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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
March 26, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast Corp., which inked a deal last month with streaming service Netflix Inc., is now talking with Apple Inc. about advancing that company's long-cherished dream of entering the streaming TV business in a big way, according to sources and a published report. The recent Comcast/Apple discussions are considered very preliminary. Apple, manufacturer of the iPhone and the iPad, also is speaking with programming companies about acquiring additional entertainment or news content. Apple TV's current content includes free movies, TV reruns, and music.
BUSINESS
March 17, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
As Comcast Corp. seeks to tame the financially unpredictable Hollywood movie business at Universal Pictures, it has hit on a plan: sequels. But, industry analysts ask, can so much of a good thing still be a good thing? Next year, Universal Pictures will release six sequels in an approach to movie-making being replicated by other major Hollywood studios reluctant to finance unproven big-budget concepts after megaflops John Carter and The Lone Ranger . Universal's sequel-rich slate, anchored by a seventh Fast & Furious and a fourth Jurassic Park , will open at the nation's theaters in a year when rival studios plan to release big-budget sequels of their own, including the next installments of The Hunger Games, Terminator, Mad Max, Kung Fu Panda , and The Avengers . "It's pretty crazy.
NEWS
March 10, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
ORLANDO - Comcast Corp., hungry for revenue and profit growth beyond its core telecommunications business, is investing hundreds of millions of dollars into theme parks in California and Florida and doing what few other U.S. companies have the financial muscle to do - challenge Walt Disney Co.'s tourism business. Here in America's sunny theme park capital, it's ground zero. Comcast acquired Universal Orlando Resorts as part of its deal for NBCUniversal in 2011, just as Universal was reaping huge attendance gains from the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride.
NEWS
March 6, 2014 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
CAN'T AFFORD Internet, but know your kids need it to succeed in school? Comcast yesterday announced an offer that could help - six months of free Internet service for qualifying city dwellers. It's a special promotion for the otherwise low-cost ($9.95 a month) Internet Essentials (IE) program that's offered to low-income families. Students from public, parochial, charter and home schools are all eligible. The offer of free Internet is limited, though. Applications must be submitted and approved by March 18, according to Comcast.
BUSINESS
March 6, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast Corp., facing federal and state government reviews of its proposed $45.2 billion deal for Time Warner Cable Inc., said Tuesday that it would indefinitely continue a $9.95-a-month Internet service for low-income families with schoolchildren. The market-rate Xfinity Internet service from Comcast starts about $50 a month. Comcast agreed to offer the discounted Internet service as a public-interest benefit and a condition of its acquisition of NBCUniversal in 2011. The program was scheduled to expire this June.
BUSINESS
March 5, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast Corp., seeking to broaden its Internet services and make money on streamed TV content, is negotiating to purchase a San Mateo, Calif., company that inserts and tracks advertising in Internet and mobile video. Comcast is reportedly looking to pay $320 million for seven-year-old FreeWheel Media Inc. Comcast, the nation's largest cable-TV company and residential Internet provider, already owns the Seattle-based thePlatform, which manages and hosts on-demand video for Comcast and other companies.
BUSINESS
February 26, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Internet is designed to look simple. You watch Netflix , you search Google , you buy on Amazon . You pay Comcast or Verizon to make it run. The complex, typically invisible arrangements that actually connect Websites to users were suddenly exposed over the weekend: Netflix, whose movie downloads account for up to a third of hourly Internet traffic - and which had been complaining that its shows were downloading slower and...
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 2014 | By Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Columnist
WHAT'S THE newly announced deal between Comcast and Netflix going to mean for you as a TV viewer? Our resident cable giant and the Internet-streamed subscription-TV service says it's a "mutually beneficial Internet connection agreement" that will guarantee a "high-quality Netflix video experience for years to come" to Comcast Xfinity broadband customers. But what wasn't said is almost as important. Here are some answers:   Q: Is Netflix now going to show up as a viewing option on my cable box?
NEWS
February 25, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Netflix Inc. and Comcast Corp., two of the most powerful companies on the Internet, resolved long-standing differences Sunday on how they conduct business in a deal that will result in drastically improved Netflix video streaming into millions of American homes, company officials said. Netflix, an on-demand video service, will now connect directly to Comcast's broadband network in "dozens" of locations around the nation instead of streaming its film and TV content through third-party Internet content-delivery companies - a process that some believe was expensive for Netflix and degraded its service.
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