December 31, 2009

Time Warner tells Rupert Murdoch to get bent

Oh, noes!

News Corp. said it isn’t likely to reach an agreement with Time Warner Cable Inc. and expects to pull the Fox broadcast network from the cable system when their deal expires tomorrow.

“We deeply regret that millions of Fox customers will be deprived of our programming,” Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey said today in a memo to employees. “We need to receive fair compensation from Time Warner Cable to go forward with them.”

At first, I was a wee bit concerned. Then I realized I only watch Fringe and I can catch that online. Or on broadcast WHICH just so happens to be the point here. See, TWX isn't charging me for what I can get for free. They're charging me for a good clean signal, not for the content on Fox. Fox makes that money when they draw in viewers
and then sell ads. With that in mind, this seems like a shakedown.

Go ahead, Time Warner, and pull the plug! We'll either get the content for free or Fox will lose some viewers.

Posted by mcblogger at December 31, 2009 09:11 AM

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