I cover the business of media and entertainment for @WashingtonPost. West Coaster in DC. kangc@washpost.com

HBO chief: the channel’s new streaming service is a “millennial missile”

washingtonpost.com — For HBO chief executive Richard Plepler, the decision for his company to launch a streaming service was approached with the care of a politician mulling whether to launch a campaign. More than a year ago, the former Congressional aide saw the great rise of online video but needed to understand the risks to HBO's traditional business delivering its shows only to cable subscribers.

Comcast chief’s last-minute pleas to a former ally fell on deaf ears

washingtonpost.com — On Monday, the chief executive of Comcast made a Hail Mary call to Tom Wheeler, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Brian Roberts told the regulator that his intention to buy Time Warner Cable was for the good for the entire country because it would bring faster Internet speeds to millions.

Comcast to drop mega-merger with Time Warner Cable

washingtonpost.com — Comcast is planning to drop its $45 billion merger with Time Warner Cable, after Washington regulators raised concerns that the combined giant would hold too much sway over the rapidly evolving television and entertainment industries, according to news reports. The decision caps a spectacular collapse for one of the biggest deals ever to come before federal officials.

Cablevision actually wants you to cut the cord

washingtonpost.com — Here's the clearest sign yet of the decline of cable television: Cablevision is offering a new broadband Internet package aimed at getting users to cut the cable cord.

Fox, NBC join protest over Verizon’s slimmer bundle plan

washingtonpost.com — Consumers are increasingly shunning huge cable bundles, and so it's no wonder that Verizon decided to launch on Sunday new skinny packages tailored around specific genres such as sports and entertainment. The company is bidding to stay relevant as more streaming services pop up, offering consumers more reasons than ever to abandon cable.

ESPN says it won’t participate in Verizon’s slimmer bundles

washingtonpost.com — For sports fans, the new slimmer packages being offered by Verizon FiOS starting this weekend won't include one of the most popular networks in entertainment: ESPN. Disney-owned ESPN said in a statement late Friday that it hasn't agreed to license its ESPN or ESPN2 channels in Verizon's new "Custom TV" skinny bundles.

Verizon breaks up its bundle to give consumers more choice

washingtonpost.com — Verizon FiOs is moving closer to unraveling the cable bundle with new skinny packages of channels that can be designed based on a customer's interests, a significant departure from the traditional model of selling consumers hundreds of channels at once.

In cable, it’s survival of the fittest as channels drop from the bundle

washingtonpost.com — At the Weather Channel, the heavy snow and bitter cold that swept the Northeast this winter was cause for celebration as its wall-to-wall coverage helped lift ratings to their highest level in years. But none of that mattered in the spring, when Verizon Fios dropped the channel from its offerings to more than 5 million subscribers.

FTC to review complaint that YouTube Kids over-advertises to children

washingtonpost.com — The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday said it will review complaints by consumer groups that YouTube Kids is a hyper-commercial app with junk food and toy ads flooding the video service. Several consumer advocacy groups filed a complaint with the commission saying YouTube's free app that launched in February contains too many ads that young children can't distinguish from entertainment.

YouTube Kids runs ads that would be illegal on television, say consumer groups in a federal complaint

washingtonpost.com — For decades, advertising to children on television has been held to tougher rules than commercials for adults. Federal regulators have long been concerned that kids are more vulnerable to marketing and have a tougher time distinguishing between an ad and a show.
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