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Comcast Signals Sports-TV Rebates Are Coming

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If you missed the regular Opening Day from Major League Baseball due to the coronavirus pandemic, well, someone feels your pain.

Comcast Corp. intends to refund the programming fees its subscribers paid for regional sports networks in the second quarter, the Philadelphia cable giant said Wednesday. The rebates are likely to show up as credits on future bills, not dollars in someone’s wallet.

“We have consistently said that we would pass along all credits or any other adjustments we receive from regional sports networks to our customers, and will be offering adjustments to our customers based upon the Major League Baseball games that weren’t played in the second quarter because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the company said. The amount of money involved will likely hinge on a subscriber’s individual market, and how many regional sports outlets are included in their plan.

Comcast’s maneuver may place pressure on some of its rivals to reciprocate. In May, Letitia James, New York State’s Attorney General, sent a dispatch to the companies that extract programming fees from sports-TV fans: Altice, AT&T, Charter Communications, Comcast, Dish Network and Verizon. “At a time when so many New Yorkers have lost their jobs and are struggling,” she wrote, “it is grossly unfair that cable and satellite television providers would continue to charge fees for services they are not even providing.”

A 2019 report from Kagan, a market-research firm that is part of S&P Global Market Intelligence, estimated that sports programming brought in $18.55 per cable or satellite subscriber per month in fees – 22.1% of average revenue per user. That figure has surged since 2009, when sports programming captured 14.1%, according to Kagan. Those figures likely include national sports programmers like ESPN and Fox Sports 1, which are not involved in Comcast’s decision.

Contracts with regional sports networks often hinge on the number of live sporting events they show over a defined period of time. The majority of baseball games are broadcast in regional fashion, not on a national outlet like ESPN or Fox Broadcasting, and are the foundation of a market for RSNs. Comcast owns several regional sports outlets as do Sinclair Broadcasting, which purchased the former Fox RSNs from Walt Disney, and AT&T.

In the recent past, Comcast deferred any decision on sports-fee givebacks to the leagues. “The leagues have to decide are they going to be playing, what happens to the future if they’re just starting a season or the current one that got disrupted,” said Brian Roberts, chairman and CEO of Comcast, during an investor call in the Spring. “If we are able to get clarification, then we can give that to our customers.”

But Comcast was already offering some relief overseas. Comcast allowed  subscribers to its Sky Sports – sold separately from other programming options – take a pause in the billing cycle, in the belief that doing so would prevent wholesale cancellations and allow the company to keep subscribers on board.

Comcast’s decision could open the cable and satellite sector up to new scrutiny. Major League Baseball continues to grapple with the coronavirus, postponing games by the Florida Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies (whose games are often broadcast by Comcast-owned NBC Sports Philadelphia). If individual teams are sidelined, does that mean viewers in their home markets shouldn’t have to pay a portion of their sports programming fees? As more leagues and teams try to resume play, Comcast’s giveback plan could keep media and sports executives on their toes.

 

 

 

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See Metallica’s James Hetfield Sing “Would?” With Alice in Chains in 2006

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In February of 2005, nearly a decade after their final show with singer Layne Staley, and nearly three years after Staley’s death, Alice in Chains’ surviving members — Jerry Cantrell, Mike Inez and Sean Kinney — reunited to perform a benefit concert for victims of the tsunami that had decimated South Asia a few months before. Tool’s Maynard James Keenan and Heart’s Ann Wilson, among others, chipped in on vocals. A little over a year later, the three bandmates regrouped again, to play VH1’s “Decades Rock Live” concert, and were joined this time by Guns N’ Roses’ Duff McKagan and, on lead vocals, Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo, for a burly rendition of iconic Dirt closer “Would?”

But Anselmo was hardly the only big-name metal singer who would join the band to perform that song that year. In June 2006, at Germany’s Rock am Ring festival, Metallica’s James Hetfield took the stage during Alice in Chains’ set to trade vocals with Cantrell on the Singles soundtrack cut. Staley and his death would serve, a few years later, as inspiration for Metallica’s 2008 album, Death Magnetic.

“The theme of our new album is that we’re all gonna die sometime,” Hetfield told Guitar World. “Just like the poles of a magnet, some people are drawn to death and others are repulsed by it, but we all have to deal with it. Lyrically, it started as a bit of a tribute to Layne Staley and all those who’ve martyred themselves in the name of rock & roll. But it grew and evolved from there.”

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Pokemon New Season Release Date, Cast, Plot And Many Other Updates

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Pokemon is abbreviated from the Japanese title of Pocket Monsters, it was the adventure, comedy, and fantasy series which is directed by Kunihiko Yuyama who is the chief director. Many of them writing this series mainly and started written by Takeshi Shudo.

This TV series was licensed by 4Kids Entertainment from 1998-2006 and The Pokemon Company International from 2006-present. The original network of this series is TV Tokyo and also released in many English networks. It has 8 TV specials with 3 full-length and 5 normal-length and also with the 25 side-story episodes.

Pokemon Release Date

Pokemon is one of the most popular TV series loved by people all over the world.  It has a total of 1,118 episodes with 1,119 segments. This is a video game series which is originally running from 1st April 1997- present. Pokemon is split across 22 TV seasons with the 23rd season which is scheduled to be premiered on Netflix on June 12, 2020.

Cast Of The Show

Pokemon is one of the animated series so it has an animated character where the persons are given voice for those characters in different languages according to the country of release.

Some of the characters with their English voices are Ash Ketchum voiced by Veronica Taylor, Misty voiced by Rachael Lillis, Brock was voiced by Eric Stuart, Tracey Sketchit voiced by Tomokazu Seki, May voiced by Kaori Suzuki, Max voiced by Amy Birnbaum and many other characters are also included, here we can see the voice actors of 4Kids network.

Plot Of The Show

In Pokemon series was based on the popular game boy game “Pocket Monsters” in which children grow the pocket monsters and they train it to fight with other monsters.  In this series ten-year-old ash inspired to be the greatest Pokemon trainer in the world. To become such pokemon he asks help from his friends and his own Pokemon.  This was the main plot of this series.

Conclusion

Pokemon was one of the most popular shows were kids from the 90s till now watching this series.  Japanese series are really interesting to watch and this is now streaming in Netflix so let us watch the latest episodes and all other old episodes also.

I hope this information is useful for the fans of Pokemon and stay tuned for more updates.

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Caitlyn Jenner has come forward to support Kanye West in her own way! Check it out.

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The unscripted television star showed up on Good Morning Britain on Monday where she was inquired as to whether the rapper was getting ‘support’, following a stressing appearance at an ongoing convention just as a progression of whimsical tweets.

It followed Caitlyn’s past remark about needing to put herself forward as Kanye’s VP as he makes his offer for the White House.

She told has Ben Shephard and Kate Garraway: ‘Since the entirety of this has descended, I have quite recently sort of watched it simply like every other person, so I haven’t generally gotten an opportunity. He’s living up in Wyoming, more often than not, thus I simply wish him the best.’

‘You realize I made that as a joke at that point, about being his VP when he reported that. However, you know, I trust in the best for him.

‘He’s a great person. The main thing I truly can discuss is actually how he has treated me through everything. Also, he has been the most kind, adoring person.’

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Caitlyn said Kanye has consistently been ‘strong’ of her all through her progress.

Caitlyn proceeded: ‘Thus great to me consistently, and particularly experiencing all that I’ve experienced over the most recent five years.

‘He’s been such an old buddy, and that to me is by a wide margin the most significant thing. To the extent support.’

Kanye’s appearance at his assembly in South Carolina a month ago observed him separate in tears as he asserted to the group that he and spouse Kim Kardashian had intended to prematurely end their seven-year-old little girl North.

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Kanye made stunning cases about his family

He likewise guaranteed on Twitter that he needed to separate Kim, who he imparts four kids to, over a supposed gathering she had with rapper Meek Mill at the Waldorf Hotel.

The Golddigger rapper as of late consoled fans he is ‘very okay’.

He tweeted: ‘There is a strategy of 4 D’s… Distract Discredit Dismiss To Destroy… I am very okay… Take a second and consider what is being anticipated here.’

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