Cable MSOs continue to expand their wholesale access service portfolios, providing services to a mix of traditional carriers and wireless operators. Having a wholesale channel is another way cable can offset residential video subscriber losses. But the cable wholesale services market could be shaken up if two major multi-billion dollar deals are approved: Comcast/Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications/Bright House Networks.
Signaling a major expansion to its relationship with the biggest U.S. pay-TV operator, Elemental Technologies says its video processing software is now being used to power Comcast's X1 in-home streaming and cloud-based DVR services.
Pay-TV operators like Comcast, Dish Network and Liberty Global, which have been ahead of the curve in integrating over-the-top services into their portfolios, are best positioned among MVPDs to maintain growth as the overall pay-TV market stagnates over the next five years.
With the FCC and Justice Department entering the last third of their review of Comcast's proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable, Comcast is back on offense.
Comcast Business is taking new aim at businesses that reside in three business parks in the Northern California towns of Pleasanton, Hayward and Fremont through a $2 million expansion project of its fiber and Ethernet networks.
Comcast is seeing Google Fiber's 1 Gbps broadband service and raising it. The cable conglomerate announced Thursday that it will offer symmetrical 2 Gbps service to 1.5 million customers in Atlanta starting in May, with eventual plans to to extend the service to 18 million residences by the end of this year.
In a closed-door hearing, Comcast executives reportedly told FCC officials that it should not be forced to sell NBCUniversal programming to the OTT services of rivals beyond 2018.
I'm writing this in the middle of an interesting and busy morning for the cable industry. As number-three MSO Charter Communications announced it was scooping up Bright House in a $10.4 billion transaction, Comcast announced it was spinning off Michael Angelakis, its chief financial officer, into a new investment venture. Could Comcast be looking to dominate the online video space?
Charter Communications' proposed $10.4 billion purchase of Bright House Networks augments its position in the business services market, which is currently dominated by Comcast and Time Warner Cable. With the deal, and its associated Ethernet footprint that includes 18,000 miles of fiber, Charter increases its scale across business services in a number of key vertical industry segments, including healthcare, hospitality, government and education.
thePlatform, the video publishing company owned by Comcast, announced today it scored two new customers: Stan in Australia and shomi in Canada. The news underscores the growth of the subscription video-on-demand market and Comcast's solidifying position as a supplier of back-end video processing technology for new entrants into the space.