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Apple in Talks With Comcast About Streaming-TV Service

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

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.

Comcast: All In for NBC

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

For most media-company chief executives, the costly acquisitions of the 1990s and early 2000s were an object lesson. After the unwinding of such high-profile combinations as AOL-Time Warner and Viacom-CBS, few CEOs have been willing to buy anything big except their own stock. One prominent exception: Comcast CEO Brian Roberts.

Comcast Is Content to Diversify

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

Comcast aims to secure for its shareholders the full rewards of a turnaround at NBCU before the division's success drives up its value. Comcast is also motivated by low interest rates, making cash a poor asset to hold and additional debt cheap to raise.

How Comcast Scared Up All That GE Cash

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

Comcast will pay $16.7 billion to acquire the 49 percent stake in NBCUniversal owned by General Electric, a move that accelerates the buyout well ahead of analysts' expectations. So how exactly did the cable operator manage to pull together that much dough that quickly?

Comcast to Buy Out GE’s Stake in NBC for $16.7 Billion

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

Comcast, the largest U.S. cable company, will buy out General Electric’s ownership of NBC Universal for $16.7 billion, following through on the cable company’s purchase of a controlling stake two years ago.

Mixed Response to Comcast in Expanding Net Access

Location:
Chicago, IL, United States
Recommendation:
2

Internet Essentials is not a government program, although that would be difficult to tell from the poster. Instead, it is a two-year-old program run by Comcast, the country’s largest Internet and cable provider, meant to bring affordable broadband to low-income homes.