• Why Congress is Comcastic

    By David A. Kaplan, contributor

    A federal appeals court sided with Comcast, saying the FCC overstepped its bounds in enforcing net neutrality. But the real slap is on Congress.

    In an important decision already being attacked by supporters of "net neutrality," the court ruled that the FCC lacked the power to force Comcast (CMCSA) to treat all traffic equally on its broadband network.  Thus, Comcast—and other telecom and cable companies—are MORE

    Apr 6, 2010 8:31 PM ET
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  • Starz goes from second-tier movie channel to Hollywood power broker

    In the battle over home video distribution, the Hollywood studios may finally be realizing they have to give up some control, or risk losing millions.

    Earlier this month, Disney (DIS) announced that it is renewing its licensing agreement with Starz Entertainment, giving the premium movie provider behind the Starz and Encore movie channels exclusive pay-TV rights to show content from Walt Disney Studios.

    But this deal was a little different than MORE

    - Mar 21, 2010 11:16 PM ET
  • For Google, provoking ISPs is the only way to build the Internet

    By Paul Smalera, contributor

    Google's recent push to provide ultra-high-speed Internet is more about injecting competition in the dysfunctional Internet business than about creating a new revenue stream.

    It's the 21st century equivalent of the Oklahoma land rush: Just days after Google announced it was seeking some trial areas in which to deploy its new ultra-high-speed fiber network, cities and towns began throwing themselves at the Internet giant. And why shouldn't they? MORE

    Mar 1, 2010 9:51 AM ET
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  • Can Steve Jobs unplug cable TV?

    CBS and Disney may join Apple's $30 per month TV service, says the Wall St. Journal

    This could be totally disruptive. Or it could be another "hobby" like Apple TV that never quite takes off.

    In a front-page story published Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reported that CBS (CBS) and Disney (DIS) are "considering participating" in Apple's (AAPL) plan to offer television subscriptions over the Internet.

    It was the first hint of interest MORE

    - Dec 22, 2009 8:21 AM ET
  • And the walls came tumbling down

    Is the NBCU-Comcast deal really about a new business model for cable?

    By Tom MacIsaac, CEO, ExtendMedia

    That cracking sound you hear is the walls of the clubby world of cable beginning to crumble. Everything in the media world -- ­ especially the world of media distribution --has changed as a result of Comcast (CMCSA) taking control of GE's (GE) NBCUniversal.

    Many people think this is a deal to preserve the status quo MORE

    Dec 11, 2009 9:00 AM ET
  • Will "TV Everywhere" go anywhere?

    Only if industry players successfully balance content, customer experience and revenue models

    By Tom MacIsaac, CEO, ExtendMedia

    Add this to the list of things the Internet has changed: Your cable or satellite company now wants to let you, as a subscriber, watch the content you've paid for on any device you want, any time you want.

    The cable crowd has little choice: consumers are accustomed to time shifting their television viewing MORE

    Nov 12, 2009 9:30 AM ET
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  • Cablevision considers a dividend and spin-off

    By Scott Moritz

    Cablevision's Dolan family is weighing its options again. But while the chilly credit market puts some boundaries on the scope of the Long Island cable company's options, some of the more likely moves include a dividend and a spinoff of its Rainbow Media unit, say analysts.

    "We arrive at the view that given the current state of the credit markets and $1.7 billion in maturities [Cablevision faces] next year, the MORE

    - Aug 5, 2008 2:47 PM ET
  • Verizon to hike TV prices

    By Scott Moritz, writer

    Seeing no signs that the slowing economy is crimping consumer spending, Verizon (VZ) plans to raise prices on its nascent TV service.

    The New York phone giant reported first quarter earnings that met Thomson Financial's analyst estimate but missed the Bloomberg consensus by a penny Monday. On a conference call following the release, the company blamed the loss of a large former MCI business customer for some of the profit weakness.

    The most MORE

    - Apr 28, 2008 11:20 AM ET
  • Comcast CEO: Content, content, content

    By Stephanie Mehta

    In his first-ever keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show Tuesday, Comcast  CEO Brian Roberts seemed to be saying content is king. (Not what you'd expect from the nation's largest distributor of pay television.)

    Roberts, who was joined by radio personality and "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest for part of his speech, told the Las Vegas audience Comcast (CMCSA) is embarking on a strategy to make a vast library MORE

    - Jan 8, 2008 3:56 PM ET
  • Cable trouble: Downsizing ahead?

    By Stephanie Mehta 

    With the cable industry in the doldrums, at least one consultant expects companies such as Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC) and others may be headed for some downsizing. Shahid Khan, partner at IBB Consulting Group, recently said he thinks the big cable operators are going to spend the next two to four quarters focused on "operational efficiencies."

    "They've had the happy problem of growth," says Khan. "Now that's MORE

    - Nov 7, 2007 12:47 PM ET
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