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  • 'He was going to have to carry about 400 pounds of cable guy'

    04/23/2011 10:43:50 AM PDT · by hoagy62 · 4 replies
    KOMO-TV ^ | 4/23/11 | KOMO TV
    MONTESANO, Wash. -- Yesterday, they were installing TVs. Today, two Comcast employees are being featured on them, after their heroics helped capture an escaped jail inmate. "You could see just embarrassment on his face, like, 'Really? I just got caught by a couple of cable guys?' which is fantastic," said Jeff Furth, a field technician for Comcast. "It was a great feeling to help out."
  • Al-Jazeera woos Comcast

    02/25/2011 6:10:11 AM PST · by JoyjoyfromNJ · 20 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | February 25, 2011 | Bob Fernandez
    . . .Al Antsey of the Al-Jazeera network came to the Comcast building on Tuesday [Feb 22] looking for a major U.S. platform for the 24-hour, Qatar-based news channel that at one time was viewed as just a mouthpiece for Osama bin Laden. It's time, he told officials with the nation's largest cable operator, to cast aside misperceptions of the Arabic news station as tainted with anti-American bias, and join the rest of the world. . . The network has viewership in three U.S. markets: Washington; Burlington, Vt.; and Toledo, Ohio. . .
  • FCC Orders NBC Newsrooms To Partner With Soros-Funded Non-Profits

    02/03/2011 11:12:42 AM PST · by tutstar · 84 replies
    Big Government ^ | 2/3/11 | Dana Loesch
    So much for objectivity. One of the FCC stipulations of the Comcast – NBCU merger was the incorporation of non-profit journalism centers into NBC newsrooms. They are charged with maintaining and increasing local news coverage, the regulation based on the relationship between KNSD-TV and KNSD airs the segments, but really can’t take all the credit for them. They are largely the work, a local nonprofit journalism center that has been sharing news tips, co-producing and supplying content to the station for several years. [...] Under the terms of the FCC order approving Comcast’s takeover of NBCU, at least...
  • Is Comcast Killing Off Progressive Talk?

    01/23/2011 6:39:28 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 75 replies ^ | 1/.22/11 | MattParker
    The ink wasn't even dry on FCC and Anti-trust approval of the Comcast - NBC merger when the channel's highest rated host got the ax. Keith Olbermann has been fired. At least they let him say good-bye (contrary to standard industry practice). This, of course, is not the first time NBC has done something dumb (probably not the last, either). Nor is it even the first time MSNBC has fired it's highest rated - and coincidentally liberal - host: Phil Donahue was dumped for daring to challenge Dubya's invasion of Iraq (that one may have had something to do with...
  • The Comcast/NBC Merger: Oodles of Government Booty (if You Qualify)

    01/22/2011 12:58:36 PM PST · by Walter Scott Hudson · 2 replies
    David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | January 22, 2011 | John Nampion
    The process of watching our citizenry slowly succumb to the Almighty power of the U.S. Government is at once frightening and fascinating - we of course notice the train wrecks (Obamacare) and 10-car pileups (the castration of SB 1070), but let's not forget those little nails that are pounded, daily and ceaselessly, into the burial box of American ingenuity and initiative. They do the most damage, after all, because they just don't seem important enough to worry about when you take them one at a time. A fresh example can be found in the details of the January 19th announcement...
  • Comcast-NBC Deal Wins Federal Approval (Sheds Light On Olbermann Firing)

    01/22/2011 11:34:42 AM PST · by lbryce · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Media Decoder:New York Times ^ | January 18, 2011 | BRIAN STELTER and TIM ARANGO
    NBC Universal was approved by the Federal Communications Commission and the Justice Department on Tuesday, smoothing the way for the deal to close by the end of January. As expected, the approvals came with significant conditions attached. The combination of Comcast’s cable systems and NBC Universal’s channels will create a media powerhouse, and it will represent the first time that a cable company will control a major broadcast network. “This is a proud and exciting day for Comcast,” Brian L. Roberts, the Comcast chief executive, said in a statement that thanked the government agencies for their hard work. The approval...
  • MSNBC says it's ending contract with Keith Olbermann; last broadcast of 'Countdown'

    01/21/2011 6:09:11 PM PST · by John W · 356 replies
    MSNBC ^ | January 21, 2011
    MSNBC says it's ending contract with Keith Olbermann; last broadcast of 'Countdown' tonight
  • Comcast Makeover...Lefty MSNBC About to Make a Right Turn? (Interesting info...)

    01/21/2011 9:54:42 PM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 51 replies ^ | 1/21/11 | Nikki Finke
    ...It is well known that both Comcast chief Brian Roberts and NBCU chief Steve Burke have donated heavily to the Republican party with Burke more recently donating money to a few Democrats as well...Roberts was a co-chairman of the host committee at the 2000 Republican Convention while Burke raised at least $200,000 for George W Bush’s re-election campaign.
  • Why Keith Olbermann Is Out At MSNBC

    01/21/2011 9:18:45 PM PST · by FTJM · 95 replies
    Mediaite ^ | January 21st, 2011 | Mark Joyella
    Sources tell Mediaite Keith Olbermann and MSNBC were headed for a breakup long before Comcast’s rise to power, but clearly something set the divorce into motion quickly today, with network promos set to run touting Olbermann’s role in MSNBC’s coverage of next week’s State of the Union address–and, notably, a Keith Olbermann promo running on MSNBC in the hour after the host signed off and left the network. MSNBC executives have long planned for the day the network’s star might be sent packing, and the rise of Rachel Maddow at MSNBC–along with the grooming of Lawrence O’Donnell as a potential...
  • "MSNBC And Keith Olberman Have Ended Their Contract"; Lefty MSNBC About To Make Right Turn?

    01/21/2011 8:52:58 PM PST · by bigbob · 51 replies
    Deadline ^ | 1-21-11 | NIKKI FINKE AND NELLIE ANDREEVA
    The move is simultaneous with new owner Comcast starting to show its hand over the broadcast network and cable after receiving FCC approval. "He's been very problematic," an NBCU source told Deadline about Comcast's attitude to Olbermann. Officially, the Comcast takeover is next week. But word has been circulating for months now that the new owners have wanted to "tinker" with MSNBC and had many changes in store, including a right turn for the left-wing cable channel so that it represents both political points of view more evenly.
  • Keith Olbermann Out At MSNBC, Final 'Countdown' Broadcast Is Tonight

    01/21/2011 6:07:44 PM PST · by who knows what evil? · 109 replies
    TV By the Numbers ^ | January 21, 2011 | who knows what evil?
    MSNBC and Keith Olbermann have ended their contract. The last broadcast of “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” will be this evening. MSNBC thanks Keith for his integral role in MSNBC’s success and we wish him well in his future endeavors.
  • Angela Bromstad Out at NBC (Comcast fires another NBC exec...)

    01/20/2011 5:26:01 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 34 replies
    The Wrap ^ | 1/20/11 | Daniel Frankel
    Angela Bromstad announced Thursday that she's leaving her post as NBC Entertainment president, marking the latest high-profile executive change for the broadcast network, which is currently being assimilated into the Comcast fold.
  • Flushed! Jeff Gaspin, Steve Burke and the $200,000 Bathroom (Comcast fires another NBC exec...)

    01/20/2011 9:03:32 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 16 replies
    The Wrap ^ | 1/19/11 | Sharon Waxman
    On Tuesday night NBC held a goodbye party at Hatfield’s restaurant on Melrose for NBC Television Entertainment Chairman Jeff Gaspin. Ever wonder how this reasonably capable executive came to be squeezed out of a job in the new NBC-Universal hierarchy led by Comcast COO Steve Burke? I wondered too. It turns out that it involved his $200,000 new bathroom. When Gaspin was promoted to run NBC in July 2009, he decided he didn’t want to share a bathroom with the other executives on the 11th floor of the Wasserman building, according to a knowledgeable insider. So he ordered the construction...
  • Seton Motley weighs in on Comcast-NBC Merger

    01/18/2011 2:10:39 PM PST · by patriotgal1787 · 3 replies
    The Radio Patriot ^ | Jan. 18, 2011 | Andrea Shea King
    Tonight at 9p ET on THE ANDREA SHEA KING SHOW Seton Motley, President of Less Government & Editor in Chief of Hey FCC: Approve the Comcast-NBC Merger, Alreadyby Seton Motley Comcast and NBC-Universal (NBCU) have been waiting to merge for, well, ever.  Or at least it seems that way. Mergers of this sort are supposed to be approved within 180 days of applying to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Justice Department for permission.  (As offensive as that may sound – two companies reaching mutually agreeable business terms having to then play Mother May I with the government – that is the...
  • Chris Matthews Uses Palin Reindeer Shooting Footage As A Convincing Excuse.How Pathetic!

    01/14/2011 3:49:33 PM PST · by TheTeaPartyChannel · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Last Night On "TingleBall", Chris Matthews continued his rants on Sarah Palin as if she was the primary culprit behind the Saturday Shootings. He put together a compilation Sarah Palin video with bits of her "Reloading Related Remarks",and in the video,there is a carefully edited bit of Palin shooting the caribou/reindeer.The shooting of the deer was the focus.Chrissy Tingles Matthews actually thinks that the average American will believe that Sarah Palin shooting the deer is the Primary Reason A Lunatic Went On A Shooting Spree In Tuscon! Could a cable news anchor BE ANY MORE IGNORANT? !!
  • FCC Conditions Include Offering Standalone Internet Access Service: Source (Comcast/NBC)

    01/13/2011 5:53:28 AM PST · by AT7Saluki · 8 replies
    Multichannel News ^ | 1/12/11 | John Eggerton
    According to the current Federal Communications Commission draft approval of the Comcast/NBC Universal joint venture, the cable company will be required to deliver standalone Internet access for at least three years at a monthly base price of $49.95 and a minimum speed of 6 Mbps downstream. A source with access to the FCC's draft of its conditional approval of the Comcast/NBCU deal confirmed reports that it is one of the conditions, but also pointed out that was one of the original conditions with which Comcast has said it has no quarrel.
  • Comcast-NBCU deal would create minority networks

    12/17/2010 5:00:02 PM PST · by tobyhill · 18 replies · 1+ views
    reuters ^ | 12/17/2010 | By Jasmin Melvin
    Comcast Corp will offer new programing targeted at African- and Asian-Americans if it is allowed to buy a majority stake in General Electric Co's NBC Universal, the company announced this week in agreements with civil rights groups. The decision to boost diversity efforts comes as the company awaits approval from the U.S. Justice Department and Federal Communications Commission for its proposed merger, which would create a combined broadcast, cable, movie studio and theme parks business. Public interest groups have urged the Obama administration to reject the deal. They fear Comcast might charge other cable distributors higher fees to transmit NBC...
  • Now This Is Weird...

    12/05/2010 7:14:05 PM PST · by TruthBeforeAll · 74 replies · 2+ views
    Self | 12/5/2010 | Brad Morris
    I live in Central Illinois and for the last hour, Free Republic has been the only website I can access. No eBay, Weather, Paypal, Drudge Report, craigslist, youtube, not even my local bank. I get the "... can't find server" error. I can't even get email. But I seem to be able to access Free Republic just fine. I mean it's a good sign for when the end of the world begins. But for right now it's kind of frustrating.
  • Comcast, Level 3, Network Neutrality, and Your Internet

    12/01/2010 8:57:47 AM PST · by tricksy · 45 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 11/30/10 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    Network neutrality is a simple concept: ISPs shouldn't play favorites with the content that goes over their parts of the Internet. It's a concept that harks back to the Commercial Internet Exchange (CIX) in 1991 when the first Internet carries agreed to share connections equally with each other. Although CIX is now largely forgotten, it's what started the Internet on its way from a backwater for researchers and schools to the omnipresent network in which we live, work, and play today. Now, Comcast, appears to be the first major ISP to break that old CIX rule of network neutrality. Level...
  • Will The Internet Wreck Cable-TV’s Lush Margins?

    11/30/2010 9:49:04 AM PST · by Maelstorm · 61 replies
    There’s a shadow over cable-TV giant Comcast (CMCSA) these days. ... Just to be clear, we’re not talking about the issue of whether antitrust regulators will sign off on Comcast’s ambitious $13.75 billion purchase of a controlling stake in General Electric’s (GE) NBC-Universal subsidiary. That deal, which the nation’s biggest cable provider announced almost a year ago, will close within a couple months. No, the troubling question surrounding Comcast and its industry rivals is more fundamental. It asks, impolitely: Is the Internet poised to wreck cable-TV’s lush margins, the same way it has already trashed profits in the once-lucrative music...
  • Sanders (socialist on RIGHT of Hussein) wants halt to Comcast-NBC deal after Olbermann suspension

    11/08/2010 4:48:26 PM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/08/10 | Michael O'Brien
    Sanders wants halt to Comcast-NBC deal after Olbermann suspensionBy Michael O'Brien - 11/08/10 12:38 PM ET Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said he would look to block a merger between NBC and Comcast, citing the decision last week by MSNBC to suspend liberal anchor Keith Olbermann. Sanders said Comcast's attempt to acquire NBC from General Electric would result in "another media giant run by a Republican supporter of George W. Bush." The Vermont senator, an independent who caucuses with Democrats, has loudly criticized MSNBC's suspension of Olbermann last week for violating company policies when he donated to three Democratic candidates. The...
  • Comcast blames automatically dialed pre-election phone calls for massive New England outages

    11/02/2010 7:21:06 AM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Comcast blames automatically dialed pre-election phone calls for massive New England outagesBy Associated Press 7:44 a.m. CDT, November 2, 2010 CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Telecommunications company Comcast says massive numbers of automatically dialed political telephone calls that caused service outages in New England have dropped off sharply. The outages came Monday as political campaigns hit the phones to woo voters before Tuesday's midterm elections. Philadelphia-based Comcast says congestion resulting from the calls Monday night forced it to reroute phone traffic as it tried to identify the carrier whose telephone numbers were generating them. Comcast spokesman Charlie Douglas says the volume...
  • DNS Security Rollout Begins

    10/19/2010 7:31:48 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 5 replies
    Comcast ^ | 18 October 2010 | Jason Livingood
    We're pleased to announce that beginning today we will start the process of migrating customers to DNS servers that use Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC), as part of an evolving suite of security protections that are part of Comcast Constant Guard™. Best of all, customers will not need to take any action and should not notice any changes to their service, though behind-the-scenes that service will be more secure. As the first major Internet Service Provider (ISP) to do so in the United States, our customers are among the first to be getting these new security capabilities, which is...
  • Steve Burke to replace Jeff Zucker as CEO of NBC Universal

    09/27/2010 3:20:59 AM PDT · by paudio · 4 replies
    EW ^ | 9/26/10 | Lynette Rice
    Comcast and General Electric announced today that Chief Operating Officer Steve Burke will become the chief executive officer of NBC Universal upon the close of Comcast’s purchase of the media company from GE. Burke, 52, will take over for NBC Universal President and CEO Jeff Zucker, who will continue to serve in his position until the close of the deal.
  • Attack ad goes nuclear

    09/26/2010 7:25:12 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    The Denver Post ^ | September 26, 2010 | Vincent Carroll
    It's such a respectable name for an outfit dedicated to character assassination: Accountability for Colorado. With such respectable men and women behind the respectable front, too. They include two of Colorado's richest citizens, Tim Gill and Pat Stryker, as well as the Colorado Education Association, the AFL-CIO and the corporate leadership of Xcel Energy and Comcast. Gill and Stryker each gave the independent political committee $75,000 in recent months — pocket change for them, perhaps, but serious political money — while the CEA chipped in $105,000, the AFL-CIO $50,000, and Xcel and Comcast 10 grand each. For what purpose? In...
  • Zucker Announces Departure From NBC (Are Olbermann and Maddow soon to be gone?)

    09/24/2010 9:31:13 AM PDT · by milwguy · 18 replies
    ny slimes ^ | 9/24/2010 | bill carter
  • Barry Nolan loses suit vs. Comcast

    09/22/2010 8:40:06 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 14 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 9/22/10 | Jessica Heslam
    Former “Backstage” host Barry Nolan - sacked for lashing out over a local award given to Fox News big wig Bill O’Reilly - has lost his $1.2 million lawsuit against CN8 and Comcast. In a written decision yesterday, U.S. District Court Judge Rya Zobel said Nolan’s agreement with Comcast allowed the company to fire him “without notice, for any reason, or no reason at all.” “Although one-sided, it is nonetheless valid,” Judge Zobel wrote. Nolan, a veteran TV personality who had worked for Comcast for five years, had argued that his termination violated his right to free speech under state...
  • Comcast will air teachers union's re-lawyered anti-Meg Whitman ad Thursday

    09/16/2010 1:08:20 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 9/16/10 | Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Political Writer
    To follow up on something that we told you earlier would be happening, the California Teachers Association has lawyered up their Meg Whitman-bashing ad -- and the tweaks (roughly about four words)-- were enough to satisfy Comcast, which pulled the teachers' ad this week. The tweaked version is set to air Thursday morning all over Comcast. To catch up on this saga -- and for a peek at the backstage drama behind the making, airing, complaining about and lawyering of a political ad -- go here. Comcast was satisfied that the new ad will now refer to "Whitman's plan could...
  • Comcast Merger With NBC-Universal Sets Stage For Latest Jesse Jackson Shakedown

    07/12/2010 10:10:07 PM PDT · by Walter Scott Hudson · 1 replies
    NewsRealBlog ^ | July 12, 2010 | Walter Scott Hudson
    Let’s say a government inspector comes into your place of business and finds a number of violations which may or may not be legitimate. What would you think if he offered to ignore the violations in exchange for a percentage of your profits? That would be extortion, right? Whether you had actually done anything wrong would suddenly be moot. The question would become whether you were going to play ball in a corrupt system. As Comcast and NBC/Universal seek policy makers’ blessing of their proposed merger, they appear to face a similar dilemma. Testimony at a recent hearing in Chicago...
  • Art in America

    07/09/2010 10:45:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies ^ | July 9, 2010 | Brent Bozell
    The half-dozen contestants, 20-something aspiring artists all, enter the famous Phillips de Pury art auction house. Mr. de Pury himself ushers them into the special room where they are presented with a collection of paintings by Andres Serrano, the man who came to fame in 1989 with the ghastly painting, sponsored by the National Endowment of the Arts, depicting a crucifix dunked in a jar of urine. They are hugely impressed. The final painting they are shown is just that -- the original "Piss Christ." They are in awe, quietly expressing their amazement at the talent. And then the door...
  • Jackson PUSHES Comcast For 10% Minority Basic Set-Aside

    07/09/2010 5:37:13 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 26 replies · 1+ views
    Multichannel News ^ | 7/8/10 | John Eggerton
    Rainbow Coalition Also Wants Comcast/NBCU To Spend 25% Of Ad Budgets On Minority-Owned Firms The Rev. Jesse Jackson's Rainbow/PUSH Coalition wants Comcast to set aside 10% of its basic tier for networks "owned and controlled by people of color." The organization also wants both Comcast and NBC Universal to spend 25% of their ad and marketing budgets and the same percentage of "vendor dollars" on minority-owned firms. "We want to make sure that independently owned and controlled minority cable networks don't find it harder to gain carriage if this deal happens," said Jackson in written testimony for the July 8...
  • Woman With Gun Gets Comcast's Attention (Late-Night Electrical Work Noisy)

    06/03/2010 3:49:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies · 460+ views
    Half Moon Bay Review ^ | Wednesday, June 2, 2010 | Mark Noack
    The noise of Comcast’s late-night electrical work in her neighborhood led a Montara woman to try a little intimidation. San Mateo County Sheriff’s deputies received calls that the woman on the 300 block of Fourth Street was brandishing a rifle and using it to threaten a utility worker. When deputies arrived at the woman’s home, they realized the woman’s rifle was actually a BB gun. But that didn’t stop the woman from firing pellets at the Comcast truck. She told the officers that the cable work was irritating and was preventing her from sleeping. The Comcast employee wanted to press...
  • Comcast Customers Surprised By Lost Channels

    05/24/2010 8:56:03 AM PDT · by Tribune7 · 46 replies · 1,381+ views
    Comcast without any real warning has begun encrypting the channels that they had led owners of digital-ready TVs to believe would remain accessible to them sans the cheap digital adapter boxes with the even cheaper remotes. It happened in the Windsor Circle area of Springfield, Pa on Wednesday. Other areas of the town were still getting channels without encryption as of Saturday but don't expect it to last. Comcast had given away the digital adapters for free without an increase in cost but many owners of new TVs declined to hook them up because of the low quality remotes, unnecessary...
  • Peg Luksik: Please stop calling me! (Vanity)

    05/12/2010 6:19:30 PM PDT · by fatnotlazy · 21 replies · 340+ views
    May 12, 2010 | Self
    I just now received an automated telephone call from Peg Luksik, Republican Candidate for the U.S. Senate (Pennsylvania). This makes THREE annoying phone calls from her campaign in the last month. All three have the same message, and you can't disconnect them. Now I wouldn't vote for Ms. Luksik even if she paid me, but I've already decided that any candidate who places one of those automated calls to me will not get my vote. Ok, I'm done ranting now. Back to more important issues.
  • Chambers Of Horrors -Ed Rendell and the Philadelphia Chamber

    05/12/2010 7:25:00 AM PDT · by grace522 · 6 replies · 295+ views
    Philadelphia Magazine ^ | 5/12/2010 | Chris Freind
    Chambers Of Horrors Ed Rendell has done more to hurt business in Pennsylvania than any governor in recent memory. So why do our local chambers of commerce keep patting him on the back? Posted on 5/12/2010 at 8:33AM “The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to promoting regional economic growth…and advancing business-friendly public policies.” So says the mission statement of Philadelphia’s Chamber of Commerce. It further states that it is “dedicated to supporting and encouraging the continued growth” of its members by striving “to influence business-friendly legislation in all levels of government, participate in initiatives to improve education and...
  • Will Comcast Purchase Of NBC Universal Lead To Change In Network News Division's Liberal Agenda?

    05/11/2010 6:04:22 AM PDT · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 24 replies · 875+ views
    Illinois Family Institute ^ | May 4, 2010 | Daniel T. Zanoza
    Comcast, a giant media conglomerate, is currently in the process of purchasing NBC Universal. Comcast is the nation's largest cable service provider, serving 39 states and the District of Columbia. When negotiations are completed, Comcast will have controlling interest of the NBC network, its News Division and NBC Universal's cable networks--which include MSNBC and CNBC. The deal's price tag is an estimated $30 billion. Besides the business aspects regarding Comcast's acquisition of NBC Universal, which I won't go into here, some speculate Comcast's controlling interests of NBC Universal may lead to a huge shake-up in the management of its news...
  • More About This New Conservative Channel

    04/19/2010 12:16:41 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 12 replies · 539+ views ^ | April 19, 2010 | annem040359
    Is there going to be new and conservative competition for FoxNews via Comcast? Looks like there is a possible new cable channel onboard according to a POLITICO article. If this be so, it should be one that MUST truly reflect the ideas and values of those who are TRULY CONSERVATIVE, not just be a wannabee all conservative channel. Also the Kelsey Grammer video:
  • Report: Comcast to acquire right-wing network

    04/19/2010 5:55:23 AM PDT · by Blue Turtle · 57 replies · 1,571+ views
    Via Political Carnival and Crooks & Liars, we learn that Comcast has announced a new venture with RightNetwork, "an independently-owned media company" whose mission is "to entertain, engage, and enlighten Americans who are looking for content that reflects and reinforces their perspective and worldview. RIGHTNETWORK will consistently impact the political and cultural discussions of Americans" (it is set to launch this summer).
  • Court Stops FCC Power-Grab (Is this a preview to the fate of ObamaCare?)

    04/07/2010 11:53:37 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 649+ views
    American Thinker ^ | April 08, 2010 | John Armor
    The internet is safe for the moment from the clutches of federal regulators thanks to a court decision that may be a harbinger for legal challenges to ObamaCare. The United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit struck down on April 6 an effort by the FCC to regulate internet policies of a private company. The basis of this unanimous decision in Comcast v. Federal Communications Commission may bode well for the multiple cases pending that claim that the just-passed Health Care Act is unconstitutional. The FCC had adopted a ruling which required Comcast to drop a restraint it...
  • US court rules against FCC on `net neutrality'

    04/06/2010 7:59:11 AM PDT · by kosciusko51 · 92 replies · 5,156+ views
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | April 6, 2010 | AP
    On Tuesday April 6, 2010, 10:38 am WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal appeals court has ruled that the Federal Communications Commission lacks the authority to require broadband providers to give equal treatment to all Internet traffic flowing over their networks.
  • Franken Looks To Leverage Comcast/NBCU Bashing Into Bucks

    02/11/2010 6:13:08 AM PST · by AT7Saluki · 14 replies · 438+ views
    Broadcasting and Cable ^ | 2/10/10 | John Eggerton
    Minnesota Democrat Al Franken was looking to leverage his high-profile criticism of the Comcast/NBCU merger into some cash for his campaign down the road. Franken got national attention with his grilling of NBCU President Jeff Zucker and Comcast Chairman Brian Roberts during last week's Hill hearings on the proposed $30 billion joint venture. He took particular issue with NBC's stand back in the 1990's on sunsetting the financial interest and syndication rules that prevented networks from taking a financial interest in the domestic syndication of their prime time programming. While NBC claimed it would not push independents off the network...
  • Comcast unveils new brand name and logo

    02/04/2010 9:50:08 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 15 replies · 541+ views ^ | 2/4/10 | Bob Fernandez
    The Comcast cable guy and his truck are getting a new look. Comcast Corp. said yesterday that it would re-brand its TV, Internet, and telephone services as Xfinity on Feb. 12 to signal to customers that this isn't the same old company. Comcast will remain as the corporate name, but the company will emphasize Xfinity in advertisements and on 24,000 service trucks and thousands of employee uniforms. The new brand name will first appear in Comcast ads, around the time of the Winter Olympics, in Philadelphia and 10 other markets and will then appear in Comcast's cable-franchise areas in other...
  • GE profit falls; CEO strikes optimistic tone (Comcast to buy MSNBC - are Olberdork's days numbered?)

    01/24/2010 6:35:35 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies · 842+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 1/22/10
    GE profit falls; CEO strikes optimistic toneWeak jet engine sales, trouble in real estate lending dogged conglomerate updated 8:50 a.m. ET, Fri., Jan. 22, 2010 General Electric Co.'s fourth-quarter net income fell 19 percent, hurt by lower profits on products like jet engines and continuing troubles in commercial real estate lending. Still, GE showed some signs of stability in the final months of the year. The drop in profit was smaller than previous quarters because of gains in areas like power plant turbines and oil field equipment. And results surpassed Wall Street forecasts for the conglomerate, which is coming off...
  • NBCU Profit Plummets 30%

    01/22/2010 11:20:11 AM PST · by iowamark · 6 replies · 415+ views
    The Wrap ^ | January 22, 2010 | Dylan Stableford
    Network takes NFL fee hit; Comcast names cable unit president head of merger NBC Universal’s profit fell 30 percent during the fourth quarter, General Electric reported on Friday. Revenues fell 3.7 percent to $4.27 billion. NBCU’s operating profit -- at $602 million -- slid from $865 million in 2008. The company attributed the decline to increased programming costs and massive fees associated with carrying National Football League games. For the year, NBCU's revenues were down about 9 percent. The numbers, of course, don’t reflect the costs associated with NBC’s settlement with Conan O’Brien. On Thursday, the network agreed to pay...
  • Time Warner Cable/FOX Stand-Off Reaches 11th Hour

    12/31/2009 10:37:53 AM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 98 replies · 2,648+ views
    Mediaite ^ | 12-31-2009
    The impasse between FOX broadcast network and Time Warner Cable continues with less than a day remaining before the cable provider knocks the network and its cable outlets off the dial. And as each side ratchets up the rhetoric, neither seem willing to show compromise. Could Fox really be gone from homes with Time Warner Cable tomorrow? The Wall Street Journal explains where things are at right now: The crux of tensions is a $1 monthly fee News Corp is seeking for local Fox TV stations it owns from each Time Warner Cable TV household. While several owners of broadcast...
  • Pro consumer? ( More Obama crony-capitalism)

    12/24/2009 11:49:55 AM PST · by gusopol3 · 2 replies · 216+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 24, 2009 | anon
    Another consideration here is the fact that NBC's owner, General Electric, and buyer Comcast are among the Obama administration's most reliable corporate allies. Not coincidentally, Comcast announced its support for Obamacare on the same day the NBC deal was announced, with Chief Executive Officer Brian Roberts commending Obama for "your dedication to health care reform and for the remarkable progress that has been achieved in this area under your leadership."
  • Winter Olympics: The Big Bust

    12/23/2009 9:53:26 AM PST · by george76 · 19 replies · 4,142+ views
    Forbes ^ | December 16, 2009 | Michael Ozanian
    The 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver is going to be a financial disaster that should serve as a wake up call to sports executives ...spending on sports sponsorships and advertising--is very bad. NBC... is going to lose about $200 million on Vancouver... Over the past five years the operational costs of the 2010 Winter Games has mushroomed from $1.3 billion to almost $2 billion. Vancouver is going to take it on the chin as declining sponsorship and tourism revenue ...
  • Comcast Execs Gave Large Donations to Obama and Democrats

    12/06/2009 8:19:36 PM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies · 623+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 12/6/09 | Noel Sheppard
    Executives at Comcast, the media behemoth looking to buy a 51 percent stake in NBC Universal, have given large sums of money to presidential candidate Barack Obama and Democrats in recent years The Hill reported Saturday: Comcast chief executive Brian Roberts made more than $76,000 in political contributions to Democrats since 2006, compared to $13,500 in contributions to Republicans. Comcast vice president and top lobbyist David Cohen made about $180,000 to Democrats in the same period, compared to $12,000 to Republicans, according to
  • COMCAST-NBC DEAL: Does the Merger's Approval Rest on Healthcare?

    12/06/2009 12:16:23 PM PST · by veritas3 · 6 replies · 404+ views
    Big Government ^ | Dec 4, 2009 | CAPITAL CONFIDENTIAL
    I’ll be the first to admit that anti-trust law is not my strong suit. The myriad implications of cable giant Comcast’s proposed acquisition of NBC are complexities beyond the grasp of most mortals. Legions of attorneys will put legions of children through college with the fees that this transaction will generate. This is the kind of stimulus that will inject much-needed capital into the private country club sector of the economy. I’ll be the first to admit that anti-trust law is not my strong suit. The myriad implications of cable giant Comcast’s proposed acquisition of NBC are complexities beyond the...
  • Comcast-NBC deal finds donors converging with Obama's principles

    12/05/2009 5:43:16 PM PST · by blueyon · 8 replies · 921+ views
    The Hill ^ | 12/05/09 | Kim Hart
    The proposed merger of Comcast and NBC Universal will be the first big test of the Obama administration’s stance on the hot-button issue of media consolidation. It could also put the Obama administration and Democrats in Congress at odds with a few of their largest supporters.