Malone says cable companies should unite for Hulu bid

US MSOs should join forces to make a bid for Hulu, according to Liberty Media boss John Malone. The influential media executive was speaking to Reuters at the fringes of Allen & Co’s Sun Valley conference and said that all US MSOs would benefit from owning an online streaming and catch-up service. Hulu is currently […]

Intel moving forward to secure content for pay TV service

Intel is reportedly offering a premium of up to 75% over standard cable rates to secure content for its planned pay TV service, but has yet to close a deal with any major content provider. According to a Reuters report, citing unnamed sources familiar with the talks, Intel is offering considerably more than standard US […]

Adobe launches Primetime with Comcast, NBC Sports

Adobe has signed up Comcast Cable and NBC Sports Group as the first partners for Primetime – its advanced TV publishing and monetisation platform, which it launched at NAB yesterday.  Adobe Primetime is aimed at programmers and pay TV service providers looking to deliver digital video across devices and platforms. It integrates Adobe’s video publishing, […]

NBCUniversal in talks to deliver full line-up to OTT players

US content provider NBCUniversal is in talks with a number of internet video services to provide a full line-up of programming akin to the packages currently provided for pay TV service providers. Cable giant Comcast revealed in a compliance report, required as a condition of its acquisition of NBCUniversal, that it had received and was […]

Comcast to take full control of NBC Universal

US cable and media giant Comcast is to acquire the 49% of NBC Universal that it does not already own from General Electric for US$16.7 billion (€12.4 billion). Comcast said it would take full control of NBC Universal at the time of its original acquisition deal, which was completed in 2011, but had seven years […]

Comcast takes stake in Arris following Motorola Home deal

Technology provider Arris, which acquired the Motorola Home business from Motorola Mobility in December, is to sell approximately 10.6 million shares to Comcast for US$150 million (€112 million). The sale of shares is related to the Motorola acquisition. The shares issued to Comcast will reduce, on a share-for-share basis, the number of shares of Arris […]

NBC Universal agrees deal to sell A+E Networks stake

US cable and media giant Comcast’s NBC Universal unit has agreed to sell its 15.8% stake in A+E Networks to co-owners The Walt Disney Company and Hearst for US$3.03 billion (€2.46 billion). The deal, to be paid for with a mix of cash and debt, values A+E, which owns A&E, Lifetime and  History, at a […]

Hulu reportedly moving to allow only pay TV users to view

US online TV service Hulu is taking the first steps towards making content on its service only available to existing pay TV subscribers, according to a report in the New York Post. According to the Post, citing unnamed sources, the move towards an authentication model – whereby viewers would have to log in with their […]

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