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Disney in clear as Comcast drops out of Fox race

Comcast will not pursue an acquisition of a suite of entertainment assets from 21st Century Fox, leaving The Walt Disney Company in the clear to complete a deal. NBCUniversal owner Comcast was one of a few companies with the scale to buy the available Fox assets, but has confirmed it is not moving forwards with […]

Comcast ‘targets Fox entertainment takeover’

Comcast has reportedly swooped in to buy 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets, with telco Verizon and Sony Corp. also said to be in interested. The news, first reported in the Wall Street Journal, emerged about a week after The Walt Disney Company’s interest in buying a large chunk of Fox was revealed. With the Disney […]

CEO brushes off Comcast concerns

NBCUniversal (NBCU) parent Comcast is in rude health despite a recent stock price drop, according to its CEO. Comcast’s market cap recently fell around US$16 billion after a predicted loss of up 150,000 video customers in Q3 was revealed. Those losses were in part was related to Hurricane Irma battering Florida and Texas, and the […]

FX & Comcast launch premium ad-free service

FX Networks and Comcast will launch FX+, a new service that will allow Comcast’s Xfinity TV subscribers to upgrade to a platform featuring ad-free current seasons of every FX and FXX original series. FX+ will launch on September 5 and Xfinity TV customers can add the new service to their video package for $5.99 per […]

Burke: NBCU ‘skeptical’ of OTT services

NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke has expressed skepticism over the long-term impact of over-the-top channels services such as Sling TV, Hulu Live and YouTube TV. While noting that Comcast-owned NBCU had signed “very favourable” deals with most of the US’s a la carte channels providers, he claimed these were “not all that material” to the entertainment […]

NBCU finds replacement for ex-UK chief McLeod

NBCUniversal International Networks (NBCUIN) has found its successor for long-serving, former managing director of the UK and emerging markets Colin McLeod. NBCUniversal International (NBCUI) chief marketing officer Lee Raftery has been named in the role, while also taking on an expanded marketing and programme post. He is in part replacing McLeod, who exited recently after […]

NBC, Telemundo join Hulu live TV service

US broadcast networks NBC and Telemundo are joining Hulu’s live TV streaming service. A deal with NBCUniversal will see the networks offered on the upcoming over-the-top pay TV service. USA Network, Syfy, Bravo, E!, MSNBC, CNBC and NBCSN are also included in the deal. NBCU parent Comcast is a silent partner in Hulu, which also […]

NBCU rebrands Sprout as Universal Kids

US children’s channel Sprout has been renamed Universal Kids, though the brand remains as a daily programming block. Sprout parent NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Lifestyle Networks has made the move after acquiring DreamWorks Animation last year. The new look network, aimed at 2-11s, will launch on September 9, with DreamWorks Animation Television shows such as All […]

Comcast ‘preps Netflix-type SVOD’

Comcast plans to launch its own Netflix-type subscription video-on-demand service, offering shows from NBCUniversal, within the next 12-18 months, according to a report by Bloomberg. The service will include programmes from the NBC network and, possibly shows from pay TV networks SyFy, Bravo and USA, reported Bloomberg, citing unnamed sources. According to the report, Comcast […]

AR and VR investments reach $2.3bn

The amount of money invested last year in virtual and augmented reality companies more than tripled compared to 2015, according to new research. Digi-Capital’s new ‘Augmented/Virtual Reality Report and Deals Database’ said that venture capitalists and corporate investors put US$2.3 billion into AR and VR startups in 2016, compared to some US$700m in 2015. AR […]

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