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February 23, 2014
12:30 // 1 month ago
February 13, 2014
He got to see the opening ceremony, but I think he was on the phone 20 times a day while he was in Sochi. When we went through security checkpoints, he was cradling his phone to his ear.
NBCUniversal head Stephen B. Burke • Discussing Comcast CEO Brian L. Roberts, who brokered the deal to buy Time Warner Cable while he was in friggin’ Sochi. That’s rich.
20:55 // 2 months ago
February 12, 2014

Stuff you may have missed: February 12, 2014

In a massive, $45.2 billion deal, Comcast has plans to acquire Time Warner Cable, a move that combines the two largest cable companies into one. This is despite a previous $61 billion offer for the company by smaller competitor Charter.

“It wasn’t exactly a profile in courage. You had members saying they hoped it passed but unwilling to vote for it.” — Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) on the House vote to pass a clean debt-ceiling bill.

The Obama administration is working on a new cybersecurity policy, and nobody likes it.

Speaking of cybersecurity, Bitcoin exchanges are getting spammed right now.

Klout got acquired for $100 million despite the fact that everyone hates it.

23:20 // 2 months ago
May 9, 2013
4:42 // 11 months ago
February 27, 2013
17:50 // 1 year ago
February 12, 2013

Comcast buys the other half of NBC Universal, meaning your cable provider owns 30 Rock

  • $16.7B the amount Comcast will pay General Electric for the 49 percent stake in NBC Universal it doesn’t currently own. The sale includes the sale of NBC’s iconic 30 Rockefeller Center building in NYC. General Electric, until now, had been in the entertainment industry for roughly 90 years. Let’s hope a small fraction of this dollar amount goes to bringing EveryBlock back online. source
19:07 // 1 year ago
May 7, 2012
If Comcast is violating the administration’s orders, it should face significant penalties so consumers know they can count on the administration to protect it from anticompetitive conduct.
Senator Al Franken • In a statement, after sending a letter to the FCC and Department of Justice, requesting an investigation of possible violations of the conditions that Comcast agreed to when the company merged with NBC last year. “When the Obama administration signed off on Comcast’s merger with NBC Universal, it laid out a set of rules to prevent Comcast from squashing its competitors,” added Franken. Comcast has denied allegations of wrongdoing, saying that its On Demand service is subject to cable rules, but not internet regulations. source (viafollow)
17:03 // 1 year ago
April 30, 2012
Hulu could require a cable subscription eventually: In which content providers are so short-sighted that they can’t see what’s in front of them. Note the update on this post, reportedly from a source at Hulu speaking off the record:

Update: We just talked to a source close to Hulu. According to our source, Hulu and its content providers have talked about this move toward authentication since 2009. Our source noted that Hulu has no interest in being a first mover here and that a requirement for authentication is likely still a few years out. Hulu, however, does want to be a good partner and may have to give in to its partners’ pressure soon or later. Even though an authentication requirement isn’t likely to happen right away, though, our source notes that what could happen relatively soon is that the content providers could require longer delays before their shows become available on the service for non-subscribers. Cable subscribers, under this model, would get access to a show on Hulu the next day, while non-subscribers would have to wait at least 30 days. This model would likely also apply to Hulu Plus subscribers.

So, who’s worse? Big cable companies or phone companies?

Hulu could require a cable subscription eventually: In which content providers are so short-sighted that they can’t see what’s in front of them. Note the update on this post, reportedly from a source at Hulu speaking off the record:

Update: We just talked to a source close to Hulu. According to our source, Hulu and its content providers have talked about this move toward authentication since 2009. Our source noted that Hulu has no interest in being a first mover here and that a requirement for authentication is likely still a few years out. Hulu, however, does want to be a good partner and may have to give in to its partners’ pressure soon or later. Even though an authentication requirement isn’t likely to happen right away, though, our source notes that what could happen relatively soon is that the content providers could require longer delays before their shows become available on the service for non-subscribers. Cable subscribers, under this model, would get access to a show on Hulu the next day, while non-subscribers would have to wait at least 30 days. This model would likely also apply to Hulu Plus subscribers.

So, who’s worse? Big cable companies or phone companies?

20:11 // 1 year ago
April 15, 2012
21:54 // 2 years ago
May 11, 2011

Blatant evidence the FCC is in bed with big corporate entities

  • January After a long year of hand-wringing, including much complaining by consumer groups, the FCC approved the merger of NBC Universal and Comcast by 4-1. There was much teeth-grinding.
  • May One of the four commissioners who voted for the merger, Meredith Attwell Baker, has a new job. Wanna guess where? It rhymes with “bombast.” Or, perhaps, “total conflict of interest.”  source
23:28 // 2 years ago