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By Mark Ribbing and Mark Ribbing,SUN STAFF | April 1, 1998
TCI Communications of Baltimore, the city's sole cable television provider, is stepping up its effort to attract customers for its new digital cable service.The company touts its digital product as a way to give customers a slew of new channels and offerings, such as lockout features that parents can use to prevent their children from watching certain channels.TCI of Baltimore officially began offering digital service to a limited group of subscribers at the end of February.However, burdened by a move of its headquarters and a change in its billing system, it has waited until now to pitch the service to a broader audience.
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By DAN THANH DANG | July 8, 2008
T HE Q: Michael Baehr wrote in to say that Comcast informed him last month that if he wants to continue receiving the four Washington-area stations affiliated with major networks - WRC-4, WTTG-5, WJLA-7 and WUSA-9 - he will have to switch to digital. "I am perfectly happy with my current arrangement, but there is no choice to continue it after July 9, 2008," Baehr said. "Comcast offers an 'Upgrade to Comcast Digital Preferred Free for 90 days.' Of course, after the 90 days are up, the standard fee will apply.
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By BLOOMBERG NEWS | April 6, 2002
NEW YORK - New York Times Co., publisher of its namesake newspaper, agreed yesterday to buy a 50 percent stake in Discovery Communications Inc.'s Discovery Civilization digital cable-television channel for $100 million. The companies will develop the channel under a joint venture, they said in a statement. They also agreed that Discovery Communications, 49 percent owned by Liberty Media Corp., will buy $40 million of programming from the Times Co.'s production unit in the next five years.
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By Philip Hersh and Philip Hersh,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | July 2, 2007
Chicago -- During the first 15 years after my trip to Belgium to interview Greg LeMond a few months before the first of his three Tour de France victories in 1986, I frequently had access to live coverage of the race while vacationing in Europe. I soon found myself utterly - and surprisingly - mesmerized by what at first glance seemed little more than two or three hours of wheels spinning. Seven years ago, when Outdoor Life Network began providing the same coverage to viewers in the United States, I paid for digital cable (the network since has been renamed Versus)
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By Mark Ribbing and Mark Ribbing,SUN STAFF | January 3, 1999
Cable television companies in Baltimore and around the country have found a way to offer dozens of new channels -- and, with any luck, make bundles of money.It's called digital cable, and it could push television into a long-promised new era of movies on demand, Internet links and new specialized channels.The cable industry is also hoping digital cable can entice customers to pay more for monthly service and prevent them from defecting to direct broadcast satellite (DBS) companies like DirecTV Inc., which have begun to erode cable's share of the pay-TV market.
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By David Zurawik | August 14, 2003
Comcast yesterday added 18 Spanish-language channels to its digital cable television lineups in cities and counties throughout the state. Viewers with digital cable can now view the channels in Baltimore City, Annapolis and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Howard and Harford counties. While the channels can be viewed at no cost through Aug. 31 by those Comcast customers who subscribe to digital service, the monthly fee to continue receiving the Spanish-language channels will be $9.95 starting next month.
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By Michael Stroh and Michael Stroh,SUN STAFF | August 10, 1998
Attention couch potatoes: If you thought you had a lot of cable channels now, just wait.Comcast Cablevision last month quietly began offering some Baltimore County subscribers the opportunity to get as many as 102 new cable channels - all part of a limited trial of its new digital cable service.Digital cable is creating a buzz in an industry that has seen its customers slowly being lured away by digital satellite broadcasting services such as DirecTV and Primestar, which have been able to promise customers more channel offerings.
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By BLOOMBERG NEWS | August 2, 2002
PHILADELPHIA - Comcast Corp., the third-largest U.S. cable-television company, had a second-quarter loss because of declining investments. Sales rose 16 percent as more customers bought digital cable and fast Internet access. The net loss was $209.6 million, or 22 cents a share, compared with net income of $35.2 million, or 4 cents, a year earlier, the Philadelphia company said in a statement. Sales rose to $2.71 billion from $2.34 billion. Comcast, which has 800,000 cable customers in Maryland, said demand for digital cable would top its forecast this year as the company prepares to complete the purchase of AT&T Broadband, the nation's biggest cable business.
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By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | March 31, 2006
PHILADELPHIA -- A dozen popular TV programs from NBC Universal's network and cable channels will be available in May on Comcast Corp.'s video-on-demand service, the companies said yesterday. Select prime-time shows from NBC will cost 99 cents each and will be available any time after midnight the evening of their broadcast. Shows from the USA Network, Sci Fi Channel and Bravo cable channels, as well as late-night and daytime network programs, will be free. The shows include The Office, Las Vegas, Monk, Battlestar Galactica, Celebrity Poker Showdown, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O'Brien and the Law & Order spinoffs - Special Victims Unit and Criminal Intent.
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By Andrea K. Walker and Andrea K. Walker,SUN STAFF | July 3, 2001
Comcast Corp. said yesterday that it has completed its $500 million acquisition of Baltimore cable provider TCI Communications, but it might not be until next year that customers will see upgrades in service, such as digital cable and high-speed Internet access. One immediate change for the 13,000 Baltimore customers will be on the August bill, which will have the new logo. There are no planned price increases for this year, said Kenneth Crooks, Comcast vice president and general manager.
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By MICHAEL SRAGOW and MICHAEL SRAGOW,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | April 21, 2006
If you're a documentary maker, American history can be yours, but only at a price that may include your independence. For many of America's leading documentary artists, that's the message of the deal recently sealed between Showtime Networks Inc. and the Smithsonian Institution. Documentary filmmakers who intend to base their work substantially on the Smithsonian collection or interviews with its staff now must have their proposals reviewed by a new company called Smithsonian Networks, which is starting Smithsonian on Demand, a pay cable service, in December.
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By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | March 31, 2006
PHILADELPHIA -- A dozen popular TV programs from NBC Universal's network and cable channels will be available in May on Comcast Corp.'s video-on-demand service, the companies said yesterday. Select prime-time shows from NBC will cost 99 cents each and will be available any time after midnight the evening of their broadcast. Shows from the USA Network, Sci Fi Channel and Bravo cable channels, as well as late-night and daytime network programs, will be free. The shows include The Office, Las Vegas, Monk, Battlestar Galactica, Celebrity Poker Showdown, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O'Brien and the Law & Order spinoffs - Special Victims Unit and Criminal Intent.
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By RICHARD J. DALTON JR. and RICHARD J. DALTON JR.,NEWSDAY | December 13, 2005
Bowing to government pressure, cable companies serving the majority of U.S. subscribers plan to offer family-oriented packages, industry executives said yesterday. Time Warner Cable, Comcast and several other cable networks accounting for 56 percent of subscribers will offer the option, said Paul Rodriguez, spokesman for the National Cable and Telecommunications Association. The president and chief executive of the trade group, Kyle McSlarrow, discussed family programming yesterday with the Senate Commerce Committee at a meeting on decency in programming.
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By DAVID ZURAWIK and DAVID ZURAWIK,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | November 8, 2005
As part of a rapidly expanding effort by TV networks to make their shows available when viewers want them, CBS and Comcast are about to offer four of the network's most successful prime-time series as video on demand. Starting in January, Baltimore will be one of the first cities in which viewers can watch the CBS hit series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, NCIS, Survivor and The Amazing Race at their convenience - as soon as one hour after an episode airs nationally. The cost for each viewing of the hour-long shows will be 99 cents.
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By Crayton Harrison and Crayton Harrison,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | June 10, 2004
Next time your neighbor starts bragging about his snazzy high-definition plasma screen television, just smile to yourself. If he's like most HDTV set owners, he doesn't really have high-definition programming. Chances are, he's paid a lot of money to watch the same old picture blown up bigger. Fewer than one in four HDTV set owners subscribe to cable or satellite channels that broadcast in crisper, clearer high definition. Less than 2 percent of television-owning households - about 2 million homes - subscribe to HDTV programming, though nearly 9 percent own an HDTV-ready set. About 1.2 million households have digital tuners to get the signals over the airwaves.
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By David Zurawik | August 14, 2003
Comcast yesterday added 18 Spanish-language channels to its digital cable television lineups in cities and counties throughout the state. Viewers with digital cable can now view the channels in Baltimore City, Annapolis and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Howard and Harford counties. While the channels can be viewed at no cost through Aug. 31 by those Comcast customers who subscribe to digital service, the monthly fee to continue receiving the Spanish-language channels will be $9.95 starting next month.
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By BLOOMBERG NEWS | May 9, 2003
PHILADELPHIA - Comcast Corp., the largest U.S. cable operator, posted a wider first-quarter loss after spending more to upgrade AT&T Broadband systems acquired last year. Revenue rose as the company reversed subscriber declines at the new unit. The net loss increased to $297 million, or 13 cents a share, from $89 million, or 9 cents a share, a year earlier. Sales climbed 9.7 percent to $5.52 billion, Comcast said. Year-earlier sales were reported as if the AT&T purchase had been completed in January 2002 instead of November.
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By RICHARD J. DALTON JR. and RICHARD J. DALTON JR.,NEWSDAY | December 13, 2005
Bowing to government pressure, cable companies serving the majority of U.S. subscribers plan to offer family-oriented packages, industry executives said yesterday. Time Warner Cable, Comcast and several other cable networks accounting for 56 percent of subscribers will offer the option, said Paul Rodriguez, spokesman for the National Cable and Telecommunications Association. The president and chief executive of the trade group, Kyle McSlarrow, discussed family programming yesterday with the Senate Commerce Committee at a meeting on decency in programming.
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By BLOOMBERG NEWS | May 9, 2003
PHILADELPHIA - Comcast Corp., the largest U.S. cable operator, posted a wider first-quarter loss after spending more to upgrade AT&T Broadband systems acquired last year. Revenue rose as the company reversed subscriber declines at the new unit. The net loss increased to $297 million, or 13 cents a share, from $89 million, or 9 cents a share, a year earlier. Sales climbed 9.7 percent to $5.52 billion, Comcast said. Year-earlier sales were reported as if the AT&T purchase had been completed in January 2002 instead of November.
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By BLOOMBERG NEWS | August 2, 2002
PHILADELPHIA - Comcast Corp., the third-largest U.S. cable-television company, had a second-quarter loss because of declining investments. Sales rose 16 percent as more customers bought digital cable and fast Internet access. The net loss was $209.6 million, or 22 cents a share, compared with net income of $35.2 million, or 4 cents, a year earlier, the Philadelphia company said in a statement. Sales rose to $2.71 billion from $2.34 billion. Comcast, which has 800,000 cable customers in Maryland, said demand for digital cable would top its forecast this year as the company prepares to complete the purchase of AT&T Broadband, the nation's biggest cable business.
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