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NBCU’s Peacock will be mostly ad-supported, confirms Comcast CEO Roberts

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts has laid out the company’s plans for its new streamer, Peacock, saying that the company is looking for the “fastest way to get to profitability with the least amount of investment” with an ad-supported model being the way forward.  The CEO was speaking at a Q&A during Goldman Sachs’ annual Communacopia […]

DAZN signs major distribution agreement with Comcast

Sports streamer DAZN has announced availability on Comcast’s Xfinity Flex and Xfinity X1 platforms. This deal marks DAZN’s first distribution agreement with a major US video and internet provider. The OTT platform will be available on Xfinity X1 this Autumn, while it is available now on Xfinity Flex.  Daniel Spinosa, vice president of entertainment services […]

Sky expands content and tech partnership with Channel 4

Comcast-owned pay TV operator Sky and broadcaster Channel 4 have extended their strategic partnership with a new deal covering content and advertising technology. The arrangement, which expands on a similar agreement struck last year, includes a multi-year carriage deal renewal that offers Sky customers access to exclusive programming from Channel 4’s VOD service All 4, […]

VOD and cable drives reverse in US TV viewing decline

TV viewership in the US is at a two-year high. According to a new report from Comcast Spotlight, the advertising sales division of Sky-owner Comcast Cable, in Q1 2019, people spent an average of six hours and 25 minutes watching TV each day. This represents a year-over-year increase of 6% (21 minutes). The report, the […]

TiVo hails positive Q2, continues war with Comcast

Newly-instated TiVo CEO Dave Shull has continued the company’s three-year patent war with Comcast during the company’s quarterly earnings call.  When asked about the back and forth between the sparring companies, Shull said that TiVo is “committed to the litigation and Comcast continues to incur liability for their violations of our IP.” Shull continued: “From […]

All-time high US cord cutting ‘freaking ugly’, claims MoffettNathanson

Cord cutting in the US is expected to reach an all-time high of 5.5% in Q2. According to equity research company MoffettNathanson, the figure is predicted to be reached once all Q2 reports are rendered.  AT&T, Comcast and Charter Communications, three major US telcos that have already released their quarterly results, have lost a combined […]

Sky looks to partner with new D2C players as it doubles originals spend

The launch of Sky Studios, the pay TV operator’s new production arm, gives the Comcast-owned pay TV operator an opportunity to “develop European stories at a scale that we’ve never really seen before”, according to Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch. Speaking on Comcast’s quarterly earnings call, Darroch said that Sky would double the amount it spent […]

NBCU streamer to launch in April, will focus on acquired programming

NBCUniversal’s ad-supported streaming offering is to launch in April 2020, Comcast has announced. Speaking on the company’s Q2 earnings call NBCU CEO Steve Burke said that 500 people are currently working on the service that is scheduled to launch next April.  Burke confirmed that the service will be built on the Now TV platform, which […]

Comcast brings Amazon Music to Xinfinity

Comcast has announced the launch of Amazon Music on Xfinity X1 and Xfinity Flex, marking the first time the ad-free and on demand streaming service will be available directly on the TV through a pay-TV provider. The service will roll out “over the next few weeks” and will be accessible alongside the other content available […]

Comcast launches addressable advertising initiative

Comcast Advertising, the advertising arm of Comcast Cable has announced the launch of a new initiative called On Addressability. The broad goal of this initiative is to help the industry deliver a sound, scalable and sustainable addressable solution to marketers that maximises the impact and value of television as a marketing platform. Charter Communications and […]