Streaming video alliance forms to help guide future of online video

A consortium of content providers, network operators, content delivery networks and technology providers have joined together to form the Streaming Video Alliance. The alliance is designed to encourage deeper collaboration and the development of open architecture and interoperability for streaming video. It aims to help create standards and best practices that will scale the infrastructure for […]

thePlatform launches mpx Replay to take linear channels online

Comcast-owned video management and publishing firm, thePlatform, has launched a new service to help broadcasters publish their linear TV channels online. Mpx Replay is a premium service that thePlatform will offer as part of its mpx video publishing system. “Mpx Replay provides instant asset creation for publishing and distribution, automated metadata to support richer search […]

US cable and telcos angrily reject Obama net neutrality call

US cable and telecom operators have responded angrily to President Barack Obama’s call for the strongest form of net neutrality and the implementation of new regulations to ensure that all internet traffic should be given equal treatment.  Obama has called for a reclassification of broadband providers as common carriers under Title II of the country’s […]

Comcast shareholders approve Time Warner merger

Comcast’s shareholders voted almost unanimously in favour of its multi-billion dollar merger with Time Warner Cable at a special meeting yesterday.  According to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Comcast shareholders who voted at the special meeting represented approximately 84% of the eligible shares entitled to vote in person or by proxy. Of […]

Comcast to shut down Streampix VoD service

Comcast is shutting down its Streampix subscription VoD offering, citing “minimal interest” from consumers. In a filing to the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), published last week, Comcast said that both the Streampix site and the app are being decommissioned, and the standalone offer has been discontinued. “Going forward, Streampix will simply be part of […]

Weather Channel ‘weighs sales’

NBCUniversal-backed cable net Weather Channel may sell parts or all of its assets, according to a report from business wire Bloomberg. Comcast-owned NBCU co-owns WeatherChannel Cos. with private equity groups Blackstone Group LP and Bain Capital LLC, having acquired the company in 2008 for US$3.5 billion. However, the private equity groups have now spoken with JPMorgan […]

Comcast, Charter name cable spin-off GreatLand

Comcast Communications has unveiled the name of the spin-off cable company it is creating in order to sooth regulatory concerns over its deal to buy Time Warner Cable. Seeking regulatory approval, Comcast agreed to make concessions before it bought TWC. The cable firm subsequently announced it would launch a joint venture with Charter Communications, which […]

Netflix: Comcast-Time Warner merger puts basic principle of net at risk

Netflix has called on the US FCC to veto Comcast’s merger with Time Warner Cable. In a petition to the FCC’s media bureau chief William Lake, the streaming video provider argued that the “proposed merger puts at risk the end-to-end principle that has characterised the internet and been a key driver in the creation of […]

Dish wants FCC to scrap Comcast-TWC deal

US satcaster Dish Network is petitioning media regulator the Federal Communications Commission to stop the Comcast’s planned takeover of pay TV rival Time Warner Cable. Dish itself it the subject of a rumoured multi-billion dollar merger with US telco AT&T, but claims its rivals would create “irreparable harm to competition and consumers” should the FCC […]

NBCU ‘well set’ for post-mega-merger era

The CEO of Comcast has said NBCUniversal’s current performance means the content business is well prepared for any landscape changes, including the potential Fox-Time Warner merger. Brian Roberts told investors NBCU’s performance “strategically and financial positions us well in the content business”, and that “we certainly don’t think we need to bulk up in content”. […]

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