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post #3721 of 3736 Old 05-26-2015, 11:59 AM
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Is the fact that Comcast owns NBC the reason the Comcast-TWC merger was denied? That's the only difference I see here w/ Charter-TWC proposed merger. I would think this would be denied as well.
The big difference that I see is that Comcast was the largest cable provider and TWC was number 2. Charter is number 4 and much smaller and even after the merger will only be number two. Makes it much easier to imagine that it will happen.
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There's Comcast's ownership of Universal Studios and NBC, as well as the immense size a combined Comcast-TWC would have reached (nearly 50% of cable homes passed, and 60% of all broadband Internet subscribers.)

Charter, on the other hand, like TWC, doesn't own any nationally distributed channels, and the combined Charter-TWC-Bright House would still be smaller than Comcast (but big enough to stand up to Comcast and others in programming negotiations).
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Is the fact that Comcast owns NBC the reason the Comcast-TWC merger was denied? That's the only difference I see here w/ Charter-TWC proposed merger. I would think this would be denied as well.
It was denied because of that and because it was #1 and #2 merging into one. In this case, it is #4 buying #2 . I would be pretty shocked if it isn't allowed.
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There's Comcast's ownership of Universal Studios and NBC, as well as the immense size a combined Comcast-TWC would have reached (nearly 50% of cable homes passed, and 60% of all broadband Internet subscribers.)

Charter, on the other hand, like TWC, doesn't own any nationally distributed channels, and the combined Charter-TWC-Bright House would still be smaller than Comcast (but big enough to stand up to Comcast and others in programming negotiations).
The new charter-twc-brighthouse would be a close #2 to comcast. Would they stop the new Charter Conglomerate from buying cablevision (who wants to sell) and becoming #1 ?
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Up until a day ago the NFL RedZone channel (824 in my market) was showing a title slate with the days/times it would be live for the Pre-Season on it. Now I get a "No signal" message on that channel. Can anybody outside of SC confirm if this is a nationwide issue, or just in our market? I realize there is a week or so to go before it gets used, but I don't want to wait until the last minute to bug them if it is a local issue. Getting somebody to notice might take a week in itself.
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Up until a day ago the NFL RedZone channel (824 in my market) was showing a title slate with the days/times it would be live for the Pre-Season on it. Now I get a "No signal" message on that channel. Can anybody outside of SC confirm if this is a nationwide issue, or just in our market? I realize there is a week or so to go before it gets used, but I don't want to wait until the last minute to bug them if it is a local issue. Getting somebody to notice might take a week in itself.
RedZone is coming in fine for me.
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Up until a day ago the NFL RedZone channel (824 in my market) was showing a title slate with the days/times it would be live for the Pre-Season on it. Now I get a "No signal" message on that channel. Can anybody outside of SC confirm if this is a nationwide issue, or just in our market? I realize there is a week or so to go before it gets used, but I don't want to wait until the last minute to bug them if it is a local issue. Getting somebody to notice might take a week in itself.
Are you sure you still get that service with your package? I was looking at pricing yesterday and discovered that it is no longer part of the Silver package.

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Are you sure you still get that service with your package? I was looking at pricing yesterday and discovered that it is no longer part of the Silver package.
Yes, I just recently upgraded to the "Gold" package for football season to add these extra channels. I'll go back to Silver at the end of the season. Until a few days ago it was showing a list of the days/times that it would be active for the Pre-Season. Now I get a "NO Signal" message when I try to tune that channel. Others in my market report the same on the local thread, but we're all cablecard users. I'm wondering if they changed something for the "Free Preview" during the Pre-Season that "broke" it for CableCards or if it really is a signal issue.
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I just changed over from Directv to Charter and the first thing I noticed was how bad the PQ is from Directv. It is a pixelated mess when there is fast motion. I would like to see them add more video bandwidth before anything else.
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Yes, I just recently upgraded to the "Gold" package for football season to add these extra channels. I'll go back to Silver at the end of the season. Until a few days ago it was showing a list of the days/times that it would be active for the Pre-Season. Now I get a "NO Signal" message when I try to tune that channel. Others in my market report the same on the local thread, but we're all cablecard users. I'm wondering if they changed something for the "Free Preview" during the Pre-Season that "broke" it for CableCards or if it really is a signal issue.
Give them a call, they might need to send a signal to the card and/or adapter. Have you tried rebooting the adapter, if you have one?

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I just changed over from Directv to Charter and the first thing I noticed was how bad the PQ is from Directv. It is a pixelated mess when there is fast motion. I would like to see them add more video bandwidth before anything else.
That shouldn't be. Put in a trouble call, you might need a new box or a signal booster. If you can't be there, then at least swap out that box to see if things improve. Oh! and be sure that you're watching HD channels. SD just stinks via most sources.

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Does anyone have any insight on the Worldbox or actually using one?

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I received a mailer today advertising something called, "Spectrum TV Stream", for $12.99/mo. It supposedly includes the major broadcast networks PLUS HBO or Showtime. And if you subscribe now, they give you a free Rouk 3.

Sounds great, huh? Of course, when you visit the link promising more information and input your account number, there is no mention of it at all. The only options are to add TV service (I'm currently only subscribed to internet), starting at $39.99/mo.

I'm going to assume the offer is only for new customers and current subscribers of their TV service. There is absolutely no clarification in the flyer. It mentions " Offer valid to "qualified" (whatever that means) residential customers who have no outstanding obligation to Charter. That sounds to me like it's open to customers who are not behind in their payments, which I am not.

Based on my observations of cable company practices over the years, my guess is the offer is open only to customers who ALREADY subscribe to their TV service as an add on service. It doesn't even say if shows are available on demand or only live.

For a second I thought maybe they had become desperate enough to actually offer a service that could compete with Hulu or Netflix. I guess that's still several years away.

Edit: I may be wrong. See next post.

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I found a bit more info using Google.

http://m.homemediamagazine.com/cable...-service-36833

Also, there's a thread over at DSL Reports forums:

http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r303...TV-Stream-Plus

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Hmmmm Maybe they're taking it slow? I haven't check the DSLreports link yet, but will after dinner. Thanks!

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The Charter-TWC-BHN merger has been approved by the California Public Utilities Commission. The deal is expected to close next week.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articl...ornia-approval
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