Archives for: November 2010
Comcast blocks Netflix; Wants fee to stream content

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Level 3 Communications, a central partner in the Netflix online movie service, accused Comcast on Monday of charging a new fee that puts Internet video companies at a competitive disadvantage.

Level 3, which helps to deliver Netflix’s streaming movies, said Comcast had effectively erected a tollbooth that “threatens the open Internet,” and indicated that it would seek government intervention. Comcast quickly denied that the clash had anything to do with network neutrality, instead calling it “a simple commercial dispute.”

The dispute highlighted the growing importance of Internet video delivery — an area that some people say needs to be monitored more closely by regulators. Net neutrality, which posits that Internet traffic should be free of any interference from network operators like Comcast, is thought to be on the December agenda of the Federal Communications Commission.

“With this action, Comcast demonstrates the risk of a ‘closed’ Internet, where a retail broadband Internet access provider decides whether and how their subscribers interact with content,” Thomas C. Stortz, the chief legal officer for Level 3, said in a statement Monday.

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Back to the Future 25th Anniversary Cake

alt.tv.food-network – Ace of Cakes made an awesome replica of the DeLorean Time Machine for the anniversary party when the movie first came out.

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‘Wheel of Fortune’ voice O’Donnell, 78, dies in LA

LOS ANGELES – Charlie O’Donnell, the announcer whose voice has opened “Wheel of Fortune” for decades, has died. He was 78.

Agent Fred Wostbrock said Monday that O’Donnell — the voice of the game show even before hosts Pat Sajak and Vanna White appeared — died late Sunday at his Los Angeles home. The cause was unclear.

O’Donnell was a popular radio DJ in New York before starting his television career in Philadelphia with Dick Clark on “American Bandstand.”

He also served as announcer for Oscar and Emmy telecasts and other game shows including “The Newlywed Game.”

His signature phrase “Wheeeeeeel of Fortune,” could be heard on the show from its beginning with host Chuck Woolery in 1975. He worked on the show until 1980, and again from 1988 until his death.

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