NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast is trumpeting its best year for traditional TV services in nearly a decade, even though it continues to lose TV subscribers.
The number of traditional TV customers is still declining across the industry, and analysts say Comcast's TV gains are largely coming from competitors, like AT&T and Dish, rather than young new cable customers who have never paid for cable before.
2. Cutting cable/satellite: Here’s how to build your system - Friday, January 29, 2016
Are you ready to cut the coax and enter the wild world of cable-free content? Here’s how to build your own TV service a la carte.
Internet access – for high definition streaming of movies and TV shows
Chances are you already have Internet service in your house and can go online on your computers and other digital devices.3. Ready to cut the cord on cable/satellite? - Friday, January 29, 2016
If you’ve resolved to lower your bills this year, you might want to look at your TV screen. No, not for help from Dave Ramsey or Suze Orman, but at the cable connected to it.
Can you can envision life without hundreds of channels? If so, you might be able to save money by becoming a cord-cutter.4. Comcast teeing up new services targeted at millennials - Friday, August 28, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast, which became a TV powerhouse by signing up Generation Xers, baby boomers and their parents, now is fighting for millennial eyeballs.
The TV giant is investing in online media outlets like BuzzFeed and Vox that attract young viewers. It's setting up a streaming TV service for millennials who don't watch a boob tube. And it's developing a YouTube-like video app and website.5. Pay TV industry shows cracks in media earnings - Friday, July 31, 2015
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Further cracks emerged this week in the pay TV bundle as media companies and distributors indicated that more people are cutting the cord and ditching pricey channel packages. Meanwhile, media company executives did damage control, putting a positive spin on the prospect of selling individual channels online.6. Comcast adds Internet customers; box office pumps up revenue - Friday, July 17, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Despite a slowdown in subscriber growth, the Internet is still propelling Comcast.
The country's largest cable company added 180,000 Internet customers in the April-June quarter, the smallest gain in at least two years. That brings its total Internet subscribers to 22.6 million.7. New Comcast online video service for its Internet customers - Friday, July 10, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast, the country's largest cable company, is offering its own online video alternative as people spend fewer hours watching live TV and more time using tablets and phones for entertainment.8. US stocks head lower as Greece talks remain stuck - Friday, June 05, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Uncertainty surrounding Greece's debts helped knock the U.S. stock market lower Thursday as an impasse between Greece and its creditors dragged on. The drop put major indexes on track for a weekly loss. Oil and gas stocks had some of the biggest losses as the price of crude sank 3 percent.9. Comcast must show what's next after collapse of deal - Friday, May 01, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast, which reports financial results on Monday, faces some tough questions about what's next for the country's biggest cable company after its dreams of a far-reaching network collapsed with the death of its $45 billion Time Warner Cable deal.10. ‘TV dinners’ seem to look better than real thing - Friday, May 01, 2015
It just doesn’t pay for me to watch the Food Network. I get so inspired by the food the chefs prepare that I immediately go running to the store and buy all the ingredients.
Not for just one particular recipe – but for many. Oops, there goes the grocery budget. Down the tube (pun intended).11. Comcast abandons Time Warner Cable bid after gov't pushback - Friday, April 24, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — What killed Comcast's $45 billion bid for Time Warner Cable? Regulators' desire to protect the Internet video industry that is reshaping TV.
A combination of the No. 1 and No. 2 U.S. cable companies would have put nearly 30 percent of TV and about 55 percent of broadband subscribers under one roof, along with NBCUniversal, giving the resulting behemoth unprecedented power over what Americans watch and download.
12. Comcast deal may be dead, but cable consolidation will go on - Friday, April 24, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Even if Comcast's $45.2 billion bid for Time Warner Cable is dead, consolidation among the companies that pipe in our TV, phone and Internet will carry on.
Combining the No. 1 and No. 2 U.S. cable companies would have put nearly 30 percent of TV and about 55 percent of broadband subscribers under one roof, along with NBCUniversal. That appeared to be too much concentration for regulators.
13. ESPN says Verizon's new FiOS TV packages violate agreements - Friday, April 17, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Breaking up the cable-TV bundle won't be easy. ESPN is objecting to how Verizon is giving its FiOS TV customers more choice.
In new plans that went into effect Sunday, Verizon made the ESPN and ESPN2 sports channels optional, but ESPN says its contracts with Verizon prohibit the channels from being in a separate sports package.14. Apple Watch isn't the only gadget out this week - Friday, April 03, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — The public will have its first chance to see, touch and buy the Apple Watch on Friday, as Apple stores in the U.S. and eight markets abroad start previews and online orders commence.15. 3 things to know about HBO's new streaming service - Friday, March 06, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In less than a month, people in the U.S. will be able to subscribe to HBO without a cable or satellite TV subscription. The stand-alone HBO Now streaming service unveiled this week will debut in time for the April 12 season premiere of "Game of Thrones."16. Nashville’s most romantic restaurants - Friday, February 06, 2015
Romance means something different for everyone, but most people can agree that if there is low lighting, soft music, a charming companion and something delicious to eat, you’ve already got the makings of one outstanding evening.17. Judge says dispute over Current TV deal will require trial - Friday, January 30, 2015
DOVER, Del. (AP) — A trial will be needed to resolve a dispute between former Vice President Al Gore and Al Jazeera America over tens of millions of dollars held in escrow as part of the news network's $500 million acquisition of Current TV, a Delaware judge ruled Tuesday.18. TV makers design for streaming video to stay relevant - Friday, January 02, 2015
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Does anyone just watch TV anymore? The dramatic shift toward online and mobile viewing is driving television set makers to design as much for streaming video as for watching broadcast or cable channels.19. ESPN to be available without cable, dish - Friday, January 02, 2015
LAS VEGAS (AP) — One of the biggest changes in television this year will be more channels being available online with no separate cable or satellite subscription. But for would-be cord-cutters, watching sports has been the Holy Grail. Until now — Dish Network Corp. on Monday unveiled an Internet-only subscription offering that includes ESPN.20. Cauliflower as main course? Restaurant trends for 2015 - Friday, December 26, 2014
To know where we’re headed, as the adage goes, we must first understand where we’ve been. And in Nashville, where we’ve been is eating at restaurants. Many, apparently.
A slew of new restaurants opened their doors in 2014, including showpieces like Prima in The Gulch and a few celebrity chef spots that made a stir, such as Adele’s from Jonathan Waxman, Sinema with Top Chef star Dale Levitski and Chauhan Ale and Masala House from Maneet Chauhan of Food Network.21. In latest TV spat, Fox News blocked from Dish Network - Friday, December 19, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Dish Network subscribers were unable to watch Fox News Channel and the Fox Business Network on Sunday when the channels were taken down as part of contract negotiations.
The Fox blackout is just the latest skirmish as cable and satellite TV providers fight with networks over subscription fees. Dish Network just settled disputes that led to the temporary blackout of some local CBS stations and a separate blackout related to Turner Broadcasting channels — including Cartoon Network, CNN, Boomerang and Turner Classic Movies.22. Treat your visitors to these dining treats - Friday, November 28, 2014
Having been busy lately on a cookbook project, I haven’t been able to visit restaurants as often. So after my deadline, I worked on making up for lost time by hitting five restaurants in a couple of weeks.23. Turner pulls CNN from Dish as pact deadline passes - Friday, October 17, 2014
Turner pulls CNN from Dish as pact deadline passes
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Turner Networks has pulled channels such as Cartoon Network and CNN from Dish's programming lineup as a deadline passed for renewing their distribution agreement.24. Not so fast cordcutters_cable's not going anywhere - Friday, October 17, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Cord cutters rejoiced last week after HBO and CBS announced plans to sell stand-alone streaming services, a move that cable and satellite television providers have resisted for years. Customers tired of paying big fees for hundreds of channels they never watch just to have access to a few favorite shows might be expected to start cancelling cable service in droves. Get Netflix, throw in HBO, add a network here and there — why would anyone sign up now for cable?25. Court mulls legality of firing for pot use off job - Friday, September 26, 2014
DENVER (AP) — Pot may be legal in Colorado, but you can still be fired for using it.
Now, the state's highest court is considering whether workers' off-duty use of medical marijuana is protected under state law.
26. After Aereo, what's next for Internet TV? - Friday, June 20, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Supreme Court shot down Aereo's business model this week, but that doesn't mean customers' desire for a better TV experience is gone.
Americans are still fed up with huge channel bundles, high prices, poor service and the lack of ability to watch all their shows on all their devices. That's part of why Aereo was attractive: It offered local broadcast channels and a few others on multiple devices for just $8 a month.
27. Events - Friday, June 27, 2014
Meet the Nashville Emerging Leader Awards Finalists. The Nashville Emerging Leader Awards recognize Nashville’s young professionals for significant accomplishments in their chosen career fields, as well as their commitment and contribution to the community. The reception and networking event honors the finalists of the 2014 NELAs. Wednesday, 5:30-7 p.m., Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, Massey Hall, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville. Information: Nashvillechamber.com, 743-3063.28. Summertime corn salad a winning picnic side - Friday, June 06, 2014
Every time I get my hair trimmed (and gray covered), my hairdresser turns her TV to the Food Network Channel. She knows I write about, cook and eat a lot of food, and that I’ve been cooking since I was able to reach the stove by standing on a chair alongside my mom and granny.29. ATT, DirecTV: Antitrust experts say 2 big deals better than 1 - Friday, May 16, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Antitrust experts say AT&T's bid for DirecTV could reap immediate regulatory rewards. Coming so quickly on the heels of a rival cable company merger —the pairing of Comcast and Time Warner Cable— makes it easier for regulators to approve both transactions because they create two counterbalanced giants in pay TV.30. Stocks are mixed amid earnings, economy reports - Friday, April 25, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks were mixed on Thursday as investors assessed the latest round of company earnings, a survey on manufacturing and news on the U.S. job market. Satellite TV company Dish gained on reports that AT&T had approached the company about a merger.31. AT&T joins crowded field with online video plans - Friday, April 18, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T and an investment firm run by former News Corp. executive Peter Chernin have formed an online video venture that could rival Netflix and Hulu.
AT&T Inc. and Chernin Group said Tuesday that they have committed more than $500 million in funding toward the venture. They are not saying how much each company is investing.
32. Dish, Disney deal envisions Internet-delivered TV - Friday, February 28, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dish Network and Disney have reached a landmark deal that envisions the day when Dish will offer a Netflix-like TV service to people who'd rather stream TV over the Internet than put a satellite receiver on their roof.33. A hoppin-good way to start the new year - Friday, January 03, 2014
First observed in ancient Babylon about 4,000 years ago, the celebration of New Year’s Day is the oldest of all holidays. In the years around 2,000 B.C., the Babylonian New Year originally began with the first New Moon after the Vernal Equinox, or first day of spring.34. Dish to close rest of its Blockbuster stores in US - Friday, November 01, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The final curtain is falling on the remaining Blockbuster video-rental stores that Dish Network Corp. runs in the U.S.
About 300 Blockbuster locations scattered around the country will be closed by early January. But 50 franchised stores will remain open in the U.S.
35. Athlon goes deep - Friday, September 13, 2013
Sandwiched between the coupons, department-store flyers and comics, the little newsmagazine tucked into the Sunday paper has long been a staple of American households.
And even with the rise of online publishing and the decline of newspapers, a robust market for these publications still exists in many parts of the country, particularly rural areas.36. An early gain fades on Wall Street - Friday, August 02, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — An early rally on Wall Street fizzled, leaving the stock market slightly higher in midday trading Thursday.
Miners and other companies that make basic materials surged after news that China's trade rebounded in July, signaling the end of a six-month slowdown for the world's second-largest economy.
37. Sprint completes acquisition of Clearwire - Friday, July 05, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Majority owner Sprint has completed its acquisition of wireless network operator Clearwire Corp.
Sprint Nextel Corp. paid $5 per share for the 51 percent of Clearwire it didn't already own. Bellevue, Wash.-based Clearwire runs a mobile broadband network that Sprint uses to provide "4G" service on many of its phones.38. Dish won't submit revised bid for Sprint - Friday, June 14, 2013
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Satellite TV operator Dish Network Corp. said Tuesday it would not submit a revised bid for Sprint, leaving the path open for the wireless carrier to accept what it already considers a superior offer from Japan's Softbank.39. Sprint sues to stop Dish Clearwire buyout - Friday, June 14, 2013
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Sprint is suing to stop Dish Network's buyout of wireless data network operator Clearwire. The nation's third-largest cellphone carrier said the proposed deal violates the rights of Sprint and other Clearwire shareholders.40. Softbank sweetens offer for Sprint by $1.5B - Friday, June 07, 2013
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A month after being challenged by a rival to raise its bid for Sprint Nextel, Japan's Softbank did just that, by $1.5 billion.
That brings Softbank's total bid to $21.6 billion for the nation's third-largest carrier, which is still short of the $25.5 billion offered by the rival Dish Network in April.
41. Stocks rise as lackluster reports ease Fed concern - Friday, May 24, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — A pair of lackluster economic reports eased concern that the Federal Reserve would pull back on its economic stimulus, pushing stocks higher on Wall Street.
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits rose and an initial estimate of first-quarter economic growth was revised slightly lower. That suggests the U.S. economy may still need some time to recover from its funk and that the Fed will keep up its $85 billion in monthly bond purchases.
42. Softbank says its bid for Sprint Nextel superior - Friday, April 12, 2013
TOKYO (AP) — SoftBank Corp. says it believes its bid for U.S. wireless carrier Sprint Nextel is a better choice than the $25.5 billion counteroffer by Dish Network Corp.43. Dish Network offering to buy Sprint in $25.5B deal - Friday, April 12, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Dish Network Corp. is trying to snag U.S. wireless carrier Sprint Nextel Corp. away from its Japanese suitor in recognition of the way satellite dishes are losing their relevance in the age of cellphones that play YouTube videos.44. Stock market takes biggest drop this year - Friday, April 12, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — A steep fall in commodity prices led the stock market to its worst day this year on Monday, as worries about the global economy resurfaced.
The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 265 points, its biggest loss in five months.45. An easy way to pay where cash is king - Friday, September 28, 2012
Customers who normally go to the MAPCO Express convenience store on East Thompson Lane for a bag of chips or a six pack can do something new – pay their bills.
The location is one of 37 MAPCO stores in Nashville and Memphis where self-service, reverse ATMs – machines that collect money instead of dispensing it – have recently been installed.46. Complaints about automated calls up sharply - Friday, September 14, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — So much for silence from telemarketers at the cherished dinner hour, or any other hour of the day.
Complaints to the government are up sharply about unwanted phone solicitations, raising questions about how well the federal "do-not-call" registry is working. The biggest category of complaint: those annoying prerecorded pitches called robocalls that hawk everything from lower credit card interest rates to new windows for your home.47. How much better can it get? - Friday, September 14, 2012
A few of our out-of-town relatives came for a short visit during the Labor Day weekend, which prompted a lot of cooking and eating.
One evening, we did “build-your-own-wrap,” during which we put everything a wrap might need on the table and then folks got a soft tortilla and made their own. This was a great idea because it cut down on the time spent in a hot kitchen making casserole after casserole, which is usually the fare at family gatherings.48. Stocks close lower for fifth day straight - Friday, July 06, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market mostly recovered from an afternoon slump to end with slight losses.
In minutes from their latest meeting released Wednesday afternoon, Federal Reserve officials said they saw a variety of threats to the U.S. economy, including a slowdown in China and a looming budget crunch in Washington. The Fed also didn't signal that new steps to stimulate the economy were on the way.49. I give up! Please, no more Food Network! - Friday, June 08, 2012
Every time I visit my hairdresser to get my hair trimmed (and gray covered), she turns her TV to Food Network. She knows I write about, cook and eat a lot of food, and have been cooking since I was able reach the stove by standing on a chair alongside my mom and granny. Well, maybe some of that is a little exaggerated, but some of it is true.50. Disney to banish junk-food ads from kid shows - Friday, June 01, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) — Disney says its programming will no longer be sponsored by junk food.
The Walt Disney Co. said Tuesday that it will become the first major media company to ban such ads for its TV channels, radio stations and websites intended for children. That means kids watching Saturday morning children's shows on Disney's ABC network will no longer see ads for fast foods and sugary cereals that don't meet company's nutrition standards.51. Verizon to set up streaming service with Redbox - Friday, February 03, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) — Phone company Verizon Communications Inc. will challenge Netflix and start a video streaming service this year with Redbox and its DVD rental kiosks.
Verizon and Coinstar Inc., Redbox's parent, said Monday that the service will be national and available to non-Verizon customers as well. It adds another dimension to Verizon's quest to become a force in home entertainment, and it looks set to compete to some extent with the cable-TV services it already sells.52. Humbled Netflix CEO still thinking, talking big - Friday, December 02, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — To hear Netflix CEO Reed Hastings tell it, the bone-headed decisions that have dragged down the Internet's leading video subscription service during the past five months eventually will be forgotten like a bad movie made by a great film director.53. Dish Network 3Q earnings climb 30 percent - Friday, November 04, 2011
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Dish Network Corp. says its third-quarter earnings climbed 30 percent, as revenue rose even though the satellite television provider lost subscribers in the quarter.54. Netflix snatches DreamWorks rights from HBO - Friday, September 23, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After a deluge of disillusioning news, Netflix unveiled a coming attraction that its subscribers might like: the Internet video rights to films and television specials from DreamWorks Animation.