Interesting news for wireless companies, and cable outfits including Comcast, who are making 5G plans — a new map provided by Allnet Insights & Analytis shows gobs of millimeter wave spectrum currently under the control of the FCC.
Whether it's the emergence of new OTT video players, 4K or the FCC's "Unlock the Box" proposal, it's clear that cable industry manufacturer and services segment is facing a challenging yet innovative period.
The cable industry, despite its challenges, will grow its aggregate top-line revenue by 4 percent this year, and Comcast will be driving that growth.
Comcast's NBCUniversal unit is in talks with its partners in the joint venture Hulu, Disney and Fox, about joining the duo in providing networks to a live-streamed Hulu skinny bundle.
The FCC today announced it will be able to offer a whopping 126 MHz, or 10 paired blocks, of licensed spectrum on a near-nationwide basis in the forward portion of its 600 MHz incentive auction. That's a huge victory for FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, and it potentially creates an opening for a new wireless carrier to launch in the United States.
In a feature story tracking Comcast's steady march to movie-business power, Bloomberg connects the dots to how the MSO learned that the film biz can be consistently profitable if family hits are tied to theme park attractions and consumer products, much the way Disney has done it for decades.
Pivoting course on the terse response he issued last week when Comcast announced it was integrating its set-top functionality into Samsung smart TVs and Roku streaming devices, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler offered backhanded praise for the MSO's new "Program Partners" initiative. He said the plan is exactly the kind of strategy he hopes will become ubiquitous once his "Unlock the Box" proposal becomes law.
The FCC may have passed an order to explore how it can realign special access, or what it now calls Business Data Services (BDS) rules, but emerging business service providers like Comcast are fearful that new regulation could impede new competitors from growing.
In a move aimed at further boosting its thriving NBCUniversal film, consumer products and theme parks operations, Comcast said it will pay around $3.8 billion to acquire DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc.
Comcast said its bumping up the ceiling in its controversial data-usage trials to 1 terabyte, effective June 1.