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Playboy Channel Accidentally Airs on TWC Children's Stations

by Andrew Scott, posted Mar 17th 2010 4:00PM
Playboy TVYesterday, kids in parts of North Carolina may have experienced some very adult entertainment.

According to BBC News, Time Warner Cable accidentally played preview clips of the Playboy channel on Kids On Demand and Kids Preschool On Demand, featuring "nude women engaged in explicit conversations." (We're pretty sure those conversations weren't about the ABC's or 1-2-3's.) The explicit content reportedly ran from about 6:15-8:15AM, and took TWC about an hour to take it off -- er, fix.

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Oscars Held Hostage in Another Cablevision Dispute

by Gary Susman, posted Mar 2nd 2010 12:00PM
Some three million cable subscribers in three states may miss Sunday's Oscar telecast on ABC, thanks to a subscriber-fee dispute between New York's WABC-TV (and its parent company, Disney) and Cablevision over fees the broadcast station wants to collect from the cable service provider.

On Monday, New York City's WABC began telling Cablevision customers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut that it would pull its signal after midnight Sunday morning if a deal isn't reached by then. Cablevision, in return, issued a statement warning customers that ABC now wants to charge for what it used to give away for free, and that Cablevision customers might have to cough up an extra $40 million a year if ABC gets its way.

The threatened blackout follows two similar episodes earlier this year, including one involving Cablevision, but it probably won't be the last, as broadcast networks and basic cable channels are demanding a bigger share of cable subscription fees.

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Time Warner Cable shopping for a new name

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 5th 2010 8:04PM
They've been called many names before by their customers and clients and this week, they are officially looking for a new one. Not that one, sicko.

Time Warner Cable has officially launched "Project Mercury," a behind-the-scenes marketing project to find the company a new name by the end of 2010. Why now? First, they had to come up with a name for the renaming project.

Maybe we can save TWC some bucks by asking our loyal readers to suggest their own names. And remember, all suggestions are monitored for obscenities.

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Why You Can't Watch Food Network and HGTV on Cablevision

by Gary Susman, posted Jan 4th 2010 2:30PM
The price battles between TV channels and cable service providers continue. While Time Warner Cable and Fox have called a truce and reached a temporary agreement that allows TWC subscribers to keep watching 'House' and weekend football, the dispute continues between Cablevision and Scripps over fees for Food Network and HGTV, leaving 3.1 million subscribers in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut without access to Bobby Flay or 'Design Star.'

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Fox, Time Warner make peace, not war, for now

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 2nd 2010 8:00AM
Fox, Time Warner make peaceIt seems that Time Warner and Fox have reached common ground in their hostage negotiations for Fox's programming and your eyeballs. And no toes had to be severed to achieve it. Merry Christmas.

Both sides reached an agreement in their two week long price fixing war that almost left viewers without their precious Fox shows that could have included some college football bowl games.

Of course, none of the games were interrupted or blocked and the world hasn't ended as a result of it. So consider this debate closed for now until the next time Fox dares to ask a cable service for a penny more of the profits. After all, it's not like Time Warner has raised their rates.

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Fox and Time Warner Reach Agreement

by Rebecca Paiement, posted Jan 1st 2010 11:36PM
Fox and Time Warner came to terms today on a retransmission consent agreement that had held both sides up in two-day negotiations. Variety reports that after all-night New Year's Eve discussions that carried through to lunchtime on New Year's Day, a deal was reached that will prevent many Fox channels from being swept off Time Warner Cable systems.

Though neither side is talking about the financial terms struck, both parties seem relieved. "We're pleased that, after months of negotiations, we were able to reach a fair agreement with Time Warner Cable, one that recognizes the value of our programming," said News Corp COO Chase Carey in a statement.

As for the cable provider, Time Warner Cable's chief executive Glenn Britt said the company had "reached a reasonable deal with no disruption in programming for our customers."

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Fed to Fox, Time Warner: Work It Out

by Shawn Perine, posted Jan 1st 2010 12:39AM
In a move that has college football fans breathing a sigh of relief, Time Warner Cable has agreed to the Federal Communications Commission's request to continue negotiations over retransmission rights with News Corporation, whose Fox stations are scheduled to cover the Sugar Bowl on Friday and the Cotton Bowl on Saturday.

What has those same fans waiting to inhale is Fox's cool response to the proposal.

The move by the FCC was an attempt to forestall the broadcaster's promise to pull its stations from a number of markets, including New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Tampa and Orlando by new year's day. The dispute between Time Warner and News Corp. stems from Fox's demand that Time Warner shell out a dollar per month per subscriber for the right to retransmit their broadcasts. Time Warner has argued that the fee is excessive and has counter offered 25-30 cents a head.

At an hour into the new year on the West Coast, Fox is still broadcasting on Time Warner Cable as subscribers attempt to regulate their breathing patterns in anticipation of the Sugar Bowl. To be continued...

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Fox Declines to Participate in Arbitration With Time Warner Cable

by Scott Harris, posted Dec 31st 2009 11:05AM
Big business bailout? Check. Massive overhaul of the health care system? No problem. Making sure you can watch 'The Cleveland Show' next week? Well, not even Uncle Sam can manage that one.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox has declined an offer of government arbitration in their ongoing dispute with Time Warner Cable. As we reported earlier this week, the two parties are fighting over the amount Time Warner pays for Fox programming, with Fox holding out for more based on their current ratings ascendancy, a stance that Time Warner claims will only force them to pass the cost on to their 14 million viewers.

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S#!% just got real in the Time Warner/Fox price fixing fight

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 30th 2009 9:02AM
Time Warner price fixingNo, that's not an altered image of a ransom note clipped from a clever New York Times article or a Photoshopped jpeg cooked up by our art department. Truth be told, those guys ate some mystery Chinese take-out in the office fridge and haven't been heard from since.

Time Warner has pulled out all the stops in their ongoing battle with Fox over licensing fees by accusing them of holding their viewers' favorite shows hostage.

They even went so far as to present their customers with a faux ransom note that demands the money or "you'll never see Fox again." Give Time Warner Cable one more day and they'll start mailing their customers severed toes.

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Time Warner Cable May Drop Fox on January 1

by Scott Harris, posted Dec 29th 2009 9:45AM
Traditionally, the new year is a time for people to make important changes in their lives, as many resolve to quit smoking, quit drinking or quit eating too much. This January 1st it appears that Time Warner may have a resolution of its own: to quit airing Fox.

According to Variety, negotiations between Time Warner Cable continue to deteriorate. As we reported previously, the two sides are deadlocked over, you guessed it, money: Fox believes that as the most popular network in television and home to top programming such as the NFL and 'American Idol,' they deserve to be getting a little more coin from the cable provider in order to offset lower advertising revenue. Time Warner, on the other hand, appears to be claiming some sort of moral high ground, telling viewers who may lose access to their favorite shows that their decision is a stand against rising costs that would have to be passed along to subscribers.

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Could the Time Warner/Fox fight disrupt college football?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 28th 2009 3:03PM
In the words of Martin Lawrence from Bad Boys 2, "s#&$ just got real."

The never-ending spat between Time Warner Cable and the Fox dynasty could put some big college football games in jeopardy of not getting any airtime. If the two sides don't reach some kind of middle ground soon, it could put the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, the Fedex Orange Bowl and the Allstate Sugar Bowl in danger of a blackout.

Of course, the threat of losing the American earned right to sit on the couch and watch an endless series of football games during a holiday has spurred the government to take action. Senator John Kerry, the head of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communication, Technology, and the Internet, has sent a letter to the two companies asking them to finish this thing up by New Years' Day. I wonder, can Congress declare war on a major media conglomerate? Guess we'll find out soon enough.

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Time Warner Cable may not carry Fox

by Brad Trechak, posted Dec 19th 2009 12:00PM
FoxWhile watching Dollhouse last night, I couldn't help but notice a bunch of commercials slamming Time Warner Cable. It turns out they're having difficulties at the negotiating table regarding rebroadcast fees for the free-to-air network. The last time the companies involved played this tune, it ended up being a bunch of hot air.

Seriously, at this stage of the game Fox is a pretty major channel. It would be somewhat prohibitive on both sides to not carry it. They'll likely reach some agreement between $.50 per subscriber (which is what Time Warner Cable wants) and $1 per subscriber (which is what Fox wants).

If negotiations do fall though and TWC stops providing the Fox Network, it's possible that more shows would simply go on the Fox website as streaming video so that people could see them anyway. If people could pick and choose their channels as I wished for Festivus, this wouldn't be a problem.

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Time Warner Cable May Drop Fox's Signal

by Scott Harris, posted Dec 18th 2009 2:12PM
Fox viewers who receive their programming from Time Warner may soon be watching something new in place of 'American Idol' and 'Fringe:' a blank screen.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox has announced that negotiations with Time Warner are on the verge of collapse, which could lead to the network being dropped from Time Warner's service altogether. Should that occur, some 14 million customers would be affected.

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Viacom going black on Time Warner Cable

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 31st 2008 10:01AM
Have been itching for a fix of South Park, Spongebob or Bonanza?

Well, bite down on some leather, drink plenty of fluids, and get ready for some long nights of withdrawal, because Viacom is pulling 18 channels off the air from all of Time Warner Cable's outlets in protest over their recent carriage fee raises.

That means if you're a TWC customer and a fan of anything on Comedy Central, VH1, Spike, Nickelodeon, Logo, CMT or (if you're completely blind and deaf) MTV, you're boned.

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Could VOD kill the PVR?

by Brad Linder, posted Jul 26th 2007 11:00AM
Time Warner Video On DemandTime Warner president Jeff Bewkes says cable providers should be working toward providing on-demand versions of every television program from every television network.

If consumers can watch any show they want any time they want, he argues, cable providers can save the time and money it takes to install personal video recorders in their houses. Of course, by eliminating the need for PVRs, cable companies could also be removing the consumer's ability to skip advertisements. "Free" video-on-demand would have to be advertising supported, and that means cable providers would disable the fast-forward function.

And that's why I don't really see Bewkes' plan working. Certainly one of the most appealing aspects of a PVR is that you can watch shows whenever you feel like it. But being able to pause, rewind, fast-forward, and yes, skip commercials is another part of it. Would you be willing to pay as much for DVD purchases and rentals if there were ads that you couldn't skip?

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