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Comcast nightmare: Six months without Internet despite $5,000 payment (ars technica)

Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson | Getty Images) When Edward Koll and his girlfriend, Jo Narkon, bought and moved into a new house in Draper, Virginia in late September 2020, they had every reason to think that Comcast Internet would be readily available. They had done their due diligence before buying the house, plugging the address into the Comcast website to make sure it had cable Internet and contacting Comcast directly to make extra sure. Both the Comcast website's availability checker and ...
Tags: News, Comcast, Jon Brodkin, KOLL, Aurich Lawson, Edward Koll, Jo Narkon, Draper Virginia, Narkon


FOX and FreeWheel Partner to Bring Programmatic Addressable Capabilities to Set-Top Box Video on Demand Across Comcast Footprint

The Trade Desk is first integration partner, enabling advertisers to access FOX VOD addressable inventory through their platform. NEW YORK — Today, Fox Corporation (Nasdaq: FOXA, FOX) announced that it has partnered with FreeWheel, a Comcast Company, to enable programmatic trading of addressable set-top box (STB) Video on Demand (VOD), marking an industry first for a […] The post FOX and FreeWheel Partner to Bring Programmatic Addressable Capabilities to Set-Top Box Video on Demand Across Comcas...
Tags: Advertising, Fox, Comcast, Video Ads, Press Releases, Media Buying, Ad & Media Strategies, Ads by Creative, Ads Taxonomy, Ad Networks and Platforms, Ad Products, Programmatic Buying, TV & Cable Advertising, The Trade Desk, Trade Desk, FreeWheel


Modem vs. router: The differences between the pieces of hardware that connect you to the internet, explained

Though they can be combined into one device, modems and routers serve different purposes. CASEZY/Getty Images A modem and router work in tandem to deliver you an internet connection. Even if the modem and router are combined in the same hardware, they serve distinct functions. The modem communicates with the internet service provider to get you access to the internet; the router acts as a management tool for your local area network. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stori...
Tags: Google, Internet, Trends, Comcast, Internet Access, Wifi, Routers, Isp, Netgear, LAN, Tech Insider, Wifi Routers, Modems, Product Card, BI-freelancer, Tech Reference


SpaceX isn't planning tiered pricing for Starlink, its satellite internet service that currently costs $99 a month, its president said

Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX's president and chief operating officer. Microsoft SpaceX doesn't plan to add tiered pricing to its Starlink internet service, its president said Tuesday. Tiered pricing is the norm for US internet providers, but Starlink wants to stay "simple and transparent." Gwynne Shotwell said Starlink wanted to complement American internet giants such as AT&T, not replace them. See more stories on Insider's business page. SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell said Tuesd...
Tags: Verizon, Spacex, London, US, Trends, Earth, Comcast, New Zealand, Cnbc, AT T, Gwynne Shotwell, Shotwell, US UK Australia, StarLink, Kate Duffy, LEO Digital Forum


Comcast's Peacock faces new tests from advertisers, viewers

Hi and welcome to this weekly edition of Insider Advertising, where we track the big stories in media and advertising. I'm Lucia Moses, deputy editor here.Remember you can sign up to get this newsletter daily here.First, senior reporter Lauren Johnson is hosting a webinar about how advertisers can navigate the death of third-party cookies on April 22 with execs from The Trade Desk, Mars, The Washington Post, and R/GA. Sign up here.What we're following this week: Peacock's big testRec...
Tags: Apple, Media, Washington Post, Advertising, US, Newsletter, Trends, Comcast, Nbcuniversal, Playboy, Nbc Universal, Pepsico, WSJ, Nordic, Danone, Claire


Big Telecom's Voting Rights Stance Is as Treacherous as It Is Hollow

Corporations have long vied to cultivate brands that consumers will—at the very least—perceive as “socially responsible.” Since the 1980s, these efforts have forced companies, with seeming no way of reversing the trend, to stake out positions on politically divisive issues. As concern for Earth’s climate swelled in…Read more...
Tags: Politics, Elections, Science, Voting, Articles, Joe Biden, Comcast, Att, Mlb, Mitch McConnell, Brian, Donald Trump, Major League Baseball, Verizon Communications, Electronic Voting, Rob Manfred


New Jersey tried luring Netflix, Disney, and other Hollywood studios after Georgia passed its controversial voting law

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy Jose F. Moreno/The Philadelphia Inquirer/AP Images New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy sent a letter to Hollywood studios like Netflix and Disney on Thursday. Murphy wanted to lure studios to the state after backlash to Georgia's new voting law. Some media companies like ViacomCBS and AT&T have issued statements opposing the controversial bill. See more stories on Insider's business page. New Jersey wants to be in business with Hollywood.The state's gove...
Tags: Politics, Hollywood, Media, Entertainment, Disney, Trends, Atlanta, Georgia, Cnn, Netflix, Comcast, New Jersey, Paramount Pictures, Philadelphia Inquirer, Legislature, Murphy


Biden Broadband Plan Embraces Community Broadband In Stark Contrast To Trump (techdirt)

Some 750 US communities have built some kind of locally owned and operated broadband network, usually in response to broadband market failure. Data has repeatedly shown that these networks usually not only offer faster, better service than the private sector, they frequently prompt apathetic local monopolies to actually try harder. That's not to say community broadband is a panacea for all US markets, but it's certainly an important part of the puzzle that is fixing the US' mediocre and expensiv...
Tags: Verizon, News, Fcc, US, America, Gop, Comcast, Biden, Trump, Karl Bode, Congress Covid


Peacock May Become the Exclusive Streaming Home to Universal Franchises Like ‘Fast and Furious’ and ‘Jurassic Park’

The last couple years have seen the introduction of new streaming competitors like HBO Max, Peacock and Paramount+, and the streaming wars are heating up as each of them try to create a library of movies and TV shows that will entice viewers to subscribe. Each of those new services fall under parent companies who also own movie studios, but only one of them hasn’t yet taken full advantage of that relationship. Even though Peacock falls under the Comcast banner that includes Universal Pictures, ...
Tags: Hbo, Movies, Netflix, Comcast, Jurassic Park, Universal, Hulu, Paramount, Rian Johnson, Universal Pictures, George R R Martin, Peacock, Jason Bourne, Netflix/Streaming Video, The Secret Life of Pets, Secret Life of Pets


Comcast Advertising Appoints Industry Innovator Pooja Midha as Chief Growth Officer

In this role, Midha will oversee global marketing and lead the evolution of a strategic vision to drive growth and maximize the value of the company’s products within the changing advertising ecosystem. NEW YORK — Comcast Advertising, a division of Comcast, today announced that it has appointed Pooja Midha as its chief growth officer, a […] The post Comcast Advertising Appoints Industry Innovator Pooja Midha as Chief Growth Officer appeared first on Ad Tech Daily.
Tags: Advertising, Comcast, Press Releases, Digital Marketing, Ad & Media Strategies, People in Ad Tech, Pooja Midha, Midha, Comcast Advertising, NEW YORK Comcast Advertising


Disney+ and ESPN+ Finally Begin Rolling Out to Xfinity Customers

Comcast announced it will start rolling out the Disney+ and ESPN+ apps to Xfinity customers beginning today, offering support well over a year after the launch of Disney’s marquee streaming service. Better late than never, right?Read more...
Tags: Science, Disney, Comcast, Espn, Xfinity, Xfinity Customers


Disney+ and ESPN+ Land on Comcast’s Xfinity Platforms

Beginning today, Comcast's Xfinity subscribers will be able to access Disney streaming services Disney+ and ESPN+ directly via their X1 and Flex devices. Top line Disney+ is now available on Comcast's entertainment platforms. ESPN+ is currently only available through the ESPN app on Flex, Comcast's internet-only streaming platform, but the company said it will be...
Tags: Advertising, Disney, Comcast, Espn, Streaming & OTT, Programming & Performance, Briefly, ESPN Land on Comcast, Flex devices Top, Flex Comcast


Comcast Starts Rollout of Disney Plus, ESPN Plus on Xfinity Set-Top Platforms

Comcast is plugging the Walt Disney Co.’s Disney Plus and ESPN Plus into its X1 cable TV and Flex broadband-streaming platforms — part of the operator’s ongoing strategy to become the one-stop hub for all video entertainment. On Monday, Comcast said it started of the rollout of Disney Plus on X1 and Flex customers, promising […]
Tags: News, Comcast, Espn, Walt Disney Co, ESPN Plus, Disney Plus, Comcast Starts Rollout of Disney Plus ESPN


Sky Ups Jamie Morris to Director of Programs For U.K., Ireland

Comcast-backed pay-TV operator Sky has promoted director of program strategy Jamie Morris to director of programs, effectively making him the deputy to Zai Bennett, managing director of content for the U.K. and Ireland. In his his new role, Morris will assume responsibility for commissioning and acquiring content alongside Bennett and the genre directors at Sky. […]
Tags: News, Global, Comcast, Ireland, Sky, Morris, Bennett, Jamie Morris, Zai Bennett, Programs For U K Ireland


Variety to Host Panel on Connected TV Programming on April 7

Variety will host a panel on Curation and Convenience – How to Program for the New Era of Connected TV in the Variety Streaming Room presented by Vevo on April 7 at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET. Panelists include Rebecca Heap, SVP of Video and Entertainment, Comcast; Ashley Hovey, Director AVOD Growth, Roku; Amy Kuessner, […]
Tags: News, Comcast, Variety Streaming Room, Rebecca Heap, Amy Kuessner, Host Panel, VEVO VSR Mar 21, Ashley Hovey


Comcast To Invest $1 Billion Over Next Decade To Help Close Digital Divide

Comcast will invest $1 billion over the next decade to help address the digital divide among low-income Americans. The company announced this week its plan to continue investment in its Internet Essentials program as it marks the 10th anniversary of the effort this year. From a report: Comcast said it'll put that $1 billion toward a number of initiatives, including supporting its new Lift Zone effort, which establishes Wi-Fi connections in public spaces such as community centers. These Lift Zone...
Tags: Tech, Chicago, Comcast, Philadelphia


Fox lights up Comcast set-top-box VOD inventory to be sold programmatically

Fox's deal with FreeWheel makes buying addressable advertising more efficient. 
Tags: Advertising, Fox, Comcast


Fox Strikes Ad-Tech Deal With Comcast’s FreeWheel

Fox Corporation is moving to offer the advertising of the future. The company said it struck a partnership with FreeWheel, a Comcast unit that specializes in digital advertising placement and measurement, to offer addressable advertising on content that is viewed within Comcast properties, such as its Xfinity cable service or its Xfinity Flex or Cox […]
Tags: News, Comcast, FreeWheel, Fox Corporation, Upfront 2021


Comcast investing $1 billion over 10 years in internet equity programs, with Chicago at the center of effort to bridge the digital divide

Comcast is investing $1 billion over the next 10 years in its Internet Essentials program, with Chicago at the center of the digital divide initiative
Tags: Chicago, Comcast


Telemundo Deportes to broadcast 12 World Cup qualifiers across Peacock and Universo

Telemundo Deportes kicks off its Road to Qatar 2022 with extensive Spanish-language coverage of the CONCACAF FIFA World Cup Qualifiers starting this Wednesday. Through the first round, nine matches will be live streamed exclusively on Peacock Premium and three will be simulcast live on Universo, TelemundoDeportes.com and the Telemundo Deportes app. “We are thrilled to begin our Rumbo al Mundial coverage this week when 30 of the CONCACAF teams meet for their first chance at Qatar 2022,” said Ray...
Tags: Apple, Google, Usa, Microsoft, Mexico, US, Qatar, Sport, Chromecast, Canada, Soccer, Comcast, Fifa, Sony, World Cup 2022, FIFA World Cup


NBCU, Facebook Strike E-Commerce Partnership

NBCUniversal and Facebook unveiled a new partnership that will put e-commerce pitches from the TV company’s clients on Facebook and Instagram, part of an ongoing bid by the Comcast media conglomerate to cultivate a new set of advertising clients. Under the new pact, NBCUniversal e-commerce clients will be able to make outreach to users on […]
Tags: Facebook, News, Instagram, Comcast, Nbcuniversal, Upfront 2021, NBCU Facebook Strike E Commerce Partnership


Sky Studios Promotes Jane Millichip to Chief Content Officer For Europe

Long-time Sky executive Jane Millichip has been promoted to chief content officer for Sky Studios, overseeing all of Europe. Millichip, the former managing director of distributor Sky Vision, was tapped as the studio’s chief content officer for the U.K. in July 2020. Now, her remit has expanded to all of the Comcast-backed pay-TV operator’s markets […]
Tags: Europe, News, Global, Comcast, Sky, Sky Vision, Sky Studios, Jane Millichip, Europe Millichip


Gillmor Gang: Clubhouse Style

Let’s stipulate the storm of user media (social audio, newsletters, live streaming) is evidence of something real and lasting. When this citizen media migrates to small business and the enterprise, we see that as confirmation, validation. Most of these efforts are in the investment phase, where startups and platforms consolidate ecosystems around the various disruptions. Clubhouse is moving to a more careful onboarding process that eschews mandatory gobbling of your contacts data and your pho...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Twitter, Video, Washington Post, Tech, Cnn, Netflix, Comcast, New York Times, Cbs, Gillmor Gang, Hulu, Msnbc, Steve Gillmor, Keith Teare


Future of Pac-12 Networks in doubt as the sports media world threatens to leave the conference behind

The Pac-12 Networks endured furloughs, layoffs and a fall without football. But the other side of the pandemic carries a grim reality, as well. The conference’s wholly-owned media enterprise continues to bleed subscribers, undercutting revenue and ramping up the pressure to make drastic structural changes during the three-and-a-half years of the remaining contract cycle. So stark is the outlook that sources within the conference and the sports media industry believe the Pac-12 should consider sh...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Washington, Oregon, Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Ap, Fox, Soccer, Comcast, Arizona, College sports, Ncaa, SEC, Espn


Sky Studios Launches Unscripted Production Outfit Transistor Films

Comcast-backed Sky Studios has launched a new production outfit. Transistor Films, a wholly-owned factual and unscripted shingle, will be headed by producer Danny Tipping (pictured). The company, based in London, launches under the new label this week with executive producer Ned Parker, series producer Zoe Hines and development executive Jason Oates joining the company. Most […]
Tags: London, News, Global, Comcast, Sky, Sky Studios, Ned Parker, Danny Tipping, Zoe Hines, Jason Oates


Golden Globes Changes: HFPA Promises 13% Black Membership After Over 100 PR Firms Say They Will Cut Off Talent Unless Real Change is Implemented

The Golden Globes have always been a bit suspect, and things came to a head this year when it was revealed yet again that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), the non-profit organization of journalists that conducts the fest, doesn’t have a single Black member in the 87-person organization. During this year’s ceremony, the HFPA vowed to change. But talk is cheap, and the other day, over 100 PR Firms threatened to hold back talent from the ceremony unless the HFPA released a “timeline...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Awards, Comcast, Golden Globes, Black, Association, Hfpa, Dick Clark, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Hollywood Foreign Press Association HFPA, Shaun Harper, USC Race and Equity Center, Facilitating


Byron Allen challenges Madison Avenue to spend with Black-owned media, or else: Tuesday Wake-Up Call

Welcome to Ad Age’s Wake-Up Call, our daily roundup of advertising, marketing, media and digital news. If you're reading this online or in a forwarded email, here's the link to sign up for our Wake-Up Call newsletters.  Power suit Byron Allen is taking matters into his own hands. Tired of pledges from advertisers to diversify their ad spend without actually following through, the owner of a production company and eight cable networks, including the Weather...
Tags: Facebook, Elon Musk, Supreme Court, India, Amc, Advertising, Tesla, Canada, Comcast, Starbucks, Deloitte, Michael Bloomberg, Cnbc, Black, Mastercard, Business Insider


Comcast Signs Deal With LA 2028 Olympic Organizers

The company that owns NBC is pumping more money into the Olympic business.
Tags: Nbc, La, Comcast




Comcast Scrambled To Fix Mistake That Cut Some Users' Upload Speeds By 20%

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Some Comcast customers received an unwelcome surprise yesterday morning when their upload speeds were suddenly lowered from 20Mbps to 16Mbps. Comcast was raising download speeds on its "Extreme Pro" tier from 600Mbps to 800Mbps -- good news, to be sure -- but the plan's relatively paltry 20Mbps upload speeds received a simultaneous 20 percent cut. Customers affected by the change complained to Comcast, and two of them emailed Ars yesterday. ...
Tags: Tech, Comcast, Tennessee, Ars, Alabama Arkansas Florida