The cable industry is in new Orleans for its annual convention and spirits are bright because cable operators believe the transition to digital television will benefit them. Though most cable operators already offer digital video to their customers, the government-mandated transition offers a chance to win new first-time or lapsed pay-TV subscribers.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit rejected Comcast's challenge of the Federal Communications Commission's decision not to grant it a waiver of its rule requiring the unbundling of security and surfing functions of its set-top boxes.
Submitted: May 18, 2008 - 11:36am
Last updated: September 24, 2008 - 2:05pm
The Nielsen Company reported that product placements for the first quarter of 2008 rose 6% on primetime programming for the 11 measured networks on broadcast. Broadcast television placements rose 39%, while cable television was essentially flat at -1%.
With a preponderance of sales managers becoming TV station general managers, the pressure to squeeze more money out of understaffed stations and the flood of veterans leaving the industry -- leaving younger executives with less grounding in ethics.
Pappas Telecasting chairman Harry Pappas said Thursday that three of the lenders in the Fortress loan group that financed some of the company's station purchases filed involuntary bankruptcy petitions (Chapter 7) against him and his wife, Stella.
In a world of almost unlimited viewing options, the broadcast networks need to reestablish themselves as the premier showcase of programming with the best viewer experience. Fox's "Remote-free TV" experiment is a good first step.
Krasnow, a former National Association of Broadcasters lawyer, argues that the public does not own the airwaves. The spectrum is there, whether it is used or not. Only when it is enhanced by broadcasters filling the airwaves with information and entertainment does it have any value at all to the public.
The Federal Communications Commission is conducting testing to determine whether and how to allow spectrum-sensing unlicensed devices to operate in the digital-TV-spectrum band being used by broadcasters. If a device cannot tell when a broadcaster is already using the channel, it could mistakenly start transmitting on the channel and create interference to those beautiful new DTV signals broadcasters' future depends on.
Leaders from both side of the aisle of the House Telecommunications and Internet Subcommittee have written Charter Communications expressing their "serious concern" about reports that the company plans to track Web-site visits by its Internet customers and share that information with an ad firm, asking it to hold off on those plans for now.
In the next five years the telecom market will change so dramatically and rapidly that government intervention and market engineering will be inevitable in some countries, according to Gartner. At the center of this is the global trend toward telecom "structural separation," which Gartner defines as the deconstruction or breaking apart of a telecom carrier's vertically integrated business model into a more horizontally structured model.
Federal regulators may be probing Comcast's throttling of BitTorrent filesharing traffic, but can they actually take action, if they choose, against the company or any other broadband provider on Net neutrality grounds? The answer may not be simple.
The Federal Communications Commission just improved a lot of people's weekend. The FCC decided to change the deadline for Reply Comments three Notices of Proposed Rulemaking, seeking comment regarding the high-cost universal service support program.
Time may be running out for the CW network. Two years after CBS Corp. and Time Warner Inc. combined their second-tier networks UPN and WB into the youth-oriented CW to pool young viewers prized by advertisers, the network's hopes of surviving are looking increasingly bleak.
Carl Icahn's audacious bid to overthrow Yahoo's board could bring Microsoft back to the bargaining table and revive the tech megamerger. On Thursday, the billionaire investor instigated a plan to expel Yahoo's board of directors for "irresponsible" and "unconscionable" acts that prompted Microsoft to drop a $47.5 billion bid to buy Yahoo.
The Federal Communications Commission has approved the sale of bankrupt WTVE Philadelphia to WRNN-TV Associates for $13.5 million. WRNN-TV currently operates WRNN New York, an independent TV station serving the Hudson Valley north of Manhattan.
Submitted: May 15, 2008 - 10:21pm
Last updated: May 18, 2008 - 9:54am
On Thursday night, the US Senate voted, without debate, to invalidate the Federal Communications Commission's Dec. 18 decision to loosen the newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership rule. The measure passed on a voice vote.
Submitted: May 15, 2008 - 5:45pm
Last updated: May 15, 2008 - 5:49pm
Congress is considering a resolution expressing formal disapproval of the Federal Communications Commission's new media ownership rule. Rolling back the FCC's heavy-handed rule change is good for journalism, which is threatened by the moves of big-media companies to consolidate newsrooms.
Cox Communications appears to be impeding peer-to-peer file-sharing traffic in the same way Comcast has, according to a study released Thursday by a German research group. Germany’s Max Planck Institute, a science and technology research organization, analyzed a test of 8,175 Internet volunteers around the world and found that both Comcast and Cox are blocking peer-to-peer traffic over their networks during all hours of the day.