TWC Facing Class Actions

from http://www.insidecounsel.com

Time Warner Cable Inc., which has engaged in retransmission consent disputes with both CBS Corp. and Journal Broadcast Group, now faces two class action lawsuits for breach of contract in Los Angeles and Milwaukee.

The suits allege that the blackout is a de facto breach of contract and demand compensation for loss of programming.   One suit demands a credit of one day’s service for each day of the blackout.  The suits may be legitimate as CBS has allowed continued broadcast during the negotiation process and TWC has unilaterally decided to stop the broadcast — in other words TWC has unilaterally decided to not provide services they advertise and promise.

If TWC loses any of these suits, aggregators will negotiate content contracts from a weaker position.  One possible outcome is that TWC offers to ‘carry’ CBS for a fee.  In this scenario, CBS sells content and pays TWC for delivery.  This, of course, opens the doors to a brave new world of a la carte programming and competition that will improve programming quality while driving down costs for consumers.  Right?

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Chromecast, Filmon Rescue CBS Fans

Unable to reach a contractual agreement by their Friday, 5 p.m. deadline, Time Warner Cable dropped the No. 1 primetime network in New York City, Los Angeles, Dallas and several other markets.

USA Today is reporting that a contract dispute has left TWC customers in eight markets without CBS programming.  This includes six of Nielsen’s top ten programs and, potentially, NFL Football.  The affected markets are… Continue reading

Chromecast, Aereo Rescue CBS Fans

Unable to reach a contractual agreement by their Friday, 5 p.m. deadline, Time Warner Cable dropped the No. 1 primetime network in New York City, Los Angeles, Dallas and several other markets.

USA Today is reporting that a contract dispute has left TWC customers in eight markets without CBS programming.  This includes six of Nielsen’s top ten programs and, potentially, NFL Football.  The affected markets are… Continue reading

Aereo: First Impressions

I have updated this post to add some Aereo channels.  Notably, Aereo has added Movies! which is an excellent 24×7 movie channel.  I noticed that the current version of Playon adds an Aereo channel.  I’ll be reactivating my Aereo account to test this.  The results will be documented here and this entry will be linked from a new post to ensure people see it.  Great summer for cable cutters in New England! 

I received my invitation to try Aereo on May 27, 2013.  By this time, Aereo had already changed their pricing plan.  Instead of getting two antennas for $80 per year, I would get one antenna for $8/month or two antennas for $12 per month.  That’s about an 80% increase in price!

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I DID NOT Subscribe to Dish Network Today

I cancelled the installation. When the work order arrived, it included only one receiver with HD plus SD out. It would cost another $7 for the second DVR. Not a big deal financially, but the transcript of the IM chat was clear — my local channels in HD on TWO TVs with DVRs on each. Not a big deal, but I wanted to get the facts up here.

I was putting together a review of Aereo and needed to price the competition.  After talking to Comcast ($184 + taxes and franchise fees) and DirecTV ($101 + taxes) I chatted with Dish Network.  Two DVRs and America’s Top 120 for $56.99/month ($36.99 for the first 12 months; no installation charges; HBO, Max, Sho, Starz, Blockbuster@Home for three months).  Looking at the AT120 lineup, I thought that was worth the asking price.

This is working for me right now.  There may come a day when I decide to invite Comcast, Verizon, DirecTV, Dish, or someone else into my home.  If I do, it’ll be because I find the service provided worth the fees charged.

That quote is from the Cutting The Cable page of this blog.  I wrote that four years ago.

We aren’t losing the antenna are we?

That’s what my wife asked when I told her we had subscribed to Dish.  This isn’t the end of OTA for us.  I’m just adding a box to two of my five televisions.  Dish offers channels that dovetail nicely with our OTA lineup.

By Len Mullen Posted in Boston

GetTV: Sony OTA Movie Channel

from TVNewsCheck.com

Sony Pictures Television is jumping into the subchannel business with the digital network GetTV, which will launch this fall on Univision stations in 24 markets, including in 17 of the top 20 DMAs. It will be available in 44% of U.S. TV homes. Sony is actively selling GetTV to other station groups.

The diginet will air old movies from Sony’s library of some 3,500 films, including Lawrence of Arabiaand The Bridge on the River Kwai.

“What Sony’s announcement really means — forget about classic movies — is that networks like Me-TV, This TV, Antenna TV and GetTV are destined to have original content,” Kokernak says. “They’re all going to go original eventually. It’s just a matter of when.” Continue reading

Fox Movies: OTAwesome!

This morning my DVR proudly presented a new station to me.  The screen was blank, but  pressing info and revealed this: WFXT DTV Movie Channel Coming Soon. Googling a bit, i found this

FOX Television Stations and Chicago-based Weigel Broadcasting have announced a deal to host a feature film network called Movies! on 17 of its local O&O stations beginning this spring.

Films will be edited mainly for inappropriate language or images, not run times, and be presented in the 16 x 9 format. The goal, Fox said, “is to create a new destination for movie fans that is fan friendly and available for free via over the air television, and in many cases via local cable carriage.”

The network will be available in the following markets: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Boston, Washington (DC), Atlanta, Houston, Detroit, Phoenix, Tampa, Minneapolis, Orlando, Austin, Memphis and Ocala (FL).  Most of these are Aereo expansion targets and Austin has Google Fiber.

According to Chicagoloand Radio and Media, Movies! Network will make its debut this coming Memorial Day (May 27th).

Aereo, at Last!

from Aereo Press Release

Boston, Mass. (April 23, 2013) –Aereo, Inc., today announced plans to launch its groundbreaking online television technology in the Boston metropolitan area. Beginning May 15, consumers who have pre-registered with Aereo will receive a special invitation to join and be one of the first to experience Aereo’s technology. After May 30, Aereo will make membership available to all eligible consumers across the Boston designated market area (DMA), which includes more than 4.5 million consumers in 16 counties in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont.

Boston has some of the highest cable rates in the country.  In less than a month, people from Cape Cod to Southern New Hampshire will have an inexpensive alternative.  For $80 a year plus the cost of a Roku,  cord cutters will receive 28 over-the-air broadcast channels live.  Aereo also includes a DVR function.  Interested?  Preregister here.

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