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Comcast has accused many of its critics and rivals of “extortion” in regards to its acquisition of Time Warner Cable for $45 billion. The cable company filed a 1,000 page document with the Federal Communications Commission defending itself from the various accusations and concerns aimed at the deal. One of the most vocal businesses against the deal is Discovery Communications. "Discovery, like many other programmers, is improperly using this proceeding to promote its own financial interests," Comcast said in its filing. "In fact, Discovery demanded unwarranted business concessions from Comcast as a condition of Discovery's non-opposition to the Transaction. Such extortionate demands... Read more...
Netflix has been butting heads with cable companies over tolls the latter want to charge in exchange for guaranteeing that Netflix's streaming content makes it into homes without any hiccups. So, it doesn't come as much surprise that Netflix is one of the first in line to publicly oppose Comcast's proposed buyout of Time Warner Cable (TWC), which if approved would see the merger of the two largest cable operators in the U.S. The streaming service made public a redacted version of its petition to deny the acquisition. At the heart of Netflix's petition is the creation of a combined entity that would give Comcast and TWC "the ability to turn a consumer's Internet experience into something that... Read more...
It's been a rough week for broadband Internet subscribers. Last weekend, Charter Communications suffered a widespread service outage that affected customers in several states, and now Time Warner Cable is scrambling to fix an issue with its Internet infrastructure that also caused service disruptions across the United States. The good news here is that TWC's cable and Internet services are "largely restored," according to a Twitter post by Good Morning America. The cable giant is placing blame on "an issue with our Internet backbone" during routine network maintenance, whereas it's believed Charter may have been the victim of DNS hacking. Image Source: Flickr (Michael Dougherty) According to... Read more...
As much as Netflix is loath to pay Internet Service Providers (ISPs) for uninterrupted access into homes of each provider's customers, the streaming service continues to ink peering deals so that its own subscribers can enjoy high quality videos and less buffering. One of the newest deals involves a reported agreement with Time Warner Cable (TWC). According to Gigaom, the deal was initially agreed upon back in June, with implementation now being rolled out. With direct access into homes free from throttling, TWC customers should see an improvement in their Netflix streams with less dropouts and other unwanted behavior, especially during peak hours. Image Source: Flickr (Michael Dougherty) It's... Read more...
Thinking twice on the matter, Comcast and Time Warner Cable (TWC) have both decided to withdraw significant donations totaling a combined $132,000 to a fundraising dinner honoring Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Mignon Clybrun, who is scheduled to receive a special "diversity advocate" award at the event. The Walter Kaitz Foundation is a non-profit organization that promotes inclusion and participation of women and multi-ethnic professionals in the cable telecommunications industry. Much of the company's funding comes from an annual dinner, in which it honors individuals inside and outside the cable industry who made strides in diversity. This year the foundation is hosting... Read more...
Cable giants Comcast and Time Warner Cable (TWC) are sponsoring this year's annual dinner for the Walter Kaitz Foundation, which is being held in honor of Mignon Clyburn, head of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Clyburn is to receive a special "diversity advocate" award at the event, with Comcast donating $110,000 to the foundation that supports diversity. Normally something like this wouldn't raise an eyebrow, but it just so happens that Comcast needs the FCC approval before it can acquire TWC in a deal worth around $45.2 billion. TWC already donated $22,000 back on May 14, and while making donations doesn't break any rules, the timing is a little suspicious. Nevertheless, Comcast... Read more...
No need to brace yourself for this one, but in case you were wondering, Americans are typically dissatisfied with their cable and Internet service providers (ISPs). That won't be shocking to most, but lest there was any doubt, numbers from the American Consumer Satisfaction Index show that cable companies and ISPs are doing a poor job keeping their customers happy. The survey pings users for their experience regarding picture quality; high definition picture quality; ease of use of remote controls, cable boxes, and onscreen menus; interactions with the call center; and other topics that can make or a break a customer's opinion about a company. Image Source: Flickr (Michael Dougherty) On a 100-point... Read more...
Comcast is highly motivated to complete a $45 billion deal to acquire Time Warner Cable. So much, in fact, that Comcast has come to a separate agreement with Charter Communications to get rid of 3.9 million of subscribers, which is contingent on the TWC merger taking place. It's Comcast's hope that divesting itself of subscribers will be enough to ease regulatory concerns over its deal with TWC. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Comcast agreed to sell 1.4 million existing TWC customers to Charter for around $7.3 billion in cash. In addition, Comcast would create a new publicly traded company made up of another 2.5 million existing Comcast subscribers. The new cable company would... Read more...
Following in the footsteps of future owner Comcast and other cable and wireless operators, Time Warner Cable (TWC) just released its first transparency report. It's for the entire year of 2013 broken up into two periods -- from January to the end of June, and from July to the end of December. During the entire year, TWC processed around 12,000 government requests for user data Out of those requests, 82 percent were subpoenas. Another 12 percent were the result of court orders, followed by 4 percent being search warrants, 2 percent being emergency requests, and 0.3 percent being for pen register, trap and trace orders, and wiretap orders. Source: Time Warner Cable Though this is TWC's first transparency... Read more...
If you think most Americans are too uneducated about technology to know a scam when they see it, think again. As the world of data caps have crushed the spirits of many home Internet users, Time Warner Cable had been experimenting with a pricing scheme that would lower bills of its broadband customers in exchange for even lower data caps. The deal was as such: those who would agree to a 30GB monthly data cap (as opposed to well over 200GB in a usual plan) would receive a $5 discount per month. All told, that's a $60 savings per year, but even those offered weren't enticed. At the Deutsche Bank Media, Internet and Telecom Conference, Time Warner Cable's CEO noted that "very few broadband subscribers... Read more...
What happens when two giants unite? We're about to find out, as Comcast on Thursday announced that its board of directors approved a definitive agreement to acquire Time Warner Cable in a deal worth approximately $45.2 billion. Comcast describes the agreement as a "friendly, stock-for-stock transaction" in which owners of Time Warner Cable stock will receive 2.875 Comcast shares for each share they own, effectively valuing Time Warner Cable's stock at $158.82 per share. Comcast and Time Warner Cable are the two biggest cable companies in the U.S. By joining forces, Comcast absorbs Time Warner Cable's 11 million subscribers. Given the size of these two firms, anti-competitive concerns are sure... Read more...
CBS and Time Warner have been engaged in a public battle over network access fees and the result has been a blackout in key markets that's left TWC customers unable to access certain CBS properties, including Showtime. These sorts of battles are ill-received by a public that's generally sick of paying an average of $84 a month to watch a handful of channels and now, thanks to a license dispute, finds itself unable to consume content that's been legally paid for.  The predictable result? Skyrocketing piracy rates. According to data gathered by TorrentFreak, people in the affected markets of Los Angeles, New York City, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit and Pittsburgh, accounted for... Read more...
If you’re a Time Warner Cable customer with access to HBO, you’re in luck, because your cable provider will be providing you with access to HBO GO and Cinemax’s MAX GO within the next month. With HBO GO, you can stream 1,400 HBO programs toy our computer, mobile device, or Roku box. MAX GO is essentially the same thing, only for Cinemax. The services are free to those who subscribe to HBO and Cinemax, and they’re already available via a number of providers, including DirecTV, Dish, Cox, Charter, and more. Time Warner Cable to Launch Latest Online Offerings From HBO®, HBO GO® and MAX GO® in the Next Month –More Than 1,400 Titles Will Be Available Online... Read more...
Time Warner Cable has experienced a number of hiccups with its (somewhat controversial) iPad app. Since there has been plenty of sour news around the web about the pulling of the channels and litigation, we were pleased to see the latest news from the company: it is adding seven more channels to the iPad lineup. The new channels include Oxygen, Lifetime, History International, Biography, History en Espanol, Crime and Investigation Network, and Reelz. All of these new channels should be available now so feel free to go check them out! Prior to this announcement, Time Warner Cable already offered the following channels on the iPad: A&E ABC Family AMC  Bravo  CNBC CNBC World CNN... Read more...
Not long after Time Warner Cable announced an app for the iPad that would enable consumers to play back live TV as well as play DVR'd television, the cable provider felt pressure to cut certain networks from its lineup. It did so in April, and has been working to add new channels ever since. Although the new offerings are certainly a step in the right direction, many users (as well as Time Warner Cable itself) want some of the old channels back. Now, Time Warner Cable is hoping the courts will help the company get what it wants. Time Warner Cable is seeking a declaratory judgment that will allow the company to deliver the programming from Viacom cable networks for viewing on devices of its video... Read more...
In March, Time Warner Cable announced an app for the iPad that would enable consumers to play back live TV as well as play DVR'd television. The app has been popular with users but as you might imagine, the management and legal teams at various networks aren't quite as thrilled about the app. As a result, Time Warner Cable recently announced it would cut certain networks from its lineup. In a statement released yesterday, Time Warner Cable explained some channels would be pulled: We believe we have every right to carry the Fox Cable Networks, Viacom and Discovery programming on the iPad app. But, for the time being, we have decided to focus our iPad efforts on those enlightened programmers who... Read more...
It's becoming more and more common: iPad apps from pay-TV providers that allow users to stream television that is saved on their DVR. Pay-TV companies are facing the future of a connected universe that can easily get most of the content they want from the Internet. So, to combat that and prevent users from leaving all at once, they've started to create these enticing additions to convince people to hang around. Time Warner Cable in particular is creating a new app that runs on the iPad, but rather than just playing DVR'd television, it's the first in the industry to play back live TV as well. Starting Thursday of this week, the app will be free to download, but it will only work for consumers... Read more...
Time Warner Cable and Sierra Wireless are teaming up to offer a new dual mode mobile hotspot device called IntelliGo. IntelliGo is available on Time Warner's 4G network with Road Runner Mobile. IntelliGo lets up to five devices simultaneously connect to the Time Warner Cable 4G Mobile Network and a nationwide 3G network for internet access. Time Warner boasts of speeds up to 6Mbps on its 4G network. IntelliGo features a LCD screen that displays battery life and internet connection status information, built-in GPS capability, a microSD slot for shared storage, and up to four hours of active battery life. Time Warner Cable Introduces IntelliGo by Sierra Wireless and Road Runner Mobile™ 4G... Read more...
Time Warner Cable Business Class announced a new service called Business Class Mobile. This 4G wireless high-speed data service will initially be available in Texas with additional markets to be added throughout the year. The Business Class Mobile service is designed to give mobile professionals high-speed Internet access when they are outside of the office. As Time Warner puts it, "Business Class Mobile allows employees who are out of the office to download large files, as well as access intranet sites, customer relationship management tools, and other company-related information.  The service also eliminates the added expense and service limitations of pay-for-use, limited range Wi-Fi... Read more...
There's nothing quite like free Wi-Fi, particularly when you least expect it, and it works quickly. It's sort of like stumbling upon a quarter, but typically it's far more valuable than even that. Last month, Time Warner Cable announced that they would soon be providing free Wi-Fi to New York City customers, and now it seems the offer is being expanded in the Big Apple.Cablevision and Comcast are joining the party, now offering high-speed Internet customers the ability to roam freely across the companies' respective Wi-Fi networks at no additional charge. That's a pretty big deal for NYC consumers, who generally stay within the city day-to-day. It suddenly makes devices like the iPad entirely... Read more...
Time Warner Cable's New York City customers just got a nice bonus in the form of free Wi-Fi. The free Wi-Fi is available to 1 million of the company's New York City customers in places like public parks and commuter train stations. “Road Runner customers can experience a fast, simple and easy connection from their laptops or portable Wi-Fi-enabled devices in Time Warner Cable Wi-Fi zones, meeting their growing need for mobility,” said Howard Szarfarc, executive vice president of Time Warner Cable’s New York City region. The service runs on Cablevision's Optimum Wi-Fi network that launched in 2008. Users will have unlimited access to Wi-Fi, however you must be a Time Warner Cable NYC customer... Read more...
As smartphone use has increased, we've seen more and more instances where wireless networks get jammed as data-hungry users attempt to surf the Web and perform other tasks from their handhelds. These wireless carriers could soon get relief from a somewhat unexpected source—cable companies. Time Warner Cable is trying to sell wireless carriers such as AT&T and Verizon Wireless on a service that uses its underground cables to carry mobile calls and Web downloads. This service would ease the load on the wireless carriers' networks and help to avoid some of the jams. The service is known in the industry as wireless backhaul. After revenue tripled last year, it has become the fastest-growing business... Read more...
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