March 13, 2015 |
The Federal Trade Commission sued DirecTV in federal court on Wednesday, claiming deceptive advertising by failing to adequately disclose price increases in the second year of two-year pay-TV contracts and hundreds of dollars in early-cancellation fees. The satellite TV operator also does not clearly tell subscribers that they have to cancel premium channels when free promotion periods end or they will be charged for the channels, the government claimed in the suit, filed in San Francisco.
March 12, 2015 |
Verizon's FiOS TV service has dropped the Weather Channel and replaced it with the just-launched AccuWeather Network, seeking to cut programming costs, Verizon said on Tuesday. "This was a decision to opt-out and not carry the Weather Channel," said Verizon spokesman Lee Gierczynski. In late 2013 and early 2014, DirecTV temporarily dropped the Weather Channel in a carriage dispute over the channel's costs and programming. DirecTV said the channel had abandoned some of its core weather programs that were popular with subscribers for reality shows to boost TV ratings.
November 10, 2014 |
THERE WAS TOO much news in celebrity world this past week and we had to leave some Tattbits out like, our fave, "Star Wars: Episode VII" has completed principal photography and is officially titled, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and Bill Cosby 's private and epic African-American art collection will make its public debut tomorrow at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African Art on the National Mall. Read on for more news in "Celebrityville. " Yesterday The daughter of "American Top 40" broadcaster Casey Kasem has filed legal documents asking a judge to force her stepmother to return his remains back to the United States, TMZ.com reported.
November 5, 2014 |
REGULAR READERS of Tattle know we are constantly amazed by the number of different groups who are aggrieved by perceived slights in the entertainment media. If there's an ethnic group or a religious group that hasn't been offended by some TV show or comedy routine, we haven't met them. The fat, the skinny, smokers, nonsmokers, those suffering from acne, erectile dysfunction and restless leg syndrome. And now . . . Shy-bladder sufferers want DirecTV to stop airing a television ad where a "painfully awkward" Rob Lowe says that he can't urinate in public.
September 10, 2014 |
The 24-hour rural network RFD-TV, which televises Hee Haw reruns and farming news, scored a victory in its public lobbying for more carriage into American homes. AT&T Inc. will carry the standard-definition RFD-TV rural network channel on its U-verse pay-TV system, expanding RFD-TV's national distribution by 5.7 million homes, the companies said Monday. With the agreement, RFD-TV says it will be available in 46 million homes. RFD-TV's founder and chairman Patrick Gottsch has lobbied federal regulators and legislators in the merger review proceedings for the AT&T/DirecTV and Comcast Corp./Time Warner Cable Inc. deals, saying he believed the mergers could threaten the independent network.
July 17, 2014 |
Comcast Corp.'s David L. Cohen will testify in Washington on Wednesday for the third time regarding the cable-TV giant's proposed $45.2 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable Inc., this time before the Senate Commerce Committee. The hearing, titled "At a Tipping Point: Consumer Choice, Consolidation and the Future Video Marketplace," is to include testimony by AT&T Inc. executive John Stankey. AT&T operates one of the nation's largest wireless phone networks and offers U-Verse TV and Internet.
January 27, 2014 |
As a Phillies fan, I never really expected my team to land Masahiro Tanaka, the latest Japanese phenom, or pull off a surprise blockbuster trade. If this isn't the year the old gang finally gets it all together - hey, Charlie Manuel is back! - then the most I can hope for is rebuilding, even with the promise of a new $2.5 billion TV pact with Comcast. But there was one deal I was counting on, and the home team sorely disappointed me. The Phils could have insisted that Comcast finally play ball with Dish Network and DirecTV, the satellite services that still can't show viewers the vast majority of home-team games telecast over Comcast's SportsNet channel.
May 9, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Two months after recovering the last of its losses from the financial crisis, the Dow Jones industrial average charged higher Tuesday, closing above 15,000 for the first time. It was another milestone in the market's epic ascent of 2013. Good economic reports, strong corporate earnings, and fresh support from central banks have eased investors' concerns about another economic slowdown. Many had been on the lookout for signs that a spring swoon would derail the rally, as in each of the last three years.
November 23, 2012 |
ANAHEIM, Calif. - The work in progress that is Drexel men's basketball succumbed to a pivotal performer at this year's Olympics in the first round of the DirecTV Classic. Australia's Matthew Dellavedova scored a career-high 32 points to lead St. Mary's to a 76-64 victory on Thursday at the Anaheim Convention Center. The Dragons (1-3) will face Xavier at 6 p.m. Friday (ESPNU) in a consolation game. Xavier, like St. Mary's (4-0), reached the Sweet 16 in last season's NCAA Tournament.
July 18, 2012 |
YOU CAN'T always get what you want. One-stop shopping for TV had pretty much gone the way of the three-network universe of baby boomers' childhoods even before the Dish Network's recent falling-out with AMC and Viacom's standoff with DirecTV became the latest obstacles to come between viewers and the shows they pay to see. Sure, if you're a cable subscriber, you probably haven't yet been prevented from seeing AMC's "Breaking Bad. " Or...