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That's true also, I did have a change of modems and at the original $3 it probably wouldn't have paid for itself, but at $7/month and a new one costing in the $70 range, it might be worth the gamble, a lot more than it was then.

I have had Comcast for internet for over 11 years. I have bought a modem since day one. During that time, I have had two of them and probably don't even have $150 in both of them. During that time, I would have paid out well over $700 in modem rental fees. One thing you have to be careful with them of late is getting some kind of crazy letter saying their records indicate you are not being charged for your modem when you own it. I got several of those and finally stopped getting them when I threatened to drop them if I got another one of those letters.


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By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Jul. 30, 2014

MEL BROOKS TRIBUTE
TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

We adore Mel Brooks here at TVWW, and it’s good to know TCM feels likewise. Tonight, that network turns its lineup over to Brooks, by showcasing him in four of his films and an interview, as well as showing the original version of a movie he remade. Starting things off at 8 p.m. ET is 1970’s The Twelve Chairs, one of the rarest Brooks films to find on TV, and one he adapted from a period Russian novel. Next up: 1976’s Silent Movie (9:45 p.m. ET), his homage to the pre-sound era of cinema, and 1977’s High Anxiety, his Alfred Hitchcock homage that had creative input from the Master of Suspense himself. An interview conducted by Dick Cavett is shown at 1:15 a.m. ET, followed an hour later by 1983’s To Be or Not to Be, Brooks’ charming version of the 1942 Jack Benny wartime comedy movie. Brooks’ version co-stars his late wife, Anne Bancroft, who’s as hilarious as she is beautiful – and Ernst Lubitsch’s original version co-starring Benny and Carole Lombard, ends the evening at 4:15 a.m. ET. Watch them all! Trade with friends!

THE SIXTIES: "1968"
CNN, 9:00 p.m. ET

I was out of the country two weeks ago when breaking news of the shot-down aircraft pre-empted The Sixties on CNN, so last Thursday, CNN showed a previously scheduled installment instead of 1968, which is now shown tonight, unless more breaking news interrupts. I described 1968 last week thusly: It makes sense that this really smart CNN documentary series would be perceptive enough to single out the year 1968 as one volatile and meaningful enough to warrant its own hour – titled, simply, 1968. And what relevance does that year hold to today? Well, start with the Soviet incursion into Czechoslovakia, if you want modern parallels. And if you want pivotal historical events, start with the assassinations of Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr., and the election of Richard Nixon, and… well, watch and see. It’s amazing, and frightening, that all of that happened in one explosive 12-month period.

PROJECT RUNWAY
Lifetime, 9:00 p.m. ET

On tonight’s episode of Runway, the designers are ushered into a movie theater, where they’re asked to concoct runway looks from “unconventional materials.” Here’s hoping: a flapper dress made of Twizzlers? (Okay, so we actually saw one of those, pictured, back in Season 8. I’ve never forgotten it.) A mod pop-art black-and-white blazer with buttons made of Junior Mints? And what about a long popcorn boa, held together with corn syrup? Hey – a man can dream. Especially one who’s on a diet…

NY MED
ABC, 10:00 p.m. ET

This week’s installment of NY Med has stories, as usual, that are as intense as they are unscripted – real life, and real life and death, running through the doors and corridors and treatment rooms of Roosevelt Hospital and elsewhere. And this week, there’s a two-year-old girl facing sudden death, another patient who flees an impending operation out of fear, and – well, just watch. And be amazed, as I am each episode, by the professionalism, the humaneness, and the amazing dedication of these doctors, nurses and other health-care professionals. They're just super...

THE HONORABLE WOMAN
Sundance, 10:00 p.m. ET
MINISERIES PREMIERE:
Maggie Gyllenhaal stars in this new eight-part production, a co-production by Sundance and BBC-2, and she gives a performance unlike any of hers I’ve ever seen. I’ve seen some great ones, but nothing that prepared me for her multilayered, mysterious character in this drama: a British heiress who uses her money and political position, as well as her Israeli heritage, to try and broker a path for peace in the Middle East. But as topical and inspirational as that sounds, she’s surrounded by people with their own agendas – and even before the credits sequence begins, we’ve seen how deadly the stakes can be, and often are. This is an impressively involving and unpredictable drama, populated by characters who are hard to read and even harder to forget. For a full review, listen to today’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, or visit the Fresh Air Website later this afternoon.


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WEDNESDAY's fast affiliate overnight prime-time ratings -and what they mean- have been posted on Analyst Marc Berman's Media Insight's Blog.
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Nielsen Overnights (18-49)
‘Extant’ holds steady in new later timeslot
CBS drama posts a 1.1 in 18-49s, even to last week's rating
By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine - Jul. 31, 2013

A later timeslot didn’t help or hurt CBS’s new drama “Extant.”

The Halle Berry show maintained last week’s rating despite moving away from its strong lead-in, “Big Brother.”

“Extant” averaged a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating at 10 p.m., according to Nielsen overnights, flat to last week, when it aired at 9 p.m.

It tied NBC’s “Taxi Brooklyn” as the No. 2 show in the hour, both finishing behind Univision’s “Que Pobres Tan Ricos,” which posted a 1.4.

“Brother” tied NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” as the night’s No. 1 show, both averaging a 2.2. “Brother” was off a tenth from last week while “Talent” was down two tenths.

“Talent” continued to boost lead-out “Brooklyn,” which grew by a tenth over last week to its series high.

On the CW, the premiere of “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” posted the network’s best rating for a new show so far this summer, bowing to a 0.5 at 8 p.m.

CBS and NBC tied for first for the night among 18-49s, each with a 1.5 average overnight rating and a 5 share. Univision was third at 1.3/5, Fox fourth at 1.1/4, ABC fifth at 0.9/3, Telemundo sixth at 0.5/2 and CW seventh at 0.3/1.

As a reminder, all ratings are based on live-plus-same-day DVR playback, which includes shows replayed before 3 a.m. the night before. Seven-day DVR data won’t be available for several weeks. Forty-nine percent of Nielsen households have DVRs.

CBS started the night in the lead with a 2.2 at 8 p.m. for “Brother,” followed by NBC with a 1.2 for a repeat of “America’s Got Talent.” Fox and Univision tied for third at 1.1, Fox for “So You Think You Can Dance” and Univision for “Mi Corazon es Tuyo.” ABC was fifth with a 0.9 for reruns of “The Middle” and “The Goldbergs,” CW sixth with a 0.5 for “Penn” and Telemundo seventh with a 0.4 for “Reina de Corazones.”

NBC took the lead at 9 p.m. with a 2.2 for a new “Talent,” while Univision moved to second with a 1.5 for “Lo Que La Vida Me Robo.” CBS and Fox tied for third at 1.1, CBS for a repeat of “Criminal Minds” and Fox for more “Dance.” ABC was fifth with a 1.0 for reruns of “Modern Family” and “The Middle,” Telemundo sixth with a 0.5 for “En Otra Piel” and CW seventh with a 0.2 for a repeat of “The 100.”

At 10 p.m. Univision led with a 1.4 for “Ricos,” with CBS and NBC tied for second at 1.1, CBS for “Extant” and NBC for “Taxi.” Telemundo was fourth with a 0.8 for “El Señor de los Cielos” and ABC fifth with a 0.7 for “Motive.”

NBC was first for the night among households with a 4.4 average overnight rating and an 8 share. CBS was second at 3.6/7, ABC third at 2.3/4, Fox fourth at 2.2/4, Univision fifth at 1.7/3, Telemundo sixth at 0.8/1 and CW seventh at 0.7/1.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/ext...ater-timeslot/

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Yay! Boo! It’s the CrossFit Games
The controversial sport has plenty of fans but also detractors
By Louisa Ada Seltzer, Media Life Magazine - Jul. 31, 2013

CrossFit is kind of like liver.

You either love it or you hate it. There’s no in between.

Tonight at 8 p.m. ESPN2 airs “The CrossFit Games,” the national championship for the controversial sport.

In case you are unfamiliar with CrossFit, it’s essentially a competitive fitness workout. It incorporates lifting heavy weights with short bursts of cardio.

CrossFit boxes, which is what they call their gyms, have popped up all over the country over the past four years, and trademarked gear is available at Reebok stores. The shoe-maker is the sponsor of the annual Games.

CrossFit has been compared to a cult. Devotees have their own way of eating (caveman or Paleo style) and talking, using abbreviations like WOD (workout of the day).

And some claim the sport is unsafe, encouraging people who aren’t in shape to lift too much weight or perform reps too quickly in an effort to get a better score.

Still, there’s no denying CrossFit’s huge popularity, and it’s drawing pretty good viewership on ESPN2. Saturday’s edition of the Games averaged 445,000 total viewers, about 100,000 more than the network averaged in primetime last month, according to Nielsen.

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Time Warner Cable Q2 Earnings Rise, But Miss Estimates
By Tim Molloy, TheWrap.com - Jul. 31, 2013

Time Warner Cable reported higher second-quarter profits and revenue, but nonetheless just missed analysts’ expectations. The stock was down in early trading.

The country's second-largest cable company reported earnings of $499 million, or $1.76 per share, up from $481 million, or $1.64 a share, in the second quarter of 2013. Its adjusted, undiluted earnings per share rose $1.89 a share, up from $1.69. Revenue was $5.7 billion, up from $5.55 billion.

Analysts had projected $1.91 a share in earnings and $5.74 billion in revenue.

The company heralded its “best second quarter subscriber performance in years” after losing 34,000 subscribers.

As of 11:06 a.m. Thursday, its stock was trading at $148.61 per share, down 1.86 percent.

Comcast, the country's largest cable company, is seeking federal approval to buy Time Warner Cable for $45 billion. Time Warner Cable said its operating income for the second quarter decreased 2 percent primarily due to higher merger related and restructuring costs, including merger-related expenses of $49 million — $40 million for employee retention and $9 million in advisory and legal fees.

http://www.thewrap.com/time-warner-c...iss-estimates/

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Earnings: Discovery Beats Q2 Estimates

Discovery Communications reported higher second quarter revenue and earnings, easily beating analysts expectations.

The owner of Discovery, TLC and OWN reported revenues of $1.61 billion, up 10 percent over $1.47 billion in the second quarter of 2013. Earnings rose to $379 million, or $1.09 per diluted share, up 26 percent compared to $300 million and $.82 per diluted share in the second quarter a year ago.

Analysts had expected the company to report profits of 92 cents a share.

As of 11:10 a.m. Thursday, the company's stock was trading at $84.75 per share, up 1.25 percent.

The results reflect a $31 million gain associated with the sale of HowStuffWorks, a $29 million gain associated with the consolidation of Eurosport and a $15 million increase in equity earnings.

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R.I.P. Movie Makeup Icon Dick Smith
By The Deadline.com Team - Jul. 31, 2013

Legendary Hollywood makeup artist Dick Smith has died at the age of 92. His protege and fellow makeup genius Rick Baker tweeted the sad news this morning.

“The master is gone. My friend and mentor Dick Smith is no longer with us. The world will not be the same.”

Smith’s iconic transformationsdick smith makeup appeared in films such as The Godfather, Taxi Driver and The Exorcist, in which he created the device that allowed Linda Blair to projectile vomit. He also transformed the look of F. Murray Abraham in Amadeus, as he aged in the film from his 40s to his 80s. In 2011, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences presented Smith with an honorary Oscar (Smith’s second, his first was for Amadeus) at the Governors Awards. It was presented by Baker who called Smith “my idol, mentor, and friend for over 40 years, the greatest makeup artist of all time”. On accepting the award, an emotional, tearful Smith said ”When I watch the wonderful films they just showed, I thought, ‘What a wonderful career this fellow has had.’ I have loved being a makeup artist. To have had so much kindness is just too much.”

Earlier in his career, he worked on the vampire soap opera Dark Shadows, a project he credited with being valuable preparation for the 1970 film Little Big Man. In Dark Shadows, vampire Barnabas Collins was undergoing medical treatment to change him into a living human being. The experiment went awry and Barnabas began aging quickly, appearing as a man more than 175 years old.

His other notable work includes features The Sunshine Boys, The Deer Hunter, Starman and Altered States. Smith also won an Emmy for his work on Mark Twain Tonight! (1967).

http://www.deadline.com/2014/07/dick...p-artist-dead/

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R.I.P. Robert Drew, Pioneer Of American Cinema Verite
Erik Pedersen, Deadline.com - Jul. 31, 2014

The documentary filmmaker who was called the “father of American cinema verite” died today at his home in Sharon, Conn. Robert Drew was 90. He was a Life magazine correspondent and editor when he formed Drew Associates in 1960 and hired a team of filmmakers that included then-unknowns D.A. Pennebaker, Albert Maysles and Ricky Leacock. Their first project was Primary, which followed handsome young senator John F. Kennedy as he campaigned in Wisconsin for the 1960 Democratic presidential nomination.

PrimaryStarting with Primary, Drew’s films pioneered a new journalistically minded code of documentary creation, including not directing subjects or using set-up shots or an on-camera narrator. The candid footage was edited into a dramatic narrative that gave the feeling of what it was like to be there as events occurred. His technique became known as cinema verite or direct cinema, though he liked to call it reality filmmaking.

Drew and his team re-engineered a motion picture camera and sound recorder so they could move freely and in sync with a subject, allowing them the mobility to capture real life as it unfolded before the lens. Primary and the 1963 docu Crisis: Behind A Presidential Commitment, which chronicled the president’s effort to integrate the University of Alabama, are part of the Library of Congress’ National Registry of historic films.

Born on Feb. 15, 1924, in Toledo, Ohio, Drew was a World War II fighter pilot before coming home and turning to filmmaking. He received the International Documentary Association‘s Career Achievement Award in 1993. His list of awards include Best TV Documentary at the 1966 Venice Film Festival for Storm Signal, a four-month look at the lives of a young married couple addicted to heroin; a Special Jury Prize at Cannes in 1962 for The Chair, about an Illinois death penalty case; and a Peabody Award for 784 Days That Changed America: From Watergate to Resignation in 1982.

Drew also scored a 1968 Emmy nom for his work on The Bell Telephone Hour. Four of the Drew team’s films screened as part of the 2010 Paley Center DocFest in a program called “Cinema Verite at 50: Robert Drew and Associates Transforms the Documentary.” His long list of credits also includes On the Pole With Eddie Sachs (1960), Mooney vs. Fowle (1961), Man Who Dances (1969), The Sun Ship Game (1971), On the Road with Duke Ellington (1974) and For Auction: An American Hero (1986).

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TV series ripple out to USA from across the pond
By Mark Lieberman, USA Today - Jul. 31, 2013

American television networks have a long history of adapting shows from across the Atlantic: The Office, adapted from a British sitcom, and Homeland, adapted from an Israeli drama, are two prominent examples. But networks are more often importing foreign shows directly, as with Britain's The Honorable Woman, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, due Thursday on Sundance TV (10 ET/PT). Here's a sampling of recent shows lifted directly from other countries.

Sherlock and Downton Abbey (available on Amazon and iTunes): These U.K. imports have become popular in the USA, with Abbey setting viewership records for PBS. Holmes and Watson will return for a fourth season in 2015 or 2016, creator Steven Moffat has confirmed. Meanwhile, the fifth season with the Granthams arrives on PBS Jan. 4.

Broadchurch (available on Amazon and iTunes): David Tennant of Doctor Who plays a detective investigating a murder in a quaint English village in this ITV miniseries. The show attracted rave reviews when it premiered last year on BBC America. Fox's remake, Gracepoint, also starring Tennant and produced by series creator Chris Chibnall, debuts Oct. 2; a second season of Broadchurch, focusing on the killer's trial, also is in the works.

The Fall (Netflix): With Hannibal, The Bridge, Criminal Minds and The Following, American TV already featured plenty of serial killers last year, but this six-episode British series added another charismatic murderer to the mix, in the form of 50 Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan. Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) plays the troubled detective tasked with hunting him down.

The Returned (Amazon, iTunes): This French series is the anti-Walking Dead: A show about zombies with almost no gore. Instead, the eight-episode first season follows a group of dead people, including an adolescent girl who perished in a bus crash, as they suddenly return to their small town with no memory of what's happened to them since they died.

Doll and Em (HBO Go): American viewers will recognize "Em" (Emily Mortimer) from The Newsroom and popular movies such as Hugo, but the "Doll" (Dolly West, Emily Mortimer's real-life best friend) is less familiar. Mortimer and West play fictionalized versions of themselves, and the British show's six episodes follow them as they move to Hollywood to kick-start their careers.

Vicious (PBS.org): Stage and screen legends Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi subvert expectations with this risqué British sitcom, which aired on ITV and ends its season this Sunday on PBS (10:30 ET/PT, times may vary). The pair play a gay couple that oscillates between love and hate 48 years into their turbulent marriage.

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I have had Comcast for internet for over 11 years. I have bought a modem since day one. During that time, I have had two of them and probably don't even have $150 in both of them. During that time, I would have paid out well over $700 in modem rental fees. One thing you have to be careful with them of late is getting some kind of crazy letter saying their records indicate you are not being charged for your modem when you own it. I got several of those and finally stopped getting them when I threatened to drop them if I got another one of those letters.


I'll never go back to Comcast for TV.
*shrug* I'm paying $90/mo. for all channels + HBO + 50mb HSI with them, getting the double play is a no-brainer esp. when my Tivo + Minis whole-home DVR solution runs rings around most everything out there. And I get something like this deal every year just by selecting the cancel option and getting to retentions when they try to jack the rate again. I do have U-Verse to throw against them, not sure if that helps.

Agree that you have to watch your bill like a hawk if you own your modem, tons of posts on DSLreports about Comcast trying to slip in rentals because their billing is so broken. Happened to my daughter too after I gave her one of my old modems, she had to complain to them for a few months.
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Why would you ever rent a cable modem?
Because some cable companies have changed their rules and will not allow third-party modems on their systems. Charter did that a few months ago. Those that have third-party modems can keep them, but if they die, they will not allow the user to get their own replacement.

That said, I've been told by a couple of local users that they have the Charter modem, but are not getting charged the monthly fee for it.

For business customers, which I am now one (installation on Monday), the modem is free.

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Because some cable companies have changed their rules and will not allow third-party modems on their systems. Charter did that a few months ago. Those that have third-party modems can keep them, but if they die, they will not allow the user to get their own replacement.
Looks like they started that policy 2 years ago. As part of that policy Charter now hides the price of the modem in the price of Internet, no separate rental fee. That being said that is not a reason to not buy your own modem unless you are currently with Charter.

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