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  • Jan. 25, 2011, 9:45 AM
    The government's approval of the deal between Comcast (CMCSA) and NBC (GE) “will yield far more governmental intrusion in the marketplace than if the combination had simply been disallowed,” Dan Mitchell writes. Why? It makes the government a “micromanager of media deals. It even goes so far as to force Comcast to sell its content to outside distributors if certain conditions apply.”
    | Jan. 25, 2011, 9:45 AM | Comment!
  • Jan. 18, 2011, 4:58 PM
    With regulatory approval for the Comcast (CMCSA)-NBC Universal (GE) merger granted, it remains unclear whither goeth Hulu, NBC's joint online video venture with News Corp (NWS). For instance, Comcast must give up its management rights in Hulu to avoid a conflict of interest - while apparently keeping an investment stake.
    | Jan. 18, 2011, 4:58 PM | Comment!
  • Jan. 18, 2011, 2:25 PM
    The FCC approves Comcast's (CMCSA +1.2%) deal to acquire control of NBC Universal from General Electric (GE -0.8%) by a four-to-one vote, reports say, with several conditions designed to prevent the cable giant from stifling competition in the pay-TV and online video markets. The Justice Department may approve the merger later today.
    | Jan. 18, 2011, 2:25 PM | 2 Comments
  • Jan. 17, 2011, 5:00 PM
    The FCC could approve Comcast's (CMCSA) deal to purchase control of NBC Universal (GE) as soon as tomorrow, sources say, and the Justice Department should give it an OK - with conditions - shortly thereafter. Those approvals would clear the transaction to close by month's end.
    | Jan. 17, 2011, 5:00 PM | 5 Comments
  • Jan. 11, 2011, 3:26 PM
    Comcast (CMCSA) may have to provide TV programs to online competitors and wouldn’t be allowed to interfere with subscribers’ Web traffic to satisfy regulators vetting its planned purchase of NBC Universal (GE), sources say. FCC Chairman Genachowski has asked his four fellow agency members to approve the acquisition on condition his proposed requirements are met.
    | Jan. 11, 2011, 3:26 PM | 1 Comment
  • Jan. 6, 2011, 11:57 AM
    Netflix's (NFLX -1.4%) 4-year old streaming deal for Liberty Starz's (LSTZA -1.2%) online content will expire this year, say sources. The initial agreement is worth about $30M annually. While Liberty says there's no rush to redo the contract, analysts suspect a new deal will cost Netflix 10 times more than the original.
    | Jan. 6, 2011, 11:57 AM | 2 Comments
  • Jan. 5, 2011, 8:24 AM
    This week at CES, Samsung (SSNLF.PK) and other TV makers will unveil a new slew of web products. To keep their dominance of the living room, they need to fend off TV upstarts like Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL). By 2014, analysts claim half of all TVs sold will be net enabled.
    | Jan. 5, 2011, 8:24 AM | 1 Comment
  • Jan. 4, 2011, 12:47 PM
    Computer peripherals maker Logitech (LOGI) is -2.5% after Morgan Stanley downgraded the stock to Underweight from Equalweight. Its Revue television box, which comes bundled with the Google TV (GOOG) app, is also reportedly struggling.
    | Jan. 4, 2011, 12:47 PM | Comment!
  • Jan. 3, 2011, 9:40 AM
    Amazon (AMZN +1.2%) is reportedly in talks to acquire U.K.-based movie-streaming and DVD rental firm LoveFilm for $312M. Amazon already has a 42% stake in LoveFilm, which has 1.4M members in Europe and a library of 70K movies and games. Amazon is now looking the firm's financials over in advance of the deal.
    | Jan. 3, 2011, 9:40 AM | Comment!
  • Dec. 31, 2010, 1:47 PM
    Alliance Fiber Optic Products (AFOP +13.5%) trades to a new 52-week high of $15.68/share. The company makes high performance components for communications equipment manufacturers. After a long lull, experts believe the fiber optic network sector appears poised for a rebound.
    | Dec. 31, 2010, 1:47 PM | Comment!
  • Dec. 30, 2010, 1:00 PM
    By 2010's close, web-connected TVs will represent 21% of global TV shipments, with a predicted 122M such sets sold by 2014, says DisplaySearch. Emerging markets in Eastern Europe and elsewhere will fuel this "quiet revolution in TV viewing." But this could also mean some very clogged network pipes.
    | Dec. 30, 2010, 1:00 PM | Comment!
  • Dec. 29, 2010, 2:35 PM
    Apple’s (AAPL) iTunes video rental business may be worth $60M/quarter, says Gleacher & Co. Using Netflix's (NFLX -1.5%) expansion as a guide, iTune rentals could be garnering $1B annually by 2015, with $300M going to the bottom line. But both Apple and Netflix could soon hit a wall.
    | Dec. 29, 2010, 2:35 PM | Comment!
  • Dec. 29, 2010, 10:11 AM
    After languishing for years, the fiber-optic network market is set for a rebound, with 14 acquisitions this year. Fiber is in demand to link office buildings, data centers, and cellular towers, and for the "last mile" connection to end users' homes. But investor doubts will linger for some time.
    | Dec. 29, 2010, 10:11 AM | 1 Comment
  • Dec. 28, 2010, 3:38 PM
    Broadcom (BRCM -0.9%) wraps its $75M acquisition of privately held chip company Gigle Networks. Gigle develops system-on-a-chip products that enable home networking via power lines. This is the second recent Broadcom merger.
    | Dec. 28, 2010, 3:38 PM | Comment!
  • Dec. 28, 2010, 3:17 PM
    Sources say Netflix (NFLX +2.1%) is in talks with advertising and media agencies about potential international contracts, indicating it's preparing to stream overseas. Netflix says it wants to move past the U.S. and Canada into Europe, Latin America, and Asia. And it faces new domestic rivals.
    | Dec. 28, 2010, 3:17 PM | Comment!
  • Dec. 28, 2010, 2:35 PM
    The Olympics may seek $2.2B for 2014-16 broadcast rights, and Comcast (CMCSA) may be prove a more cautious operator than NBC’s current owner (GE). Comcast may not want its first move with its new partner to lose a long-held NBC asset, but they will be eager to show they can make money running the network, and the Olympics may not be the way to do it.
    | Dec. 28, 2010, 2:35 PM | Comment!
Company Description
Comcast Corp is a media and technology company. The Company's business segments are: Cable Communications, Cable Networks, Broadcast Television, Filmed Entertainment, and Theme Parks.
Sector: Services
Industry: CATV Systems
Country: United States