Pay-TV operator Comcast recently grabbed headlines by declaring aggressive intentions to deploy fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP). The company, which started deploying the service in June, has said it will make FTTP available to 18 million business and homes before year-end.
Major League Baseball is finalizing negotiations with Fox Sports that will allow it to offer authenticated live streaming of games in 15 markets starting next year, according to a report from Sports Business Journal.
Details continue to leak out on Comcast's rumored web video platform Watchable, including that the company will offer content suppliers better terms than Facebook and YouTube. And some analysts are already expressing serious reservations about whether the service will generate interest among Comcast customers and Internet users overall. However, according to a Wall Street Journal report, Comcast has relatively low expectations for the forthcoming service, and is positioning Watchable as a way to entice younger TV viewers to its TV packages.
If there was one common theme the top cable MSOs saw in the second-quarter results, it was that broadband subscriptions continued to rise as more video customers cut the cord in favor of online video alternatives like Netflix and Hulu.
Comcast is reportedly preparing to launch an online video platform called "Watchable" that will feature content from the likes of AwesomenessTV, Refinery29, The Onion, Vice, NBC Sports and others sometime in the next few weeks, according to a new report from Business Insider that cited unnamed sources familiar with the company's plans.
Comcast and its NBCUniversal division have pulled the trigger on plans to become more involved in digital media, investing an additional $200 million in Vox Media.
Over the past year top executives from Sprint parent SoftBank floated the possibility of selling Sprint to both Comcast and European telecom firm Altice, according to a Wall Street Journal report, which cited unnamed sources. The efforts never went anywhere and SoftBank CEO and Sprint Chairman Masayoshi Son has firmly backed Sprint, but turning around the carrier has been anything but smooth for Son and SoftBank.
Liberty Global said that it is currently testing DOCSIS 3.1 in the lab and will be ready for live trials of the technology in early 2016. Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries made the comments about DOCSIS 3.1 during the company's earnings call last week. He also said that 80 percent of the company's cable footprint will have DOCSIS 3.1 in about three years.
An Alabama company has sued Comcast, Verizon and several other operators of phone services for allegedly failing to pay $214 million in fees to support the 911 emergency call system.
The Philadelphia City Council is asking Comcast to provide free Wi-Fi in public spaces like parks, aid local schools in becoming more "digitally literate," and help bolster the local tech sector as the MSO negotiates a new charter agreement with the city.