When the cable providers and the companies providing the shows fight over fees -- as Cablevision and News Corp currently are -- the viewers lose. But those who enjoy their business bare knuckled definitely win.
As the "Cablevision vs. News Corp." feud escalates, more than three million subscribers remain without Fox programming. Cablevision blames News Corp. for demanding an extortionate increase in retransmission fees; News Corp. argues Cablevision isn't negotiating MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Oct 18, 2010 1:26 PM ET
A round-up of the companies, deals, and trends that made headlines.
Every day, the Fortune staff spends hours poring over tech stories, posts, and reviews from all over the Web to keep tabs on the companies that matter. We've assembled the weekend's most newsworthy bits below.Illustrator Randall Monroe's 2010 edition of his "Map of Online Communities." Photo: xkcd
"The world doesn't need another platform." -- Google VP of Engineering Andy Rubin on Windows MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Oct 11, 2010 6:30 AM ET
In her 22 month stint as Yahoo CEO, numerous high-level executives have left Bartz behind, sometimes for greener pastures.
Say what you like about Carol Bartz's one-and-a-half-year tenure at Yahoo -- good, bad, or just ho-hum -- but there's no denying that high-level executives keep leaving as the CEO streamlines the troubled tech company and attempts to transform it into a viable competitor against the likes of Google and Facebook.
Last week, MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Oct 7, 2010 10:49 AM ET
With partners, developers, competitors and maybe some regulatory agencies
One of Apple's (AAPL) weaknesses as a company -- as even Steve Jobs will admit -- is that it isn't a particularly good neighbor. Like its co-founder and CEO, it can be secretive, prickly and quick to take offense. Witness, for example, the 121 pending lawsuits that list Apple as a plaintiff or defendant.
So it's unusual and sort of refreshing to see MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Sep 19, 2010 8:27 AM ET
This is the spot for our live coverage of Apple's (AAPL) Sept. 1 music event.
In sum, Steve Jobs delivered on most of the rumored new products and services. The headlines:
A new $99 Apple TV that streams (rather than downloads) $4.99 movie rentals and 99-cent TV rentals from ABC and Fox.
A new lineup of iPods, chief among them the iPod touch equipped with two cameras, one a front-facing camera that can MORE
Steve Jobs is not the TV networks' enemy. BitTorrent is.
The second episode of The Big C, Showtime's bittersweet hit comedy about a suburban mom with melanoma, aired Monday night at 10:30 p.m. Less than three hours later, a digital copy was posted on an Italian website, where it spread like crabgrass. By Wednesday morning, there were 3,387 "seeds" of The Big C, Season 01, Episode 02, on the Internet, MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 25, 2010 10:46 AM ET
Rather than a "best of TV" subscription service, Apple will be streaming programs a la carte
[UPDATE: The event is actually scheduled for Sept. 1. See here.]
Fuzzy rumors about Steve Jobs' next move in the TV market have been swirling for the better part of a year, but the picture snapped into focus on Tuesday.
A report by Peter Burrows, a veteran BusinessWeek reporter now writing for Bloomberg Businessweek, lays out the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 24, 2010 6:28 PM ET
A report tonight says that Google hasn't convinced any of the bigger network executives to sign up for their new service, set to debut in the coming months.
One of the three areas which Google (GOOG) sees significant expansion over the next few years is in the $70 billion/year U.S. television advertising market. With its GoogleTV product, it now has the platform to sell content against advertising. But can it get top MORESeth Weintraub - Aug 18, 2010 12:22 AM ET
From a lá carte to all-you-can-eat, Internet video programming has many pricing options -- none of which are 'free'
By John Patrick Pullen, contributor
I'm blacked out. Again. Earlier this spring, I subscribed to MLB.TV, Major League Baseball's online video service, and was told I'd have access to every regular season game live or on demand, where available, on the device of my choice. For $119 that seemed like a fair deal, MOREAug 12, 2010 1:19 PM ET
Gaming is already wildly popular. A recent spate of deals with Google, Disney, and Gamestop, suggest that social games have the promise to be wildly profitable, too.
by Patricia Sellers and JP Mangalindan FarmVille. Mafia Wars. Pet Society. With their collective userbases numbering in the hundreds of millions, social gaming is as ubiquitous and mainstream as primetime TV programming.
But for years that wasn't the case -- skeptics disregarded social games, MOREJul 29, 2010 10:13 AM ET
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