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Time Warner Cable Drops Current TV
Politically or Financially Motivated?
by Karl Bode 10:23AM Thursday Jan 03 2013 Tipped by ARGONAUT See Profile
On the heels of dropping Ovation, Time Warner Cable has now dropped Current TV from the company's channel lineup. The cable operator, alongside other pay TV operators like Verizon, has stated that since broadcasters are being so aggressive in retransmission licensing and ESPN programming costs keep soaring -- cable outfits will be dropping poorer performing networks.

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Some however have argued that the move was fueled by politics, since the Al Gore-founded Current TV (already airing more progressive, less corporation-friendly fare) was just purchased by Al Jazeera, with plans to create a new U.S. news channel:
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Joel Hyatt, who co-founded Current TV with former Vice President Al Gore, told staff in a Wednesday night memo that Time Warner Cable "did not consent to the sale to Al Jazeera." "Consequently, Current will no longer be carried on TWC," Hyatt wrote. "This is unfortunate, but I am confident that Al Jazeera America will earn significant additional carriage in the months and years ahead."
If the decision to block Al Jazeera was financial, you'll likely see a deal struck later this year after Time Warner Cable has time to crunch the numbers.


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Rick4769

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reply to PamelaTS

Current TV bye you won't be missed

Current was a useless network that nobody watched and Gore and Hyatt knew that. They took the money from the Arabs and ran with it.


Automate

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reply to 88615298

Re: Definitely political.

Yes, and because of my 1st amendment right I can post on this board why I don't watch it. A right by the way, they don't have in Qatar.


Automate

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reply to Crookshanks

Al Jazeera ... is a broadcaster owned by the state of Qatar
»en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Jazeera
Government sponsored news organizations. That's what we need more of. NOT


hgraul

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Current?

I'm an old school liberal/progressive (union guy, civil rights and equality, all the usual stuff) and I had never heard of "Current". As to its being sold to Al Jazerra, you've got to be kidding. This would be even more of a niche thing than half of the cable channels up there around 200 or so. I know that I would more likely watch Fox News than A-J tripe, and I would more likely bleach my eyes than watch Fox. I doubt either one will be missed.



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reply to wdoa

Re: Definitely political.

said by wdoa:

"Propaganda Mouthpiece", "offended by some of their editorial decisions"? Sounds like Fox News to me.

But FoxNews is wanted and watched by tens of millions.
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A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the public treasury.


FFH
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reply to Crookshanks

said by Crookshanks:

If it's readily available via streaming why should TWC waste bandwidth on their cable plant for a niche channel that will hurt them in the PR department? Many Americans regard Al Jazeera as a propaganda mouthpiece, and even those who don't have been grossly offended by some of their editorial decisions. What's the upside for TWC to carry this channel?

No reason to carry a propaganda channel offensive to most Americans.
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DaveDude
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what channel ?

I watched current tv maybe once. It was the most grossly against thought and reason channel i had seen, since msnbc. Remove it, i dont think anyone would notice,


MURICA

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Definitely political.

Al Jazeera allows cable providers to carry Al Jazeera English FREE OF CHARGE and Time Warner Cable has always refused to carry it. It is available for streaming online and it is free to air for all North Americans on the Galaxy 19 satellite at 97 degrees West.

I'm sure they would have offered Al Jazeera America free too. This is a company that does not care about making money from retransmission fees.

There is a blatant conspiracy here to keep alternative viewpoints out of the mainstream. The corporate overlords do not want Americans to start paying attention to what's going on beyond their borders. Anything that is outside of the "big three" mainstream America-focused CNN, MSNBC and Fox News either doesn't get carried, or if it does, gets buried away in the thousands and stuck on an expensive "international tier" even when the network offers carriage of their signal free of charge.

This is the fastest I have ever seen Time Warner get something done. They had the network dropped nationwide immediately yesterday. It would be nice if they could show such prompt and unified behavior to do something their customers actually want them to do.