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Cable TV competition could lower Mpls rates

BMA Networks President Pete Rhodes

Is Minneapolis big enough to have two cable systems? CenturyLink says yes, and hopes the Minneapolis City Council will approve their proposal sometime this month.

Comcast currently has a cable franchise to serve Minneapolis until 2021, and there has been only one company serving the entire city since 1983. CenturyLink late last year announced that they would seek approval to operate cable service in the city as well through its Prism TV, which currently operates in 14 markets across the country. Continue Reading →

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Mpls strikes deal with Comcast

Graphic by Chris Harrison

The City of Minneapolis may get at least $50,000 worth of free cable services and equipment, thanks to a new deal with Comcast. According to Comcast Vice-President Mary Beth Schubert, the deal, which was recently approved by the Minneapolis City Council, is like similar others “in a number of different areas within our service area.”
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Cable networks using Black sitcoms to draw more viewers



By Charles Hallman
Staff writer

According to Nielsen, Blacks watch almost 40 percent more television than any other group. As a result, Black-themed sitcoms and reality shows seemingly are now hot properties on cable. But not on just BET, TV One and Centric, three Black-oriented channels, but several mainstream outlets as well: TV Land has The Soul Man. Nick at Nite has Instant Mom. Tyler Perry’s House of Payne has been on TBS since 2007, and Meet the Browns debuted on the same channel two years later in 2009. Continue Reading →

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Hip hop lives


By Naomi Gaines

Guest Commentator


I have recently seen the Ice-T documentary Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap. First, I did not think I would be able to see it. I am currently incarcerated and per institution policy, inmates are not allowed to view rated-R films unless they premiere on cable or television channels. As fate would have it, I learned that VH1 would show the documentary, and short of some cataclysmic event I was not going to miss it. Secondly, I’m not only an artist and emcee: I am an avid fan, follower, and freedom fighter for hip hop culture. Continue Reading →

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