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Charter Is Acting Like a Spoiled Brat to Get TWC Merger Passed

How does Charter convince us that buying Time Warner Cable is good for people like you and me? Infuriatingly. One of the consumer benefits of the merger, according to Charter, is that they’ll actually obey the FCC’s net neutrality rules if it passes. How gracious! Were they planning to disobey if they don’t get their… » 6/26/15 7:00pm 6/26/15 7:00pm

Dear Valued Asshole: Do You Have a Cable Bill Insult Story?

Recently, we've been hearing about a slew of cable customers ending up with less than flattering names at the top of their cable bills. And since this is apparently something that happens quite a bit—we want more. If you've ever changed a customer's name, or known someone who has changed a customer's name, or if… » 2/05/15 12:47pm 2/05/15 12:47pm

FCC Incest: Meet the Cable Cronies Who Control Net Neutrality's Future

The fate of net neutrality has never looked bleaker, with the FCC's proposed rules basically dismantling the free and open internet that we know today. You can thank the agency's notorious revolving door for that; for years, FCC officials and the people they're supposed to be regulating have been playing a horrible… » 5/22/14 2:02pm 5/22/14 2:02pm

Netflix Is Trying To Make Partnership Deals With Cable Providers

According to The Wall Street Journal, Netflix is trying to initiate negotiations with cable companies like Comcast and Suddenlink Communications to integrate a streaming app in their set-top cable boxes. It will be interesting to see how this plays out given that cable companies have been worried for years about… » 10/13/13 8:49pm 10/13/13 8:49pm

Time Warner Cable Just Removed CBS and Showtime (Updated: Maybe No?)

It seems like cable companies are always having trouble striking deals with TV networks but this giant fail is especially ridiculous: Time Warner Cable has removed CBS from its channel lineup in major cities like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Dallas, etc. and Showtime from its nationwide cable service.… » 7/30/13 12:27am 7/30/13 12:27am

Stop Censoring the Names of Alfred Hitchcock, Charles Dickens and Other…

A cable company in the UK had a bit of a snafu with a super strict censoring system in its TV guide over the weekend. They were asterisking Alfred Hitchcock, Charles Dickens, the soccer team Arsenal, the movie Hancock and any other name or title that had a penis or butt related word in it. » 12/19/11 9:20pm 12/19/11 9:20pm

Are People "Cutting the Cord" Just People Who Can't Afford Cable?

193,000 people quit their paid television plans last quarter. Sounds like a lot, and it is! But as any horse-breeder will tell you (I would guess?): it's about quality, not quantity. And the people leaving cable behind, GigaOm reports, aren't the ones the cable companies care about. While high-value consumers—the… » 8/10/11 11:02am 8/10/11 11:02am

Cox Communications Getting Into The Wireless Business

Cox communications, one of the top three cable companies in the US, is planning on making a foray into the wireless business with an offering that integrates all of their services into one device. Cox president Patrick Esser explained saying: "I won't divulge too many secrets here, but we'll focus on providing simple… » 8/19/08 5:40pm 8/19/08 5:40pm

Exploding PowerBook Surprisingly Not Sony's Fault

Most consumers unassumingly trust the technicians that a cable company or any other kind of service provider sends to their door, but this incident is a flametastic reminder that just because they're wearing a badge doesn't mean they know what they're doing. A tech for Comcast showed up at this woman's house to… » 12/18/06 4:04pm 12/18/06 4:04pm