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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 […]

Comcast to pay US$45 billion for Time Warner Cable

Comcast has confirmed it has struck a deal to buy rival Time Warner Cable (TWC) in a deal worth US$45.2 billion (€39.8 billion) that will bring together the two largest players in the US cable market by subscribers. The all-stock deal, which was agreed last night and was announced formally today, will see Comcast pay […]

Kabel Deutschland licenses RDK

German cable giant Kabel Deutschland has licensed the Comcast-supported Reference Design Kit (RDK) for in-home devices from RDK Management.  The RDK is a pre-integrated software bundle developed and licensed to create a common framework for IP and hybrid set-top boxes and gateways. A number of device manufacturers and chipset vendors have already licensed the RDK […]

NBCU revenues up but Comcast ‘underweight’ internationally

NBCUniversal saw fourth quarter revenues rise 7.5% to reach US$6.5 billion (€4.8 billion) but parent company Comcast says it is “underweight” internationally and will look at acquisitions opportunities. Both NBCU’s US cable networks – such as market leader USA Network and Bravo – and broadcast channel NBC posted year-on-year growth, bringing in revenues of US$2.3 […]

Opera launches Chromium/Blink for RDK

Opera Software has launched a version of the Google-supported Chromium/Blink web browser engine that is designed for set-tops based on the Comcast and Time Warner Cable-backed RDK architecture. According to Opera, its Devices SDK integrates into the RDK environment, replacing Qt/WebKit as the rendering engine and providing direct integration to the RDK ServiceManager and the […]

Hulu ‘in pay TV discussions’

US internet TV service is reportedly in early talks with a number of pay TV providers about the possibility of offering Hulu’s subscription service as part of their TV bundles. According to a Wall Street Journal report, which cites people familiar with the situation, Hulu is discussing potential partnerships with Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox […]

Netflix in talks with US cable operators

Netflix is in talks with several US cable companies with a view to making its service available via their platforms. Netflix has already started working with cable companies in Europe, inking a deal with Sweden’s Com Hem to offer its service via the cabler’s Tivo settop box, which launched last week. It has also agreed […]

Twitter to launch ‘See It’ feature with Comcast TV deal

Twitter has signed a new partnership deal with Comcast and NBCUniversal that will let Comcast’s Xfinity TV subscribers click to access TV shows, movies and sports directly from a tweet.  The ‘See It’ functionality was created by Comcast engineers, is due to roll out in the US next month with shows from NBCUniversal’s networks, and […]

Comcast and Time Warner joint venture RDK appoints manager

RDK Management, the new joint venture formed by Comcast and Time Warner Cable, has appointed Comcast’s vice-president of licensing and strategic development, Steve Heeb, as its general manager.  RDK is a pre-integrated software bundle developed and licensed to create a common framework for powering IP or hybrid set-top boxes and gateway devices. It is aimed […]