DOJ Reportedly Investigating Cable Companies For Squashing Online Competition

DOJ Reportedly Investigating Cable Companies For Squashing Online Competition

The Justice Department is reportedly engaged in an anti-trust investigation into many areas where the cable TV industry might be acting inappropriately to try and quell competition from online video. Many consumers want to pick and choose what they watch, using services like Hulu and Netflix, whereas cable companies would like them to continue to pay for bundles of TV channels, even some they might not watch. [More]

Study: Cable Bills Could Reach $200/Month By 2020

Study: Cable Bills Could Reach $200/Month By 2020

Right now, the average monthly cable bill — not including any bundled phone or internet services — is around $86. But industry analysts say the non-stop slap fights between cable companies and content providers is only going to send that price soaring in the years to come. [More]

Court Rules That Pay TV's Nasty Habit Of Bundling Channels Is Legal

Court Rules That Pay TV's Nasty Habit Of Bundling Channels Is Legal

Pay TV companies make bundles by bundling channels together in subscription packages, forcing customers to pay inflated fees for packages that are stuffed with channels they don’t care about. The U.S. Court of Appeals could have done subscribers a solid by forcing cable and satellite companies to change their modus operandi, but it ruled that there’s nothing illegal about the exploitative practice, upholding a judgment in a lower court. [More]

Report: Pay TV Giants Won't Carry Netflix Service

Report: Pay TV Giants Won't Carry Netflix Service

After last week’s rather stomach-turning news broke that Netflix was trying to get in bed with cable companies rather than compete with them by offering its streaming service in the manner of a premium channel, now there’s a report that pay TV companies aren’t biting. [More]

Report: Netflix Wants To Piggyback On Cable Services

Report: Netflix Wants To Piggyback On Cable Services

If reported deals between Netflix and cable giants go through, the company’s streaming service will be offered as a bonus to cable packages. Netflix is said to be negotiating with several cable companies to add its service as a possible premium on-demand option. [More]

Cox Now Offering Bargain Cable Service For $35

Cox Now Offering Bargain Cable Service For $35

In an apparent effort to woo new customers who only want the most basic of cable service and retain some current subscribers who are thinking of cutting the cable cord, Cox Communications has become the latest cable provider to jump on the low-price bandwagon, rolling out its $35/month TV Economy offering. [More]

From FiOS, To Cablevision, To Hell, And Back Again

From FiOS, To Cablevision, To Hell, And Back Again

Oliver tried to two-time FiOS after he got burned on a bad install. But Cablevision didn’t treat him right either, reneging on its promise to pricematch his old bill. Now he’s back again trying to rekindle a relationship with FiOS but they’re still up to their old ways and not giving him the tender loving he deserves. [More]

Comcast Keeps Sending Same Guy Who Couldn't Fix Switch

Comcast Keeps Sending Same Guy Who Couldn't Fix Switch

If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, then you have to worry about the mental health of Comcast. They keep sending the same technician out to fix Brian’s switch, even though the tech doesn’t have the parts or competence to repair it. [More]

Hacker Admits To Splicing Porn Into Comcast's Super Bowl Broadcast

Hacker Admits To Splicing Porn Into Comcast's Super Bowl Broadcast

Back in February 2009, Comcast’s standard-def broadcast of the Steelers-Cardinals Super Bowl in the Tucson area shifted to porn for 37 seconds. The incident was a black eye for Comcast and caused the company to apologize by offering $10 rebates to offended customers. Now a man has admitted to hacking Comcast’s signal to cause the craziness. [More]

With Neighb's 'Net Down, Super Holds TWC Node Hostage. Ransom: Free Cable

With Neighb's 'Net Down, Super Holds TWC Node Hostage. Ransom: Free Cable

In the middle of reports of widespread Time Warner Cable outages in New York’s East Village late this week, one building supervisor has decided to hold a local cable node hostage. This node controls cable and internet not just for his building, but several others on the block. His price for access? Free cable. [More]

Verizon Internet To Share Your Location With Advertisers So You'll Get Ads "Of More Interest"

Verizon Internet To Share Your Location With Advertisers So You'll Get Ads "Of More Interest"

As a favor to you, Verizon internet says they’re going to start sharing your local geographical location to advertisers so you’ll get ads “of more interest.” For instance, “a pizza chain may want to deliver their ad to give a special offer to people living in a particular area.” Here’s how to opt out. [More]

Couple Sues Cox After Cable Guy Kills Their Son

Couple Sues Cox After Cable Guy Kills Their Son

An Arizona family is suing Cox cable company after one of the cable companies’ outsourced technicians executed their son in a botched break-in. That ex-contractor is now sitting on death row. [More]

Update: Comcast Sends You To Collections For Bill You Already Paid

Update: Comcast Sends You To Collections For Bill You Already Paid

Last week we brought you the story of Bruce, whom Comcast had sent to collections over a bill he should have never been charged in the first place. After his story went up, Comcast reached out through us to Bruce to give him sweet satisfaction. [More]

Comcast Sends You To Collections For Bill You Already Paid

Comcast Sends You To Collections For Bill You Already Paid

Bruce cut the cord with Comcast and returned all his gear. It looks like the right hand didn’t know what the left was doing, as Comcast has now sent him to collections for a bill that he already paid. [More]

Knocked $30 Off My Cable Bill Just By Asking

Knocked $30 Off My Cable Bill Just By Asking

I’ve been hearing how the ol’ “threaten to cancel to get your cable bill reduced” ploy is “dead” but I decided to give negotiating with the cable company a shot. I got my monthly bill reduced by $30, and, indirectly related to my conversation with them, somehow also got free HBO. Schweet. [More]

Cox Giving Service Credits For Irene, Comcast Not Really

Cox Giving Service Credits For Irene, Comcast Not Really

Cox Communications is giving out credits for users who lost cable service during Hurricane Irene. Here’s how to get it: [More]

Time Warner Cable Expands With Purchase Of Insight Communications

Time Warner Cable Expands With Purchase Of Insight Communications

Time Warner Cable, the nation’s second largest cable operator, will soon get a little bit larger, announcing today that it has acquired Midwestern television operator Insight Communications for $3 billion. [More]

Time Warner Calls Back With Sweet Deal After Man Cancels

Time Warner Calls Back With Sweet Deal After Man Cancels

Another reader has written in to say that after they canceled their Time Warner service, the cable company turned around and offered them much better rates if they would stay. In both this one and the one earlier this week, Time Warner Cable said that because of “special circumstances,” they were able to offer a sweet retention deal. In this case, $67/month for two years, down from $150. [More]