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With the failed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger firmly behind it, Comcast gave its customers a digital treat. But whether you see it that way will depend a lot on what Comcast services you and your family or friends use. The new Xfinity Share app is meant to let people record photos or video with their phone and stream them to a TV. More importantly, the app lets you stream live video to the TV over the Internet. (It can’t be long until this feature finds its way in to a horror movie.) Image credit: Comcast “We’re giving our customers the power to share special moments in their lives as they happen,”... Read more...
Speaking at TechCrunch Disrupt in New York on Monday, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler went on record with his thoughts on the now-dead $42 billion bid by Comcast to absorb Time-Warner Cable (TWC), saying that he thought Comcast CEO Brian Roberts made a "really good decision" in choosing to end the takeover attempt rather than continue the fight. The punditry at large thought that Philadelphia-based Comcast's bid for its New York City rival — which was launched in February 2014 — would sail through antitrust reviews, however, the FCC virtually sealed its doom when they called for a hearing,... Read more...
Still licking its wounds following the spectacular collapse of its bid to acquire Time Warner Cable (TWC), Comcast is refocusing its energy on expanding 2Gbps fiber Internet across the country. Comcast kicked off its 2Gbps Gigabit Pro service in Atlanta, and later in parts of Florida and the San Francisco Bay Area. Gigabit Pro is now expanding to none other than Chattanooga, Tennessee. It was just seven years ago that Comcast threw down the gauntlet, suing the Chattanooga Electric Power Board (EPB) to block the creation of the city’s own fiber Internet and cable TV service. The EPB only took this... Read more...
Comcast's proposed $45.2 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable hit a brick wall when the Federal Communications Commission recommended what's called a "hearing designation order," a procedural move that tasks an administrative law judge to determine if a merger would be in the best interest of the people. Rather than go down that road, Comcast bailed on the deal, taking a $32 million hit in the process. As to Time Warner Cable, it looks as though Charter may make a run at the cable company.There are multiple reports that Charter is formulating a plan to bid on TWC, and if accepted, it would... Read more...
Had things gone to plan, Comcast would be celebrating the thumbs up by the Federal Communications Commission to proceed with its proposed $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable (TWC). But it didn't go down that way. The merger received intense criticism and opposition from the get-go, and instead of giving Comcast the go ahead, the FCC said the matter had to be settled in court. That prompted Comcast and TWC to throw in the towel and count their losses, all 32 million+ of them. Yes, the telecoms reportedly spent over $32 million lobbying Washington in hopes of approving the merger. And had... Read more...
As we originally posted yesterday, Comcast today confirmed that it has abandoned its bid to acquire rival Time Warner Cable for $45 billion. The deal, which was originally announced in February 2014, was questionable at best, but came under more scrutiny in recent weeks. The company issued a brief statement this morning indicating that the merger has been terminated. "Today, we move on. Of course, we would have liked to bring our great products to new cities, but we structured this deal so that if the government didn’t agree, we could walk away,” said Comcast CEO Brian Roberts.  “Comcast NBCUniversal... Read more...
From the moment the proposed $45 billion Comcast-Time Warner Cable (TWC) merger was announced over a year ago, many consumers were understandably worried about what that would mean for competition in the broadband and TV markets, not mention how it would affect their bills each month. Add that in with the fact that both companies have customer service rating that rank near the bottom and that Comcast is a two-time winner of The Consumerist’s “Worst Company in America” award, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that many have been skeptical of the deal actually passing muster with regulators. Thankfully,... Read more...
If Comcast and Time Warner Cable have a Plan B, they may want to consider implementing it. Just as was expected would happen, the Federal Communication Commission's staff reportedly recommended what's called a "hearing designation order" to determine if the proposed $42.5 billion Comcast-TWC merger is within the best interest of consumers.A hearing designation order is an undesirable procedural move in which an administrative law judge would ultimately decide on the fate of the proposed merger. And while the FCC hasn't come right out and said it opposed the deal, this can be viewed as a strong... Read more...
The opposition to the $45 billion Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger is growing. Late last week, we reported that the Department of Justice (DOJ) antitrust division is damn near close to recommending that the deal be nuked. The DOJ’s recommendations could ultimately lead to a lawsuit aimed at stopping the deal in its tracks. For its part, Comcast contends that a merger with TWC would be good for consumers. “There is no basis for a lawsuit to block the transaction,” said Comcast spokeswoman Sena Fitzmaurice last week. Fitzmaurice went on to add that the deal would “result in significant consumer benefits... Read more...
It’s funny how a little bit of competition will force a company to wake up realize that its customers have compelling alternative services to consider. We’ve seen that in the past as both AT&T and Time Warner Cable have responded to Google setting up camp in cities across the country with Google Fiber. Comcast even succumbed to the pressure in Atlanta, announcing its 2Gbps Gigabit Pro fiber Internet service in Atlanta (it only did so after Google Fiber was confirmed to be coming to the area). The competition is now forcing Comcast’s hand in the San Francisco Bay Area. The company announced... Read more...
Comcast has spent the past year extolling the benefits of its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable, but many in the tech industry and plenty of customers aren’t so certain that a merger is the right way to go. As we’ve seen time and time again, Comcast’s customer service is often atrocious and Time Warner Cable isn’t much better. Both companies have been slow to innovate when it comes to offering customers new services and faster Internet speeds and when they do, it’s only because newer competition — like Google — forced their hand. It is now looking like the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)... Read more...
Google Fiber (and to perhaps an even greater extent, municipal broadband) has existing players in the broadband market scrambling to step up their game. Earlier this year, Google announced that it would bring its 1 Gbps Google Fiber Internet service to the Charlotte, NC area. Now, Time Warner Cable (TWC) is countering Google’s move into its service area with free speed boosts for customers. Customers currently signed up for Roadrunner Standard (15 Mbps), Extreme (30 Mbps), and Ultimate (50 Mbps) will receive free upgrades to 50 Mbps, 200 Mbps, and 300 Mbps respectively. It’s interesting that TWC... Read more...
Overly Paranoid Rob Lowe, Crazy Hairy Rob Lowe, Super Creepy Rob Lowe... thanks in no small part to complaints made by Comcast to the National Advertising Division (NAD), these most unwelcome guests who came into many of our homes via television throughout the 2014-15 NFL season are mostly likely being shown the door (and good riddance, Meathead Rob Lowe!). Taking issue with the "Don't be like this me" statements made by their team of "this me" Rob Lowes, Comcast challenged DirecTV's claims of superiority with regard to better signal reliability, picture quality, customer satisfaction, and sports... Read more...
If you have an opinion that many would deem illogical, what do you do? You go find other people who think just as illogically, of course. Power in numbers, as they say. That can go for a sibling battling with another sibling over who took the last of the cupcakes just as well as it can for mega corporations like Comcast which argue that a monopoly is a good thing. Comcast's desire to absorb Time Warner Cable has been a hugely debated topic, with many believing it'd harm innovation and work against consumers, while others -- those on Comcast's side -- state the exact opposite. I say if you have... Read more...
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