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Aereo CEO speaks on future of company, industry as broadcasters challenge it in Supreme Court

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The future of Aereo, an online service that provides over-the-air TV channels, hinges on a battle with broadcasters that goes before the U.S. Supreme Court next week.

As Dodgers season starts, battle over pay TV fees shuts out fans

By Ronald Grover and Liana B. Baker (Reuters) - As the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team takes the field for its regular season, many local fans who hoped to tune in on television are getting shut out of the action. Dodger games are carried on the new Dodger-owned SportsNet LA channel. But with Time Warner Cable and two smaller cable systems the channel's only carriers, most of the 5 million pay-TV subscribers in the Los Angeles area are left in the dark.

Time Warner Cable's profit up as Internet subscribers rise

(Reuters) - Time Warner Cable Inc, which recently rejected a takeover offer from Charter Communications Inc, posted better-than-expected quarterly results as its high-speed data subscribers opted for expensive plans. In the fourth quarter, the U.S. cable operator added 39,000 net residential Internet subscribers, a turnaround from a weak third quarter when it lost 24,000 subscribers. The company said residential subscriber activity improved sequentially each month in the quarter and continued to improve in January.

Analysis: Time Warner Cable's missed chances begin slide to takeover buzz

By Liana B. Baker and Ronald Grover (Reuters) - By some measures, it seems hard to find fault with how Time Warner Cable <TWC.N> has been run since it was spun off from its parent company, Time Warner Inc <TWX.N>, in 2009. Its stock price increased more than five fold and it returned more than $9 billion to its shareholders in dividends and stock buybacks, on top of a $10.9 billion dividend at the time of the split.

Canada will serve as model in U.S. cable battle, says Cogeco CEO Audet

TORONTO - The head of Cogeco Cable says Canada will serve as a model to the U.S. cable industry as more viewers demand freedom of choice in their cable packages. Chief executive Louis Audet expects U.S. cable operators will choose to follow a similar trajectory as dissatisfaction rises over the forced bundling of TV channels, and how much it costs subscribers. "I think we will set the stage, so to speak, because we are further ahead in discussing how things should be done," he said at a media event held by the company on Tuesday.

Cablevision sheds video, Internet subscribers

By Liana B. Baker (Reuters) - Cablevision Systems Corp turned in an earnings report showing fewer video subscribers, decreased cash flow and a surprise drop in Internet subscribers - all of which pushed the cable operator's shares down as much as 6 percent on Friday.

CBS' Les Moonves a 'bellicose broadcast CEO with a Napoleonic complex,' says Cable Assn. Chief

By Ira Teinowitz LOS ANGELES ( - CBS CEO Les Moonves is playing the role of "a bellicose broadcast CEO with a Napoleonic complex," American Cable Association CEO Matthew W. Polka said on Monday And, in the heat of the network's battle with Time Warner Cable, Polka is urging Congress to step in and rewrite current retransmission rules.

Time Warner Cable posts weak Internet numbers, sparks deal talk

By Liana B. Baker (Reuters) - Time Warner Cable Inc reported quarterly revenue below analysts' estimates as it added less than half the number of subscribers for high-speed data services that analysts had expected. Shares still rose 3.2 percent on Thursday as analysts said the cable company's management did not necessarily rule out a merger or takeover during a conference call.

Colombia has highest pay TV penetration rate in LatAm

Bogota, Feb 20 (EFE).- Colombia has the highest pay television penetration rate in Latin America, with eight of every 10 households subscribing to cable service due to the variety of offerings and prices available in the market, the Latin American Multichannel Advertising Council, or LAMAC, said in a report. Pay television grew 23 percent in the past five years in Colombia, reaching 84.4 percent of the country's people, the report, which is based on figures from the IBOPE market research firm, said.

NEWSMAKER-With Virgin deal, Malone set to be European cable king

* Virgin Media deal largest and latest for Liberty Global * Liberty Global already ranks as largest cable operator in Europe * Replicating Malone's past strategy with TCI in United States * Liberty Global has more than $10 billion in annual revenue By Liana B. Baker and Leila Abboud Feb 6 (Reuters) - For more than three decades, John Malone has been known as America's King of Cable. Now, he is gaining that title in Europe as well.
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