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Cable companies are rarely among the publicís favorite people. Things have progressed far beyond the traditional complaints of high bills and frustrating contracts however, and we have reached the lawsuit level with a couple of them.
What would have been one of the most critical collusions in the history of mass media - the proposed $45.2 billion merger between cable colossus, Comcast and Time Warner Cable - has apparently sputtered out to an anti-climactic whimper.
Everyone loves a hidden menu, especially if it'll save them money, as may be the case with your cable provider, whether you know it or not. A report has made the rounds that gives subscribers to certain cable companies some helpful information on how to gain legal access to HBO without having to pay for a massive cable package.
Earlier this week, cable provider turned conglomerate Comcast announced an agreement to purchase Time Warner Cable for $45.2 billion via stock transaction. Not surprisingly, the agreement immediately sent shockwaves through the business community and led to more than a few consumers angrily shouting, ďReally??!!??Ē. After all, how could less competition possibly be a good thing?
After a full month of Time Warner Cable subscribers in select areas going without CBS and Showtime, the TV network and Time Warner Cable have finally come to an agreement. TWC cable subscribers in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas should have CBS, Showtime, CBS Sports and Smithsonian Channel back, effective 3:00 p.m. PST.
If your a Time Warner Cable subscriber and you've been watching CBS lately, you may have seen warnings that carriage disputes might result in Time Warner dropping CBS from its line-up. It happened today, effective 5:00 p.m. EST. Not only are Time Warner Cable subscribers in New York City, Los Angeles, Dallas and other markets currently going without CBS, but Showtime, which is owned by CBS, has also been shut down by the cable service provider as negotiations continue.
Why can't HBO Go be like Netflix and let customers subscribe to it without having to get a full cable package? At present, U.S. residents need a basic cable package in order to subscribe to HBO, which is how you get access to HBO Go. On content, HBO Go is similar to Netflix, in that it offers a bevy of movies and TV shows, which can be accessed online or through an HBO Go app. Of course, in the case of HBO Go, the TV series offered are all HBO series, but between past and current HBO shows, the premium cable channel has no shortage of those.
Like a year ago, Time Warner Cable entered into negotiations with New York to rework the deal for MSG, a station carrying many of the major sports games in the city. After a 48-day blackout, the issue was resolved, but a little over a year later, the cable provider may take a different tune when it comes to a slew of its channels.
If youíre a Time Warner Cable subscriber in the New York area and you tried to watch MSG today, you may have noticed that, rather than sports, a message from Time Warner Cable is playing in a loop. TWC and MSG have been in negotiations for a new carriage deal and failing to come to an agreement has resulted in a blackout of MSG as of 12:01 a.m. Sunday.
Just a few weeks after Time Warner Cable has finally gotten the ball rolling with HBO Go, some of them may lose their favorite sports. In the New York area, Time Warner Cable has been negotiation with MSG Network over sports coverage for a while now. Unfortunately, the negotiation process has slowly turned into a stubborn battle with both sides seemingly refuses concessions.
The day has finally arrived! Well, not technically, but itís coming soon. Iím referring to the day that Time Warner subscribers who pay for HBO can access HBOís digital-on-demand platform HBO Go. The website and app give HBO subscribers access to a plethora of movies and award winning original series. For months, Time Warner subscribers have been waiting for their cable provider to get on board with HBO Go and itís been reported that the negotiations have finally settled.
At this point, itís doesnít seem realistic to get excited over the latest bit of news regarding Time Warner Cable and HBO Go. The whole HBO Go thing has seemed like one big tease to those of us who get HBO through Time Warner Cable. Cablevision subscribers can also relate. Back in September, it was looking like HBO Go and Time Warner were close to a deal to bring the digital service to TWC subscribers, but so far, nothing.
If, like me, youíre one of the 12.2 million HBO subscribers getting your cable through Time Warner Cable, itís possible youíve been not-so-patiently waiting to enjoy the perks of HBOís online streaming video service HBO Go. While other cable providers have offered access to the website/app for months, paying Time Warner Cable customers have gone without, but possibly not for long!
It looks like Nielsen is ever so slowly working toward getting more and more accurate ratings statistics. The problem remains, however, that they're actually more interested in the ratings for the commercials than they are for the programs. That's why I take this report that they're adding online viewing to their reports with a boulder of salt
It looks like FOX is offering Time-Warner Cable an extension after all, despite our concerns they were playing hardball. It's past midnight and TWC customers are still enjoying FOX programming, though†I guess at this hour that may be local programming after all. It looks like the two sides agreed to a last minute, and short, extension of the current contract terms