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In Modern Media Realm, Big Mergers Are a Bulwark Against Rivals

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

Comcast’s bold strategy of acquisition kicked off a wave of defensive consolidation, fueled by a combination of fear and abundant capital in the media realm. And no one is stopping them.

Comcast-Time Warner deal may hinge on anemic low-cost Internet plan

Location:
Comcast, 1500 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19102-2148, United States
Recommendation:
3

Comcast offered Internet Essentials shortly before its last big acquisition, when it bought NBC Universal in 2011. To ease federal approvals of the transaction, the company promised that it would offer low-priced Internet connections and computers to low-income families.The program requires the participant’s household to include a child who is eligible for the federal school lunch program. Of that 2.6 million, only 300,000, or 12 percent, have signed up since Internet Essentials was launched in 2011. The low participation rate suggests that relying on merger conditions to make private companies provide what has become an essential tool to participate in society may not be the best approach to bridge the digital divide.

Comcast’s Cohen: Whatever an Internet ‘Fast Lane’ Is, We’re Allowed to Do It

Location:
Comcast, 1500 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19102-2148, United States
Recommendation:
2

Comcast exec VP David L. Cohen isn’t sure how the Federal Communications Commission’s proposed network neutrality rules will define broadband providers’ ability to charge for an Internet “fast lane” but said that in any case, the cable giant has the right to offer paid prioritization to partners.

Comcast is trying to improve its image with a program for low-income consumers

Location:
Comcast, 1500 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19102-2148, United States
Recommendation:
2

As Comcast tries to win over regulators reviewing its controversial merger with Time Warner Cable, its well-honed lobbying campaign often highlights a company program offering Internet to low-income families. But many low-income consumers say accessing Comcast’s program isn’t so easy.

Comcast Profits from the Poor with Internet Essentials Deal

Location:
Comcast, 1500 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19102-2148, United States

CORRECTION: “Comcast Profits from the Poor with Internet Essentials Deal” was actually from a reprint of a story originally published July 9, 2013. (http://www.nextnewdeal.net/comcast-profits-poor-internet-essentials-deal)

Apple in Talks With Comcast About Streaming-TV Service

Location:
Apple, 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA, 95014, United States
Recommendation:
3

Apple is in talks with Comcast about teaming up for a streaming-television service that would use an Apple set-top box and get special treatment on Comcast's cables to ensure it bypasses congestion on the Web, people familiar with the matter say. The deal, if sealed, would mark a new level of cooperation and integration between a technology company and a cable provider to modernize TV viewing.

Tennis Channel Asks FCC to Review Carriage Call

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
1

Having exhausted its court appeal options, the Tennis Channel wants the Federal Communications Commission to take another crack at justifying its decision that Comcast discriminated against Tennis Channel in favor of its own, co-owned sports networks Golf Channel and NBC Sports Network.

It shouldn’t take a merger for low-income Americans to get cheap broadband

Location:
Washington Post, 1150 15th St NW, Washington, DC, 20071, United States
Recommendation:
2

Comcast is extending its $10-a-month broadband program for low-income Americans.

Comcast Extends National Broadband Adoption Program For Low-Income Families

Location:
Comcast, 1500 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19102-2148, United States
Recommendation:
3

Comcast Executive Vice President David Cohen announced the company will continue Internet Essentials indefinitely -- beyond its initial three-year commitment. Internet Essentials is Comcast’s broadband adoption program for low-income families.

Consumers Union Wants Government to Vet Comcast/Netflix Deal

Location:
Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20530-0001, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Consumers Union wants the Federal Communications Commission and Department of Justice to vet the deal between Comcast and Netflix.

The British Are Streaming . . . For Free! So Why Isn't NBC?

Location:
BBC, London, W1A 1AA, United Kingdom
Recommendation:
2

In the US, NBC has a death grip on Olympics coverage, aggressively keeping clips off YouTube and monetizing its broadcast at every possible turn. But the BBC tells a much different story.

Comcast eyes Time Warner Cable's East Coast markets: source

Location:
Comcast, 1500 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19102-2148, United States
Recommendation:
1

Comcast, in its talks with Charter about a possible deal to acquire parts of Time Warner Cable, would be interested in an agreement that gives Comcast the New York market and parts of New England

Who Could Lose When Comcast and Khan Academy Tango

Location:
Comcast, 1500 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19102-2148, United States
Recommendation:
2

At first glance, it looks positive: Comcast and Khan Academy are looking for ways to help bridge the digital and educational divide. But before you get excited, it’s worth considering the motives and potential impact of this agreement: The partnership raises questions about whether “discount” programs like Internet Essentials actually address the digital divide issue, and concerns about how Internet service providers might someday be able to pick favorites in the digital education market.

Comcast's ‘Internet Essentials’ Passes 1 Million Mark

Location:
Senate Commerce Committee, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE Russell Senate Office Building - 253, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
2

Internet Essentials, Comcast’s Internet adoption program for low-income households, has connected more than 1 million Americans, company executive vice president David Cohen announced in testimony to the US Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet.

FCC Upholds Bloomberg News Neighborhooding Complaint Against Comcast

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Federal Communications Commission upheld its Media Bureau's decision for Bloomberg in its news neighborhooding complaint against Comcast and will require Comcast to neighborhood standard definition as well as high definition channels. The FCC upheld the bureau definition of a neighborhood, and rejected Comcast's First Amendment challenge.

Burke: NBC Retransmission Revenue To Reach $200M in 2013

Location:
NBC Universal, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY, 10112, United States
Recommendation:
1

NBC Universal CEO Steve Burke said he expects retransmission consent revenue at its flagship NBC broadcast network will rise to $200 million in 2013 and should begin to close the monetization gap with its peers over the next several years.

Comcast Boosts Speeds for Low-Income Service to 5 Mbps

Location:
Comcast, 1500 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19102-2148, United States
Recommendation:
1

With the start of the new school year, Comcast is re-launching Internet Essentials. This marks the program’s third year, and in the 22 months since the program was first launched, more than 220,000 families, benefitting an estimated 900,000 low-income Americans nationwide, now have a broadband connection at home.

Inside Comcast's $30 Billion TV Bet

Location:
NBC Universal, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY, 10112, United States
Recommendation:
1

In the two years since Comcast bought NBCUniversal, Steve Burke has shown a zeal for shaking things up with little sentimentality, weeding out some of the company's most well-known personalities in the process.

NBCU Writers Accuse Steve Burke of Blocking Unionization

Location:
NBC Universal, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY, 10112, United States
Recommendation:
2

Writers from "Saturday Night Live," "Late Night," "30 Rock" and a slew of other NBCUniversal shows called on NBCU President Steve Burke to allow writers at the company's Peacock Productions to unionize.

Bloomberg Wants FCC Action on Comcast Neighborhooding Compliant

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
1

Bloomberg is pushing the Federal Communications Commission to come to a final decision on its complaint against Comcast for what Bloomberg alleges is a violation of the news neighborhooding condition the FCC imposed as a condition of allowing Comcast to meld with NBCU.

Bravo Discusses Mixing Advertising With Its Shows

Location:
NBC Universal, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY, 10112, United States
Recommendation:
1

Sponsorship agreements — known as branded entertainment, content marketing and native advertising — are becoming common on Bravo, part of the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment division of NBCUniversal.

Comcast Completes NBCU Consolidation

Location:
NBC Universal, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY, 10112, United States
Recommendation:
5

Comcast has completed its acquisition of the remaining 49% interest in NBC Universal it didn’t already own from General Electric for about $16.7 billion.

Drooping Cable Ratings Pressure NBCU's Cash Cow

Location:
Comcast, 1500 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19102-2148, United States
Recommendation:
2

As Comcast nears completion of its $16.7 billion buyout of General Electric Co.'s stake in media giant NBCUniversal, it faces a slowdown in what has long been the engine of the business: NBCU's cable channels.

Comcast program helps close the "digital divide"

Location:
Comcast, 1500 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19102-2148, United States
Recommendation:
2

Comcast says 5,700 low-income families in the Philadelphia area are now participating in a discounted Internet service the cable giant agreed to offer as part of its merger with NBCUniversal.

Comcast to Sell Prepaid Access Cards for Low-Cost Internet Program

Location:
Comcast, 1500 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19102-2148, United States
Recommendation:
2

Comcast in the second half of 2013 plans to introduce prepaid “Opportunity Cards” to let not-for-profit organizations, businesses and others buy up to a year of Internet Essentials service for low-income families eligible under the program. In addition, Comcast has expanded the eligibility criteria to include families with home-schooled kids and those with students in private and parochial schools.

Disney, News Corp. Discuss Hulu's Future

Location:
Hulu, 12312 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90064, United States
Recommendation:
2

News Corp and Walt Disney have begun discussions about resolving uncertainty over their jointly controlled online video site Hulu LLC, with one possible outcome being that one or the other company sells their stake.

Comcast to FCC: We've Overdelivered on NBC Promises

Location:
Comcast, 1500 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19102-2148, United States
Recommendation:
2

Comcast filed its two-year NBCU deal compliance report at the Federal Communications Commission.

Comcast Says NBCU Is Negotiating 'Full Freight' Internet TV Deals

Location:
NBC Universal, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY, 10112, United States
Recommendation:
2

NBCUniversal is in talks with several Internet video providers to license a full lineup of programming comparable to what it offers traditional pay TV providers, Comcast disclosed in its annual report to the Federal Communications Commission.

Comcast Bans Gun Ads

Location:
Comcast, 1500 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19102-2148, United States
Recommendation:
2

Comcast Spotlight, the local sales arm of the cable giant, will no longer take ads for guns.

Comcast: Rate hike likely to pay for programming

Location:
Comcast, 1500 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19102-2148, United States
Recommendation:
2

Comcast executives warned that TV programming costs could increase in the "low double digits" in 2013 - increases that likely will be passed to Comcast's TV customers - after increasing about 7 percent in 2012.