Charter and Comcast to develop Roku-rivalling streaming devices in 50/50 JV

US cable giants Charter and Comcast (parent company of NBCUniversal and Sky) have announced a partnership to co-develop a new generation of streaming devices. The move is a direct attempt from the pair to upend the streaming device market which, in the US, is dominated by the likes of Google, Amazon and Roku. The partnership […]

Bouygues Telecom first in France with new superfast WiFi 6E

French service provider Bouygues Telecom is to begin commercialising its new WiFi 6E-enabled modem, the Bbox 6, on April 25. The launch will make Bouygues the first in the French market to launch a WiFi 6E modem. The company has already tested the devices with a few hundred selected customers. The launch follows French telecom […]

Sky launches fastest broadband offering to date

Comcast-owned pay TV operator Sky has launched its new full fibre broadband package, Gigafast, offering speeds of up to 900Mbps. The new package, which is delivered only through FTTP, is said by Sky to be 25 times faster than the average speed of its Superfast 35 package and offers a guaranteed 600Mbps, allowing users to claim a month’s […]

Comcast Advertising rolls out AudienceXpress multi screen media solution

Comcast’s adtech business has announced the relaunch of its multi screen media solution, along with the rebrand of its Freewheel division. The platform, which is being launched under the branding of AudienceXpress, promises to automate the way advertisers reach audiences across screens and offers several differentiating features.  These features include the ability to measure and […]

Apple TV+ comes to Comcast STBs

Comcast has announced a distribution deal with Apple to bring Apple TV+ to its entertainment platforms in the US. Apple TV+ will began its rollout on Xfinity X1, Xfinity Flex and XClass TV on Monday and will be available across all eligible devices in the coming days. This comes after Apple agreed a deal with […]

NBCU streams Winter Olympics coverage in 8K VR

NBCUniversal has launched the NBC Olympics VR by Xfinity app. The app will see NBCU stream more than 150 hours of live and on demand interactive virtual reality coverage of the ongoing Beijing Winter Olympic Games in 8K resolution. The app was developed in collaboration with product and technical teams across NBCU and Comcast.  The […]

Comcast to double Peacock content spend as it pivots to ad-supported subscription model

Comcast is to double the amount it spends on programming on streaming service Peacock this year to over US$3 billion as it seeks to drive take-up, with a plan to increase domestic content spending to US$5 billion in the next couple of years. Speaking to analysts after Comcast reported its Q4 numbers, CFO Michael Cavanagh […]

Sky hit by loss of Italian football but UK sees growth

Comcast-owned pay TV operator Sky’s top line was hit by the loss of sports programme licensing agreements in Italy and Germany in the fourth quarter, with subscribers numbers also dropping in Italy due to the loss of Serie A rights. For the full year, Sky’s total customer relationships number fell by 198,000, despite an increase […]

Comcast tests Full Duplex DOCSIS 4.0 modem

Comcast says it has successfully tested a prototype ‘10G modem’ using Full Duplex DOCSIS 4.0 technology. The lab test saw a Full Duplex DOCSIS 4.0 system-on-chip cable modem built by Broadcom deliver upload and download speeds faster than 4Gbps, powered by what the US service provider describes as 10G network technology. The announcement is the […]

Comcast-ViacomCBS streamer SkyShowtime names CEO

SkyShowtime, the new Comcast and ViacomCBS joint venture streaming service, has found its CEO. Monty Sarhan will lead the pan-European streamer across more than 20 territories and oversee a content offering that includes shows from Comcast’s NBCUniversal and Sky, and ViacomCBS brands such as Showtime, Nickelodeon and Paramount Pictures. Sarhan, who will be based out of London, […]