Comcast Netflix Peering Agreement

Comcast customers’ Netflix streaming woes might be over… for now

By on February 21, 2014 at 5:01 PM.

Comcast customers’ Netflix streaming woes might be over… for now

The quality of Netflix streaming has tanked over the past several months at several ISPs because Netflix and the ISPs have been wrangling over who should pick up the tab for all the added traffic being generated by Netflix’s HD video streaming service. ISPs such as Verizon and Comcast have been asking Netflix and bandwidth providers such as Cogent Communications to pay additional fees that will help them deal with added traffic loads. Netflix, meanwhile, has asked ISPs to peer directly with its new video content delivery network as an alternative to charging additional fees. More →

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Comcast-TWC Merger

DirecTV CEO says Comcast-TWC merger would be awful for consumers and competition

By on February 21, 2014 at 4:16 PM.

DirecTV CEO says Comcast-TWC merger would be awful for consumers and competition

Not surprisingly, we can now count DirecTV CEO Mike White among those who oppose Comcast’s proposed Time Warner Cable acquisition. During the pay TV provider’s earnings call on Thursday afternoon, White was asked to share his feelings on the merger that would see two of the country’s largest TV and Internet providers merge into a single giant. According to an account from The Wall Street Journal, White said that the deal would create “unprecedented media concentration in one company,” and the combined entity would have an “effective monopoly” in two-thirds of the United States. Dish chairman Charlie Ergen had previously said that there would be some benefits to the Comcast-TWC merger, but he expressed doubt that regulators would ever approve the deal.

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Netflix High Customer Satisfaction

Comcast will throttle Netflix’s traffic at its own peril

By on February 19, 2014 at 12:49 PM.

Comcast will throttle Netflix’s traffic at its own peril

Comcast has said repeatedly that it has no intention of throttling Netflix’s traffic and there may be a good reason to believe it’s telling the truth. Not because Comcast executives are benevolent cherubs, of course, but more because they’re smart enough to know that throttling Netflix’s traffic would lead to a public relations battle that they would lose very, very badly.  More →

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Who Runs The Internet

These six organizations secretly run the Internet

By on February 19, 2014 at 10:47 AM.

These six organizations secretly run the Internet

Who runs the Internet? Is it Google, the global search leader that trades fantastic free services for borderline frightening insights into user behavior? Is it Apple, whose iPhones and iPads are reportedly used to connect people to the Internet more than any other mobile devices on the planet by a massive margin? Is it the Illuminati? According to a new feature from the team that taught us how to disappear online, there are actually six organizations that secretly run the Internet and you might not have considered any of them. More →

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Comcast Time Warner Cable Merger

Study: Only 6% of consumers think the Comcast-TWC deal is a good idea

By on February 18, 2014 at 11:00 AM.

Study: Only 6% of consumers think the Comcast-TWC deal is a good idea

Get ready to be knocked out of your seats, readers — consumers think a Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger is a bad idea. Comcast and Time Warner Cable confirmed earlier this month that they have reached a merger agreement that could see Comcast acquire Time Warner Cable for about $45 billion. The pay TV giants might have a few pals in high places in Washington, but they still face an uphill battle as regulators scrutinize the proposed deal. Beyond regulators, what do consumers think? Not surprisingly, a new study suggests that they don’t like the idea one bit. More →

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Comcast Netflix Throttling

Comcast insists it won’t throttle Netflix or other video companies following TWC merger

By on February 17, 2014 at 11:45 AM.

Comcast insists it won’t throttle Netflix or other video companies following TWC merger

There are a number of fears that come to most pay TV and Internet subscribers’ minds when they think about the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger that was announced last week. Will my bill go up? Will real competition in the industry become even more rare? Will the resulting mega-ISP be ruthless and evil? Also high on the list of concerns in light of net neutrality’s death is whether or not a combined Comcast-TWC entity would use its newfound heft to throttle Netflix and other online video providers. More →

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Comcast Modem Rental Ripoff

One mind-blowing fact shows you how much Comcast gouges its customers

By on February 17, 2014 at 10:30 AM.

One mind-blowing fact shows you how much Comcast gouges its customers

In addition to figuring out ways to shaft cord cutters, Comcast also seems to love thinking of new ways to gouge its customers by vastly overcharging for things it should be offering for free, such as HD service for basic network television channels. Writing in The New Yorker, Tim Wu similarly makes note of Comcast’s enthusiasm for slapping customers with fees and notes the following mind-blowing fact: “Netflix’s fee of $7.95 a month is what Comcast charges you to lease a modem.” More →

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Comcast Obama connections

Obama pals around with Comcast’s chief lobbyist

By on February 14, 2014 at 12:17 PM.

Obama pals around with Comcast’s chief lobbyist

Although it seems like the Comcast–Time Warner Cable merger would be a nonstarter for the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice, Comcast may have a few major tricks up its sleeve. It’s chief lobbyist, David Cohen, is apparently “great friends” with President Obama. According to The New York Times, Cohen is quite close with Obama. He has hosted multiple fundraisers for Obama, one in 2011 that raised $1.2 million and another last fall that also raised over a million dollars. And just this past Tuesday — two days before the Comcast–Time Warner Cable merger was announced — Cohen was hanging out at the White House for the state dinner for French President François Hollande. More →

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Comcast Time Warner Cable Price Increases

America’s broken home broadband market gets perfectly summed up in one quote

By on February 14, 2014 at 11:41 AM.

America’s broken home broadband market gets perfectly summed up in one quote

During a conference call with the press on Thursday, one reporter asked Comcast executive David Cohen whether his company’s proposed merger with Time Warner Cable would lead to some relief for customers who are tired of seeing their monthly bills keep going upward. Cohen’s response was refreshingly honest but also a depressing reminder of just how broken the market for home broadband services is in the United States. More →

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Comcast TWC Merger Response

What happens when two of the most hated pay TV companies say they’re merging?

By on February 14, 2014 at 10:33 AM.

What happens when two of the most hated pay TV companies say they’re merging?

As a blizzard hammered the east coast on Thursday morning, news of a pending deal that could see Time Warner Cable merge with Comcast hammered pay TV subscribers across the country. The two national TV, Internet and phone service providers are regularly ranked at the very bottom of the industry when it comes to subscriber satisfaction, and consumers had strong reactions when they learned the two giants intend to merge. How strong? According to one report, they likened the unholy union to the Death Star in “Star Wars” and the evil Eye of Sauron from “The Lord of the Rings.” More →

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Comcast Time Warner Cable Merger

Three things that could kill the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger

By on February 13, 2014 at 8:50 AM.

Three things that could kill the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger

Are you feeling excited about the officially announced merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable? If not then you aren’t alone — there are plenty of other groups out there who aren’t keen on letting the two most hated ISPs in the United States combine to form a broadband behemoth. The Wall Street Journal has written a handy little primer of all the challenges that Comcast will face in its quest to become the supreme overlord of American Internet service providers. In short, here are three groups that could help kill off the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger. More →

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Comcast Time Warner Merger

Giant pay TV provider is born as Comcast and TWC confirm $45B merger

By on February 13, 2014 at 7:25 AM.

Giant pay TV provider is born as Comcast and TWC confirm $45B merger

Comcast and Time Warner Cable on Thursday confirmed the rumors, announcing a $45.2 billion all-stock merger plan, though the deal is yet to be approved by the shareholders of the two companies, and also by regulators including the FCC and the Justice Department. “This transaction will create a leading technology and innovation company, differentiated by its ability to deliver ground-breaking products on a superior network while leveraging a national platform to create operating efficiencies and economies of scale,” Comcast said in a press release. More →

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Comcast Olympics Live Streaming

Comcast comes up with yet another way to shaft cord cutters

By on February 11, 2014 at 4:32 PM.

Comcast comes up with yet another way to shaft cord cutters

If there’s one thing that Comcast seems to love more than anything else, it’s shafting its basic cable subscribers and pushing them to upgrade to one of its many pricier bundle plans. If you’re looking for examples, recall the company’s brilliant shakedown that made basic cable subscribers use digital adapters that degraded their signal and forced them to pay an extra $10 a month to get the same HD channels they used to get for free as part of their basic package. Now GigaOM reports that Comcast has blocked streaming of the Olympics for customers who only subscribe to its basic cable services despite the fact that the Olympics are being shown primarily on NBC, the Comcast-owned network that basic cable subscribers can already access through their subscriptions. More →

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