February 4, 2010
Comcast Corp. reported sharply higher fourth-quarter earnings, propelled mainly by a boost in broadband and phone revenue, and unveiled a new brand for its core cable TV operations as it transforms into a media conglomerate. On the eve of congressional hearings on its proposed purchase of a controlling stake in NBC Universal, Comcast said it would change the name of its cable TV, Internet and phone services to XFinity. The new brand will roll out in 11 markets Feb. 12 and expand nationally thereafter.
February 20, 2013 |
Comcast Corp. said its cable systems will stop accepting ads for guns or from retail outlets promoting gun sales as part of a new policy. A spokesman for the nation's largest cable operator said the approach is similar to one its entertainment unit NBCUniversal has for its broadcast TV stations. The moves come in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting that left 26 people dead. This doesn't mean Comcast is going completely gun-free. The NBC Sports Network, a cable channel, will continue to accept advertisements for weapons that are used for hunting, such as shotguns and rifles.
February 13, 2014 |
Can your cable or broadband service get any worse? That's the question that comes to mind when reading the doom-and-gloom coverage of Comcast's $45-billion purchase of Time Warner Cable. One of the most common predictions from critics: the new company will push cable and broadband prices even higher than Comcast or Time Warner Cable have been able to do separately. That's because of the leverage Comcast will gain by acquiring Time Warner Cable. The combined company would hold about 30% of the pay-TV market (and roughly half of all customers served by a cable operator)
May 1, 2013 |
Comcast Corp. posted strong first-quarter earnings with gains in nearly all of its business units -- except for the NBC broadcast network as the peacock's feathers once again got plucked. Dismal prime-time ratings at NBC contributed to a $35-million loss for the quarter for Comcast's broadcast segment. Broadcast revenue plummeted 18.5%, largely because NBC did not broadcast the Super Bowl this year. In 2012, NBC benefited from $259 million in Super Bowl advertising revenue. The network was further hurt because its hit singing show "The Voice" stayed off the schedule until late in the quarter.
February 24, 2014 |
Some small cable networks are worried that a combined Comcast and Time Warner Cable will make getting distribution more difficult. In a memo to his staff, Eric Sherman, chief executive of health and wellness channel Veria Living, said he is "not optimistic that this new development will be good for us or other independent networks. " Owned by Indian media giant Zee Group, Veria Living is a specialty channel that focuses on Eastern wellness practices. Its programs include "Got Zen?"
February 13, 2014 |
So will Comcast's roughly $45-billion merger with Time Warner Cable be good for consumers? To no one's surprise, Comcast Chief Executive Brian L. Roberts said Thursday that the answer is a resounding yes. Consumers will be the big winners here, he said. In Roberts' words, the merger would be "pro-consumer," "pro-competitive" and "in the public's interest. " But will it? The merger would allow Comcast to dominate the cable industry and to be the big dog in 19 of the nation's 20 largest pay-TV markets.