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Time Warner Cable Insists Al Jazeera Snub Not Political
Company Says They'll 'Keep Open Mind' About New Network
by Karl Bode 12:25PM Friday Jan 04 2013
Time Warner Cable took significant heat yesterday for dumping Current TV from their channel lineup this week after the channel was bought by Al Jazeera. Al Jazeera purchased the channel in order to launch a U.S. news network, but Time Warner Cable is denying that the move was political in nature. "We are keeping an open mind, and as the service develops, we will evaluate whether it makes sense, for our customers, to launch the network," Time Warner Cable said in a statement.


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CXM_Splicer
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Re: Open Mind

said by Rakeesh:

That particular channel was once LINK, World News, then Current, and now apparently Al Jazeera. It looks to me like this channel hasn't ever had much viewership, and is just kind of the turd that keeps getting kicked around. Why bother keeping it if that trend doesn't look to change any time soon? I mean ask yourself, how many people do you know that will actually regularly tune in to Al Jazeera?

Sorry but this argument makes very little sense... you are saying that since the channel keeps changing it's content it has no viewership so TW should change its content?

The change from Current to Al Jazeera IS a change of content, regardless of who does it. If TW dropping the channel were not politically motivated, they would simply go with the change and make a decision based on its ratings. The people arguing that the station gets no ratings are leaving out the fact that there is almost no one that carries it. How exactly can a channel have ratings when it is unavailable? There is no doubt the channel would have higher ratings than some of the crap TW is keeping.

The change is political. Your Illuminati comment not withstanding, American media is not willing to let alternate ideas into the American mainstream where they can help it. They want to preserve the status quo where they are in control of what the majority of Americans see and think about. It is very similar to the virtual blackout of 3rd party presidential candidates and I won't be a bit surprised if other outlets also drop them.


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Ah yes, when defeated with the facts, try some massive hyperbole?


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Re: Screw that

These "Arabic" countries have a lot of ethnicities. Kurds, Persians, Pashtun, and many others than just Arabic.

There's no reasoning with you. From your perspective, if somebody is brown that makes them hated by every 'Murican (as you put it.) YOU have no perspective. YOU are what's wrong with American politics.

You pretend to be aware of the matters in other countries, but its obvious in your comments that you don't know a damn thing. Now get back on your bong where you belong.


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Re: Open Mind

/facepalm

Ok, you win, I'm sure that TWC is involved in a global conspiracy to silence al jazeera. I'm sure that the illuminati and the new world order are ultimately behind it, and TWC is just one of their pawns.

Happy now?

Tune in later, maybe they'll do some more faked moonlanding shots, and the CEO is probably the marksman who was waiting in the grassy knoll.


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said by Rakeesh:

Well let's apply occham's razor for a second here. What's the more likely scenario:

1) TWC, which is practically run by Ted Turner (a very outspoken liberal who used to own Turner cable before it merged with TW) is in a conspiracy to censor free speech.

Time Warner, Inc. and Time Warner Cable are two entirely separate companies. Ted Turner has nothing to do with Time Warner Cable.

Glenn Britt is the CEO of Time Warner Cable and appears to be pretty clearly a Republican. Glenn Britt donated $2,000 each to the Republican Senatorial and Congressional Committees, as well as $2,500 to Mitch McConnell's 2014 re-election committee.

Examining Britt's donations reveals that he is an unprincipled slimeball willing to donate to Democrats as well to get what he wants but he sends the bulk of his money to Republicans.

Time Warner also uses Switched Digital Video meaning they essentially have unlimited capacity as far as digital cable goes. This is why they carry more HD channels than any other cable company in the nation.

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Oh please. Carrying a 480i SDTV channel accounts for basically zero bandwidth use on a digital cable system. Time Warner could drop a single analog channel off their system and free up space for a dozen digital SD channels.

Time Warner will carry crap like the "Gospel Music Channel" but they won't carry an important world news broadcaster.

Capacity is a lame excuse when we aren't even talking about a HD channel here.

I'm sure reclaiming that 7% of a single QAM256 channel and the 3 Mbps of bandwidth Current TV uses will free up enough capacity to compete with Google's 1 Gbps fiber product.


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Screw that

I have no problems with TW denying an anti-American pro-terrorist organization on its system. I wish more US firms were like that.
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How nice. This country is being run by a broken record repeating the same two words over and over. Cretin.