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August 17, 2001
Alex Coolman GLENDALE -- A second cable company may come to Glendale and Burbank as soon as this fall, possibly giving Charter Communications a run for its money. Altrio, a Los Angeles cable, telephone and Internet company, is in negotiations with Glendale and Burbank for the right to create its own cable network in the two cities, a spokeswoman for the company said. Ritch Wells, a spokesman for Glendale, stressed that the city is still reviewing the details of the company's proposal and that the City Council must approve any deal.
NEWS
February 13, 2003
Ben Godar Charter Communications will raise a number of its rates in March, including an increase in the cost of basic service that will affect nearly all its cable subscribers. Almost all Charter customers will see modest hikes for basic service. But the big increases will come in the area of field visits, which will skyrocket by as much as $16 in one category. In Glendale and Burbank, the monthly cost of basic service will go from $12.84 to $13.49.
NEWS
May 21, 2004
Here we go again with slick moves by Charter TV to increase their monthly fee. I have a package that has been unchanged for many months that included the Golf Channel on Station 80. It is now WGN, a Chicago station that has always been on Channel 21. When I checked the TV at La Cañada Country Club, it is of course the same change. When I call to ask why I lost this Golf Channel (no reduction in my monthly fee) I was told by a not-too-friendly voice that I would have to pay $4 more per month to get it back.
NEWS
By: Mark R. Madler | October 12, 2005
Charter Communications has been put on notice by the City Council that its cable television franchise could be in jeopardy if improvements aren't made to service and safety. While the council wanted staff members to continue renewal negotiations with Charter, they also wanted other options to be considered. "We are tied to your company but we have a lot of problems and complaints," Mayor Jef Vander Borght said. "I would like to see us find competition to your services.
NEWS
March 3, 2000
Jim Riggio GLENDALE -- There was a lot of joy and yet a lot of anger for many local residents when they woke up Wednesday morning to find that some changes were made among the stations provided by Charter Communications, the local calbe company that serves Glendale and surrounding communities. One of the changes reflected came in the sports programming provided by the local cable television operator. ESPN News, which provided 30-minute sports news updates on Channel 58 throughout the day, was dropped from Charter's menu.
NEWS
April 21, 2001
Alex Coolman GLENDALE -- A messy dispute has developed over the rates charged to local cable program producers, with the creators of some shows charging they are being financially crippled for political reasons. The debate centers on the rates being charged for broadcast time on Channel 17, a station that is home to about 10 producers. Starting at the beginning of this month, some of the producers said, the fees they pay for time were raised dramatically.
NEWS
August 29, 2001
Alex Coolman CITY HALL -- The company that hopes to compete with Charter Communications for cable business in Glendale took a step Tuesday toward being able to lay wire in the city -- but the wire in question will be used to deliver cable service to customers in Pasadena and Arcadia. Altrio Communications, a Los Angeles cable, telephone and Internet company, is looking to lay the fiber optic infrastructure to deliver services to Pasadena and Arcadia customers.
NEWS
September 7, 2001
Alecia Foster NORTHEAST GLENDALE -- The Glendale Unified School District will air the first of its live call-in cable shows on Oct. 10. The show will likely feature Supt. Jim Brown and one of the district's Board of Education members. It will be the first of a pilot series of three shows. Members of the Board of Education had expressed interest in having a show, which prompted district officials to look into a live call-in program. The show will air from 7 to 8 p.m. The second and third shows will air Nov. 14 and Dec. 12.
NEWS
July 30, 2003
Gary Moskowitz Shirley Cuentas believes that in some cases, television isn't always a bad thing when it comes to educating children. Cuentas, a Glendale Council Parent-Teacher Assn. member, wants the City Council to start helping the Glendale Unified School District fund its educational programming on Charter Communications Channel 15. City Council and city staff, at press time, had not commented on the requests from local educators who spoke at Tuesday's meeting.
NEWS
By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com | February 2, 2011
Television show production and movies at Burbank’s Warner Bros. Studios played a pivotal role in driving New York-based parent Time Warner Inc. to record profits in 2010 and a strong fourth-quarter financial performance, top executives said Wednesday. Time Warner Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes said he expects production of television shows for network and cable to grow in 2011. In a conference call with investors, Bewkes said the company plans to “ramp up the development of new shows for broadcast, particularly comedies, and we’ll increase production to meet the demand for original cable series.
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By Arin Mikailian, arin.mikailian@latimes.com | April 29, 2014
Charter Communications customers in Glendale and Burbank could soon be getting their TV cable and Internet services from Comcast Corp. under a proposed subscriber-base swap announced Monday. In an effort to get approval from the Federal Communications Commission to buy Time Warner Cable for $45 billion, Comcast, the country's largest cable provider, has agreed to trim 3.9 million customers once the transaction has been completed, including 1.4 million existing Time Warner customers in the Midwest that would go to Charter.
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NEWS
August 2, 2013
It's been a good couple of days for entertainment and cable companies. Shares of DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc., CBS Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc. rose Thursday after those companies reported strong quarterly earnings. Glendale-based DreamWorks Animation jumped 8.8% to $26.95 at the close of trading in New York Thursday. New York-based CBS increased 3.9% to $54.88. New York company Time Warner Cable rose 3.2% to $117.68. Continue reading > > --Ryan Faughnder, Los Anglees Times
NEWS
November 1, 2012
Democratic Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) and his Republican challenger in the Nov. 6 election, Glendale school board member Greg Krikorian, are scheduled to appear on ABCTVLIVE Friday to discuss their campaigns for the 43rd Assembly District. The two men, who squared off during a contentions debate last week , have in recent weeks challenged each other on their respective platforms and political records. But they won't be dueling on the cable access show. Gatto will be interviewed from 9 to 9:30 p.m. and Krikorian will be interviewed from 9:30 to 10 p.m., according to an announcement released today.
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By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | August 1, 2012
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge has ruled that Glendale is improperly using a fiber-optics network owned by Charter Communications for free, and that the city created a “smoke screen” to misuse fees paid by the cable company for purposes that violate state and federal laws. The ruling, which the city may appeal, could be a big blow to Glendale, which had insisted that an agreement signed in 1999 between the two parties stated that the city had free use of the fiber-optics network.
THE818NOW
May 1, 2012
A so-called Super PAC has bought nearly $500,000 in cable television advertising to support Howard Berman, who is warring with fellow Democratic Rep. Brad Shermanfor  a San Fernando Valley congressional district seat. The  Committee to Elect an Effective Valley Congressman bought political ads on several Time Warner Cable systems in the Valley, starting Tuesday and running up until the June 5 primary. The Sherman campaign announced details of the purchase and raised several questions, including why the Super PAC had not listed other campaign expenditures in its report to  federal election officials and suggested that it was trying to hide the source of its contributors by waiting until  the latest filing period ended, on March 31, to make the  cable TV ad  buys.
NEWS
February 22, 2012
The Walt Disney Co.has reached an agreement that would bring Pixar Animation Studios' "Cars 2," Disney's"The Muppets" and other approved films to Chinese cable television viewers, broadening the Burbank entertainment giant's access in the world's most populous market. An executive from You On Demand said Wednesday that it had struck a licensing deal with Disney to rent current films, as well as classic movies such as "The Lion King"or "Mary Poppins," through its recently launched on-demand service in China.
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By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | February 12, 2012
More than year after Glendale emerged victorious from a legal fight with Charter Communications over its planned cable channel changes, the two are at it again. This time, Charter is accusing Glendale officials of illegally using strands of company-owned fiber optics cables and laundering access fees through a city agency to use them for purposes that violate state law. In Los Angeles County Superior Court on Tuesday, Charter's attorney Richard Patch said the city has been using strands of optical fiber in the company's system even after its local franchise obligation to provide them for free expired.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine brittany.levine@latimes.com | August 29, 2011
Former Councilman John Drayman has launched a talk show on a local TV channel, but its schedule has been scaled back from daily to once a week. Launched earlier this month, Drayman had planned to make the talk show, “Face to Face,” his full-time job, but it hasn't turned into the moneymaking program he envisioned, said Mike Lawler, a guest on the show. “It's a great idea, but it's not the right economic time. Nobody wants to sink any money into this kind of thing,” said Lawler, president of the Historical Society of Crescenta Valley.
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By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times | August 28, 2011
Internet and phone service has been sporadic Sunday for thousands of Southern California homes and businesses after one of the area's largest providers, Time Warner Cable, experienced outages, the Los Angeles Times reports . The problem began just before 7 a.m., according to Jim Gordon, a Time Warner spokesman. "Our engineers are working to deploy a fix," Gordon said. The company's television service did not appear to be affected. Gordon said Time Warner was still investigating the problem.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | August 25, 2011
BURBANK - A 29-year-old Panorama City man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he and two other men posed as Charter Communications employees to steal copper wire from utility poles, officials said. Jesus Arreguin-Lopez faces a felony count of grand theft of copper wire belonging to the cable company, according to Los Angeles County Superior Court criminal complaint. The other two men - Jose Esparza, 26, of Van Nuys and Juan Lopez, 30, of Los Angeles - were also charged in the alleged copper wire theft, but they were released from jail on $20,000 bond each and won't be in court until next month, officials said.
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