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Glitch Lets Kids See Playboy Channel

Time Warner snafu gives North Carolina youths previews

(Newser) - Whoops! Kids watching cartoons yesterday morning may have been shocked by glimpses of something not exactly G-rated: the Playboy channel. A two-hour equipment failure allowed previews for the X-rated channel to run in the corner of two kid-specific Time Warner channels in parts of North Carolina, the News & Observer...

Subscribers Will Pay for Fox/Time Warner Deal

Channels up and down the dial are asking for more money

(Newser) - It’s no coincidence that on the day Time Warner and News Corp. resolved their long, ugly contract negotiations, the cable provider also announced a rate increase. Get used to it, says the New York Times, because soon all the broadcast networks will be lobbying for more dough, as will...

Fox Stations Will Stay on Time Warner Cable

News Corp. makes a deal well past original deadline

(Newser) - Time Warner Cable and News Corp. made a deal tonight that will keep the Fox networks on the cable giant's systems. The agreement came nearly a day after the original midnight deadline and minutes before the kickoff of the Sugar Bowl. Terms were not disclosed, but News Corp. had been...

Time Warner Fox Stations May Go Dark Tomorrow

News Corp. memo says no deal in sight

(Newser) - Either News Corp. is getting a little careless with its memos, or it’s trying to ratchet up pressure for an 11th-hour deal. An internal letter from its COO to employees warns that no deal is in the offing with Time Warner ahead of tomorrow's midnight deadline regarding the Fox...

Time Warner May Drop Fox, Says Fox

Negotiations tense as network demands $1 per subscriber

(Newser) - Fox brought its testy negotiations with Time Warner out into the open today, publicly warning that it was “very likely” it would pull its programming from the cable provider. Fox wants $1 per subscriber for its free-to-air broadcast network, a price Time Warner has balked at, saying the 25-to-50-cent...

Time Warner Enlists Networks for Internet TV Test

'TV Everywhere' to include CBS, HBO, and more

(Newser) - Time Warner has signed up at least a dozen networks for a new Internet TV service, and plans to test the service in select markets soon, the Charlotte Business Journal reports. Onboard are CBS, HBO, Syfy, AMC, and Time Warner’s own TNT and TBS, among others. Time Warner is...

After Backlash, Time Warner Shelves Pricing Change

(Newser) - Time Warner is scrapping plans to test a new way of billing for Internet access in the wake of a furious backlash from consumers and politicians, BusinessWeek reports. The No. 2 cable provider had planned to bill people in a handful of test markets based on how much bandwidth they...

Time Warner, Viacom Reach Zero-Hour Deal

Cable provider keeps grip on Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV

(Newser) - The countdown to the New Year was a frantic one for Viacom and Time Warner. The companies had set a midnight deadline in their tense negotiations to keep Viacom’s networks—which include MTV, Comedy Central, and Nickelodeon—on the massive cable provider. As the ball dropped, Viacom granted a...

Sobbing SpongeBob Joins Viacom Fee Dispute

Ads aimed at winning support in Time Warner feud feature a sobbing Spongebob

(Newser) - Viacom is enlisting some of its best-known kid cartoon characters in a contract renewal battle with Time Warner, the Wall Street Journal reports. Viacom wants higher fees from the cable carrier for its channels, which could disappear from Time Warner's service at midnight tonight if no new deal is reached....

Comcast Web Caps May Signal End of an Era

Though limits affect only 1% now, high-def video will change that

(Newser) - With Comcast setting a limit on Internet usage beginning next month, the end of the Internet as we know it may be at hand, as ISPs move toward usage-based models like public utilities. Comcast, the second-largest US Internet provider, was careful to say that the bandwidth limit is so high—...

Comcast Caps Internet Use, Says 99% Won't Notice

250 GB-limit intended to improve web quality

(Newser) - Comcast subscribers will soon have their Internet usage capped, Reuters reports. From Oct. 1, the nation’s largest cable operator will limit monthly residential data use to 250 gigabytes to improve the quality of Internet delivery. The company says up to 99% of its subscribers will be unaffected by the...

ISPs Should Stay With Flat-Rate Pricing

Analyst argues metered service will halt innovation and stunt growth

(Newser) - Cable companies are wooing Wall Street by saying they’ll offset expensive implementation of a new, high-speed software protocol by metering broadband Internet access. Bad move, Om Malik writes on GigaOm. Flat-rate high-speed access has enabled recent revolutionary innovation in the telecom business, which led to almost 70 million broadband...

Competition for Cable Customers Turns Nasty

The cable wars turn nasty as telcos fight for a beachhead

(Newser) - The battle for a larger share of TV customers has taken a nasty turn as companies like Time Warner, DirecTV, and Verizon hone ad campaigns highlighting rivals' shortcomings, the Wall Street Journal reports. It's not the first time operators have taken shots at each other, but it signals a ramping-up...

Comcast, Time Warner Weigh $1.5B WiMax Investment

Companies would back Sprint/Clearwire plan for nationwide network

(Newser) - Sprint Nextel and Clearwire, looking for funding in their bid to build a nationwide high-speed wireless network, may have found partners in Comcast and Time Warner, reports the Wall Street Journal. The country’s two largest cable operators are weighing a combined pledge of $1.5 billion to the project;...

Time Warner Plans AOL Spin-Off

New CEO also considers selling Time Warner Cable

(Newser) - In an effort to revive the company's slumping stock, Time Warner's new CEO plans to break up AOL, keeping its growing online ad properties, but unloading its increasingly obsolete dial-up Internet service provider. Operating income at AOL fell 70% in the fourth quarter, as the company continued to lose Internet-access...

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