Tag Archives: Charter

Disney and Charter are talking about carriage fees, and the outcome could affect how much you pay for cable in the streaming era

Content providers who have long pushed for higher carriage fees could face severe pushback from pay-TV providers who say that linear networks aren’t as valuable because so much content is available online — not only at Netflix and Amazon, but now within the content companies’ own streaming products. Moreover, if customers do flee the pay-TV bundle for streaming services, pay-TV providers may want to cut content spending even more to keep costs down. – Alex Sherman, CNBC » https://cnb.cx/32pUcVV

New York to Charter: Expand Your Network or We’ll Reverse the Time Warner Merge

Those consequences include $2 million in fines—$1 million missing the target initially set forth by the commission, and another $1 million for failing to make up for the missed goal within three months of the original deadline. But the big threat being tossed out there by New York is the possibility of rescinding the merger within state lines. Such a move wouldn’t change the structure of the Charter-Time Warner agreement elsewhere in the US, but would be disruptive to the company’s business in a major market. – AJ Dellinger, Gizmodo http://gizmo.do/BcbRfbT

Charter fails to defeat lawsuit alleging false Internet speed promises

When the FCC eliminated its net neutrality rules against blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization, the commission kept a version of rules requiring ISPs to be transparent about their network management practices. Charter claimed that the continued existence of a transparency rule and the FCC’s preemption of state net neutrality regulation is enough to preempt “the Attorney General’s allegations that Time Warner Cable made deceptive claims about its broadband speeds.” – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica http://ift.tt/2EsBQan

Sorry, FCC: Charter will lower investment after net neutrality repeal

Charter’s earnings announcement said its capital spending rose from $7.5 billion in 2016 to $8.7 billion in 2017, with the net neutrality rules in place both years. Capital spending rose as a percentage of revenue, from 18.7 percent of $40.02 billion in 2016 to 20.9 percent of $41.58 billion in 2017. The increases helped pave the way for gigabit broadband services and an increase in minimum speeds to 200Mbps in some markets. – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica http://ift.tt/2EMD2X3

Data leak exposed millions of Time Warner Cable customers

MacKeeper developer Kromtech has discovered that BroadSoft, a frequent partner to service providers, was storing over 4 million Time Warner Cable customer records on Amazon cloud servers without a password. The records, which stemmed from the MyTWC mobile app, date as far back as November 2010 — years before Charter bought TWC. The information included email addresses, user names, financial transactions (though there’s no indication of credit card data) and billing addresses. There was even closed-circuit camera footage from BroadSoft’s Indian offices, as if to rub salt in the wound. – Jon Fingas, Engadget http://ift.tt/2x2HzDX

Charter Saddles ‘$20’ Streaming Service With $6 in Bogus Fees

[W]hile Spectrum Stream is advertised at $20 per month, Charter Communications tacks on a fairly-massive (and sure to increase) $6 per month “broadcast TV fee.” And while that sounds like a sensible charge, we’ve been noting for some time how broadcast TV fees are just a clever way for the cable industry to covertly jack up the price of advertised rates post-sale. To create the broadcast TV fee, cable providers simply take some of the cost of programming and bury it below the line. – Karl Bode, DSL Reports http://ift.tt/2ueR3ts

Charter seeks to woo cord cutters with a new streaming-TV service

photo: Charter Communications, TechHive

Charter Communications is not alone in trying to reach out to cord cutters and cord nevers through a skinny combination of basic TV and a premium TV network. Comcast announced an Internet-TV offering along similar lines a couple of months back. Likewise, Time Warner Cable—the company Charter hopes to merge with before the end of the year—is rumored to have opted for the same content formula for its own streaming product. – Pulkit Chandna, TechHive

Man builds house, then finds out cable Internet will cost $117,000

photo: Cole Marshall, Ars Technica

Cole Marshall had been looking for land to buy starting in 2012, and found the nearly 1-acre lot he’d ultimately purchase in 2013. The property is just outside the city limits of Sun Prairie, a city of about 30,000 residents, but has a Sun Prairie address and zip code. “We’re surrounded by fields, so technically you’d call it rural,” Marshall said. The city is expanding, though, and “eventually there’s going to be plenty of houses.” Despite not being in a densely populated area, Marshall said the lot was advertised as “cable-ready.” Before committing to the purchase, Marshall said, “I looked on Charter’s website, and I typed in the address of the lot, and it said, ‘yep, we can service you.’” – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica

BBC considers replacing News 24 with mobile streaming service

photo: Carl Court, Getty Images

“There’s clearly a very big development in the medium term which is mobile. Over the last months, we’ve been looking at how we can make sure that we have the skills to stream [to mobiles], and in that you have to think where would the world of news channels fit in.” – James Harding, BBC News via Jasper Jackson, The Guardian

Subscription BBC proposal for the long term

photo: Broadband TV News

A hybrid license fee and subscription model is one of the options under consideration for the future funding of the BBC. […] Part of the reforms would be a closing of the so-called ‘iPlayer loophole’ that allows viewers to download or view catch up content without a television license. There is concern that BBC income might fall as more viewers switch to online viewing alone. Another issue here is that devices used for online reception might be easier to conceal than the traditional TV set. – Julian Clover, Broadband TV News  
« Older Entries