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December 23, 1993 | By Lee Winfrey, INQUIRER TV WRITER
You say you can't get enough of college basketball on television? Try SportsChannel Philadelphia, whose recently expanded lineup will offer 157 games this season, including seven in one day on Jan. 30. This bonanza of basketball is mostly attributable to an affiliation agreement between SportsChannel Philadelphia and Prime SportsChannel Networks that began Nov. 1. Prime, which has 20 affiliates with almost 40 million subscribers, is supplying 104...
NEWS
July 29, 1997 | By Patricia Smith, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
In a sudden about-face, the Lower Camden County Regional school board unanimously voted last night to become a full member of a new government and education cable channel that will serve Berlin Township, Clementon, Lindenwold and Pine Hill. The regional district allocated a one-time fee of $1,820 for equipment to run the channel. In doing so, the Lower Camden County panel joined the local school boards and governing bodies of the four towns, which have already given $1,300 each to get the project off the ground.
NEWS
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?
BUSINESS
November 29, 2001 | By Akweli Parker INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With the popularity of video games growing like a grade-schooler's Pokemon collection, it was only a matter of time before gamers got their own cable channel. Comcast Corp. announced yesterday that it would launch G4, a cable network devoted entirely to video games, along with an accompanying Web site, G4TV.com, in April. The channel initially will be available to seven million Comcast and Insight Communications cable-TV subscribers. Philadelphia-based Comcast, the principal investor in the project, said it could get the venture off the ground for less than $200 million if it could make the channel available to 20 million to 30 million cable subscribers.
BUSINESS
July 18, 2012 | By Bob Fernandez and Inquirer Staff Writer
NBC News and Comcast Corp. moved on Monday to fix brand confusion between the MSNBC 24-hour cable news show, whose ratings have surged with liberal commentators Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews, and Ed Schultz, and the straight-news MSNBC.com news website. Comcast and NBC bought out Microsoft's 50 percent stake in MSNBC.com for a reported $300 million late last week. Readers logging on to MSNBC.com on Monday were redirected to NBCNews.com, a new website. NBC officials would not comment on the financial terms of buying out their 16-year partner in the venture.
NEWS
June 1, 1997 | By Louise Harbach, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Okay, so the prizes weren't the much-coveted gold statuettes of a svelte Greek goddess holding aloft the world. These were but a chunk of Lucite with a plastic base. Okay, so the competition was different, too. Instead of best actor and actress in a television series, best comedy television series and so on, this competition was for best graphics, best interview, best sports coverage, best editing, best series, best student sports announcer, best news show, best news pack (or news spotlight)
NEWS
October 17, 1995 | by Cynthia Burton, Daily News Staff Writer
The good news is that last night there was a civil, but lively, exchange among the four candidates for mayor, where real differences surfaced. The bad news is that it was on cable TV, Channel 66, and not even the A.C. Nielsen Co. knows if anybody was watching because cable TV is unrated. That said, Democratic Mayor Rendell and Republican Joe Rocks, a former state senator, Consumer Party candidate Lance Haver and Social Workers Party candidate Deborah Liaitos shared their views for an uninterrupted half-hour at the Mummers Museum.
BUSINESS
March 7, 2013 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
August 29, 1996 | by Tonya Pendleton, Daily News Staff Writer
BET is getting unreal. And it's the reality of the competitive television market that's forcing it. Since its launch in 1980, the African-American cable network of record has provided viewers with a broad palette of programming, including its flagship show, "Video Soul. " But this fall, the lineup is undergoing sweeping changes, the most significant of which is the replacement of "Video Soul" with "UnReal. " Instead of focusing on news and information programming, the network has decided to go after a narrower, younger audience.
NEWS
August 4, 1996 | By Gloria A. Hoffner, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
To David Rostetter, the court-appointed overseer of Chester Upland's special education program, it was simply a matter of the public's right to know. That was why he considered it entirely proper to present a 43-minute report criticizing the district in a recent program on the Chester Upland educational-access cable channel. School board member Wanda J. Mann, however, thought it was an outrage for the district to be bashed on the informational station. She demanded that the segment be banished and replaced with more positive news.
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October 25, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
April 11, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 21, 2013 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
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)
NEWS
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?
NEWS
June 23, 2013 | By David Hiltbrand, INQUIRER TV CRITIC
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.
BUSINESS
March 7, 2013 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
January 28, 2013 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
January 1, 2013 | By Edmund Lee and Alex Sherman, Bloomberg News
Tribune Co., owner of the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, the Baltimore Sun, and the Allentown Morning Call, as well as local TV stations including Channel 17 in Philadelphia and numerous cable and Internet properties, emerged from bankruptcy Monday. The move came four years after a doomed leveraged buyout by billionaire Sam Zell led to Chapter 11 proceedings. As part of its exit from bankruptcy, the Chicago-based company closed on a new $1.1 billion term loan and a $300 million revolving credit line.
BUSINESS
November 15, 2012 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Looking for new live sports for its 24-hour national sports channel, CBS Sports Network has reached a two-year rights deal with the Arena Football League. Terms were not disclosed, and the contract is much shorter than those for the NFL, Major League Baseball, and major college sports. The deal "satisfies the nation's hunger for football, especially in the spring," said Dan Weinberg, senior vice president of CBS Sports Network. Arena games, including those of the Philadelphia Soul, are played between March and July.
BUSINESS
July 18, 2012 | By Bob Fernandez and Inquirer Staff Writer
NBC News and Comcast Corp. moved on Monday to fix brand confusion between the MSNBC 24-hour cable news show, whose ratings have surged with liberal commentators Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews, and Ed Schultz, and the straight-news MSNBC.com news website. Comcast and NBC bought out Microsoft's 50 percent stake in MSNBC.com for a reported $300 million late last week. Readers logging on to MSNBC.com on Monday were redirected to NBCNews.com, a new website. NBC officials would not comment on the financial terms of buying out their 16-year partner in the venture.
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