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andyross
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Media companies benefit from higher network fees

quote:
Media companies benefited from higher fees for cable television networks such as TBS, Comedy Central and CNBC in the first three months of the year.
»news.yahoo.com/media-companies-b···361.html


telcodad
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Yeah, and I guess Comcast owns (or has a major ownership in) a few of those:

Bravo
Chiller
Cloo
CNBC
Comcast SportsNet
E!
G4
Golf Channel
MSNBC
mun2
NBC
NBC Sports Network
Oxygen
ShopNBC
Style
Syfy
Telemundo
The Weather Channel
TRIO
Universal HD
USA Network

Did I miss any?

andyross
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G4 is changing to Esquire. It was supposed to be a week or so ago, but was pushed into the 3rd quarter.

SpHeRe31459
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said by andyross:

G4 is changing to Esquire. It was supposed to be a week or so ago, but was pushed into the 3rd quarter.

Oh that's what happened. I noticed for about a week the guide called it Esquire and then it went back to G4. Not that it matters much, it seems like it will pretty much be the same channel with random s*it that's oriented toward teenage to frat boy age males just with a new name.


telcodad
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reply to andyross
The interests of the cable companies are now diverging, as the larger companies with programming assets, such as Comcast and Time Warner, seem intent on preserving the current system of offering bundles of cable and broadcast TV channels to their customers and other MSOs, while smaller ones without programming subsidiaries, like Charter, would like more flexibility in offering channels a-la-carte to their subscribers.
See:

Economic interests of cable companies are diverging
By Bob Fernandez, Philadelphia Inquirer - May 26, 2013
»articles.philly.com/2013-05-26/b···industry


telcodad
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Well, Comcast just won their appeal on the Tennis Channel case:

Court Rules Comcast Did Not Discriminate Against Tennis Channel
Finds insufficient evidence to support FCC decision

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable - May 28, 2013
»www.broadcastingcable.com/articl···nnel.php

andyross
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Actually, a better reply would be on this thread:
»FCC to Comcast: carry Tennis Channel, and pay up!


telcodad
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said by andyross:

Actually, a better reply would be on this thread:
»FCC to Comcast: carry Tennis Channel, and pay up!

I tried to, but that thread was too old to reply to.


telcodad
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reply to SpHeRe31459
said by SpHeRe31459:

said by andyross:

G4 is changing to Esquire. It was supposed to be a week or so ago, but was pushed into the 3rd quarter.

Oh that's what happened. I noticed for about a week the guide called it Esquire and then it went back to G4. Not that it matters much, it seems like it will pretty much be the same channel with random s*it that's oriented toward teenage to frat boy age males just with a new name.

An AP article about that today:

G4 to relaunch as Esquire Network in September
The Associated Press via Yahoo News - May 29, 2013
»news.yahoo.com/g4-relaunch-esqui···364.html


telcodad
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GMC Changes its Name to UP

FYI - Another network/channel that's changing its name:

Television Is Looking UP
GMC TV Changes its Name to UP

PR Newswire - May 30, 2013
»www.prnewswire.com/news-releases···301.html

jagged

join:2003-07-01
Boynton Beach, FL
reply to andyross

Re: Media companies benefit from higher network fees

and that is why I rarely if ever pay full price for TV service. Almost every time I call Comcast to cancel all of the TV service they try and offer a discount.

In reality, we're paing twice for the TV channels - once via monthly fee coming out of TV bill, and again via commercials. I think half of CNN's revenues are from retransmission fees.

ABC Family is like $1 a month, Fox News is $0.75 a month. ESPN is almost $6 a month. Cannot wait for the day we can pick and choose the channels we want to watch