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Local Comcast/Time Warner Cable deal impact unknown

CablesWhile much of Birmingham was seeing proof of our winter wonderland melt away earlier this month, a major deal was struck between the two largest cable providers in the United States. Neither one of them has a presence in the Birmingham market, though the proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable by Comcast could impact services provided by Bright House Networks.

The company, the nation’s sixth largest internet service provider is owned by Advance Publications. That New York-based company is also the parent company for the Alabama Media Group/AL.com.

The reason this matters is because Bright House Networks’s cable television carriage deals are still negotiated by Time Warner Cable – as pointed out in this piece published on the Tampa Bay Times’s website on February 13. If the merger is approved, it will . There hasn’t been a major carriage issue for the company since 2009, when a last-minute deal kept 11 Viacom stations, including MTV and Comedy Central, from disappearing off the station guide. 

Photo: CablesDeclanTM/Flickr.

Cable outage in Crestwood, Southside

We’ve just learned via Wade Kwon’s Twitter feed that cable and Internet service in Crestwood has been down since about 1 a.m. this morning. Another Terminal Twitter follower, _colm_, let us know that the Bright House service outage is also affecting sections of Birmingham’s Southside. According to Kwon’s tweet, a line was cut due to a fire on Southside last night, causing the disruption. There’s currently no estimate being provided for when service will be restored.

The train knocked out the cable… seriously

This morning we noticed a bunch of tweets from folks talking about the loss of their Charter services since last (Sunday) night, meaning some pretty upset folks if they were trying to watch Shaq and Kobe reunite during the NBA All Star Game or Kenseth finally win at Daytona.

While we thought it was rather weird timing considering they’d just announced that they’d be filing for bankruptcy protection in the coming weeks, we hoped it was a much simpler reason. Well, according to this report by the Birmingham Business Journal, it was simpler (though a lot more nerve wracking than we thought it was going to be for those folks down in Montevallo).

Birmingham’s first The First 48 episode premieres tonight

Some of you may remember way back when Mayor Kincaid said that the Birmingham Police Department was not going to participate in the upcoming season of the popular A&E series The First 48, as brought up in a recent Black & White article. Well, tonight Birmingham will appear on the cable television series along with Tuscon, AZ beginning at 8 p.m. If you check out the episode, let us know what you think about it by adding to this posts comments below. And don’t worry, if you don’t get a chance to see this episode, there will be three other ones aired during the season, although we’re not quite sure when they’ll all air by… Or you can find out a little more about the detectives taking part in the filiming before you watch over at al.com.