LAS VEGAS — Following Comcast's decision in October to put management of its online publishing arm thePlatform under the control of its media services house, Comcast Wholesale, the two groups used the NAB show to announce a new joint effort called theVideoPlatform.
Comcast should see lower churn in the first quarter thanks to increased deployments of its X1 set-top, leading Jefferies analysts to increase their net subscriber growth estimates for the quarter from 25,000 to 35,000.
Sony announced a distribution deal to bring content from its ad-supported online video platform Crackle to Comcast's 22 million Xfinity TV subscribers. Starting Wednesday, Comcast will add Crackle shows such as Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffey to its VOD library, which has gained substantial traction in recent months as its content selection has expanded.
Sony's ad-supported online video platform Crackle has made a major step in its quest to migrate into a mainstream TV network, carving out a carriage deal with Comcast.
Google Fiber is making progress with its plans to deliver FTTH services to San Antonio residents, beginning network construction in the city.
Comcast has asked a federal court to throw out a suit filed against its NBCUniversal unit by jilted NBC affiliate WHDH-TV (aka "Channel 7").
Altice's acquisition of Suddenlink and soon-to-be-completed purchase of Cablevision will enable the service provider to potentially shake up the U.S. cable market as a major competitor to Charter Communications and Comcast. However, the France-based conglomerate faces another uphill battle.
AT&T's ongoing FTTH build, which will also be used for other purposes, will continue to be a large major contributor to Dycom's future growth debunking investor concerns that the telco is going to slow down network investments.
Verizon has promised to invest $300 million over the next six years to bring its FiOS fiber-to-the-home services to Boston, closing a major coverage gap in the Northeast for FiOS, while providing newfound competition for Comcast in the areas of high-speed internet and pay-TV services.
After signaling plans to move into the wireless business, Comcast appears to be staffing up for the effort.