Tag Archives: Comcast

Comcast Readies Hostile Bid For Fox Assets

Reuters reports: U.S. cable operator Comcast Corp is asking investment banks to increase a bridge financing facility by as much as $60 billion so it can make an all-cash offer for the media assets that Twenty-First Century Fox Inc has agreed to sell to Walt Disney Co for $52 billion, three people familiar with the matter said on Monday. Comcast ...

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REVEALED: Comcast Deleted Net Neutrality Pledge On Day FCC First Announced Plans To Repeal Rules

Ars Technica reports: Comcast spokesperson Sena Fitzmaurice has been claiming that we got the story wrong. But a further examination of how Comcast’s net neutrality promises have changed over time reveals another interesting tidbit—Comcast deleted a “no paid prioritization” pledge from its net neutrality webpage on the very same day that the Federal Communications Commission announced its initial plan to ...

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Comcast Donates $1.5M In Airtime To Promote LGBT Rights Summit During Democratic Convention [VIDEO]

Via press release: Equality Forum 2016, the nation’s annual LGBT civil rights summit scheduled to take place during this year’s Democratic National Convention from July 25th – 28th, announced today the national launch of a public service announcement. Comcast Corporation, the lead sponsor of Equality Forum, is donating airtime valued at $1.5 million for the broadcast of a 30-second public ...

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Comcast Donates $1.5M In PSA Airtime For LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration

Via press release: Organizers announced today that Comcast Corporation is the lead marketing sponsor of the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration. Comcast is providing $1.5 million worth of airtime to broadcast a 30-second National LGBT 50th Anniversary public service announcement (PSA). “Comcast NBCUniversal is a longstanding supporter of national and regional LGBT organizations. We are grateful to Comcast NBCUniversal for ...

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Comcast Replaces G.E. Sign On 30 Rock

A friend of mine took this photo today from his office across from 30 Rock. If you look closely you’ll see the nearly-installed Comcast name. Last June the New York Times reported on the sign change: Comcast, which last year bought General Electric’s remaining 49 percent stake in NBCUniversal, applied for a “certificate of appropriateness” from the city’s Landmarks Preservation ...

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Comcast-TWC Merger Is Dead

CNN Money reports: Comcast is planning to walk away from its $45 billion merger with Time Warner Cable after pursuing it for more than a year. The decision comes amid intense, possibly insurmountable scrutiny of the deal by government regulators. It is an extraordinary turnabout for a cable giant not accustomed to losing. The deal would have reshaped American media ...

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Viral Audio: Comcastic Disconnect

1.3M listens to this maddening attempt to disconnect Comcast service. Last week my wife called to disconnect our service with Comcast after we switched to another provider (Astound). We were transferred to cancellations (aka “customer retention”). The representative (name redacted) continued aggressively repeating his questions, despite the answers given, to the point where my wife became so visibly upset she ...

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Comcast To Buy Time-Warner Cable

Comcast announced today that it will buy Time-Warner Cable in an $45B all-stock deal. Whoa. The friendly takeover comes as a surprise after months of public pursuit of Time Warner Cable by smaller rival Charter Communications Inc, and immediately raised questions as to whether it would pass the scrutiny of anti-trust regulators. Comcast will pay $158.82 per share, which is ...

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FCC Allows Basic Cable Encryption

If you’ve been hooking up your internet modem to rip off basic cable, those days are over. Federal regulators are letting cable companies scramble all their TV signals, closing a loophole that lets many households watch basic cable channels for free. The Federal Communications Commission voted Friday to lift a ban on encryption of basic cable signals, saying it will ...

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HomoQuotable – Michelangelo Signorile

“It’s 2012, and in the state of New York gays and lesbians have full civil rights, including marriage equality. Moreover, gays are no longer banned in the U.S. military. But they are still banned from Fifth Avenue’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in an embarrassing throwback for everyone involved. “It’s frankly appalling that NBC, and now its parent company Comcast, ...

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New Logo

NBC-Universal has a new really boring logo now that their merger with Comcast has been approved. And reviews are, uh, universally scathing. For you graphics geeks out there, Gawker has launched a “redo the new” logo contest.

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FCC Approves Comcast-Universal Merger

CNN is reporting today that the FCC has approved the merger between cable giant Comcast and NBC-Universal. CNET explains: The $37 billion merger between the companies has been a long time coming. The deal, which was first announced in 2009, provides Comcast with a 51 percent controlling stake in NBC Universal. General Electric will retain the remaining 49 percent. When ...

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Comcast Clamps Down On Netflix

Comcast has just about closed on its deal to acquire NBC-Universal, meaning that they’ll soon have a much greater stake in directing their customers to their own streaming entertainment properties. So it’s not too surprising that they are already charging the competition more to deliver Netflix movies to Comcast customers. Level 3 Communications Inc., an Internet backbone company that supports ...

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Appeals Court Overturns Net Neutrality

In a decision that may have far-reaching impact on how you view streaming internet video, today a U.S. Appeals Court overturned the FCC’s ruling that internet providers must provide equal access to all information on their networks. The court’s ruling also could pose legal problems for the FCC as it seeks to enact the expansive National Broadband Policy it unveiled ...

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Please Pay Comcast Negative Five Cents

My loyal companion Aaron notes from his self-exile in Portland that Comcast wants the immediate payment of negative five cents for his many months-ago discontinued Jersey City account. If he doesn’t negative pay them at once, they’ll disconnect him even more and send him to negative collections. Or something.

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Comcast To Buy NBC Universal

This is major, especially for New York City. General Electric has agreed to sell a controlling interest in NBC Universal to Comcast Cable. The agreement will create a joint venture, with Comcast owning 51 percent and G.E. owning 49 percent. Comcast will contribute to the joint venture its stable of cable channels, which includes Versus, the Golf Channel and E ...

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The Really Super Bowl

A crucial final moment of last night’s Super Bowl was interrupted for Comcast customers in Tucson, Arizona by a switchover to a sex scene on pay-per-wank channel Club Jenna. Apparently, it was an inside job. Heh, job. Comcast believes the pornography that interrupted its feed of the Super Bowl Sunday night was the result of foul play, a company spokeswoman ...

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