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Netflix attacks ‘toll taking’ from ISPs, warns against Comcast merger

Netflix has reiterated its opposition to the merger of US cable giants Comcast and Time Warner Cable by arguing that a merged entity could place “toll taking” on content providers above the interests of consumers. In a blog posting, Netlfix’s vice-president of content delivery, Ken Florance, said that Netflix’s deal to pay for access to […]

US pay TV subscriptions tipped for rebound

The US pay TV market is set to return to growth in 2014 with subscriber numbers to climb slightly following a loss in 2013, according to new research by Strategy Analytics. The North American Digital Television Forecast: 1Q 2014 report claims that though the US pay TV market “has faced challenges for several years,” it […]

Speculation grows over new Apple set-top box

Speculation is growing that Apple is planning to launch a new TV set-top box, after US cable operator Comcast made reference to the firm’s plans in a filing with the FCC. Contained within a filing about its planned US$45 billion buyout of rival Time Warner Cable (TWC), Comcast discussed competition in the US market, including […]

Pace appoints new international president to oversee EMEA

Set-top provider Pace has appointed former Comcast, Charter and Bell Atlantic executive Jim Henderson as president of its Pace International business unit. Henderson replaces Shane McCarthy with immediate effect and takes responsibility for Pace’s business in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific (APAC) regions. The firm said that as regional president, […]

Apple reportedly in talks with Comcast for streaming service

Apple is in talks with Comcast to enter into a deal to allow Apple to launch a streaming TV service over Comcast’s cable network, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The Journal, citing unnamed sources, said that Comcast and Apple were discussing privileged access for traffic to reach Apple TV boxes over […]

Netflix boss calls for net neutrality to be strengthened

Netflix founder and CEO Reed Hastings has called for net neutrality to be “defended and strengthened” in order to protect an open, competitive internet. In an official blog post, Hastings said that internet service providers must provide “sufficient access to their network without charge,” claiming that failure to do so would create a poor consumer […]

Comcast cuts House of Cards deal, mulls own YouTube-type service

US cable giant Comcast has acquired rights to sell season one of Netflix original House of Cards through its set-top boxes. The deal with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment means the dark political drama will be available to Comcast set-top box customers with Xfinity TV to purchase or rent through the recently launched Xfinity On Demand digital store […]

Verizon confirms Netflix talks following Comcast deal

Following yesterday’s deal between Netflix and Comcast, telecom operator Verizon has confirmed that it is in talks with the subscription VoD company about striking a similar peering deal, while AT&T is reportedly also in advanced discussions with the company. Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said that his company has been in talks with Netflix for about […]

Netflix to pay Comcast for access to network in ground-breaking deal

In a significant break with its existing practices, Netflix has agreed to pay US cable giant Comcast to gain direct access to its network to deliver a better quality service to Comcast subscribers. In a deal many industry observers see as likely to be the first of a series, Netflix will gain direct access to […]

Discovery, BSkyB could make Channel 5 bid

US-based Discovery Communications and British satcaster BSkyB may table a joint bid for for-sale UK broadcaster Channel 5. According to unnamed sources familiar with the talks quoted by the Financial Times, Sky would pick up Channel 5’s advertising sales business. A deadline for bids on the broadcaster has been set for this Thursday and other […]