Comcast has earned a reputation as one of America’s most hated companies and there are plenty of people in the media who slam the cable giant on a regular basis. That’s why we’re intrigued about Re/code’s new report claiming that NBCUniversal, which is owned by Comcast, is about to invest hundreds of millions of dollars into two major media companies that have in the past been some of its toughest critics. More →
Following Verizon’s recent acquisition of AOL, the industry and readers at large are waiting to see if and how the deal might affect the news sites Verizon now owns, including Huffington Post, TechCrunch and Engadget. Considering Verizon has long been one of net neutrality’s biggest enemies, the worries are fairly obvious.
If there’s one company that readers are likely even more concerned about, it’s Comcast, which has long been the subject of widespread Internet wrath do to complaints surrounding poor service and even worse customer service.
Now, it looks like Comcast is in talks to buy some of its biggest critics. More →
When companies willfully ignore viable and increasingly dangerous threats to their business, well, it typically doesn’t end well. Especially in the fast moving world of tech, being able to pinpoint strategic threats and address them quickly is imperative.
Oops. Netflix has quickly grown from a nifty little site that streams a bunch of old movies to a game-changing entertainment powerhouse that makes it easier than ever to cut the cord. Long story short, it has become pay TV providers’ worst nightmare. Users love Netflix, investors love Netflix, and the company’s future looks brighter than ever as the cord cutting trend picks up steam.
Typically, service providers try to downplay Netflix’s impact on their business. Of course, one need only look at cable company’s subscriber trends to see how seriously Netflix and similar services are affecting these companies’ bottom lines. In an interesting moment of candor, however, one top cable company lobbyist admitted that Netflix is indeed hurting its business. More →
Comcast later this year is going to start a market trial of an incredibly promising new broadband technology capable of delivering maximum download speeds of 10Gbps and maximum upload speeds of 1Gbps. This news comes to us via Multichannel News’ Jeff Baumgartner and it was announced earlier on Thursday by Comcast Cable CEO Neil Smit, who said Comcast would start the trial sometime in Q4 2015. More →
Netflix-style content streaming is the future of television. The ability to binge-watch new shows the minute they come out is highly addictive, as Netflix fans have shown during marathon sessions of House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Daredevil, etc. Even though the transition to this new way of watching TV will be gradual, it’s also inevitable since it’s been embraced by more and more people aged 30 and under. More →
Oh, Comcast. Even when you do things that should be cool, you manage to make them massively disappointing. Our latest example is the pricing for the company’s new 2Gbps Internet service, which we now know will cost you $300 per month plus up to $1,000 in installation fees. A more Comcastic pricing scheme we could not imagine. More →
Comcast knows that kids these days love their hippity-hop and their crazy smartyphones. It also knows that they love cord cutting, a newfangled way of watching TV that doesn’t involve forking over hundreds of dollars every month for a cable package. To show the world that it’s just as hip as Netflix, Comcast has unveiled a new TV streaming package called Stream that costs $15 per month and is also nearly pointless. We’ll explain why below. More →
Pheeeewwww. That was a close one. American wireless users’ hearts collectively seized earlier on Wednesday after reports came out claiming that T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom was in talks to unload the scrappy wireless carrier onto Comcast. Bloomberg is now reporting, however, that Comcast is apparently not interested in buying the “Un-carrier” and that Comcast is right now reluctant to put another massive merger deal in front of regulators after the collapse of its deal with Time Warner Cable. More →
If we only gave you one try to guess which two nationwide pay TV and Internet service providers are the most hated in the country when it comes to customers satisfaction, we would wager that almost all of our readers would nail it on the first try. That’s right, among all pay TV companies in the country, the two that received the lowest customer satisfaction ratings in Consumer Reports’ latest poll are indeed the usual suspects. More →
Comcast’s decision to try to merge with Time Warner Cable last year might go down as one of the biggest strategic blunders of the decade. Not only was Comcast forced to embarrassingly withdraw its bid for the cable company but it also opened itself up to investigations about whether it’s actually lived up to promises it made to get its last mega-merger with NBCUniversal approved by regulators. More →