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Spectrum quietly tries a la carte TV streaming, but restrictions apply

The biggest problem with Spectrum TV Choice is that it’s not open to everyone. The Spectrum rep I spoke with said the company is currently offering it to around 100,000 “hand-picked” customers. When I asked whether my neighbors and friends could call to request the service, the rep said they could try, but made no guarantees that they’d be successful. – Jared Newman, TechHive http://ift.tt/2CcBeZ0

The FCC won’t let Charter/Time Warner put data caps on internet plans

If you’re a broadband subscriber at one of those companies, here’s what that means for you: Go ahead and stream all you want, all the time — your internet company can’t penalize you for bandwidth consumption. New rules from the Federal Communications Commission mean that Charter Communications “will not be permitted to charge usage-based prices or impose data caps” for at least seven years after the merger. – Peter Kafka, Re/code

Anti-Charter/TWC Form Complaints Flood FCC

The merger docket is by far the most active, with over 40,761 comments filed in the last 30 days (the special access proceeding is second at 3,688). […] There are countless such form complaints-and at a minimum many hundreds posted in the past couple of days–which stem from a nomoremergers.com Web site that allows web surfers to submit it to the FCC with a click of a mouse (and a name, address, e-mail and Zip Code). In fact, in a random check of 25 of the most recent comments (posted Feb. 18), all 25 were that same online petition. The site was showing a big spike in activity over the past two days. – John Eggerton, Multichannel News

Comcast and Charter may soon control 70% of 25Mbps Internet subscriptions

Market share measurements based on the 25Mbps standard could factor into the FCC’s ongoing review of Charter’s merger. Comcast’s attempt to buy TWC was prevented by the FCC over fears Comcast would use its greater size to harm online video services. But Charter argues that it isn’t a danger in this case, because Charter doesn’t impose data caps and promised not to charge online video services like Netflix for network interconnection deals that improve video quality. Charter said in November that it would serve 23 percent of the nation’s 25Mbps-and-up broadband subscribers if it can buy TWC and BHN. Comcast has about 47.6 percent based on our calculations, pushing the two companies’ total over 70 percent. The vast majority of Comcast subscribers have speeds of at least 25Mbps. – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica

After NY OKs merger, Time Warner Cable raises rates

Time Warner Cable is raising its Internet and TV rates for customers in New York state just a 10 days after getting approval from state regulators for its $55 billion merger with Charter Communications. [TWC]’s standard TV package will increase from $76.99 a month to $78.99 a month. […] There are also new prices for the company’s basic and standard Internet services, which will now be $49.99 a month and $59.99 a month, although it is unclear what the current prices are for those offerings. The cost of a Digital HD, DVR or HD DVR set top box and remote is rising from $6.98 a month to $8.50 a month. – Larry Rulison, Albany Times Union

TWC Moves to Take on Sling TV & It May Be a Good Deal for Some Cord Cutters…

It looks like TWC is going to join other cable networks, like Charter, and roll out their very basic package as a streaming service. […] So what do you get for $9.99? Although their site does not list every channel because it will depend on where you live, local channels like CBS, Fox, NBC, ABC, TBS, TWC News, and the CW Network seem to all be part of the $9.99 package of 20+ stations. – Cord Cutters News

HBO Isn’t Netflix. Which Is Why It Should Stay With Time Warner.

While HBO sort of looks like Netflix — HBO has about 95 million subscribers and probably generated $5.6 billion in revenue last year; Netflix has 70 million subs and probably did $6.8 billion — Wall Street loves Netflix because Netflix is growing very, very fast. And HBO isn’t[.] – Peter Kafka, Re/code

Time Warner May Invest In Hulu

Hulu is currently owned by a partnership of 21st Century Fox, Disney and NBCUniversal. Time Warner Cable has recently been publicly stating they were rethinking their video streaming policies, hinting at longer broadcast to streaming windows. With this latest news they may in fact be looking at becoming serious players in the streaming service field as well. – William B. West, Rokuki
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