Basic Cable Clarification & Details

Digital Media Law

In yesterday’s post regarding the schedule for this cycle’s negotiations, I said that SAG and AFTRA would be jointly negotiating basic cable starting on November 7. The actual language in the release was: The Basic Cable Live Action, Basic Cable Animation and TV Animation contracts negotiations with producers are tentatively scheduled to begin November 7, 2010. 7 for basic cable discussions. SAG has a single basic cable agreement.

Cable TV Subscribers Win Landmark Antitrust Verdict

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A jury decides to punish Cox Communications for tying premium cable services with the rental of expensive boxes. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

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Calling Time Warner Cable

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Time Warner Cable's automated dialing system robocalled Araceli King's cellphone 153 times in less than 12 months in an effort to collect overdue payments from someone else who actually owed the money and had had Ms.

How Cable News Covered the 2016 Campaign

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Early reaction to the ways in which cable news covered the 2016 campaigns, and what happens now. From the Hollywood Reporter

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Radio Announcer Sues L.A. Lakers, Time Warner Cable for $1 Million

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A Spanish-language play-by-play announcer is suing both the NBA team and the cable network for discrimination and harassment. Los Angeles Lakers Time Warner Cable Business

Charter Cable and the Purchase of Time Warner Cable

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Marvin Ammori discusses the proposed Charter Cable purchase of TWC, here, for Wired. He says in part: We need to ensure that Charter will not lose its way after taking over Time Warner and becoming four times larger. That’s where

Los Angeles, Time Warner Cable Going to Court Over Franchise Fees (Again)

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The city says the cable giant is making billions but not paying its fair share. Television Time Warner Cable Business read more. The Business THR Online THR, Esq.

Cable Mergers In the EU

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From the New York Times: Mark Scott compares the treatment of cable mergers in the US and the EU here

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Time Warner Cable Sued for Allegedly Stealing CBS, NBC Signals

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After TWC came to an impasse over the right to transmit CBS/NBC stations in five cities, the cable giant replaced them with other non-local CBS/NBC stations. Television Television Business CBS NBC Time Warner Cable

Time Warner Cable Gets Appellate Victory in Antitrust Case

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The industry has been on the defensive about the expensive set-top boxes that customers rent in order to receive cable television services. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

Viacom, Time Warner Cable iPad Dispute Heats Up

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Eriq Gardner As a result of impasse, TWC may pull Comedy Central, MTV and more Viacom channels from its cable dial. The Business Television Tech Business Time Warner Cable Viacom

Fox News Resolves Legal Dispute Over Charter/Time Warner Cable Merger

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The cable news network appears to have settled claims of being defrauded. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

Court of Appeals Rules that Over-the-Top Video Service is Not a Cable System Entitled to Statutory License to Retransmit TV Station Programming

Broadcast Law Blog

In a decision released this week , the 9 th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a District Court decision (about which we wrote here ) that had found that a video service provided by Aereokiller was a “cable system” as defined by Section 111 of the Copyright Act. The issue in the case is whether the broad definition of a cable system included in Section 111 would include an over-the-top system such as that offered by Aereokiller.

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Comcast Looks to Block Sports Fans Suing Over High Cable TV Costs

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Television NHL CBS NFL Comcast Time Warner Cable Business Why the hardly-ever-read fine print of a subscriber agreement could matter more than ever. read more. The Business Sports DirecTV THR, Esq.

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FCC Chair Wants To Open Up Cable Box Market

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FCC Chair Tom Wheeler wants to unleash consumers from their cable boxes. In this piece for Re/Code, he writes in part that the cost of paying for a set-up box adds significantly to the cost of cable subscriptions and he

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Time Warner Cable Hit With Class Action Lawsuit Over CBS Blackout

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Television Time Warner Cable Live Feed Southern California residents demand to be reimbursed for channels blacked out during the fee fight. read more. THR, Esq.

Judge Overturns $6.3 Million Jury Verdict in Cable TV Antitrust Case

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Cox Communications beats a lawsuit accusing it of tying premium cable services with the rental of expensive boxes. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

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Time Warner Cable Customers Press Lawsuit Over Missing Linsanity

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Eriq Gardner Class action against cable distributor demands the reimbursement of more than $5 million in cable fees. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television Business

Is the FCC's "Unlock the Box" Plan for Cable TV in Trouble?

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A swing vote at the regulatory agency talks about "real flaws" in the original plan and hints at support for an emerging alternative proposal from the cable industry.

Another Loss for FilmOnX in its Quest to Be Recognized as a Cable System Entitled to Rely on Statutory License to Retransmit TV Signals

Broadcast Law Blog

FilmOnX, that Aereo copycat service that seeks to deliver the signals of over-the-air television stations to consumers’ computers for a fee, has lost another round in its attempt to be recognized as a cable system. In reaching its decision, the Illinois court looked at the definition of a cable system in the Copyright Act.

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Is It Time to Say Goodbye to the TV Cable Box That Costs $231 a Year to Rent?

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As the FCC issues a proposal that could shake up television, a new coalition comprised of Hollywood studios and cable and satellite operators promises a fight.

Charter Communications Proposes Purchase of TIme Warner Cable

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Michael de la Merced discusses and analyzes Charter Communications' takeover of Time Warner Cable for the New York Times here. Earlier this year, Comcast abandoned its bid to purchase TWC in the face of opposition from federal regulators. Comcast's offer

Appeals Court Rejects Challenge to Cable Channel Bundling

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Eriq Gardner Less choice and higher cable fees isn't enough to allege injury under antitrust law, according to latest appellate decision. The Business Television Business NBCUniversal NBCUniversal Cableread more. THR, Esq.

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Where's the Cable Person?

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Barring any last minute problems, New York City residents will soon have the satisfaction of knowing that they are guaranteed a full month's credit on their cable bills if the cable guy (or woman) doesn't show up on time.

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Copyright Office Filing System to be Down This Weekend – Warning About the Deadline for Filing Royalty Claims by TV Stations for Copyrighted Programming Used By Cable and Satellite TV

Broadcast Law Blog

This includes the portal for filing cable and satellite royalty claims , which will be unavailable 5 p.m. Claims by broadcast TV stations and others for royalties for the carriage by satellite TV and cable systems of programming to which they own the copyright are due on August 1 (technically the claims are due by the end of July but, as July 31 is Sunday, that deadline defaults, according to the CRB site here , to August 1).

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Comcast, Time Warner Cable Sued Over Ex-Customer Records

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Plaintiffs say that big cable companies have no reason to hold onto credit card info and warn of risks. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business

Judge Won't Stop Time Warner Cable from Retransmitting 'Distant' CBS, NBC Signals

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Television CBS Time Warner Cable BusinessNexstar Broadcasting fails to convince a judge that its carriage agreement with TWC limits its local stations to local markets only. read more. The Business NBC THR, Esq.

CRTC Moving To Lower Cable Costs For Canadians

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As part of its revamping of Canadian telecommunications and broadcasting, the CRTC will tell the country''s cable industry that it must offer subscribers a $25 monthly option that would include local channels as well as some channels such as the

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Rating Cable News

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Selbst has published The Journalism Ratings Board: An Incentive-Based Approach to Cable News Accountability at 44 University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform 467 (2011). Andrew D. Here is the abstract. The American establishment media is in crisis. With newsmakers

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Time Warner Cable Service Down Nationwide In Early Morning Hours

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Time Warner Cable says service to customers is well on the way to being restored after a large outage early this morning. The company said the outage affected markets nationwide. TWC, which is in the process of being acquired by

Senate SubCommittee Report Reveals Some Cable and Satellite Companies Have Overcharged Customers

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The Subcommittee on Investigations of the United States Senate Permanment Subcomittee on Investigations Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs has issued a report on the activities of some cable and satellite companies indicating that they have overcharged their customers

The Cable Wars

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For Newsweek, Daniel Gross takes a look at the current cable "turf wars," and how they leave consumers on the sidelines

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FOX Near-Blackout Calls Attention to Cable Regulation

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Last week, Fox Broadcasting Company threatened to drop its signal from Time Warner Cable and Bright House on the eve of some of the nation’s most anticipated college bowl games. The ban would have also affected Fox’s cable channels, such as the Food Network.

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Competition in Cable

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From the New York Times today, an editorial on what the thirty percent cap means, and why cable competition is important

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Universal Cable Productions Goes to War With Insurer Over Refusal to See Hamas as Terrorist Group

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Atlantic Specialty Insurance Company won't pay a $6.9 million claim for USA Network's "Dig" because it sees Hamas rocket attacks as war, not terrorism. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

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Time Warner Cable resisting new antipiracy campaign

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By Eriq Gardner Time Warner Cable says that recent lawsuits targeting tens of thousands of individual movie pirates are excessively burdensome and expensive, so it wants a court to intervene. In March, we first broke news that the U.S. Copyright.

Comment Dates Set on FCC Proposal to Extend Online Public File Obligations to Radio, Cable, and Satellite

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC has finally had published in the Federal Register its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing to extend the online public file obligations to radio, satellite radio, cable operators and satellite TV providers. AM Radio Cable Carriage FM Radio Political Broadcasting Public Interest Obligations/Localism online political file online public inspection file

Los Angeles County Sues Time Warner Cable for Not Paying Bill

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Nearly $700,000 at stake, plus the law that allows California to issue cable franchises. read more. The Business THR, Esq. Television Business

Los Angeles County Sues Time Warner Cable for Not Paying Bill

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Nearly $700,000 at stake, plus the law that allows California to issue cable franchises. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business

William Baer and the Cable Merger

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From the New York Times: Why the Justice Department''s William Baer won''t be part of DOJ''s review of the Comcast/Time Warner merger