Originally created 10/31/06

Biz bits



Comcast launches scary film network

PHILADELPHIA - On Halloween, Comcast Corp., in partnership with Sony Pictures Entertainment and Lionsgate, will unveil a horror-movie network called FearNet.

Fans will be able to watch movies through Comcast's video-on-demand service and on the Web at FearNet.com. Cell phone users will get free ringtones and wallpaper and eventually be able to watch video clips.

Digital cable subscribers can watch 200 ad-supported free movies a year through video on demand, with about 30 titles available each month. Sony and Lionsgate, the independent studio behind Oscar-winner Crash, will contribute their storehouse of 1,000 horror movies.

Emirates Airline nixes Airbus order

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Emirates Airline is canceling orders and options for 20 Airbus A340 aircraft and would send a team to the manufacturer's headquarters in France to check the promised delivery dates for an order for the A380 superjumbo, an airline spokeswoman said Monday.

This month, the airline said it was "reviewing all its options" after a further 10-month delay on delivery of its order of 45 Airbus A380 jumbo jets. Emirates described the delay as "very serious."

The 10-month delay on the superjumbos followed earlier announcements of delays totaling one year.

Goodyear to close Texas tire factory

AKRON, Ohio - Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. said Monday that it plans to close a plant in Tyler, Texas, three weeks after workers at the plant and 15 others went on strike in part because of the tire maker's plan to shut down the factory.

The move will eliminate about 1,100 jobs and is part of Goodyear's strategy to end some of its private label tire business.

More than 12,000 United Steelworkers members in Tyler and elsewhere in North America went on strike Oct. 5 after months of talks with the world's third biggest tire maker. No new talks have been scheduled.

Fuel surcharge fury

Are you upset that you're still seeing a "fuel surcharge" line on your bills even though gas prices have stabilized? Give your opinion to Laura Youngs at (706) 823-3227 or laura.youngs@augusta chronicle.com.