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January 19, 2011 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Columnist
Philadelphia-area fans of the Phillies, Flyers, and 76ers should finally be able to get Comcast SportsNet via satellite TV. About 2.5 million poor households around the country will be able to buy broadband service for less than $10 a month. And the new breed of online-video distributors won at least some assurance that they won't be frozen out of access to NBC Universal's content. It's far too soon to know how Comcast's takeover of NBC Universal will affect the rapidly changing marketplace for consumers who love their TV, movies, and online video any way they can get them.
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June 24, 2012 | By Bob Fernandez and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
New fears that Big Cable will squash online-video competition has caught the attention of the Justice Department — and is one of several antitrust issues now facing cable giant Comcast Corp. Investigators have sent the equivalent of civil subpoenas to Comcast, other pay-TV providers, and programmers, in a broad sweep for information about contract provisions related to online video. It's an industrywide probe. Comcast's proposed deal to sell wireless spectrum through a consortium of cable companies and partner Verizon Wireless to market quad-play bundles — wireless phone, wireline phone, Internet, and cable TV — is being analyzed separately by the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission.
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May 4, 2012 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
New Jersey State Sen. Diane Allen (R., Burlington) said Wednesday that she planned to introduce legislation soon that would make it easier to fire educators who bully their students. "My hope is that we can get it through very quickly," said Allen, a prime sponsor of the state's existing anti-bullying law. The legislation Allen said she was drafting was inspired by the recent case of the Cherry Hill father who captured Horace Mann Elementary School staff making hostile and inappropriate statements through a recording device he put in his autistic son's pocket.
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January 17, 2008 | By Bob Fernandez INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Internet made a big splash with its millions of Web pages of free information. But that was so 1990s. Video is the new new thing on the Internet, baby. The potential of Internet TV, online streaming of news and home videos, and HD movie downloads in minutes instead of hours, or days, was one of the great narratives at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. The basic fact for media watchers: "Video is more popular than reading," said David Hallerman, senior analyst with eMarketer Inc., a New York research company.
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November 28, 2009 | By Bob Fernandez INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
On West Lancaster Avenue in Wayne, local businessman Robert Lail runs what he calls "YouTube for business. " "Most people don't know how big the corporate video market is," said Lail, who sold corporate training videos in the 1970s and 1980s before launching a telemarketing firm, MarketMakers, for technical products. "I think it's bigger than traditional media. There are 13 million companies out there. Some of those companies have their own TV studios. " With that in mind, Lail developed eCorpTV.
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March 23, 2008 | By Bob Fernandez INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Software whiz Bram Cohen released BitTorrent for free on the Internet in 2002 so his hippie friends could swap concert videos. The first big success was a Grateful Dead concert. Today, Cohen's peer-to-peer technology is so popular and powerful that it accounts at times for 50 percent of Internet data traffic, and has the potential to alter the economics of broadband Internet for companies like Comcast Corp. and millions of consumers. "Television is going to get phased out," Cohen, 32, a formerly out-of-work computer programmer, said in a phone interview from San Francisco.
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July 2, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
Journalist David Farrier thought he was onto a goofy, fun little story when he stumbled on an online video of a new sport called "competitive tickling" that showed four young men tickling a fifth into submission. There was also a call for entries that promised would-be tickling athletes $1,500 and free room and board in Los Angeles for participating in the contest. A New Zealand reporter and documentary filmmaker who specializes in the odd and the weird, Farrier was fascinated and he reached out to the company that produced the vid. Jane O'Brien Media replied in a strange, hostile missive informing the openly gay Farrier that they refused to have any "association with a homosexual journalist.
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March 5, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast Corp., seeking to broaden its Internet services and make money on streamed TV content, is negotiating to purchase a San Mateo, Calif., company that inserts and tracks advertising in Internet and mobile video. Comcast is reportedly looking to pay $320 million for seven-year-old FreeWheel Media Inc. Comcast, the nation's largest cable-TV company and residential Internet provider, already owns the Seattle-based thePlatform, which manages and hosts on-demand video for Comcast and other companies.
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March 23, 2010 | By Bob Fernandez INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Americans are finding new ways to watch entertainment and news, with people now simultaneously watching TV and surfing the Internet, according to Nielsen's latest study of viewing habits. People surfed the Internet while looking at TV on average about 3 hours, 30 minutes in December, substantially more than the 2 hours, 40 minutes of simultaneous viewing in June, the company said. The Nielsen Co. says it has found that people change their Internet habits while they watch TV. "We won't watch two videos at the same time, but we will social network," said Matt O'Grady, a Nielsen product leader who researches cross-platform viewing.
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November 4, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 12-year veteran of SEPTA's transit police is facing criminal charges after allegedly masturbating on the Broad Street Line while off-duty, agency officials said. Officer Kevin Fant, 44, facing charges of indecent exposure and open lewdness, was expected to surrender Monday night to the Philadelphia Police Department, said SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch. "Disgusting and shameful," Transit Police Chief Thomas J. Nestel 3d tweeted late Monday afternoon. SEPTA's social media team was tipped off Oct. 25 to an online video showing a man masturbating on a Broad Street subway car. The video was originally posted in August.
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July 2, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
Journalist David Farrier thought he was onto a goofy, fun little story when he stumbled on an online video of a new sport called "competitive tickling" that showed four young men tickling a fifth into submission. There was also a call for entries that promised would-be tickling athletes $1,500 and free room and board in Los Angeles for participating in the contest. A New Zealand reporter and documentary filmmaker who specializes in the odd and the weird, Farrier was fascinated and he reached out to the company that produced the vid. Jane O'Brien Media replied in a strange, hostile missive informing the openly gay Farrier that they refused to have any "association with a homosexual journalist.
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November 4, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 12-year veteran of SEPTA's transit police is facing criminal charges after allegedly masturbating on the Broad Street Line while off-duty, agency officials said. Officer Kevin Fant, 44, facing charges of indecent exposure and open lewdness, was expected to surrender Monday night to the Philadelphia Police Department, said SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch. "Disgusting and shameful," Transit Police Chief Thomas J. Nestel 3d tweeted late Monday afternoon. SEPTA's social media team was tipped off Oct. 25 to an online video showing a man masturbating on a Broad Street subway car. The video was originally posted in August.
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September 30, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ask 4-year-old Jaime Rojas what he is - Mexican like his dad or Puerto Rican like his mom - and he answers with a big grin: "Mexi-Rican. " But Sunday was all about his maternal side as the family from Newark, Del., watched the Puerto Rican Day Parade and Festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway under a sunny Caribbean-blue sky. "It's nice to remember where you're from," said Melanie Rojas, 25, a nutritionist who was born in the United States...
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March 5, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast Corp., seeking to broaden its Internet services and make money on streamed TV content, is negotiating to purchase a San Mateo, Calif., company that inserts and tracks advertising in Internet and mobile video. Comcast is reportedly looking to pay $320 million for seven-year-old FreeWheel Media Inc. Comcast, the nation's largest cable-TV company and residential Internet provider, already owns the Seattle-based thePlatform, which manages and hosts on-demand video for Comcast and other companies.
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June 19, 2013 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
With online video the wave of the future, Comcast Corp. has taken a financial stake in a Los Angeles-area company with 10,000 "channels" of younger musicians, comedians, and other video-content creators on YouTube. The company is the two-year-old Fullscreen Inc. - which comScore, which provides digital analytics, calls one of the largest independent YouTube networks. Financial terms were not disclosed. Comcast is participating in the venture with the investors Chernin Group and WPP Digital.
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May 3, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
When it comes to online video, men aren't the boss anymore. Rapidly growing in numbers and influence, female viewers are reshaping original programming at major platforms such as AOL, Hulu, and YouTube. WIGS, YouTube's popular women's channel, marks its first anniversary with the premiere Friday of the second season of Lauren , a powerful drama about rape in the military starring Troian Bellisario, Jennifer Beals, Bradley Whitford, and Raymond Cruz. Founded by filmmakers Jon Avnet ( Fried Green Tomatoes )
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May 1, 2013
Team to probe Afghan crash WASHINGTON - The National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday it was sending a team of investigators to Afghanistan to assist local authorities with their investigation of a U.S. cargo airline crash that killed all seven crew members on board. The plane, a Boeing 747-400 operated by National Air Cargo, crashed Monday just after takeoff from Bagram Air Base. The crew members were all American citizens, the board said. The accident site is within the perimeter of Bagram Air Base.
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March 18, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
One of this spring's most anticipated TV shows isn't actually on TV. It's on Netflix. Hemlock Grove , a creepy werewolf thriller directed by horror maestro Eli Roth, will premiere April 19 on the subscription video-streaming site. It's part of a new wave of sophisticated, polished online scripted shows that - finally - have propelled online video into the big leagues. With backing from major studios and creative spark from Hollywood A-listers including Tom Hanks and Jerry Seinfeld, online platforms including Yahoo!
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February 24, 2013 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former Villanova University student has been charged with taking clandestine videos of three females, one 17, and posting them to pornographic websites. Tyler Jones, 20, hid his iPhone in the bathroom of a residence in Switzerland and filmed three guests undressing, Radnor Township police said Friday. Police said Jones uploaded the videos to two pornography websites from his dorm room. None of the women was affiliated with Villanova. On Dec. 20, one of the women - a 30-year-old living in Brooklyn, N.Y. - contacted Radnor police after she learned that a video of her undressing had been posted, police said.
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