605 Extends, Expands Data Licensing Deal With Charter

605, a television and cross-platform measurement, analytics and attribution company, and Charter Communications have reached an agreement to extend their existing viewership data licensing agreement into 2031. The agreement also includes a commitment by Charter to purchase a wider portfolio of specific 605 products and services on an annual basis. “We’re greatly looking forward to […]

Charter Building A Comcast Flex-Like Streaming Device

Spectrum Networks Launches Local News App

Charter’s Spectrum Networks has launched the Spectrum News App, offering video- and text-based stories and live linear video feeds from its more than 30 TV news networks. The mobile-first service, free for all of Charter Spectrum’s 28 million residential internet, TV and mobile customers, is intended as a value-add to help maintain and grow Spectrum’s broadband and video customer base.

AMC Nets, MSOs Partner On Targeted Advertising

Cable networks and streaming company AMC Networks has partnered with the On Addressability initiative, which cable giants Comcast, Charter and Cox launched last summer, to pilot targeted advertising solutions on its linear TV and VOD services.

NCC Media Changes Name To Ampersand

Charter Hoped To Buy Sprint/T-Mobile Assets

The cable operator submitted a proposal to the Justice Department to buy certain assets being spun off by the merger of the two wireless companies, but never heard back from the agency, three sources familiar with the matter said. Instead, Justice opted for a plan to sell the assets to Dish. Justice is expected to greenlight the merger.

Spectrum Lands ‘Mad About You’ Revival

Charter Settles Netflix Throttling Suit For $174M

Charter Communications has agreed to refund $62.5 million to 700,000 customers and provide streaming services and premium channels at no charge to 2.2 million active Spectrum customers to settle a consumer fraud lawsuit. On Tuesday, the office of the New York Attorney General announced the deal collectively valued at $174 million, which it says represents the largest-ever payout to consumers by an Internet service provider in U.S. history.

Comcast, Charter Struggling To Sell Mets Stakes

Cable Giants Launch Joint Advertising Unit

Three of the country’s largest cable providers, Comcast, Charter and Cox, are launching a shared advanced advertising unit that will design, deploy and sell ads across their national footprint. The new unit will be part of NCC Media, the advertising and sales company jointly owned by the cable firms.

Comcast, Charter And Dish Mum On Scientology Network Carriage

Charter And Viacom Set New Carriage Deal

Spectrum cable TV subscribers won’t have to give up their MTV anytime soon, as Charter Communications and Viacom have seemingly avoided a carriage dispute that could have knocked several networks off the service while the companies hashed out their differences in the court of public opinion. “Viacom and Charter have reached an agreement in principle,” the two said Tuesday in a joint statement. “Spectrum subscribers will continue to have access to Viacom’s networks, without disruption, while we finalize terms.”

Viacom And Charter Extend Carriage Talks

Viacom and Charter Communications have agreed to a “short-term” extension of their carriage negotiations and will continue trying to reach a solution that will enable some 16.6 million customers to keep watching MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and many other networks.

Comcast, Charter Join Net Neutrality Day

With the backing of big tech companies, proponents of the FCC’s Title II net neutrality rules today organized an online protest against any attempt to water down the rules. The cable companies used the occasion to argue for a more flexible net neutrality regime. “As we have consistently pointed out, Title II legislation and net neutrality are not the same thing,” says Comcast SVP David Cohen in a blog. “We support permanent, strong, legally enforceable net neutrality rules.”

Charter To Drop NBCU’s Chiller, Esquire Channels

The Top 5 Execs Leading Cable Into Wireless

While Comcast and Charter Communications are currently doing plenty of work, both engineering and otherwise, on upcoming wireless products based on MVNO relationships with Verizon, the cable industry isn’t talking much about who specifically is leading it into the wireless business. Here are profiles of five key executives on the front lines of assembling the cable industry’s wireless businesses.

DMA 2: LOS ANGELES

KTLA To Air Vin Scully’s Final Dodgers Games

As Vin Scully’s time in the booth winds down, Charter Communications has set a deal with Tribune’s KTLA Los Angeles to simulcast six Los Angeles Dodgers games, briefly lifting the TV blackout for local fans who don’t have access to the team’s SportsNet LA channel.

Showtime Sues Charter Over Licensing Fees

Showtime has filed suit against Charter, alleging the MSO is misusing licensing agreements following its acquisitions of TWC and Bright House. Showtime is now the third network to sue Charter, following similar claims from Univision and Fox News.

Fox News Sues Charter For Breach Of Contract

TW Name Will Vanish As Charter Closes Deal

The $67 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks make Charter the second-largest home Internet provider and third-largest video provider in the U.S. Charter says its Spectrum brand will replace the Time Warner Cable and Bright House brands over the next 18 months or so.

Charter Set To Close On TWC Acquisition

Charter Communications expects to finally close its acquisitions of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks “within a few days” of the California Public Utilities Commission’s May 12 approval vote of the deals. The combined company will be named simply “Charter.”

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Differences Between Online Cable Bundles

Traditional cable providers are launching TV packages that don’t require cable boxes — good for you because you save on monthly equipment fees and don’t need a technician to come install it for you. Here’s a breakdown of what’s good and what’s not:

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New Ways To Get Cable Without An Ugly Box

Dish’s Sling TV and Sony’s PlayStation Vue paved the way with innovative online services nearly a year ago. Last fall, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and its buyer-in-waiting, Charter Communications, followed suit with their own online bundles. These now represent the latest gambit from the quasi-monopolistic cable industry, which continues to shed TV customers as more people watch online video from a variety of new outlets.

Comcast, Charter May Participate In Auction

Top executives from Comcast and Charter Communications said this week their companies are considering participating in next year’s incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum. However, Time Warner Cable will not take part in the bidding. But TWC did hint that it could be open to launching a wireless service if its competitors do.

TWC Shareholders Approve Deal With Charter

Tom Rutledge Tapped To Head Charter

Cable operator Charter said Monday that it has hired former Cablevision executive Tom Rutledge as president-CEO following last week’s announcement that he would be leaving Cablevision as COO.

FCC Push To Expand Net Access Gains Help

The FCC is hoping to close the digital divide by developing cheap high-speed Internet access for low-income households. Today, the commission will announce commitments from most of the big cable companies in the United States to supply access for $9.99 a month to a subset of low-income households. The low introductory price is meant to appeal to new customers who have not had broadband in the past.

Charter Considers Lower-Cost TV Package

In little-noticed comments, the top executive at Charter Communications said the cable operator is looking at offering a lower-cost package to win back customers who may have dropped service because of financial straits.