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November 9, 1994 | By Michael L. Rozansky, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Comcast Corp., the Philadelphia cable television and cellular phone company, blamed a second round of federally required cuts in cable rates for limiting revenue growth and cutting its third-quarter cash flow. The company said cash flow, which is income before deducting taxes, depreciation and other non-cash items, dipped 5 percent from last year's quarter to $154 million. Overall, Comcast narrowed its per-share loss to 7 cents from 16 cents and said it had strong growth: 4 percent annualized in cable subscribers, and more than 45 percent annualized in cellular subscribers.
BUSINESS
February 19, 2005 | By Tony Gnoffo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
About 3,000 Comcast digital video recorders - a technology critical for the company's growth strategy - were distributed to customers in the Philadelphia area and in San Jose, Calif., with software glitches that impaired their operation, according to the manufacturer. Comcast said yesterday that it now has a fix for the problem: new software that is being distributed automatically over cable systems where the devices were installed. In the meantime, the Philadelphia-based cable company is asking customers to be patient and report problems to 1-800-266-2278.
BUSINESS
June 7, 2016 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Staff Writer
In their recent strike, more than 30,000 union workers at Verizon say they won higher pay and limits on "outsourcing" of sales and tech support to cheap faraway call centers. Does that put Verizon at a disadvantage with its Philadelphia-based phone-internet-video rival, Comcast? That company typically "builds union" in Philadelphia, and 250 full-time Comcast workers in its hometown are represented by IBEW Local 98, says union president John Dougherty. But Comcast, unlike other big utilities, also relies on nonunion outside contractors to deal with customers.
BUSINESS
November 13, 1992 | By Larry Fish and Julia C. Martinez, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Columbia Gas System Inc., the Wilmington natural gas pipeline company, posted a loss in the third quarter after deducting special charges totaling $103.1 million. The after-tax charges include a $39.2 million provision for environmental- compliance costs; a $24.2 million write-down for previously capitalized gas costs and a $39.7 million charge to cover the costs of a new business plan for its Cove Point, Md., gas terminal. Before the special charges, Columbia would have recorded a $7.5 million loss because of low seasonal demand for gas, the company said.
BUSINESS
May 17, 1989 | The Inquirer Staff
Comcast Corp., the cable-television firm, which moved to Philadelphia from Bala Cynwyd Monday, has reported its usual combination of increased cash flow and a net loss for the first quarter of 1989. The firm's operating cash flow, which measures income before interest, depreciation, amortization and income taxes, increased 31 percent compared with the same period in 1988. Cash flow is considered a key measure of financial performance in the cable-television industry because such firms must borrow heavily to finance capital improvements and acquisitions of new systems.
NEWS
May 24, 2013 | By Peter Mucha, Philly.com
Freebies from Verizon and Comcast could add to the fun of the Memorial Day Weekend. Verizon's offering a slew of free content for four days, and Comcast's Xfinity is giving away access to thousands of wireless hotspots through Independence Day. From Friday till Tuesday, Verizon subscribers can find more than 1,700 movies and 50 entire TV series through the cable service's 900 channel. That includes such recent theatrical films as Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, The Dark Knight Rises, Bridesmaids, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, The Hunger Games, Hugo, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Moonrise Kingdom, Prometheus , and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows . They're available through Cinemax, ePix, HBO and ViewNow.
NEWS
February 20, 2016 | By Bob Fernandez, Staff Writer
Admitting a 20-year whiff in bringing competition to the $20 billion cable-TV box industry, federal regulators voted Thursday to open cable-box standards for Google and other technology companies. The goal is for them to devise new ways for consumers to search TV channels and on-demand streaming on television. The Federal Communications Commission voted along partisan lines, with three Democrats voting for the proposal and two Republicans voting against it. The measure, if ultimately successful, could undermine a longtime profit center for Comcast and pay-TV companies that have a monopoly on the business of leasing tens of millions of cable, or set-top, boxes to consumers.
NEWS
March 8, 2011
Comcast Corp. has chosen Burrell Communications, of Chicago, as its advertising agency of record to market its products and services to African American consumers. As part of its deal to acquire control of news and entertainment giant NBC Universal Inc., Comcast has separately agreed to add four cable networks owned, or partly owned, by African Americans over the next eight years.     - Bob Fernandez  
NEWS
January 15, 2013
Comcast Corp. agreed to take a $150-million stake in Arris Group Inc., the telecom equipment supplier that last month agreed to buy Horsham-based set-top box maker Motorola Home from Google Inc. As a result, according to Arris, Comcast and Google will each own about 7.85 percent of Arris shares. Arris in December said it would buy Motorola Home in a deal valued at $2.35 billion in cash and stock.    - Reid Kanaley
BUSINESS
May 28, 2011 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bloomberg L.P., the New York financial-information and news giant, has threatened to file a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission that would force Comcast Corp. to relocate Bloomberg TV to an area on the cable-channel lineup with other news channels. Bloomberg says this "neighborhooding" provision is in the 280- page FCC order in January that allowed Comcast to acquire control of NBC Universal Inc. Comcast is ignoring the provision, Bloomberg contends. Neighborhooding refers to grouping together similar channels, such as CNN, CNBC, Fox News, and MSNBC.
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