February 28, 2016
Filmmaker Spike Jonze is overseeing Viceland, a new 24-hour cable channel that Variety describes as "Current TV on steroids. " Launching Monday on what used to be H2, it's a joint project of the media company Vice and A&E.
January 28, 2016 |
MTV was so '80s. What Verizon FiOS TV subscribers want today are crop reports, Mollie B Polka Party , and Hee Haw reruns. More than 50,000 fans have complained to Verizon Communications Inc. over its decision to ax the rural-content channel from FiOS TV as a cost-cutting measure, the Nebraska-based RFD-TV said Tuesday. The RFD-TV viewer outpouring - emailed to RFD-TV CEO Patrick Gottsch and forwarded hourly to Verizon executives - is a reaction to a broad trend playing out in the pay-TV industry: Niche-audience and low-rated channels face banishment as Verizon, Comcast Corp., and other TV distributors slim TV packages to contain monthly bills and compete with cheaper on-demand streamers.
January 13, 2016 |
With on-demand streamers Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu capturing large audiences for general-interest entertainment, Comcast-owned NBCUniversal has ripped a page from cable's playbook with the niche comedy channel Seeso.com. NBCUniversal says its model of a specialized online channel with Seeso is like cable networks that cater to sports or music fans. If Seeso works, NBCUniversal expects to launch other pay-per-month streamed genre channels. "The consumer is telling us that this is a no-brainer," Evan Shapiro, NBCUniversal's executive vice president of digital enterprise, said Monday of Seeso, which he said he considered supplementary entertainment to Netflix as a "comedy channel for comedy nerds.
October 25, 2014 |
Third-quarter revenue at Comcast Corp. rose 4 percent, to $16.8 billion, and net income soared 50 percent, to $2.6 billion, as the company added 315,000 high-speed Internet customers and shed 81,000 TV customers, the cable giant reported Thursday. When adjusted for a tax gain and $77 million in expenses associated with the proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable Inc., net income rose 10.6 percent, the company said. Shares of Comcast, in addition to those of acquisition target Time Warner Cable, jumped in morning trading on a broad surge on Wall Street.
April 11, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - A former U.S. Justice Department official warned at a Senate hearing here Wednesday that the $45.2 billion merger of Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc. would lead to a dangerously large corporation with "massive tentacles" in the pay-TV and Internet industries. Comcast executive David Cohen, who was testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, countered that "consumers will be big winners in this transaction. " A three-hour, sometimes tense hearing revealed deep skepticism among Democratic senators about the proposed merger of the nation's largest and second-largest cable-TV operators.
October 21, 2013 |
THE MUSIC MOGUL and artist formerly known as P. Diddy has reason to be puffed with pride. On Monday, Sean Combs is launching a seriously eclectic and (he hopes) revolutionary new music video channel called Revolt. And he has Comcast (to a degree) and the Federal Communications Commission to thank. "We'll play that new s--- that people are afraid to play," Combs vows, in a video posted at the RevoltTV channel on YouTube. His vision is a "multi-genre, multi-platform music network" that will celebrate "the best of rock, the best of EDM" (electronic dance music)
October 10, 2013
FIRST came the painful reform of the city's broken property-tax system that resulted in the Actual Value Initiative. Now comes the measure of public opinion about AVI. A new poll released yesterday by Pew's Philadelphia Research Initiative surveyed city residents on whether they were aware of AVI and what they think of the new system. The most startling fact: Only 52 percent have heard of AVI. Among homeowners only, that number jumps to 73 percent. Still, that makes us wonder: Does that mean that 27 percent of Philadelphians aren't opening their mail?
June 23, 2013 |
Lifetime, the cable channel geared to women, has hit the mother lode this weekend. First up is the made-for-cable movie Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret . It's based on a still-in-the-headlines circus trial involving sex, murder, and religion. That's an orgasmic confluence for Lifetime. Arias, 32, was convicted just last month of the brutal 2008 murder of her former lover. Her trial in Arizona turned her into an international tabloid fixation in the morbid mode of Casey Anthony and Amanda Knox.
March 7, 2013 |
Fox Sports Media Group, a division of News Corp., is elbowing into the national 24-hour cable sports arena with Fox Sports 1, which will debut Aug. 17. It had been one of the worst-kept secrets in the media business that Fox was planning a sports cable channel, as it acquired billions of dollars in TV sports rights over the last 16 months. The company officially disclosed the new channel at a New York media event Tuesday and said it would air NASCAR, Major League Baseball, college football and basketball, soccer, and Ultimate Fighting Championship events.
January 28, 2013 |
The rebranded NBC Sports Network is looking for sports fans. The National Hockey League lockout and a transition to new sports programming - after dropping UFC mixed-martial arts bouts and bull-riding - resulted in the Comcast Corp.-owned 24-hour sports network posting eight months of lower prime-time viewership in 2012. In December, its worst month, an average of 58,000 homes tuned in to the channel during prime time compared with 158,000 homes the previous year, according to Nielsen.