September 24, 2013 |
Public WiFi hot spots. TVs that retrieve voice mail. Wireless-based home-alarm systems. Cloud-based channel guides. Streamed TV. Comcast Corp., which has lost millions of cable-TV subscribers in recent years, is seeking to grow revenue and subscriber loyalty in its core cable business with new products based on the convergence of services. Marcien Jenckes, a self-described "Internet guy," is the man now assigned with taking this new-product development to a higher level.
September 3, 2006 |
One never knows what one might find while scanning the help wanted ads. Stanley Kozlowski logged on to his computer for that very task, and, months later, the 46-year-old Bordentown resident found himself in the bright lights of Las Vegas, playing in the World Series of Poker's Main Event for the opportunity to win $12 million. "There's tons of stuff on the computer, and I was able to find an opportunity of a lifetime, even if it was by accident," Kozlowski said. In April, Kozlowski went to America Online in search of a job. He got sidetracked when he clicked on AOL's games section and was introduced to online poker tournaments.
February 1, 2006 |
Leave it to Mark Burnett, producer of Survivor, to come up with a way to turn all of us into characters from Lord of the Flies. He's hooked up with America Online to create an online show called Gold Rush that will allow regular office pod people like you and me to hunt for treasure. The five-minute clues leading to a stash of hidden gold will appear on all sorts of AOL outlets (natch), such as AOL.com, AIM.com, Moviefone.com and MapQuest.com, plus regular ol' television. "We're having meetings, and a network will be chosen to hide clues in other programming," Burnett told the Hollywood Reporter.
July 1, 2005 |
Like a faded rock star donning a fresher look for a comeback, America Online is making itself over. And to help get that message out, it will broadcast tomorrow's Live 8 concert online via high-speed, or broadband, Internet video streams. But wait, broadband? Isn't AOL in the slow, dial-up Internet-access business? Yes, but with dial-up subscribers' fleeing its service like summer disaster-movie mobs, the Dulles, Va.-based company wants to reinvent itself as a broadband entertainment hub. Live 8, it says, is the perfect showcase.
May 21, 2005 |
Time Warner Inc. said yesterday that it will resume paying a quarterly cash dividend, a response to calls from investors for the world's largest media company to return some of its cash to them. The payout of five cents a share will be the company's first dividend since the merger with America Online Inc. four years ago. In the last three years, the company has pared its debt by $11 billion. It had $7 billion in cash as of March 31. The first dividend is to be paid in September.
February 9, 2003 |
Is America Online doomed now that its megamerger with Time Warner Inc. has failed so miserably? Let's look at some facts: AOL is still the world's largest Internet service provider by far, with 26.5 million subscribers in the United States and a total of 35 million worldwide. They paid it $7.2 billion in subscription fees last year. No one else in the industry is even close; Microsoft Corp.'s MSN online service ranks second, with about nine million subscribers. Yet despite AOL's tremendous cash flow, and despite its overwhelming dominance in the online mass market it helped to create during the 1990s, it has become the company Wall Street loves to hate - punished for failing to sustain the wild growth that allowed it to buy Time Warner at the height of the Internet bubble.
December 6, 2002 |
Hardly a creature was stirring yesterday inside the snowbound L.L. Bean megastore in Marlton, where workers closed up early. But as they were locking up, the Internet servers that process orders placed on llbean.com were on fire. "We're getting slammed," Bean spokesman Rich Donaldson said. "We're setting new records [for sales] every hour. " The company's direct sales - those taken by telephone and Internet - yesterday doubled the total on the same day last year. "This could be our best week ever," Donaldson said, noting that L.L. Bean does 80 percent of its business through direct channels.
December 6, 2001 |
Easy to use and impossible to ignore, America Online, the titan of Internet access, continues to pile on subscribers. The company announced last week that its membership had reached 32 million. Analysts say that number includes as many as 26.3 million subscribers in the United States - more than three times the membership of its closest rival, Microsoft Corp.'s MSN service, which has seven million U.S. subscribers. Put another way: Nearly one out of every four U.S. Internet users is an AOL customer.
November 29, 2001 |
Grab some sleigh bells and sing: It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, Toys in every . . . Web site . . . Not much ring to that. But shopping online has already become a holiday tradition for some consumers. "At Christmas it's my goal to get as much of it done online as I can, because I just hate the crowds and dealing with the mall and all that stuff," Stephen George of Glenside said. Ellen Kurtz of East Falls said she was nearly finished with her holiday shopping, and she relied heavily on the Web to do it. "I do almost all my shopping online, except for groceries," said Kurtz, 36, a social science researcher at Temple University.
September 30, 2001 |
In a new TV ad for America Online, the text of an instant message is typed across the screen. It's typical teen chat: "Have you heard Lindsay's new single?" Before you can say "Who's Lindsay?", up surges a spangly bit of pop called "Everything U R" accompanied by video of an adolescent girl performing. Whether you know it or not, you've just been pitched more than Internet service: You've had a critical encounter with newly minted Warner Bros. artist Lindsay Pagano, a 15-year-old singer raised in Fox Chase.