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Comcast upping its test data caps to a terabyte
Operators, Broadband
Comcast upping its test data caps to a terabyte
Apr 28 2016 12:45 PM

Comcast this week said it would more than triple the current 300 gigabyte data caps it’s testing in select U.S. markets, giving customers the ability to use up to a terabyte of data, something the operator says isn’t an issue for more than 99% of its customers.

Comcast sees programing costs rise 9.4% in Q1 as subs, revenues, earnings rise
Earnings, Pay TV
Comcast sees programing costs rise 9.4% in Q1 as subs, revenues, earnings rise
Apr 27 2016 8:30 AM

Comcast today reported it added 53,000 subscribers in Q1, it’s best first quarter subscriber results in nine years, on top of better-than-expected earnings.

The operator reported EPS of 84 cents, beating the 79 cents Wall Street expected. It also beat on revenues, reporting $18.8 billion, besting the forecast $18.6 billion. Revenue for the quarter was $18.79 billion, topping last year’s Q1against figure of $17.85 billion.

Comcast to deliver content without proprietary set-top box
Pay TV, Operators, Connected TVs & Devices
Comcast to deliver content without proprietary set-top box
Apr 20 2016 4:45 PM

Some Comcast customers will be able to save a few dollars a month after the cable giant today said it would allow subscribers to watch Comcast content without leasing a cable set-top box.

The move was in response to a push by federal regulators to relax the STB market, allowing customers to use devices like Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV instead.

Comcast’s Xfinity Stream service could have telco overbuilders more than a little worried
Pay TV, Live Streaming, Millennials
Comcast’s Xfinity Stream service could have telco overbuilders more than a little worried
Mar 31 2016 10:45 AM

In what may be the worst kept secret ever, Comcast is reportedly planning to offer its Xfinity Stream service to subscribers of other pay-TV operators who share its service footprint.

Can selling though Amazon make Comcast’s customer service better? Maybe
Pay TV, Broadband
Can selling through Amazon make Comcast’s customer service better? Maybe
Mar 22 2016 5:00 AM

Amazon isn’t moving into the cable TV business per se, but it is planning to help pay-TV operators and ISPs male it easier to connect with consumers by offering pay-TV, Internet and phone sign ups through its new online Amazon Cable Store.

For the moment, only Comcast is in the e-tailer’s product lineup, part of a deal, according to the Wall Street Journal, that came about after Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos met with Comcast CEO Brian Roberts and cable division CEO Neil Smit last year.

Comcast adds 89,000 pay-TV, 460,000 broadband subs in Q4
Pay TV, Earnings, Broadband
Comcast adds 89,000 pay-TV, 460,000 broadband subs in Q4
Feb 03 2016 7:15 AM

Comcast beat Wall Street estimates on revenues for Q4 2015, with sales of $19.08 billion for the quarter, off $320 million; EPS was 81 cents, missing by 1 cent.

For the quarter Comcast added 89,000 video customers, editing the year down 36,000 customers, its best video subscriber numbers in eight years and a result that CEO Brian Roberts, during the company’s earnings call, described as “heroic.”

CenturyLink expanding IPTV service in Minnesota; goes toe-to-toe with Comcast
Pay TV, Broadband, IPTV
CenturyLink expanding IPTV service in Minnesota; goes toe-to-toe with Comcast
Feb 02 2016 9:00 AM

There’s no way to confuse CenturyLink with Comcast; one has some 269,000 pay-TV subscribers, the other 22.3 million. But the Monroe, La.-based telco believes it can create an alternative market in the Twin Cities and nearly two-dozen surrounding cities with its Prism IPTV service.

The company says it’s deploying a multi-tier offering that starts at $35 monthly for its 140-channel Prism Essential product, to $80 monthly for its 320-channel Prism Premium package.

Comcast’s system upgrade could leave some Chicagoans seeing SD, but will up broadband speeds
Broadband, Pay TV, Millennials
Comcast’s system upgrade could leave some Chicagoans seeing SD, but will up broadband speeds
Jan 06 2016 8:00 AM

Some Comcast customers in Chicago could lose their HD channels as the operator completes an upgrade to its system that requires subscribers use new set-top boxes to access them.

NBCU reportedly in the hunt for UK commercial broadcaster iTV
EMEA, Mergers & Acquisitions
NBCU reportedly in the hunt to acquire UK commercial broadcaster iTV
Dec 21 2015 9:15 AM

Downton Abbey could have a new master is reports that NBCUniversal is on the trail of British commercial broadcaster iTV are true.

Shares of iTV are up on the speculation that comes after reports that the chiefs of the two broadcasters met recently.

The Daily Mail  reports that iTV could go for £11 ($16.38 billion)

Comcast goes OTT for subscribers with Stream TV, but only in Boston
SVOD, Pay TV, OTT
Comcast goes OTT for subscribers with Stream TV, but only in Boston
Nov 12 2015 1:45 AM

Comcast has rolled out its long-rumored OTT service for a trial in Boston, delivering live linear channels from the major networks, HBO and on-demand content.

Stream TV enables users to content on laptops, tablets and phones, but only in their homes. A catalog of on-demand movies and shows can be watched in the home or on-the-go over Wi-Fi, and includes access to TV Everywhere and a cloud DVR.

Comcast reports strong broadband growth as business focus continues to shift
Service Providers, Pay TV, Broadband
Comcast reports strong broadband growth as business focus continues to shift
Oct 27 2015 7:30 AM

Broadband growth highlighted Comcast’s Q3 earnings, as the operator added 320,000 new Internet subscribers and saw revenues from its Internet business climb more than 10%.

The cable operator lost 48,000 video subscribers, better than last year’s 81,000 dip, and saw its broadband business continue to increase its subscriber lead over pay TV. Comcast now has 22.87 million broadband subscribers compared to 22.26 million pay-TV subscribers.

CBS chief Moonves: Apple streaming deal likely
Pay TV, Content Deals, Cloud TV
CBS chief Moonves: Apple streaming deal likely
Oct 14 2015 10:00 AM

CBS CEO Les Moonves, during an appearance on Bloomberg TV, said the network would likely reach an agreement to sell Apple content for its proposed streaming service.

But, he said, the timing for the service remains up in the air.

“Apple is having conversations with everyone about doing their own streaming services,” Moonves said. “We have had those conversations, as have the other networks. Do I think something will happen? Probably, but I do not know when.” 

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