Comcast and Discovery Communications announced a multi-year renewal of their just-expired carriage agreement, ending Wall Street fears that talks between the two companies could degenerate into a blackout.
Comcast will begin trials of DOCSIS 3.1 in unspecified markets in the fourth quarter of this year, the company said in its second-quarter earnings report.
NBCUniversal may be coming off its strongest quarter since joining the Comcast empire in 2011, but the programming conglomerate is anxious to partner with newer digital media platforms so it can tap into younger audiences.
a Putting some context on his company's much ballyhooed announcement of a new skinny, IP-distributed programming bundle, Stream, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said the service will offer the MSO a way to "up sell" broadband customers who don't already have a video package.
There was one topic conspicuous in its absence during Apple's quarterly conference call this week: The company's plans for the TV. And that's surprising given the TV industry's remarkably rapid embrace of everything a la carte and OTT, from HBO Now to Showtime's OTT service to Dish's Sling TV to Comcast's Stream.
Driven partly by a 35 percent uptick in the deployment rate of its next-generation X1 video platform, Comcast's video subscription losses slowed to 69,000 in the second quarter, the MSO's best second-quarter performance in nine years.
Turner Networks has contracted multiplatform digital content specialist Vibiquity to capture and process its programing and deliver it to the pay-TV VOD market.
Comcast announced its new Xfinity Games service earlier this month with partner Electronic Arts, and early reviews of the offering are decidedly negative. Ars Technica tested the handful of games available through the service using Comcast's X1 platform and an iPad as a controller, and found that "Xfinity Games isn't just 'beta' bad; it could go down as one of the most confusing, unfocused gaming launches we've ever seen."
Comcast Wholesale will offer Rovi's video programming guide for digital terminal adapters (DTAs) to its HITS affiliate MSOs, enabling consumers with ages-old analog TV tech to experience a next-generation program guide.
Although the struggling motion-picture division it purchased four years ago as part of its NBCUniversal deal was largely an afterthought, Comcast is now seeing its Universal Pictures division produce record-setting revenue.