Friday’s CBS-Showtime blackout on Time Warner Cable was the real thing, unlike last Mon’s short blackout of CBS in some TWC markets that lasted less than 20 minutes. This time both sides appeared serious and ready to dig in, with CBS warning that TWC customers in some markets would miss its PGA Championship coverage, which doesn’t start until Thurs. More on the dispute, including the companies’ statements, here.

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Another day, more speculation on consolidation. And almost everyone is in play, except Comcast. Read on for more about the rumors and analysts’ opinions.
Cablevision posted basic video sub losses of 20K vs analysts’ estimate of 5K. More on the company’s financials here.
 

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A lot has changed since Robert Johnson launched BET in 1980, but the barriers that existed then for Black-owned networks remain much the same. Johnson and Entertainment Studios founder Byron Allen agreed

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