November 1, 2013 |
Comcast Corp., the cable-TV and media giant, reported Wednesday that third-quarter revenue fell 2.4 percent because of an unfavorable comparison with the previous year, when its top line was boosted by a $1.2 billion blast of TV and Internet advertising associated with the London Olympic Games. Third-quarter profits also took an 18 percent hit because of a separate unfavorable comparison. A year ago, those profits were inflated with the cash proceeds of the sale of wireless spectrum to Verizon Wireless and Comcast's sale of its stake in A&E Television Networks L.L.C.
October 17, 2013 |
Almost three-quarters of pay-TV subscribers would like to purchase slimmer, customized TV bundles - mostly because they believe it would lead to lower bills, according to a new consumer survey. At the same time, subscribers accept the pay-TV model and are consuming soaring amounts of entertainment through smartphones, tablets, and new video services such as Netflix. "We are seeing outlandish consumption, and that is good for the industry and good for the consumer," said Joe Atkinson, the market advisory leader in Philadelphia for PricewaterhouseCoopers L.L.P., which conducted the survey.
July 25, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Uneven corporate-earnings news left the stock market mixed on Tuesday. Most major indexes closed slightly lower, except for the Dow Jones industrial average. Yet even there, the gain was due to the increase in one stock, United Technologies. Better earnings from big banks, health insurers, and other companies have helped drive the stock market higher this month. On Tuesday, however, the encouraging and the discouraging seemed evenly matched. Wendy's and United Technologies surged after posting stronger results than financial analysts expected.
July 19, 2013 |
NETFLIX's heavy investment in original series paid off big yesterday, as the streaming service received 14 Emmy nominations and became the first digital programmer to be recognized in major categories since a rules change in 2007 made online programming eligible. It's just the kind of Emmys debut that not so long ago helped an old-movie channel called AMC rebrand itself as a home for cutting-edge dramas like "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad," and it signals that Hollywood, at least, is comfortable with the idea of television that doesn't require a television to be seen.
July 14, 2013 |
Hulu L.L.C.'s owners, Comcast Corp.'s NBCUniversal, Walt Disney Co., and Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox Inc., on Friday called off their sale of the video-streaming service and will instead invest $750 million in the company. The decision ends an auction that attracted bids from suitors including DirecTV, Time Warner Cable Inc., and Peter Chernin with AT&T Inc., people with knowledge of the matter said. The growing popularity of streaming companies like Netflix and Hulu may have persuaded the owners, all media companies with TV and film libraries, to keep the fast-growing service.
July 12, 2013 |
On her first day in the federal pen, but looking like she just stepped off a tennis court, Piper (Taylor Schilling of Argo ) is greeted by one of her ugly-makeover cellmates. "Look at you, Blondie," says Nicky (Natasha Lyonne). "What did you do?" "Aren't you not supposed to ask that question? I read that you're not supposed to ask that," says Piper. "You read that? What, did you study for prison?" Well, yeah! Maybe Martha Stewart's Guide to Stacking Time . The point is, Piper is a little out of her element.
June 14, 2013
By Nate House I have two laptops, one large and one small. I have a smartphone that is more powerful than both of them. It takes video and 14-megapixel photographs. It can tell me how to get from Atlantic City to New Delhi and how much traffic I'll hit on the way. It can scan items at the grocery store. It has more than 100 apps. And, if the wind is just right, it can make a phone call. I have three plasma, HD, flat-screen televisions with more than 700 channels. I have a Slingbox, a DVR, a DVD player, and a VCR. I have lightning-fast Internet and fiber-optic cable.
June 1, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES - Amazon.com Inc. says that it will produce a pair of new comedy shows and three new children's shows for viewing on its video streaming service, capping a one-of-a-kind experiment that gave viewers a say in the selections. The five shows were culled from 14 pilots that were put up for free on its website and made available over Amazon's video apps on mobile devices and game consoles starting in April. Executives looked at ratings, reviews and view counts in a process that upended traditional TV show development.
May 29, 2013 |
A FERRARI is way too much car for Justin Bieber . Especially now that he's gone off the Bieb end. According to TMZ.com, many neighbors in Justin's exclusive, gated Calabasas community say that the auto-tuned singer is out of tune when in his auto and that he and his friends have turned the ritzy neighborhood upside down. Justin has also been a menace in his Ferrari and on his motorcycle. Residents say that he frequently drives like a maniac and that while speeding out of his driveway Sunday, he almost hit a neighbor.
May 24, 2013 |
* BEHIND THE CANDELABRA. 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO. * ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT. All 15 new episodes available Sunday on Netflix. THE SURPRISE IN "Behind the Candelabra," HBO's new movie about the late Liberace and his onetime lover, Scott Thorson, isn't that Michael Douglas and Matt Damon pull off roles in which each is cast against type. They are actors. But while the flamboyantly closeted Liberace was never as convincingly straight as, say, Rock Hudson - now there's an actor underappreciated in his time - the pianist also lived when acknowledging whom he loved (or used)