Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Yahoo! Entertainment Chief Headed to Comcast, Report
Karin Gilford, who heads entertainment for Yahoo! is leaving for Comcast, TechCrunch reported yesterday. This evening, paidContent's Staci Kramer reports that Gilford's duties will be assumed by James Pitaro, General Manager of Yahoo! Sports.
In May, I visited Karin in her Santa Monica offices for a rundown on the success of Yahoo! entertainment, which has the largest audience for commercialized online video, meaning commercial television presented online.
-- Andy Plesser
Beginning October 1, Comcast will begin throttling residential internet usage to 250 Gigs per month. The end of all you can eat broadband appears to be near. What are your thoughts? Distributed by Tubemogul.
Tech analyst John Paczkowski reports on Comcast's decision to appeal the FCC’s precedent-setting ruling that Internet gatekeepers have no right to block users' access to the free and open Internet.
Prank Calling Comcast Funny
Comcast recently detailed how they intend to "manage" traffic on its network. It looks to me, that what they are really doing is putting off upgrading capacity, and cutting service. Distributed by Tubemogul.
Comcast is the worst cable company ever. bad customer service,& their rep. even break walls!
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Firemen battle a blaze at the Comcast building that was set by an arsonist in Keyser, West Virginia
Comcast has signed on CBS and 17 other cable networks to participate in a limited study of 5,000 households who get to watch OnDemand content online. Obviously, this requires the participants to have Comcast's cable service in addition to internet service, so it throws up some unique hurdles to online adoption. Is this a good idea, or is this taking online video in the wrong direction? We talk with two members of Engadget HD, Richard Lawler and Ben Drawbaugh and get their take on the situation. Distributed by Tubemogul.
A quick video tour of the new Comcast Mobile application available now for your iPhone and iPod touch (and it is free). Here is the App Store link: *******itunes.apple****/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=320788270&mt=8 . The App is one of the top downloaded on Free Entertainment. Cool features such as On Demand movie trialers, TV listings, SmartZone email+voicemail and access to call forwarding, call logs and a free Address book sync capability.
A quick video tour of the new Comcast Mobile application available now for your iPhone and iPod touch (and it is free). Here is the App Store link: *******itunes.apple****/WebObjects/MZ...
SAN FRANCISCO -- Comcast, the nation's biggest cable system, will launch an online offering of its television service to 14 million Comcast "double play" subscribers next month. Comcast's Interactive Media President Amy Banse told Beet.TV's Daisy Whitney in this video interview.
Andy Plesser, Executive Producer
Comcast Corp.'s deal to acquire NBC Universal from General Electric Co. (NYSE:GE) will likely receive a lengthy and comprehensive antitrust review. John Briggs, co-chair of the antitrust practice group at Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP, says the issue expected to get the most attention is how Comcast, an Internet and cable operator, will manage and price NBC Universal content.
The Deal's Richard Morgan on Comcast’s acquisition of NBC Universal and the future of the web.
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If the headline writers are also soothsayers - NBC’s news operations are in for a big change.
An LA Times article warns, “Culture shock likely as Comcast takes over NBC.” Perhaps -- a timely prediction:
“Today marks the first day of Comcast and NBC Universal uniting as one company to bring you guys the very best news and entertainment programming on the planet.” (E! News)
But media watchers worry NBC’s news operations could change with the merger. Comcast says it won’t mess with NBC’s news division but after the high-profile and abrupt departure of MSNBC star Keith Olbermann last week - analysts suggested otherwise.
ANDERSON COOPER: “Both Comcast and NBC denied that their merger had anything to do with Olbermann's departure. Do you buy that? I heard even last summer, from folks in the industry saying Comcast is not going to put up with this.”
ANALYST: “Everybody agreed that Comcast would be very unlikely to put up with Keith's behavior, let's say, and prima donna activities. I don't think it was coincidentally motivated." (CNN)
And Comcast is definitely aware of the potential perception problem. USA Today reports the company promises it won’t be cutting time for local newscasts at the 10 NBC stations it owns for the next three years. Still - USA Today suggests it’s hard to imagine the merger won’t at least influence news operations.
“Comcast will control the No. 1 evening newscast (Nightly News), morning newscast (The Today Show), and Sunday talk show (Meet the Press). ... The executives have little experience in news... some observers wonder whether Comcast appreciates the nuances of the interests it must balance in the TV news properties it will run.”
And the stakes are high -- at least financially. According to the Pew Research Center, NBC’s news operations generated $1.8 billion in 2009. But local NBC stations like Miami’s WTVJ are promising viewers -- news content won’t change with the merger.
ANCHOR: “As a viewer you can expect the same level of news reporting you have been allowing us to bring into your home every day. But it was surely very exciting.
ANCHOR 2: “Yes indeed.”
But some observers aren’t so convinced. American Public Media spoke with a Hollywood Reporter editor -- who suggests Comcast could shift money spent on news somewhere deemed more profitable.
MATTHEW BELLONI: “Maybe they're going to go for sports, try to put big sporting events on their Versus network, so they can try to build that up and create a competitor to ESPN.”
In a statement distributed to NBC employees Thursday -- Comcast said, “We take our business seriously, but do not take ourselves too seriously."
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