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Diverging Fortunes for Comcast and AT&T Deals

wsj.com — Two big media deals were announced in the first half of 2014. Only one is likely to survive. While Comcast Corp. is on the brink of dropping its $45.2 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable Inc. under pressure from regulators, AT&T Inc.'s $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV is moving through the pipeline.

Busted Deal a Black Eye for Comcast’s Roberts

wsj.com — Brian Roberts' first instinct was right. When Time Warner Cable Inc. was the target of a hostile takeover by Charter Communications Inc., the company reached out to Comcast Corp. in search of a savior. Mr. Roberts, the chief executive of Comcast, resisted the Time Warner Cable overtures several times as well as approaches from Charter,...

Cablevision Offers Packages Aimed at Cord-Cutters

wsj.com — Cablevision Systems Corp. is pitching new packages aimed at cord-cutters that combine broadband service with a free digital antenna to pick up local television signals. The move by the New York cable operator is meant to appeal to consumers who are tired of rising pay-TV bills and are dropping those connections.

Cablevision offers packages aimed at cord-cutters

marketwatch.com — Cablevision Systems Corp. is pitching new packages aimed at cord-cutters that combine broadband service with a free digital antenna to pick up local television signals. The move by the New York cable operator is meant to appeal to consumers who are tired of rising pay-TV bills and are dropping those connections.

FCC staff recommends hearing on Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger

marketwatch.com — The Federal Communications Commission's staff threw up a significant roadblock Wednesday to Comcast Corp.'s proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable Inc., recommending a procedural move that could potentially sink one of the media industry's biggest mergers in years.

FCC staff advises hearing on Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger

marketwatch.com — Federal Communications Commission staff recommended that the regulatory agency designate Comcast Corp.'s proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable Inc. for a hearing, according to people familiar with the matter, a significant setback for the companies' merger plans. The staff reached a conclusion that the best option for the FCC is to issue a "hearing designation order."

FCC Staff Recommends Hearing on Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger

wsj.com — Federal Communications Commission staff recommended that the regulatory agency designate Comcast Corp.'s proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable Inc. for a hearing, according to people familiar with the matter, a significant setback for the companies' merger plans. The staff reached a conclusion that the best option for the FCC is to issue a "hearing designation order."

Comcast Role in Aborted Hulu Sale Raises Questions for Regulators

wsj.com — At the 2013 Allen & Co. conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, executives from Walt Disney Co., 21st Century Fox and Comcast Corp. met to discuss the future of Hulu, the online video service the media companies co-own that was up for sale. Comcast's role in the company was restricted.

Media giants balk at new Verizon TV bundles

marketwatch.com — Verizon's new TV offering is running into a bundle of trouble. On Tuesday, NBCUniversal and Fox joined ESPN in saying Verizon's slimmer, cheaper packages of pay-television channels violated the terms of their agreements, calling into question the future of an early attempt to break up the usual massive bundle of channels into more targeted tiers.

Verizon Faces More Challenges Over Slim New Pay TV Bundles -- 2nd Update

nasdaq.com — By Thomas Gryta And Joe Flint Verizon's new TV offering is running into a bundle of trouble. On Tuesday, NBCUniversal and Fox joined ESPN in saying Verizon's slimmer, cheaper packages of pay-television channels violated the terms of their agreements, calling into question the future of an early attempt to break up the usual massive bundle of channels into more targeted tiers.
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Apr 27, 2015

Man. Couldn't even get Alicia and Kalinda to do one final scene. Tense. Tense. Tense.

Apr 27, 2015

So has "Hot Pursuit" been sitting on a shelf or did someone really sell Reese Witherspoon that this was what should follow "Wild?"

Apr 26, 2015

@NerdtasticNews How about instead they made Sunday half-price or free admission to military personnel or gave away some beer and hot dogs?

Apr 26, 2015

@NerdtasticNews No disrespect to our men and women in uniform but those are some hideous jerseys.

Apr 26, 2015

Sorry if I'm late on this, but what the heck is with the Padres' jerseys?

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