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Media Decoder Blog: Olympics and Asset Sales Help Lift Comcast Profits

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An increase in the average payment for a video subscription -- to more than $150 month -- helped the cable company offset a decline in the number of subscribers....
Media Decoder Blog: Olympics and Asset Sales Help Lift Comcast Profits

Boxee's New Virtual DVR Streaming Device Launches Today For $99 (WMT)

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Boxee will launch its new $99 TV in Walmart stores and online starting today. The new Boxee TV builds on the last generation, adding a DVR in the cloud service that lets you record live TV on Boxee's servers for $15 per month. But early adopters will get three free...
Boxee's New Virtual DVR Streaming Device Launches Today For $99 (WMT)

Copyright Troll Malibu Media Demands Comcast Tell It What Content Subscribers Accessed Online

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Remember Malibu Media? That's the copyright troll that has run into some trouble with some of its lawsuits lately and may be in for even more trouble. In November, we noted that they had very aggressively tried to argue that Verizon should shut up and hand over private info on...
Copyright Troll Malibu Media Demands Comcast Tell It What Content Subscribers Accessed Online

Broadband competition fears may lead DOJ to block Verizon spectrum deal

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The Justice Department is "holding up" Verizon Wireless' deal to buy spectrum from cable companies, over concerns that the deal and related swaps will leave many US residents with only one option for broadband Internet service, the Wall Street Journal reported last night. Verizon last December announced an agreement to...
Broadband competition fears may lead DOJ to block Verizon spectrum deal

Verizon bids for spectrum from Clearwire while Dish attempts merger with Sprint

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Verizon Wireless, which recently teamed up with telecommunications giant Comcast Corporation, is reportedly offering Clearwire Corp $1.5 billion in an effort to lease spectrum from the wireless communications company, according to The Wall Street Journal. Meanwhile, Dish Network has motioned toward a $25.5 billion bid to merge with Sprint,...
Verizon bids for spectrum from Clearwire while Dish attempts merger with Sprint

Comcast acquires full ownership of NBCUniversal ahead of schedule

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Comcast, the nation's largest cable provider, will consolidate its control over NBCUniversal by buying out the 49 percent of the media company that it doesn't already own. Comcast will pay General Electric $16.7 billion for the shares and shell out $1.4 billion for related real estate, including the iconic...
Comcast acquires full ownership of NBCUniversal ahead of schedule

Comcast Protests “Shake Down” of Alleged BitTorrent Pirates

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United States citizens who download and share copyrighted files through BitTorrent risk being monitored and in some cases subjected to legal action. In recent years more than a quarter million alleged BitTorrent users have been sued in federal courts. Most of the lawsuits are initiated by adult entertainment companies, but...
Comcast Protests “Shake Down” of Alleged BitTorrent Pirates
DOJ probe investigates whether cable companies are unfairly capping online video

AT&T Discusses Entering Into a Joint Bid for Hulu With Chernin Group

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According to sources close to the telecommunications giant, AT&T is in discussions with the Chernin Group about mounting a joint bid to acquire the Hulu premium video site. It makes sense — in addition to its core phone business, AT&T also sells broadband and TV via its U-verse service....
AT&T Discusses Entering Into a Joint Bid for Hulu With Chernin Group

Is DSL Dead? Cable Operators Keep Stealing Phone Companies' Internet Users

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In the game of Internet connectivity, it appears that size does indeed matter: size of the Internet pipe, that is. And in this game, the phone companies keep losing. A new report from the Leichtman Research Group reveals cable operators acquired 330,000 new subscribers in the second quarter of 2012,...
Is DSL Dead? Cable Operators Keep Stealing Phone Companies' Internet Users

Econ 101: Competition lowers broadband costs

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The cost of local access to the Internet is disproportionately higher than the cost of sending the same bits over long haul networks, but the price difference is far from random. A study of access prices on long haul and local transit found that the technology used and local competition...
Econ 101: Competition lowers broadband costs
Comcast will stream on demand shows from HBO, Showtime, and 28 others during free trial week for subscribers

ISPs plan to hijack browsers and limit Internet access to combat copyright piracy

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Comcast has confirmed that it will prevent repeat file sharers from browsing the Web until they call the company to resolve the matter. The move is part of a Copyright Alert System that was recently rolled out by several major Internet service providers. The system has earned the nickname...
ISPs plan to hijack browsers and limit Internet access to combat copyright piracy
Zeebox adds Viacom to its growing list of TV partnerships

Intel Set-Top Box and Cable TV Service Won't Initially Revolutionize the Industry

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At today's AllThingsD Dive Into Media Conference, Intel Media vice president Erik Huggers announced that the company is indeed working on an Internet TV service and a set-top box to go along with it. Huggers noted that Intel has put together a team of people hired from Apple, Netflix, and...
Intel Set-Top Box and Cable TV Service Won't Initially Revolutionize the Industry

yap.TV snags former NBC/Comcast VP Todd Brown to help expand its second screen TV platforms globally

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yap.TV, the startup that lets broadcasters and content owners manage their own second screen experience, is pushing ahead with monetizing its platforms with the announcement that it has named former NBC/Comcast VP Todd Brown as its new Chief Revenue Officer and Executive Vice President of Business Development, starting today. The company says...
yap.TV snags former NBC/Comcast VP Todd Brown to help expand its second screen TV platforms globally
Why You Have To Pay A Ridiculous Amount Of Money For Slow Internet (TWC, VZW, T)

Which ISPs are capping your broadband, and why?

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Broadband caps are spreading across the U.S., and even if Comcast did recently raise its cap of five years from 250 GB a month to 300 GB, the growth of usage based broadband is a negative and insidious trend that could hurt our ability to innovate. So I’ve documented which...
Which ISPs are capping your broadband, and why?

FBI collected details of 'Going Dark' surveillance woes

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Internal Homeland Security report says agents had problems extracting customer data from companies including Comcast, MetroPCS, and T-Mobile. In an odd twist, Homeland Security demanded the report's return after it released it publicly. [Read more]...
FBI collected details of 'Going Dark' surveillance woes

Justice Department Clears Verizon Spectrum Deal, Requires Changes

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The Justice Department on Thursday granted antitrust clearance to Verizon Wireless’s $3.9 billion deal to acquire airwaves from several cable companies including Comcast Corp., but it required the companies to make changes to their side agreements to sell each other’s services. The department also granted clearance to a contingent deal...
Justice Department Clears Verizon Spectrum Deal, Requires Changes

DOJ Realizes That Comcast & Time Warner Are Trying To Prop Up Cable By Holding Back Hulu & Netflix

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For quite some time now, we've been reporting on how the big television players were so upset that Hulu and Netflix were dragging them kicking and screaming into the 21st century (even though they owned Hulu) that they were working on plans to kill off both services -- or at...
DOJ Realizes That Comcast & Time Warner Are Trying To Prop Up Cable By Holding Back Hulu & Netflix
Comcast may take on Verizon FiOS Quantum with its own super fast broadband

Supreme Court rules in favor of Comcast, denying Philadelphia class action suit

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On the same day that the Supreme Court hears arguments in the Defense of Marriage Act case, the highest court in the land has issued a decision (PDF) in a class-action lawsuit involving a group of Comcast customers in Philadelphia. The court ruled in favor of Comcast on Wednesday...
Supreme Court rules in favor of Comcast, denying Philadelphia class action suit
US DOJ just barely preserves competition between Verizon FiOS, cable

Comcast joins AIG, BP as one of America's 10 least reputable companies

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Comcast joins AIG, BP as one of America's 10 least reputable companies

TiVo teases long-awaited HD guide upgrades for fall DVR update

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When we originally reviewed the TiVo Premiere DVR back in 2010, one of our laments was that its revamped HD guide style didn't cover all of the screens in its menu system, and the issue still existed when we reviewed the XL4 earlier this year. Finally, that's being addressed,...
TiVo teases long-awaited HD guide upgrades for fall DVR update

Google Fiber clobbers competitors in Netflix ISP rankings

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No, it’s not particularly surprising the Google (GOOG) Fiber now delivers the fastest Internet service in the United States. But as Engadget reports, new Internet service provider rankings from Netflix (NFLX) show that Google’s high-speed fiber network is in a class all its own. Overall Netflix found that Google Fiber...
Google Fiber clobbers competitors in Netflix ISP rankings

Hulu's Fork in the Road

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As Amazon.com Inc. and Netflix Inc. battle it out for dominance in online video, owners of the much smaller Hulu LLC, Hollywood’s own online video service, are under pressure to decide which direction to go. Jason Kilar, chief executive of Hulu, has asked the site’s owners — Walt Disney Co.,...
Hulu's Fork in the Road

Comcast doubling Internet speeds, promises up to 105 Mbps for Extreme 50 customers

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Comcast is doubling the Internet speeds for customers in Washington state who subscribe to its Blast! and Extreme 50 offerings. The changes are being made at no additional cost, part of an ongoing plan by the state’s largest cable company to boost speeds. The company also said that it is...
Comcast doubling Internet speeds, promises up to 105 Mbps for Extreme 50 customers
Comcast CEO Brian Roberts: Do you even believe the nonsense you are saying?
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