One of the biggest beneficiaries of clashes between pay TV distributors and broadcasters may be Fierce, Isakowitz & Blalock, a Washington, D.C., lobbying firm hired by Time Warner Cable in 2009 to help it persuade members of Congress and the FCC to reform retransmission-consent rules which have helped CBS Corp., Fox and Comcast's NBC demand increased fees to carry their TV stations.
As FierceCable details in a special report today, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association has some of the highest-paid lobbyists in Washington, D.C., with its salaries totaling more than $26 million in 2011.
Time Warner Cable said Tuesday that its regional TWC SportsChannels will carry more than 300 high school football games this year, and that its Southern California system is beginning to let subscribers pick which game it will cover each Friday night.
With increases in the stock prices of Time Warner Cable and Cablevision making it more expensive for Charter Communications to acquire those major MSOs, the Liberty Media-backed company could attempt to grow by acquiring several smaller cable operators, Moffett Nathanson analyst Craig Moffett said Friday.
Comcast veteran Steve Heeb was named CEO of RDK Management, the joint venture Comcast and Time Warner Cable formed last month to license advanced set-top software to tech vendors and cable operators.
A 32-day blackout of CBS Corp. owned-and-operated stations and Showtime Networks not only prompted some subscribers to cancel Time Warner Cable subscriptions, but hurt efforts to sign new customers, COO Rob Marcus said Wednesday.
Broadcasters may not be able to use the threat of blackouts to squeeze increased retransmission-consent fees from pay TV providers, if Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) wins support for a bill released Monday.
Time Warner Cable confirmed Monday that it has restructured its business service division into five teams focused on sales, marketing, product, operations and NaviSite, the company's cloud and managed business services unit.
With the NFL failing to hit its goal of installing Wi-Fi access points in all stadiums by kickoff of the 2013-14 season, the league says it is searching for a telecom partner that can help it meet demand from fans who want to use smartphones and tablets while attending a game.
Time Warner Cable said Thursday that subscribers can now watch on-demand versions of "Mad Men," "Breaking Bad" and other programs from AMC on smartphones, tablets and other devices when they are outside of their homes.