Time Warner Cable up for sale

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    Dec 14, 2013 3:49 AM GMT
    well, I guess its better than a Comcast buy out? they all suck, LA area is a monopoly already, will this bring competition and lower cable rates? or just more power for Charter, its not often the little guy buys out the bigger rival icon_evil.gif


    Charter readies Time Warner Cable bid below $135 per share: source
    http://tv.yahoo.com/news/charter-prepares-time-warner-cable-offer-below-135-175841517--finance.html
    http://tv.yahoo.com/news/charter-readies-38b-bear-hug-offer-time-warner-202324209.html

    couldn't have anything to do with canceled subscribers icon_rolleyes.gif

    Cable companies may be finally hearing cord cutters’ footsteps
    http://bgr.com/2013/12/05/cable-industry-cord-cutting/
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    Dec 14, 2013 10:36 AM GMT
    Yeah its going to be Comcast
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    Dec 14, 2013 4:52 PM GMT
    This brings back a negative memory of the now defunct Adelphia Communications Co. and their rapid expansion followed by their ambitious plans to build a new 30 story headquarters tower on Buffalo's downtown waterfront. When the scandal about the company's looting erupted, it was all over for Adelphia. It went bankrupt and was bought out by Time Warner. Now the NYC based giant Time Warner is up for grabs. It appears that the cable industry is contracting due to stiff competition from satellite providers.
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    Dec 14, 2013 8:32 PM GMT
    I wonder what the breakdown is for how people get their internet; i.e., cable or isdn. Do people still use isdn? That's the one you get from the phone company. Are there alternatives to those two options?

    What I have has always struck me as weird; Astound Cable. They serve Minneapolis Minnesota and Concord California. I guess they're trying to expand into the supposedly lucrative California market.

    Internet is all that matters to me since I don't watch tv or get cable for tv.
  • Apparition

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    Dec 17, 2013 11:32 AM GMT
    remember analogue tv went digital to free up bandwidth on the tv band? The cable companies have been trying to suppress its use for years now. But they can't keep back the deluge forever. Think about the consequences of your home modem having a 50 mile range.

    goodbye tv cable
    goodbye cell phone costs
    goodbye selling any kind of extra services at premium rates.


    EVERTYTHING with data is going to be on a wifi like system that covers everywhere you normally are.
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    Dec 17, 2013 1:24 PM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidI wonder what the breakdown is for how people get their internet; i.e., cable or isdn. Do people still use isdn? That's the one you get from the phone company. Are there alternatives to those two options?

    Internet is also available via satellite, more popular in remoter rural areas that have no cable service. Some areas don't even have DSL on the phone lines, I believe because the phone company won't upgrade the lines to support it, and install required transformers to maintain signal quality over long stretches.

    We dropped COMCAST internet because of frequent interruptions and slow speed. Despite being in an urban area, Fort Lauderdale, their infrastructure here is old, and COMCAST has not been in any hurry to upgrade it. Their TV here also sucks for the same reason, and we dropped that, too, in favor of DirecTV satellite, which has been far superior in reliability, number of channels, and picture quality.

    But satellite will never replace cable here. This area is packed with high-rise condos that don't allow dishes on the sides of the buildings, and often even on balconies. They're considered unsightly, present installation difficulties, and are a hazard during hurricanes. Likewise some private communities prohibit satellite on houses or property.

    Furthermore you always need a clear view of the satellite. Our cross-hall neighbor is on the "wrong" side of our condo building for satellite reception, so we agreed to run cables for him from our dish, and we share the bill. But not everyone can or will do that.

  • Dec 17, 2013 3:13 PM GMT
    We are very excited to be getting the Verizon fiber optics here. It will finally make us join the 21st century.