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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 […]

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 […]