November 17, 1995 |
The nation's second-largest cable TV operator wants to buy the eighth- largest operator for $2.8 billion, but standing in the way of Philadelphia's little part of the deal is City Council President John F. Street. At issue is race. Street wants Time-Warner Cable, the prospective buyer, and Cablevision Industries, the seller, to include a minority person or persons as part-owner of the Cablevision franchise now serving West Philadelphia and several other neighborhoods. The Council president said it would be up to the parties in the sale to find a minority franchisee.
December 15, 2013 |
After talking for months about the potential for international deals, Comcast Corp. has hired Alexander D. Evans from the $37 billion private-equity firm Providence Equity Partners in Rhode Island. Evans will be one of four executive vice presidents at Comcast - the others are Steve Burke in NBCUniversal, Neil Smit in the cable division, and David L. Cohen, who supervises government affairs. A Comcast official said Friday that the hiring was unrelated to speculation Comcast could be looking to acquire Time Warner Cable, the nation's second-largest publicly traded cable TV distributor.
August 17, 2013 |
Comcast Corp. is seeking to expand licensing of the cutting-edge software that runs its new cloud-based X1 channel guide, which could be the future of cable TV. Comcast and Time Warner Cable, the nation's two largest cable-TV companies, formed a joint venture to license the X1 software to cable companies, computer-chip manufacturers, set-top box makers, software developers, and others. Comcast says about 100 companies have licensed the software, referred to as the Reference Design Kit (RDK)
May 6, 2009 |
Consumers have attacked with a Web site, www.stopthecap.com, and protesters packed two town hall meetings in Upstate New York, where Time Warner Cable Inc. proposed "metering" customers' Internet usage. The issue may be the first big test in the "net neutrality" debate for the Obama administration. Opposing the metering, or consumption-based billing, are Rochester-area consumers, including doctors and college students, who say Time Warner Cable's plan would increase monthly bills for those who download movies and other information files on the Internet.
May 2, 2000 |
It wasn't a Good Morning in America yesterday for cable subscribers caught in the middle of a spat between two media giants. With Time Warner Cable and the Walt Disney Co. unable to agree on a contract, ABC's popular morning show at 7 a.m. was unavailable to Time Warner Cable subscribers. Also unavailable were The View, the ABC soaps, and last night's celebrity edition of America's most popular show, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, all on Disney-owned ABC. While the dispute affects only a small fraction of the nation's 100 million TV homes - 3.5 million, including 65,000 in Philadelphia - it plays into consumers' worst fears about a new media world dominated by fewer and fewer huge companies.
January 9, 2014 |
The fever seems to have broken at Comcast Corp., as the nation's largest cable operator added TV subscribers in the fourth quarter of 2013. For more than six years, Comcast shed more than two million TV subscribers as phone companies entering the pay-TV business, satellite-TV companies, and new Internet video providers chipped away at its customers. Brian Roberts, chief executive of the cable giant, disclosed the development at a conference Tuesday in Las Vegas, without saying how many subscribers Comcast had gained.
September 5, 2013 |
Verizon Communications Inc. disclosed the details Tuesday of its $130 billion deal to acquire Vodafone Group Plc's 45 percent stake in Verizon Wireless. Verizon, the phone-service provider in the Northeastern United States, has operated Verizon Wireless in a joint venture with London-based Vodafone since April 2000. The transaction will give Verizon full control of the nation's largest wireless provider, with slightly more than 100 million subscribers, even as Wall Street speculates about other telecom deals.
November 8, 2015 |
David Cohen, the Comcast Corp. executive vice president who leads the company's lobbying efforts in Washington D.C., will stay with the Philadelphia-based cable giant for another five years, Comcast said in a regulatory filing. Cohen is a big Democratic fundraiser, an attorney and Washington insider, though federal regulatory agencies dealt him a big setback this year with their opposition to Comcast's proposed megadeal for Time Warner Cable which...
March 6, 2008 |
The National Football League asked Congress yesterday for help in pressuring Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc. to offer subscribers its NFL Network in their most widely popular packages of channels. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the cable operators "enjoy a high level of bottleneck power" and treat the NFL Network in a "sharply different and clearly less favorable" way than networks in which they own a stake. The league-owned NFL Network airs eight games each year that are not widely available to viewers, thanks to a bitter dispute with the nation's two biggest cable companies.
June 13, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Worried about filling up your DVR? Comcast, the nation's largest cable-TV provider, is rolling out a new platform that does away with the hard drive and saves TV shows online. Comcast unveiled the platform, called X2, Tuesday at the annual gathering of cable-TV companies known as the Cable Show. The system takes its name from the X1 platform introduced last year and will be available to customers later this year. The update is akin to a new operating system for a cellphone or computer; it will work on X1 set-top boxes through an optional update delivered via the Internet.