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Yes, You Can Get HBO Without Cable (Sort Of)

Cable companies accommodate cord cutters

(Newser) - Are you a would-be cord-cutter who wishes you could buy access to HBO Go without having cable? Well you sort-of can—with a little help from your cable company. Yes, most major cable providers are offering semi-secret packages that include Internet, a token bare-minimum cable package, and HBO, reports Geoffrey... More »

Americans Get 189 Channels, Watch 17

More choices doesn't translate into more clicking, says Nielsen

(Newser) - Americans keep getting more and more channels to choose from, but they seem to have maxed out on watching "only" 17 of them, reports Nielsen . Its new survey finds that US households get an average of 189 channels, up from 129 in 2008. But most people watch no more... More »

Comcast Gets Rid of 3.9M Customers to Ease Merger

It sells 1.4M, spins off 2.5M more

(Newser) - Comcast today announced a pair of moves that will rid it of a combined 3.9 million subscribers, in an attempt to make its Time Warner merger sit more easily with regulators. Comcast will sell 1.4 million subscribers to rival (and previous Time Warner suitor) Charter Communications for $7.... More »

(Some) HBO Shows Headed to Amazon Prime

Sorry, no 'Game of Thrones'

(Newser) - Soon, Amazon Prime customers will be able to stream HBO shows—but before you get too excited, be warned that the announcement mostly applies to older programs. Game of Thrones isn't part of the exclusive deal, though seasons of shows like Girls and Veep will appear some three years... More »

Netflix's Next Move: TV?

Company is in talks to become cable TV service: sources

(Newser) - Netflix, the website that proved great television shows don't have to actually broadcast on your TV, is considering expanding ... to TV. Sources tell Reuters and the Wall Street Journal that the company is in negotiations with US pay-TV companies to make the on-demand video service part of their cable... More »

Happy Labor Day (CBS-TWC War Is Over)

Blackout ends tonight, after payment dispute ends

(Newser) - CBS and cable provider Time Warner Cable have ended their payment dispute and expect programming to resume in millions of homes tonight. The agreement ends a month-long blackout of CBS and CBS-owned channels—including Showtime, CBS Sports, and the Smithsonian channel—which affected more than 3 million homes in Dallas,... More »

Sony, Viacom Cut Deal to Stream Cable TV Online

Comedy Central may be coming to your PlayStation

(Newser) - PlayStation users, rejoice: You may soon be watching MTV and The Daily Show via a new Internet stream. That's because Sony cut a surprise deal with Viacom to stream its cable channels over Internet-based pay TV by the end of the year, the Wall Street Journal reports—and those... More »

Time Warner Pulls CBS— for 30 Minutes

Stops screening CBS, Showtime after negotiations stall

(Newser) - Bad news for fans of procedural crime dramas: Negotiations between CBS and Time Warner Cable turned so sour last night that the cable network stopped airing CBS and Showtime in major cities. It pulled the plug at midnight Eastern time, following a day of discussions over the retransmission fee Time... More »

Your New Pay-TV Provider Could Be ... Google

Search giant looks to subvert traditional cable TV system

(Newser) - Not content to have won the Internet, Google now looks to be eyeing another conquest: TV. The search and advertising giant has reportedly been in talks with media companies about the possibility of licensing their content for an online TV service that would rival traditional cable providers, the Wall Street ... More »

Time Warner Bribes Partners to Keep Shows Offline

Cable provider even threatens to drop programming in retaliation

(Newser) - Cable companies must be terrified of cord-cutters, because they're playing hardball to try to keep shows offline. Time Warner and other "pay-TV operators" are offering media companies higher payments if they'll keep their content off of web video services, and even threatening to drop networks that don'... More »

McCain's New Crusade: 'A La Carte' Cable TV

Arizona Republican wants consumers to be able to pick their channels

(Newser) - John McCain is taking on a new foe: the cable TV industry. The Arizona senator is pushing a bill that would pressure cable and satellite providers to offer channels "a la carte," allowing customers to pick which channels they get and pay for instead of buying by the... More »

A TV Critic's Lament: There's Too Much to Watch

Alan Sepinwall can't keep up

(Newser) - Alan Sepinwall of Hitfix is a respected TV critic who loves his job. He's just not sure you can entirely trust his judgment anymore because of the crazy amount of shows out there. He pulls some stats from FX to make the point: In 2002, 28 original scripted dramas... More »

Netflix Now Biggest 'Cable Network'

With 4B minutes watched in 1Q, Netflix surges

(Newser) - Netflix customers watched more than 4 billion hours of programming in the first quarter of 2013, said CEO Reed Hastings in a Facebook post last night, a number that could make the online streaming service more popular than cable, reports the Huffington Post . With 28 million users, mostly in the... More »

Verizon Only Wants to Pay the Channels You Watch

Cable provider envisions radical shakeup

(Newser) - Verizon wants to radically change the way the cable business works, with a new system in which it would only pay channels if viewers actually watch them, the company tells the Wall Street Journal . Right now, cable companies pay networks a fee for every subscriber who has access to the... More »

Face It, Cable: You're on the Way Out

Michael Wolff: Execs haven't wised up to industry's demise

(Newser) - Cable TV is "on the fast train to oblivion," but you won't hear that from its executives. The latest financial results from Time Warner and News Corp are upbeat, and Comcast has decided to snap up the rest of NBCUniversal ahead of schedule. But the disastrous future... More »

TV Is In an Upward Spiral

Netflix's House of Cards the latest evolution in the golden age of TV

(Newser) - Forget, for a second, that Netflix's House of Cards represents a bold challenge to HBO, a salvo in the war on cable. Instead, focus on this simple fact, writes Derek Thompson at the Atlantic : "The market for super-deluxe-high-quality TV programming is getting deeper." This is, as has... More »

Boring Current TV Won't Help Boring Al Jazeera

Michael Wolff thinks the Qatari network is too dull to defend

(Newser) - What to do if your cable network has all the money in the world, but pretty much no ability to draw American eyeballs? If you're Al Jazeera, apparently you buy Al Gore's crappy cable network . Sure, Current TV hasn't made much of an impression on viewers either,... More »

Weird Math Fuels Great TV —for Now

TV's current 'golden age' may not last: Adam Davidson

(Newser) - The cable industry is raking it in: With NBC Universal and Viacom set to each score profit margins of around 50% this year, it's "arguably America's single-most-profitable big business," writes Adam Davidson in the New York Times —for now. The co-founder of NPR's "... More »

Apple Eyes Biggest TV Move Yet

Wants to sell set-top box that would carry live TV

(Newser) - Today's Apple TV box is mainly used to play Internet downloads and stream content—but the next Apple set-top box could play live television. Apple is currently in talks with top US cable providers to that end, insiders tell the Wall Street Journal . Customers would get to own the... More »

Dish Network Scraps AMC Channels

Says too few people are watching, at least via cable

(Newser) - Dish Network is removing all four of AMC's cable channels because it says too few people are watching. Part of the problem, it says, is that the "very limited popular programming" on AMC is "available to our customers through multiple other outlets such as Amazon.com, iTunes,... More »

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