Comcast reaches deal with Vermont Public Utility Commission
RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Public Utility Commission has reached an agreement with Comcast to continue to allow the company to be a cable television provider in the state, while offering...
Fall brings new shows, services and chance of bigger TV tabs
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Intrigued by a drama set behind the scenes of a morning TV show, with Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon topping the cast? How about a supernatural series with Lin-Manuel...
Officials say county was overpaid for cable franchise fee
GERING, Neb. (AP) — A cable television provider erroneously paid more than $413,000 in franchising fees to a Nebraska Panhandle county for nearly a decade and the county board must now determine...
Dozens of rattlesnakes removed from under Texas home
ALBANY, Texas (AP) — A Texas homeowner who reported seeing "a few" snakes under his home actually had dozens of rattlesnakes living beneath his house.
Chris Cuomo’s CNN show has its best month against tough foes
NEW YORK (AP) — When CNN gave Chris Cuomo its 9 p.m. ET time slot last June, there was reason to fear it could be a television suicide mission.
After all, that hour is where the big dogs roam. Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity and MSNBC's Rachel Maddow are the top two personalities in cable television. They still are, but Cuomo's "Prime Time" quickly established itself as CNN's most-watched program and, with 1.64 million viewers in January, is having its best month, the Nielsen company said.
Roger Ailes film puts focus on Fox after he left
NEW YORK (AP) — More than two years after a sexual misconduct scandal forced Roger Ailes out at Fox News Channel, and a year after his death, his ghost walks the halls of the network he built and ran for two decades.
Friday's theatrical release of the documentary, "Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes," puts his life story in the public eye again. Two other Ailes projects, a feature film from director Jay Roach and a Showtime miniseries, are also in the works.
Colorado-based firm aims to create 600 jobs in west Georgia
COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — A Colorado-based company says it plans to create 600 jobs in Georgia over the next five years.
Global Callcenter Solutions will occupy temporary space in downtown Columbus before moving to a 46,000-square-foot (4,271-sqare-meter) structure that used to be a Winn-Dixie supermarket, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported .
Hurricane becomes issue in North Carolina congressional race
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Hurricane Florence has become an issue in a North Carolina congressional race.
As 9th District Democratic candidate Dan McCready announced he was suspending his campaign during the storm, The Charlotte Observer reports Republican rival Mark Harris has bought more local cable television ad time on The Weather Channel to run in the coming days.
Opinionated news dominates cable television last week
NEW YORK (AP) — Cable television networks offer sports, reality, comedy and drama. But what's selling now is opinionated news.
Sixteen of the 17 most-watched programs on cable last week were either on Fox News Channel or MSNBC, the Nielsen company said. The only exception was coverage of the NBA draft on ESPN.
Tame inflation: April consumer prices up just 0.2 percent
WASHINGTON (AP) — American drivers paid more for gas, but overall consumer prices rose only modestly in April, a sign that inflation remains mild.
The modest pace of consumer inflation may send a reassuring signal to the Federal Reserve, which is considering how quickly to raise interest rates this year.
Comcast increases speeds again, but only for customers with cable TV
For the second time this year, Comcast is increasing speeds for some of its customers.
But for this go-round, cord cutters are not invited to the party.
Only those who bundle internet with cable television and other services, and who have Comcast’s latest X1 hardware, will see their speeds go up at no extra charge. However, the speed increases are significant.
Comcast cable dropping BTN in states without Big Ten teams
Comcast will drop the Big Ten Network from its cable television system in states where there are no teams in the conference.
The Big Ten Network will remain available on Comcast Xfinity in Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Comcast is not available in Nebraska and Iowa.
Pushing for Better Community Access Through Cable TV
TEWKSBURY -- By this summer, Tewksbury residents may be able to sit back and enjoy programming from a community access cable television station.
CNN morning anchor Chris Cuomo moving to prime-time
NEW YORK (AP) — CNN is sending Chris Cuomo into battle against the two current giants of cable television news, Sean Hannity and Rachel Maddow.
The network said Wednesday that they are shifting the morning show co-host into a prime-time slot at 9 p.m. EDT, to debut later this spring at a date not yet specified. The change will shave Anderson Cooper's current two-hour show into one.
Some cities ask for tax on streaming services like Netflix
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Some cities and municipality groups in Virginia like the idea of a tax on streaming services such as Netflix and Spotify.
The Daily Press reported Saturday that cities such as Newport News and groups such as the Virginia Municipal League say it will generate more local tax revenue.
Super PAC sponsoring $1M ad for gubernatorial candidate
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A conservative super PAC is sponsoring a million dollar ad campaign for Attorney General Adam Laxalt who recently announced his bid for governor.
Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity tops cable news rankings
NEW YORK (AP) — After the summer of Rachel Maddow, Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity ascended to the top of the cable news mountain.
Hannity's move to the 9 p.m. timeslot paid immediate dividends for the network. President Donald Trump's biggest cable news backer averaged 3.2 million viewers in October, topping Maddow's 2.5 million, the Nielsen company said. Fox's Tucker Carlson, in an earlier time slot, had 2.8 million viewers.
Cutting cable offers flexibility, but costs can rise quickly
If you think you're spending too much money on cable television service, you're not alone.
There are now lots of options for people looking to save money on their cable bills, but some cord-cutting options bring bigger savings than others.
During the first three months of this year, almost 800,000 Americans dropped their traditional TV packages. The new services offer ways to get only the shows and movies that interest you.
Bombshell stories spur news war with a twist
NEW YORK (AP) — Print outlets like The New York Times and Washington Post have developed a mutually beneficial relationship with cable television news over a string of bombshell stories about the Trump administration. It's a news war with a twist.
Prime-time lineups on CNN and MSNBC are repeatedly thrown into chaos by late-breaking stories that, while nerve-wracking, nonetheless provide the sort of compelling, can't-turn-away programming that producers dream about.
Death of Ailes reveals Fox News at a crossroads
NEW YORK (AP) — On the surface, the Fox News Channel Roger Ailes left behind would seem to be thriving. Profits are strong, and it has spent much of 2017 as the most-watched network in all of cable television, not just cable news.
In the late 1970s and early 80s, as cable television evolved explosively from being a tool for improved reception to a vehicle for new program services, I worked as marketing manager for a mid-sized MSO (multiple-system operator), tasked with convincing people to do something new - pay to watch TV.
I thought liberals were against bullying. So why are they taking such joy in piling on Bill O’Reilly?
It should be obvious. The left is a sore loser. Consider the 2016 election, whose outcome Hillary Clinton recently attributed to several factors, none of them named “Hillary Clinton.”
NEW YORK (AP) — Cable television's Spike network will be transformed into the Paramount network early next year, introducing new series with stars to include Alicia Silverstone and Michael Shannon.
In its announcement Thursday, owner Viacom billed the rebranded network as "a prime destination for premium storytelling." Spike, launched in 2003, has focused on young men.
Jefferson schools urged to use cable TV station
JEFFERSON — The Jefferson community has two dedicated cable television channels, provided by Charter Communications as part of its service contract. The city channel has regular programming, but the channel dedicated to the school district has gone unused for the past few years.
It’s true that people now have many other sources for local news, from the Daily Union to the school district website to social networking sites, but the school district is letting a potential asset go untapped.
Fallin tax plan would net Oklahoma cities, counties $769M
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin's proposal to add the state's 4.5 percent sales tax to various services currently excluded from the tax would generate an additional $769 million for cities and counties and about $934 million for the state, according to documents obtained by The Oklahoman (http://bit.ly/2k8tw4V ) through the Open Records Act.
SIOUX CENTER, Iowa | If you're a Northwest Iowa resident and a fan of Iowa high school football -- and have cable television -- you'll have a hard time tuning into the state championship contests this week.
There isn't a Northwest Iowa cable provider that offers Chicago SportsNet Chicago, television home for Iowa boys' state tournaments in football, wrestling and basketball.
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Rising star: YouTube playing key role in Google’s success
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — YouTube has emerged as a break-out star in Google's cast of services as the online video site upstages cable television for a younger generation of viewers looking for amusement, news and music on their smartphones.
The trend is contributing to an advertising shift away from traditional network television programming to the more eclectic and diversified mix of clips ranging from cute cat videos to sobering shots of street violence found on YouTube.