Comcast Opens Super Store and 4 Media Titans Making Waves

AOL, Inc. (NYSE:AOL): There likely won’t be any ads for President Obama across the top of, which is the online version of the liberal monthly magazine the American Prospect. Even if editors support him him, blocking ads from his campaign is part of a pricing dispute that has placed various political Web sites, on both the left and right, against ideological allies. The standoff is an unintended consequence of a broad political advertising shift during this campaign season. There is more money being used in online ads than ever before, as estimates reach $100 million. However, the majority of this bounty will be distributed via advertising exchanges, like AOL’s or Google AdSense, that serve as middlemen, bypassing the direct buys that long have been key sources of revenue for Web publications.

Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX): Dish Network’s (NASDAQ:DISH) founder and chairman Charlie Ergen has not more intentions to leverage its Blockbuster acquisition to a position competing with Netflix, Bloomberg reports.

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Coinstar, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSTR): Coinstar has now teamed with New Era Tickets to sell event tickets via its Redbox service. On October 3rd, Redbox will begin the ticketing service in Philadelphia, and customers will have the ability to purchase tickets to local live events and attractions from the kiosks.

Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE:TWC) and Verizon Wireless used today to announce that they will team together in Hawaii to give new and existing customers more choice, value, and convenience regarding the their wireless and entertainment packages.  Customers in Hawaii currently have the ability to purchase packages of Oceanic Time Warner Cable residential TV, Internet and phone services, and Verizon Wireless’s smartphones and tablets from both companies and might have the ability to get a Visa prepaid debit card worth as much as $200.

Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) has intentions to have aribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday in celebration of the opening of a 2,000-plus square-foot retail store in Minnesota which will be used in marketing its triple play to subscribers in its Minneapolis – St. Paul market. The store, which has been named the Xfinity Experience Center, comes equipped with a fake living room featuring demonstrations of Comcast’s advanced digital video products and applications built for mobile devices like the iPad and iPhone. Additionally, the company is to also pitch Verizon Wireless services in the store, as Minneapolis – St. Paul is a market where it will partner with Verizon for the cross-promotion of digital cable and wireless phone products. The store is at the Rosedale Commons shopping center in Roseville, Minn., which is close to Minneapolis and St. Paul.

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