NBC stations in five election "battleground" states have refused to air a two-minute commercial from a conservative political action committee attacking parent conglomerate Comcast for alleged liberal bias.
Comcast plans to punctuate its ongoing TV Everywhere promotion campaign with a blowout Super Bowl Sunday, during which it will stream 11 hours of programming to anyone with a compatible IP device, no pay-TV subscription required.
Facing opposition from many progressive groups based on its merger plans with Time Warner Cable, Comcast is now getting headwind from a conservative PAC, which claims the publicly traded corporation has a secret liberal agenda.
Dish Network's splashy debut of its over-the-top programming service, Sling Television, won the Consumer Electronics Show's equivalent of top Oscars Sunday, winning several major "Best of CES" awards.
Every year, the world's consumer electronics industry descends on Las Vegas to show off their latest and greatest inventions. And for those attending the Consumer Electronics Show, the experience can be a dizzying one at best. Companies used marketing strategies ranging from wacky to weird to help their products rise above the noise.
Even as it issued a report at CES noting the growth in demand for a "mixture of a la carte Internet TV and pay TV services," Irdeto revealed the underbelly of this new growth: easy set-top box piracy.
Comcast-owned CNBC, which is part of NBCUniversal has dropped audience measurement icon Nielsen in favor of Cogent Reports, grousing that Nielsen misses target audiences in, among other places, "five star hotel rooms (and) country clubs."
Continuing to implement common-sense customer service protocols under new customer service czar Charlie Herrin, Comcast is now letting its Xfinity customers schedule a specific time for a rep to call them instead of waiting on hold.
Priced at around $30, streaming sticks that fit into the HDMI port of a television have been hot gifts. In fact, Parks Associates estimates that 46 percent of category leader Google Chromecast's sales come from consumers purchasing the minature devices as gifts.
Already adept at scaring its rapt audience, Fox News has begun warning Dish Network subscribers that the channel, along with Fox Business News, could disappear from their program guides "any day now."