so-called arbitration clause that can severely limit your ability to drag the company into court.
August 26, 2013 |
Time Warner Cable will broadcast high school football games live on Friday nights on Channel 101 and HD Channel 354 in Los Angeles this season. The schedule begins on Friday with Oceanside at St. Augustine. On Sept. 6, Gardena Serra will face Oceanside. On Sept. 7, Upland vs. Oaks Christian and Corona Centennial vs. St. Bonaventure, both from Oceanside High as part of the Honor Bowl, will be broadcast at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., respectively. Other games: Sept. 13, Mater Dei vs. Carson; Sept.
August 23, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Mark Warner on Friday called on the Securities and Exchange Commission to conduct a "thorough investigation" of the Nasdaq Stock Market's three-hour trading outage. Warner (D-Va.), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, said Thursday's technological problem was "troubling. " In a letter to SEC Chairwoman Mary Jo White, he asked her to investigate and report back to Congress about how to avoid future problems. "Securities markets need prudent regulation to ensure their integrity," wrote Warner, a former venture capitalist.