The Empire Mistake Building. The Statue of Lunacy. Crimes Square.
Now that Time Warner Cable has renamed NY1 after its own appalling self, what other New York landmarks could we rebrand and ruin?
TWC confirmed yesterday that from December 16, its beloved local news station would be known as “Time Warner Cable News NY1.”
In recognition of the outcry this plan provoked when it was first announced, the “NY1” name was tacked back onto the end of this ungainly portmanteau.
TWC seems to think this will help. But it just demonstrates the cable, internet and phone provider fails to grasp how toxic its own name has become.
Around the town
Just in time for football season, CBS and Time Warner Cable have reached a deal, the companies announced on Labor Day evening. Starting at 6 p.m. tonight, the blackout is over and Time Warner Cable customers in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas will once again be able to watch How I Met Your Mother and Showtime.
Negotiations between the two companies broke down on August 2, so for a full month Time Warner did not show CBS or Showtime.
CBS went off the air last night for Time Warner subscribers, after the network and cable company failed to agree on a new contract. But the network was back on Time Warner within the hour and the contract deadline has been extended until 5 pm on Friday. (New York Times)
After NBC announced it will create a Hilary Clinton miniseries, CNN announced a made-for-TV movie about the former secretary of state. (Politico)
The Daily Beast asks the important question: Is Diane Lane too sexy to play Hilary Clinton in NBC’s miniseries? (Daily Beast)
In a joint release last Tuesday, Cablevision and Time Warner Cable announced that 32 New York City parks will receive Wifi service. Cablevision and Time Warner Cable will maintain the service through 2020.
Rahul Merchant, New York City’s chief information and innovation officer, explained that the initiative was “negotiated as part of franchise agreements with Time Warner Cable and Cablevision Systems,” and that it “expands Wifi service to millions of New Yorkers and visitors in some of our city’s most beautiful and historic sites.”
Time Warner is finally at your service.
The cable giant has announced that it is cutting the appointment window in which a technician arrives at your home to just one hour.
Time Warner customers in Manhattan, Staten Island and parts of New Jersey will be able to enjoy the new service immediately. Good thing time Read More
With Google Fiber spreading from Kansas City to Austin, Time Warner Cable is feeling the pressure.
While they can’t compete with Google’s cutting edge technology, the cable giant is trying to make up for it in service. They have implemented one hour service windows, halving Comcast’s guaranteed two hour Read More
Former Vice President Al Gore’s pet TV project, Current TV, is in the news for all the wrong reasons these days. Current, which Mr. Gore and business partner Joel Hyatt seek to turn into a rival to the likes of MSNBC, just fired firebrand Keith Olbermann for, well, being Keith Olbermann, and Mr. Olbermann will likely sue them for the pleasure. Now Reuters reports via “three sources with knowledge of the situation” that Current may not meet Time Warner Cable’s “minimum threshold” for average number of viewers per quarter:
THE NIXED KNICKS
Just the facts, here:
THE NIXED KNICKS
The New York Times‘ New York Knicks reporter Howard Beck just Tweeted out: “Knicks and Jeremy Lin will be coming back to Time Warner cable customers soon. Agreement reached.” Times TV sports columnist Rich Sandovir notes: “Seven week impase resolved, with input from Gov. Cuomo and AG Schneiderman.”
We’ve reached out to representatives from Time Warner-Cable and MSG Network; we’ll update if they return with quote. The Times story, now up, notes Governor Andrew Cuomo’s involvement in the dispute:
The dispute over licensing fees between Time-Warner Cable and Madison Square Garden Entertainment—which owns the New York Knicks and MSG TV—has blacked out the majority of Knicks coverage for New Yorkers since the beginning of 2012. In January, talks had completely stalled out.
The Observer has now learned that MSG Entertainment chairman James Dolan and Time-Warner Cable chairman Glenn A. Britt finally returned to the negotiating table earlier this week.