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Comcast Q4 sinks on cord-cutting, Peacock losses

Comcast posted fourth-quarter earnings down as losses grew at its Peacock streaming service and the cable business lost subscribers. There were also $638 million (€587.7m) in severance costs as staff were cut. Peacock reported 20 million subscribers up from 15 million in October, but the investment in the streaming service expanded its quarterly loss to […]

January 26, 2023

Bank: Tough times ahead for US cable

Investment bank Exane/BNPP, in a major examination of US cable (The Twilight of Cable) says that while the first half of 2023 might see some gentle recovery from the 52-week ‘lows’ in December, there will be more pain to come. “We think near term sub growth (from promotional activity) and broadband price increases can flatter […]

January 20, 2023By Chris Forrester

Werner joins Technetix Strategic Advisory Board

Technetix has hired Tony Werner as a strategic advisor. He will support Paul Broadhurst, Founder and CEO of Technetix Group with the continuing strategic development of the broadband solutions company.Werner recently retired from Comcast Cable, where his 15-year legacy as Chief Technology Officer and then President, Technology, Product, Xperience, accelerated the pace of innovation within […]

January 19, 2023

Xumo, Element 4K smart TV portfolio expansion

Xumo, the streaming platform joint venture between US multiplay operators Comcast and Charter, and Element Electronics are to launch a new line of 4K Ultra HD smart TVs, across the US in 2023. Xumo was formed to develop and offer a next-generation streaming platform on a variety of branded 4K streaming devices and smart TVs. […]

January 6, 2023

Forecast: Content investment growth slumps in 2023

Ampere Analysis expects global content expenditure to increase by just 2 per cent year-on-year – the lowest growth in over a decade (excluding the pandemic slump of 2020). This is in stark contrast to 2022 during which global content spend is projected to have grown by 6 per cent to $238 billion (€230bn), driven primarily […]

January 3, 2023By Colin Mann

Plume names new board of advisors

Plume, the personalised communications services pioneer, has appointed and formed a new board of advisors comprising of highly-experienced telecoms industry and business leaders: Hannes Ametsreiter, former CEO of Vodafone Germany, Cody Sanford, former T-Mobile Executive VP, and Mike Doonan, Managing Partner at SPMB Executive Search will advise Plume’s executive team as global demand for its […]

December 14, 2022

Analysis: Combined Disney+, Hulu have most hit titles in US

A combined offering of Disney+ and Hulu would account for the largest share of the 100 most popular titles of any US SVoD service, according to a recent study by Ampere Analysis. At approximately 30 per cent, the player would enjoy a comprehensive lead on Netflix’s 23 per cent. Among these titles are shows from […]

November 21, 2022

Comcast to offer personalised World Cup experience

US multiplay operator Comcast has unveiled plans to deliver a personalised, interactive and bilingual viewing experience for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 across its entertainment platforms, including Xfinity X1, Xfinity Flex, the Xfinity Stream app and XClass TV. The platforms will aggregate all available English and Spanish live coverage and on demand replays into […]

November 18, 2022

ProSiebenSat.1 eyeing Sky Deutschland?

German commercial broadcasting giant ProSiebenSat.1 is reportedly exploring a deal to buy Sky Deutschland, the Comcast-owned pay-TV broadcaster. Comcast acquired Sky Deutschland as part of its overall purchase of Sky’s European pay-TV assets in a $40 billion (€39.9bn) purchase in 2018. Comcast is working with advisors at PJT Partners on the disposal according to Reuters, […]

November 10, 2022By Chris Forrester

Report: What is holding back European TV projects?

As traditional TV networks revenues continue their decline in favour of digital, global groups from the US reach records in attention captured across OTT platforms in Europe: Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+, Warner Bros Discovery and Comcast together gathered 73 per cent of European SVoD subscriptions and Alphabet and Meta alone concentrated around half of Europe’s […]

November 8, 2022