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NBCU creates Lat Am channels JV

NBCUniversal International has partnered with Ole Communications to create a joint venture business in Spanish-speaking Latin America that will simplify management of its channels in the region. This comes after NBCUI earlier this year announced HBO Latin America Group, which is a joint venture between Ole and Time Warner, would take over distribution of Universal […]

Discovery, Comcast come to carriage agreement

Fraught carriage negotiations between Discovery Communications and Comcast Communications have ended with a new “long-term, comprehensive agreement”. The renewal deal announced yesterday will see Discovery’s 12 US networks remain available to Comcast’s Xfinity TV customers acorss various platforms. Significantly, the deal includes TV Everywhere rights, meaning Discovery channels will be available in and out of […]

Comcast defends new OTT service

Comcast Communications has defended its new cord-cutting enabler Stream as a way of attracting young adult viewers. The OTT service, which is currently being trialed in the US, will allow the US cable and broadcast TV giant to attract “younger consumers”, according to Comcast CEO and chairman Brian Roberts (pictured). The consumer Stream would likely […]

E! to document Bruce Jenner transition

Comcast’s channel E! Entertainment will document American celebrity Bruce Jenner’s transition to a transgender woman. The currently untitled 8x60mins series was announced on Friday during an ABC interview with Jenner, the patriarch of the Kardashian reality TV family. On US cable the show debuts on Sunday, July 26 at 9pm, and will also go out […]

Comcast, Time Warner Cable merger scrapped

Comcast Communications today confirmed it has scrapped the planned merger with US cable rival Time Warner Cable after hitting one too many stumbling blocks. Talks over the US$45.2 billion deal have been terminated after the FCC decided the case should be referred to a procedural court – a typical sign that a deal to set […]

Hulu scores Turner SVOD exclusive deal

US streaming service Hulu has snapped up exclusive subscription on-demand rights to Turner Broadcasting System programming. The multi-year agreement means Hulu will offer future and previous seasons of programming from Cartoon Network and Adult Swim and select current and upcoming series from TNT and TBS such as The Last Ship (pictured), Murder in the First […]

Comcast set to walk from TWC merger

Comcast Communications is set to pull out of its US$45.2 billion planned merger with rival US telco Time Warner Cable. News first broken by Bloomberg suggests the company will today make a statement confirming it will no longer pursue the deal in the face of significant regulatory hurdles. This comes after American media regulator the […]

New on-demand kids net set for Comcast

Genius Brands International is launching a new children’s channel on Comcast Communications’ Xfinity On Demand service in the US. Kid Genius will launch on the channel in autumn 2015, running shows such as Secret Millionaire’s Club and Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab and targeting 2-12s. GBI’s Baby Genius is already on Xfinity platform, going out via […]

Net neutrality ruling is SVOD victory

The US FCC has adopted strong net neutrality rules, going beyond goals set by FCC chairman Tom Wheeler last year and reclassifying broadband providers as telecommunication services. Under a new interpretation of Title II of the US Federal Communications Act, this effectively subjects them to stronger regulation than would otherwise be the case. This means […]

Netflix replaces NBC as Tina Fey comedy’s home

Netflix is replacing US broadcaster NBC as the home of upcoming Tiny Fey/Robert Carlock comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. The Universal Television-produced show had been lined up for the Comcast Communications-owned channel’s new season, but will now launch exclusively across Netflix territories worldwide. Furthermore, Netflix has committed to two seasons of the show, compared with the […]

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