Virtual reality specialist NextVR raises US$30.5m from Comcast, Time Warner

NextVR, a company that specialises in virtual reality live-event streams, has raised US$30.5 million in funding with participation from US pay TV giants Comcast and Time Warner. Venture capital firm Formation 8 led the funding, with Comcast Ventures and Time Warner Investments joining the round – throwing their support behind the new broadcasting technology. NextVR […]

Comcast taps broadcasters for major web video push

US operator Comcast has partnered with more than 30 broadcast and cable networks to launch short-form web video on its connected X1 platform.  The beta launch will initially focus on news, sports and current events like clips from NBC’s Today Show and Fox Sports Live. Comcast said that catalogue will expand as programmers look to […]

Top pay TV operators to add 200 million subscriptions

The world’s top 338 operators across 89 countries will increase their pay TV subscriptions by 200 million between 2014 and 2020, according to a new study. Digital TV Research’s Global Pay TV Operator Forecasts report claims that the collective number of subscriptions for these operators will increase from 704 million in 2014 to 904 million […]

Comcast debuts YouTube rival Watchable

US media giant Comcast has launched its ‘YouTube killer’, Watchable, a streaming site that debuts with videos from around 30 partners. Ad-funded Watchable has gone live in beta, with Comcast describing it as “a new, cross-platform video service that curates a selection of the best content from popular online video networks and shows in an […]

Liberty Global, Comcast to use Metrological browser enhancements

Liberty Global and Comcast will use new, open-source browser enhancements from Metrological to support enhanced IP, browser-based services and applications for set-top boxes. Announcing the deals, Metrological said it created the new open-source browser enhancements and will contribute them to the Reference Design Kit (RDK) software stack for use across the pay TV industry. Liberty […]

Comcast to launch Watchable video platform

US cable provider Comcast is reportedly gearing up to launch a major new digital video platform called Watchable in an effort to take on the likes of YouTube. According to a Business Insider report, Comcast is planning to launch the service in the coming weeks and is partnering with digital publishers like Buzzfeed, Awesomeness TV […]

Comcast defends new OTT service

Comcast Communications has defended its new cord-cutting enabler Stream. The OTT service, which is currently being trialed in the US, will allow the US cable and broadcast TV giant to attract “younger consumers”, according to Comcast CEO and chairman Brian Roberts. The type of consumer Stream would likely attract would be a “university student or […]

Cablevision stocks rise on Altice interest

US MSO Cablevision’s shares spiked at the end of last week after cable and telecom investor Patrick Drahi told the Wall Street Journal that he was interested in acquiring companies including Cablevision and Cox Communications to expand Altice’s US presence. Cablevision’s stock rose by 9% on the report. Drahi was named as potentially interested in […]

Comcast to launch Stream online TV service

Comcast is due to begin trialling a new streaming cable service in the US, called Stream, as part of its efforts to “provide TV choices for everyone.” Stream will be available to Comcast Xfinity Internet customers, who will be able to watch live TV channels on laptops, tablets and phones in their home. The service, […]

Comcast reportedly interested in T-Mobile US deal

US cable giant Comcast is said to have held talks with Deutsche Telekom about a potential deal to acquire mobile network T-Mobile US. According to Germany’s Maganger Magazin, which cited unnamed insiders, Comcast is one of a number of interested parties in the US mobile network, with US satellite operator DISH also linked to the […]

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