If the Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal ultimately goes through, the market for broadband and cable service won't change much. But it will change in important ways. Comcast, for one, will soon be the gatekeeper to broadband customers and TV viewers in nearly every major market.
The cable operator-leased set-top box is one device where Netflix has yet to find much of a foothold.
If Comcast succeeds in closing its merger agreement with Time Warner Cable, one of its first challenges may be to secure carriage deals for SportsNet LA, the regional sports network TWC plans to launch this spring with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Regulators blocked the AT&T/T-Mobile acquisition and have signaled their distaste for a possible Sprint takeover of T-Mobile. Yet, it appears that Comcast's proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable has a reasonable chance of being approved. Why is that?
In today's spotlight, FierceTelecom takes a look at how Comcast's merger with Time Warner Cable could help the MSO's commercial division strike deals with mid-sized businesses.
Two consumer groups lashed out at the proposed Comcast acquisition of Time Warner Cable, insisting that that deal would give Comcast too much market power and result in higher monthly bills for consumers.
While Ruckus Wireless saw its fourth-quarter revenue jump 17.5 percent to $73 million, the Wi-Fi technology vendor, whose customers include Time Warner Cable, said most of its deployments in Q4 were overseas.
After Comcast executives told analysts Wednesday that its merger with Time Warner Cable could help it reduce programming expenses, TV station group owner E.W. Scripps announced that it wouldn't expect the deal to take a toll on the retransmission-consent revenue it collects from the cable MSOs until 2016 at the earliest.
Internet and communications heavyweights along with other supporters want more spectrum for Wi-Fi, and they want it now. The WifiForward coalition is calling for policymakers to open up more unlicensed spectrum for Wi-Fi and other uses, contending that Wi-Fi in general is at risk due to a deluge of wireless data traffic that is causing increasing spectrum congestion.
I was starting to write a column last night about some predictions that former Tele-Communications Inc. chief Leo Hindery had in 1999 about the impact of cable consolidation when news broke about the Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal. Those statements from Hindery, the architect of a series of cable system acquisitions and swaps in 1997 that we called the "Summer of Love," are as relevant today as ever.