FCC Broadband Study Shows Which Companies Actually Come
Close To Meeting Advertised Download Speeds

FCC Broadband Study Shows Which Companies Actually Come Close To Meeting Advertised Download Speeds

Today, at — of all places — a Best Buy in Washington, DC, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced the results of the agency’s Measuring Broadband America study, which looked to put a more accurate number on what consumers should be expecting from their broadband providers. [More]

Comcast, Verizon, Others Hop On Board Anti-Piracy "Copyright Alert System"

Comcast, Verizon, Others Hop On Board Anti-Piracy "Copyright Alert System"

We know, because you’ve told us, that a number of you prefer to get your movies and premium TV via less-than-legal internet sources. We’re not going to judge you for that, but you may soon begin seeing notices from the new Copyright Alert System to let you know that they are aware of your dirty downloads and would you kindly stop. [More]

FCC To Reconsider Rules For Negotiations Between Broadcasters And Cable Companies

FCC To Reconsider Rules For Negotiations Between Broadcasters And Cable Companies

In recent years, the disputes between cable companies and broadcasters have gotten especially ugly as boardroom squabbles have spilled over onto the airwaves and online. And in the end, it’s always the subscribers who get hurt with blackouts and eventual price hikes. That’s why the FCC voted today to reinvestigate the rules and its role in these negotiations. [More]

NYC Parks To Get Free WiFi, At A Price

NYC Parks To Get Free WiFi, At A Price

New Yorkers are slated to get free wifi in 32 public parks next year, but it will come with a pricetag. Park users will get three 10 minute sessions per month, and after that pay 99 cents a day. The money goes to Time Warner and Cablevision, who agreed to provide the wifi as part of the city agreeing to renew their cable-tv franchises for 10 years. Public advocates promptly slammed the deal as the privatization of a public good. [More]

Cablevision & Fox Put Differences Aside, Work Together
To Screw Customers

Cablevision & Fox Put Differences Aside, Work Together To Screw Customers

Just in time for Game 3 of a World Series that very few people in its viewing audience care seriously about, Cablevision and Fox have ended their two-week standoff. Which means Cablevision customers will have Fox stations back on the air — and they’ll be paying more for them! [More]

Cablevision Customers File $450 Million Class-Action Suit
Over Fox Blackout

Cablevision Customers File $450 Million Class-Action Suit Over Fox Blackout

This is what happens when you take Glee away from people — they file an almost half-billion dollar lawsuit against you. Or at least that’s what some Cablevision customers in New York have done as the standoff between the cable company and Fox nears the end of its second week. [More]

Cablevision Gives Customers Free World Series Streams

Cablevision Gives Customers Free World Series Streams

Good news for aging New York Giants loyalists and Yankee fans who want to do a pre-purchase check-in on Cliff Lee: This evening, Cablevision emailed customers — who have lost all Fox programming, including the World Series, due to the ongoing battle between the two companies — and said they would reimburse them for Major League Baseball’s $9.95 Postseason.tv service. [More]

Fox Says No To Cablevision Offer

Fox Says No To Cablevision Offer

First it seemed there was no chance Cablevision and Fox would settle their differences today. And then Cablevision said it was okay to pay Fox a butt load of cash… but only for one year. And now, we learn Fox has rebuffed this last-minute attempt to end the stand-off in time for Game 1 of the World Series. [More]

Cablevision Offers 1-Year Deal To Fox To End Stand-Off

Cablevision Offers 1-Year Deal To Fox To End Stand-Off

We may have spoken too soon when we wrote that no resolution appeared to be on the horizon in the Fox/Cablevision water balloon war over carriage fees. [More]

No Resolution In Cablevision/Fox Fracas With Only Hours To
Go To World Series Start

No Resolution In Cablevision/Fox Fracas With Only Hours To Go To World Series Start

The World Series begins tonight on Fox, but it looks like 3 million Cablevision subscribers will have to resort to finding an antenna or watching elsewhere as the thumb-wrestling match between the cable provider and NewsCorp drags on without resolution. [More]

NFL Network Asks Cablevision: Hey, Where's Our Binding Arbitration?

NFL Network Asks Cablevision: Hey, Where's Our Binding Arbitration?

During its ongoing staring contest with NewsCorp over carriage fees, Cablevision has repeatedly asked the broadcaster to enter into binding arbitration. This apparently has the folks at the NFL Network wondering why Cablevision isn’t so eager to sit down at the arbitration table with them. [More]

Will Fox's Cablevision Blackout Be Resolved Before The World Series?

Will Fox's Cablevision Blackout Be Resolved Before The World Series?

We’re now in the middle of Day 7 of the Fox/Cablevision slap fight that has left millions of Cablevision subscribers from Connecticut to Pennsylvania without Fox stations. [More]

FCC Tweets Baseball Updates To Blacked Out Cablevision Customers

FCC Tweets Baseball Updates To Blacked Out Cablevision Customers

While some lawmakers are calling for the FCC to intervene in the Cablevision/Fox pissing match over carriage fees, the FCC made some attempt last night to keep blacked-out Phillies fans informed. [More]

Fox Blacked Out Hulu For Cablevision Subscribers

Fox Blacked Out Hulu For Cablevision Subscribers

A small skirmish in the pissing match between Fox and Cablevision could have major repercussions. [More]

NJ Senators Call For FCC To Intervene In Cablevision/Fox Squabble

NJ Senators Call For FCC To Intervene In Cablevision/Fox Squabble

As Cablevision subscribers in the NYC and Philadelphia area go without access to their local Fox affilliates because of the protracted carriage fee fracas between the cable company and the broadcaster, the two U.S. Senators from the oft-maligned state of New Jersey have jointly penned a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski asking for the Commission to intervene. [More]

Cablevision VP Blasts Fox Blackout As "Shameful"

Cablevision VP Blasts Fox Blackout As "Shameful"

Many people had predicted — or at least hoped — that the fee squabble that led to Fox’s Friday night decision to pull its local NYC and Philadelphia affiliates from Cablevision subscribers would have been sorted out in time for folks to enjoy Sunday afternoon football. Alas, that didn’t happen and hordes of Giants and Eagles fans were scrambling for antennas. [More]

Fox vs. Cablevision Pissing Match Ends In Baseball Blackout

Fox vs. Cablevision Pissing Match Ends In Baseball Blackout

Just in time for the NLCS and the World Series, the very public slap fight between NewsCorp and Cablevision hit an impasse on Friday night, with Cablevision subscribers in the New York City and Philadelphia metro areas no longer having access to their local Fox affiliates. [More]

Cable Companies Agree To Pay NY Customers For Late Service Calls

Cable Companies Agree To Pay NY Customers For Late Service Calls

In a joyous-for-customers agreement straight out of a Seinfeld episode, Cablevision and Time Warner Cable cut a deal with New York’s City Hall that requires the companies to give customers a free month of service if a technician arrives late to an appointment. [More]