NBCU expands Donati’s role into kids, lifestyle

Comcast’s NBCUniversal International has appointed Duccio Donati to take on the newly created role of executive vice-president for lifestyle and kids. Donati will report to Kevin MacLellan, NBCU’s chairman for global distribution and international. The position sees Donati broaden his on-going oversight of E! Entertainment Television outside the US, adding international responsibility for the DreamWorks […]

AMC launching premium ad-free service in US

The Walking Dead channel AMC is launching an ad-free, linear channel for US$5 a month in the US. Comcast Xfinity TV customers will be able to watch series such as the Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead and Into the Badlands through the network, AMC Premiere. Along with ad-free episodes of AMC’s originals available as […]

Netflix and Amazon could have limited impact on US pay TV

US pay TV will not decline as rapidly in the face of competition from Netflix and Amazon as some are predicting, according to a report by Strategy Analytics. According to Strategy Analytics’ Subscription Video and TV Forecast – North America report, OTT TV providers such as Netflix and Amazon will take less than a 20% […]

Comcast ‘planning to launch’ SVOD service in 12-18 months

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 […]

AwesomenessTV co-founder leaves company

Brian Robbins is leaving AwesomenessTV, the kids-focused multichannel network he founded five years ago. Robbins co-created AwesomenessTV with Joe Davola in 2012, and together they turned the business into the pre-eminent MCN for children and teenagers, ultimately selling up to DreamWorks Animation. With DreamWorks in turn selling to Comcast for US$3.8 billion, and the joint […]

Comcast to launch Xfinity Stream app

US cable giant Comcast is due to launch its new Xfinity Stream app to Xfinity TV customers at the end of the month. The Xfinity app update is designed to let Xfinity customers watch their entire TV line-up on phones, tablets and laptops in the home, and when they’re on-the-go. Users will also be able […]

Comcast tops Netflix’s ISP Speed Index in the US

Comcast topped the US rankings in Netflix’s monthly ISP Speed Index for the first time in December. According to the report, Comcast’s average monthly speed increased from 3.67 Megabits per second (Mbps) in November to 3.84 Mbps in December. This saw the ISP jump three places in the rankings, overtaking Verizon FiOS which took second […]

Netflix rolls out Comcast X1 boxes

Netflix will launch widely on US pay TV operator Comcast’s X1 set-top boxes this week. In a joint statement the firms said that the subscription video-on-demand service will go live on millions of X1 devices across the country. The move will make it easy for X1 customers to browse the Netflix catalogue alongside the other […]

Disney and Fox to join Hulu’s new OTT streaming service

Disney and Fox have come on board Hulu’s new channels streaming service. The deals mean nets including ESPN and Fox Sports will be on the upcoming service as well as Disney Channel, FX and National Geographic among others. In all, the deals cover 35 nets from Disney and Fox, including their respective broadcast nets ABC […]

Comcast Ventures appoints Tinder co-founder

Comcast’s venture capital arm has appointed the co-founder of dating app Tinder, Dinesh Moorjani, as managing director. Moorjani, who is a serial entrepreneur, senior operating executive and seed investor, will join Comcast Ventures, based in Santa Monica. “We are building a team of smart, proven investors with knowledge and success across a variety of sectors. […]

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