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DISSENT IN THE RANKS?
Posted 2 May 2000 00:00:00 UTC

We knew it was only a matter of time before the corporations suing us turned on each other. Time/Warner and Disney are at each others' throats.

Just like in the movies, the bad guys always wind up turning on each other. And it usually has something to do with greed and cheating.

This time it's a mega-corporate battle between Time/Warner (which owns CNN, HBO, Cinemax, TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network, Turner Classic Movies, Turner South, Time Magazine, the Atlanta Braves, the Atlanta Hawks, the Atlanta Thrashers, Sports Illustrated, People, Entertainment Weekly, New Line Cinema, Warner Brothers, and a whole lot of other stuff but most importantly Time/Warner Cable) and Disney (which owns Disneyland, Walt Disney World, the Disney Channel, Disney Cruise Line, Infoseek, Walt Disney Pictures, Buena Vista Pictures, Touchtone Pictures, Miramax Pictures, ESPN, and many more things but most importantly the ABC television network).

It seems that Disney has been trying to get Time/Warner to carry a bunch of Disney networks on Time/Warner's cable systems by charging them to carry the ABC network unless they do this. Time/Warner's response was to simply shut off the signal for the ABC network on the first day of the crucial May sweeps rating period.

We find it highly amusing that these corporate megagiants can't even agree with themselves on such basic issues as carrying TV stations on a cable network. Imagine the bickering that must be going on concerning the really complicated stuff, like figuring out how to make consumers give up their rights, which intimidation tactics to use, or how to price things beyond reason while making it impossible and illegal for alternatives to be created.

Any Time/Warner or Disney employee who wants to spread dirt about the other side, please email us at dvd@2600.com. Remember, we understand.

For those of you who actually care about this battle, you can read the opposing sides at:

Time Warner
Disney

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