March 24, 2014 |
It was obviously a little soon for everyone to claim that February's deal between Netflix and Comcast, assuring the video streaming service more direct connections to Comcast's home customers, resolved the issues between them. Or does anyone think Vladimir Putin and the Ukrainian people are now pals? Last week, Netflix Chief Executive Reed Hastings fired a broadside at his supposed new partner over the issue of network neutrality, the principle that all services and content providers on the Internet should get equal access to an Internet service provider's customers.
August 24, 2012 |
So much for game, set, match. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has put the brakes on the Federal Communications Commission's order last month requiring cable giant Comcast to make the Tennis Channel available to all of its subscribers. Comcast is seeking to overturn an FCC ruling that it had discriminated against the Tennis Channel by not making it available to the same number of its subscribers that receive Golf Channel and NBC Sports Network, which it owns.
August 1, 2012 |
After the coffee. Before figuring out if it is too late to become an Olympic swimmer. The Skinny: A lot going on for a Wednesday in August. Time Warner and Comcast both posted their quarterly results. Carl Icahn is selling out of MGM. NBC is finding friends for its Olympic coverage and the Games may even break even for the network. All that and more in this edition of the Morning Fix. Daily Dose: Cable subscribers in Ohio and Kentucky who were enjoying the NFL Network and NFL RedZone are losing the channels starting today (Wednesday)
September 5, 2008 |
Comcast Corp. is appealing a Federal Communications Commission ruling that the company is improperly blocking customers' Web traffic, triggering a legal battle that could determine the extent of the government's authority to regulate the Internet. Comcast challenged the decision in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The Comcast case arose from complaints by users of a type of file-sharing software often used to download large data files, usually video.
July 12, 2011 |
The Federal Communications Commission's Enforcement Bureau is recommending that cable giant Comcast Corp. be sanctioned for unfairly using its market muscle to squeeze the small, independent Tennis Channel. The Santa Monica-based Tennis Channel long has asserted that it suffered discrimination and lost revenue because Comcast, the nation's largest cable television operator, with 23 million customers, has refused to add the sports network to a more widely distributed package of channels.
February 21, 2012 |
America's largest cable operator and largest online video company are heating up the battle for the country's eyeballs. Comcast Corp. unveiled plans Tuesday to launch an online video-on-demand subscription service featuring thousands of TV re-runs and older movies for a flat monthly fee. Netflix Inc., the pioneer of that business, announced a deal to stream movies from Weinstein Co., including the Oscar favorite "The Artist. " The flurry of announcements demonstrates the fervor with which traditional video providers like Comcast and cutting-edge ones like Netflix are seeking to attract and retain consumers who have a growing number of entertainment viewing options.
July 22, 2008 |
Comcast Corp. said it expected to sign a code of conduct aimed at blocking child pornography on the Internet after receiving a warning letter from New York Atty. Gen. Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo told Comcast in a letter that he planned to take legal action within five days and said he was concerned that the company wasn't taking "every necessary action to eliminate child porn from the Internet." Comcast said in a statement that it joined with other cable operators and 48 state attorneys general to sign a separate agreement on child-pornography prevention last week and that it anticipated it would sign Cuomo's code of conduct as well.
July 28, 2010 |
Comcast Corp., the largest U.S. cable company, posted second-quarter profit and sales that beat analysts' estimates as more customers elected premium services such as digital video recorders and high-speed Internet. Profit, excluding costs related to the company's pending takeover of NBC Universal Inc., was 33 cents a share, on sales of $9.53 billion, Comcast said Wednesday. That topped the 32-cent average of estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Analysts predicted the cable operator's sales would be $9.28 billion.
July 10, 2012 |
Comcast Corp. has struck a deal to sell its minority stake in A&E Television Networks, whose holdings include cable channels A&E, History and Lifetime, for $3 billion. While the sale was expected, the price tag was higher than Comcast thought its holdings were worth. Two months ago, when Comcast first disclosed that it had exercised an option to unload its 15.8% piece of A&E Television Networks to majority owners Walt Disney Co. and Hearst Corp., it said its stake was worth $2 billion.
February 24, 2014 |
The news media sounded a collective alarm Monday after Netflix agreed to pay Comcast for the privilege of streaming videos directly to Netflix subscribers who use Comcast's broadband network. The deal could lead to " higher rates for consumers . " It " may deal a setback to net neutralty " or even make it " obsolete " (and not in a good way). It's another sign that broadband ISPs are " gaining leverage " over content companies. Any or all of this speculation may prove to be true.