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March 31, 2004 | By Akweli Parker INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Comcast has a new message for customers frustrated by installers who are late or miss appointments and by rude customer-service representatives. In an ad campaign that began this week, the company is acknowledging its past customer-service fumbles and promising to do better - starting now. "We get it," said David N. Watson, Comcast Cable's executive vice president of sales, marketing and customer service, in an interview yesterday. "We recognize we have legacy issues as a service provider.
BUSINESS
October 12, 1997 | By Michael L. Rozansky, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Comcast Cable will start to offer digital cable-television service - which has crisper pictures, more premium-movie channels, 40 pay-per-view channels, and 30 CD-quality music stations - in the Philadelphia area next month. The digital video service will be available through Comcast's cable systems in Philadelphia, Lower Merion and Willow Grove. The company said it will demonstrate the service today at Chestnut Hill's "Fall for the Arts Festival. " This is believed to be the first appearance of digital cable in this region and one of the earliest in the nation.
BUSINESS
December 31, 2012 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast Corp. topped $100 billion in value on the stock market this month, a dazzling measure of its national economic reach. And here's another: 1.2 million people applied for jobs in 2012 at its three subsidiaries, Comcast Cable, NBCUniversal and Comcast-Spectacor: 4,650 per business day. That's not as many as Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, whose namesake stores processed about five million job applications, but more...
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August 12, 1995 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Comcast Cable subscribers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and nine other states would receive a $1 credit on their cable bills for several months under a sweeping settlement the cable company reached yesterday with regulators. The agreement stemmed from 268 rate complaints filed through mid-1994 covering 22 cable systems in 11 states owned by Comcast Cable, a unit of Comcast Corp., Philadelphia. The settlement was brokered by the Federal Communications Commission, which handled the complaints.
NEWS
March 27, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, already one of the nation's priciest regional sports networks, is seeking a subscriber surcharge on behalf of the wallet-busting, 25-year, $2.5 billion TV rights deal it negotiated with the Phillies in January. As part of the deal, at least 33 Phillies games will relocate from the over-the-air - and free - TV station WPHL17 to the cable sports network. Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia is asking pay-TV operators, including Comcast itself, to pay for those additional games on cable, according to multiple pay-TV operators who declined to be identified.
BUSINESS
November 29, 2000 | By Patricia Horn, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In its first official bow to allowing other Internet service providers to use its high-speed cable lines, Comcast Corp. will announce today that it has reached an agreement to allow Juno Online Services Inc. to offer Internet service over Comcast's high-speed network in a trial using Philadelphia-area subscribers. Comcast said the companies had not yet worked out how many customers would participate or where in the region the trial would occur. It will take place in the first quarter of next year.
REAL_ESTATE
January 22, 1995 | FOR THE INQUIRER
Home-oriented cable-television offerings will expand starting next week, when a real estate-sales listing show will be picked up by several local cable channels. The Main Line Real Estate Show, produced by Advantage Marketing Inc., of Wynnewood, will air seven days a week, starting Monday, on Adelphia Cable in Delaware County, Comcast Cable in Montgomery County and Harron Cable in Chester County. Air times on all three systems will be 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 10:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
NEWS
April 25, 2000 | By Deborah Bolling, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
After a council member's request, the cable telecast of a meeting at which residents assailed the Borough Council with complaints and insults for nearly three hours was halted 10 minutes after it began showing Friday. In its place, a Phillies 1950s reunion, which had been shown just beforehand, was reshown. Comcast Cable, however, said the tape was not being censored and would be shown twice this week, to wider audiences than would have seen it otherwise. Borough Councilwoman Patricia Evans said that she requested that Comcast not show the council meeting due on Good Friday due to its "malicious" content.
SPORTS
January 12, 1990 | By Bernard Fernandez, Daily News Sports Writer
A nice touch to yesterday's George Foreman-Gerry Cooney press conference was the presence of Ron Lyle and Philadelphia's Jimmy Young, two of the fighters' three common opponents (the other is Ken Norton). Lyle, who was knocked out in four rounds by Foreman in 1976 and in one round by Cooney in 1980, said he remembers both men as devastating punchers. "George Foreman is probably a heavier puncher," Lyle said. "He's, you know, heavy-handed. When he punches you, it's like being hit with a club.
SPORTS
July 12, 2000 | by Junji Noda, Daily News Sports Writer
Comcast-Spectacor purchased three minor league baseball teams affiliated with the Baltimore Orioles about a month ago. Around the same time, Comcast Corp. initiated talks on acquiring telecast rights to sports programs around the Baltimore and Washington area. Comcast Corp. - a Philadelphia-based firm that owns Comcast Cable and Comcast-Spectacor, which owns and operates the Flyers and Sixers - yesterday announced the acquisition of Home Team Sports L.P. from Viacom Inc. Home Team Sports is a sports-programming network in metropolitan Baltimore.
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October 25, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Third-quarter revenue at Comcast Corp. rose 4 percent, to $16.8 billion, and net income soared 50 percent, to $2.6 billion, as the company added 315,000 high-speed Internet customers and shed 81,000 TV customers, the cable giant reported Thursday. When adjusted for a tax gain and $77 million in expenses associated with the proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable Inc., net income rose 10.6 percent, the company said. Shares of Comcast, in addition to those of acquisition target Time Warner Cable, jumped in morning trading on a broad surge on Wall Street.
NEWS
March 27, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, already one of the nation's priciest regional sports networks, is seeking a subscriber surcharge on behalf of the wallet-busting, 25-year, $2.5 billion TV rights deal it negotiated with the Phillies in January. As part of the deal, at least 33 Phillies games will relocate from the over-the-air - and free - TV station WPHL17 to the cable sports network. Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia is asking pay-TV operators, including Comcast itself, to pay for those additional games on cable, according to multiple pay-TV operators who declined to be identified.
BUSINESS
December 15, 2013 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
After talking for months about the potential for international deals, Comcast Corp. has hired Alexander D. Evans from the $37 billion private-equity firm Providence Equity Partners in Rhode Island. Evans will be one of four executive vice presidents at Comcast - the others are Steve Burke in NBCUniversal, Neil Smit in the cable division, and David L. Cohen, who supervises government affairs. A Comcast official said Friday that the hiring was unrelated to speculation Comcast could be looking to acquire Time Warner Cable, the nation's second-largest publicly traded cable TV distributor.
BUSINESS
November 19, 2013
Terri L. Costa has been named director of nursing at Wesley Enhanced Living Doylestown . She had been director of clinical services at Fox Subacute Pulmonary Rehab. Comcast Cable , Philadelphia, promoted Lynn Charytan to senior vice president, legal regulatory affairs, and senior deputy general counsel. She had been vice president of corporate communications for Comcast Corp. and vice president of public relations for Comcast Cable's New England region. Theorem Clinical Research , a King of Prussia contract research organization that provides clinical research and development services, hired Joseph Sgherza as vice president of biopharmaceutical development for infectious disease.
NEWS
October 24, 2013 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
William J.T. Strahan did not need the U.S. Department of Labor to tell him how September's job situation stacked up. Strahan, executive vice president for human resources for Comcast Cable, already knew the score based on his company's experience: "Overall, hiring is slightly up. " And so it was nationwide, according to the Department of Labor's belated September job report. The nation's payrolls expanded by 148,000 jobs in September; the unemployment rate dropped slightly to 7.2 percent, from 7.3 percent, according to the report, which was delayed because of the federal government's shutdown.
NEWS
October 11, 2013 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast Corp. is launching a feature on Twitter to allow its cable subscribers to access The Voice and other television shows from a tweet, Comcast announced Wednesday. In a system analogous to the buttons used by Facebook and other social media, a "See It" button will pop up during Twitter chats about TV shows. In addition to allowing users to immediately watch a show by clicking the button, the user will be able to schedule digital video recorders or set a reminder to watch the show later.
BUSINESS
October 5, 2013 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
In late March, the U.S. Supreme Court seemed to have plunged a stake into a long-running class-action lawsuit between Comcast Corp. and plaintiffs' attorneys who claimed the company abused its market power to hike cable bills on Philadelphia-area customers. The high court voted, 5-4, on ideological lines not to certify the case - forcing it back to a lower court. They said the financial damages for two million TV customers could not be fairly measured throughout the expansive Philadelphia region.
BUSINESS
June 28, 2013
Bloomberg L.P. told the Federal Communications Commission in a letter that Comcast Corp. has failed to comply with one of the merger conditions for its deal to acquire control of NBCUniversal after more than two years. Comcast agreed to "neighborhood" the business channel Bloomberg TV on its cable systems so that it could compete directly with Comcast-owned CNBC, Bloomberg says. But the cable giant has yet to neighborhood - or place Bloomberg TV and CNBC near each other on the Comcast channel lineup - for millions of subscribers, Bloomberg said.
BUSINESS
May 3, 2013 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cathy Avgiris, daughter of a Greek carpenter and a seamstress from Brooklyn, keeps climbing the corporate ladder at Comcast Corp. The 53-year-old executive, who helped launch the company's Internet and phone business, has been promoted to chief financial officer of its cable division, a business that serves 22 million cable-TV subscribers and has a projected $40 billion in annual sales this year. The division is a source of much of Comcast's profits. Avgiris already is the top woman executive in the division, the nation's largest cable-TV provider.
BUSINESS
April 17, 2013 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast Corp.'s Philadelphia cable-TV franchise agreement expires in late 2015. City officials say they will seek public comments over the next year as they negotiate a renewal with the nation's largest cable operator. Currently, Comcast offers TV, Internet, and phone services in the city. "A lot has happened in the last 15 years, and there is a lot to talk about," said Steven Robertson, deputy chief innovation officer for the city. "It's the beginning of the discussion. " The negotiations will be handled through the Office of Innovation and Technology.
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