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March 9, 2016 | By Bob Fernandez, Staff Writer
Comcast Corp. said Monday that it had acquired the Philadelphia real-time sports-information service OneTwoSee that tech guys Chris Reynolds and Jason Angelides launched out of a rowhouse at 20th and Brandywine Streets five years ago. OneTwoSee's insight has been to apply real-time auto traffic analytics seen on TV news to sports, tracking game momentum and player statistics with easy-to-read graphics. The company, in effect, has brought big data together with multibillion-dollar TV sports.
NEWS
February 27, 2016
ISSUE | COMCAST Customers No. 1 I found it laughable but par for the course that Comcast would offer a small credit for an outage with catch-22 conditions. You had to have 1) called, 2) tweeted, or 3) chatted on its website ("Comcast $2 outage credit," Saturday), as though it weren't obvious that their system had crashed. The third option is the most ironic, as I watched that swirling "I'm thinking" icon on my screen for 20 minutes at a shot, only to be returned to the previous page.
BUSINESS
February 24, 2016 | By Bob Fernandez, Staff Writer
Now that Comcast Corp. owns Rotten Tomatoes, can the website's reviews be trusted for Comcast-owned films produced and distributed by Universal Pictures? Paul Yanover, head of the Comcast-owned Fandango online movie-ticket buying service, says the answer is yes. Rotten Tomatoes and its critic-rating "Tomatometer" will retain editorial independence from the profit-rich Universal. Comcast acquired the studio as part of its deal for NBCUniversal in 2011. Fandango, which Comcast has owned since 2007, recently announced that it had bought Rotten Tomatoes and Flixster from Time Warner Inc. Terms were not disclosed.
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.
BUSINESS
February 19, 2016 | By Bob Fernandez, Staff Writer
As Comcast Corp.'s CFO, Michael Angelakis negotiated the deal that brought entertainment conglomerate NBCUniversal to the Philadelphia cable giant in 2011 for $30 billion. He soon followed that with a hugely successful bet expanding Universal's theme parks, further diversifying Comcast away from cable. Now Angelakis is going out on his own, with $4 billion in Comcast money, creating an independent investment fund, incorporated as "Atairos," that could produce returns or diversified properties for Comcast.
BUSINESS
February 19, 2016 | By Bob Fernandez, STAFF WRITER
Comcast Corp.'s board grew by one member with the appointment of Madeline Bell, the CEO and president of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in University City. She will be the 12th board member and the second woman, joining Judith Rodin. Rodin is the president of the Rockefeller Foundation and former president of the University of Pennsylvania. Bell's appointment is effective Feb. 22. bfernandez@phillynews.com 215-854-5897 @bobfernandez1  
BUSINESS
February 17, 2016 | By Bob Fernandez, STAFF WRITER
Comcast Corp. said Monday afternoon that it had restored "almost all services" disrupted in a widespread national outage on its network earlier in the day. The company did not disclose the cause of the outage or its extent. An outage map on Downdetector.com showed people in most Comcast markets reporting some form of outage of TV, phone or Internet services. The company apologized for the inconvenience. bfernandez@phillynews.com 215-854-5897 @bobfernandez1  
BUSINESS
February 14, 2016
In any other place, the enterprise that James Samaha, 50, heads would be considered a big company: 5,500 to 6,000 employees, two million customers in 500 towns in three states, 160 service depots, multiple call centers and warehouses. But not here, where the division for which Samaha is senior vice president, the Freedom Region, is dwarfed by the presence of its parent, Comcast, in Philadelphia. What's it like to work in the shadow of corporate headquarters with such top executives as Brian Roberts and David Cohen looking over your shoulder?
BUSINESS
February 5, 2016 | By Bob Fernandez, Staff Writer
Comcast and Time Warner Cable are pushing back against online streamers and winning some of the battle. Philadelphia-based Comcast disclosed Wednesday as part of its fourth-quarter earnings that it had added 89,000 TV subscribers, the largest gain since late 2006. Time Warner Cable previously said that it added 33,000 TV subscribers in the fourth quarter. The resurgent TV rolls at the nation's two largest cable companies come after months of media speculation that the growth of Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and other on-demand streaming services could lead to a swift collapse of the hugely profitable cable-TV business through cord cutting - people dropping their TV service.
BUSINESS
February 4, 2016 | By Bob Fernandez, Staff Writer
Comcast Corp. disclosed plans Tuesday for gigabit services in Atlanta, Nashville, Detroit, Chicago, and Miami. The turbocharged Xfinity Internet service will first be available in early 2016 in Atlanta and Nashville. Detroit, Chicago, and Miami will follow later in 2016. Comcast did not release pricing. Most Comcast Internet customers today purchase a 50-megabit-per-second service that's one-twentieth the speed of a gigabit. The Philadelphia area is not part of Comcast's initial gigabit rollout.
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