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Walter Presents launches on Comcast’s Xfinity X1

Walter Presents, the Channel 4 subscription video on-demand service dedicated to foreign-language drama series, is now available on Comcast’s Xfinity X1, marking the first time the SVOD is available from a pay-TV provider in the US. Xfinity X1 customers can add the Walter Presents to their package for $5.99 a month. It can be found […]

British royalty SVOD debuts on Comcast’s Xfinity platform

A niche SVOD offering around British royal programming has launched om Comcast’s Xfinity X1 platform. True Royalty TV launched last June as a standalone service in the UK, Ireland, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand; however, its debut on Comcast’s service marks one of the first instances of a UK-based SVOD service being made available […]

Comcast to leverage Sky tech for upcoming NBCU streamer

NBCUniversal will tap Sky’s Now TV tech for its upcoming SVOD launch, which focuses on multichannel customers Comcast’s NBCUniversal will tap the technology underlying Sky’s Now TV platform to bring together content that “consumers are currently viewing on other online platforms for free” and put it “altogether in one place” as it rolls out its […]

NBCU preps streamer available to Comcast, Sky customers

NBCUniversal is preparing to join the streaming ranks next year, with a platform that will also be accessible to Sky subscribers outside the US. The platform is to be made available to subscribers of NBCUniversal parent group Comcast, as well as European pay-TV operator Sky, which was acquired last year. It is to launch in […]

Comcast-Sky and Disney-Fox to spend $43bn on content in 2018

The mergers of Comcast-Sky and Disney-Fox mean that two in every 10 dollars spent on content worldwide will be by one of these two companies, according to Ampere Analysis. The research firm estimates that the combined content spend of the two merged players will reach US$43bn by the end of 2018 – more than the […]

Byron Allen’s discrimination suit against Comcast & Charter gets go-ahead

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has given Byron Allen and his Entertainment Studios the go-ahead to pursue discrimination lawsuits against Comcast and Charter Communications. The lawsuits, which were filed in 2015 and 2016 for violating the Civil Rights Act of 1866, requests $20bn in damages from Comcast and $10bn from Charter. […]

Disney in talks to sell A+E stake to Hearst

Disney is in talks to sell off part of its stake in A+E Networks to Hearst, its joint venture partner for the network group. The Mouse is looking to sell off its interest in five European cable channels that are part of A+E Networks to the publishing and entertainment company, according to Variety. The news […]

Comcast boss “convincing and relatable” as details emerge of Sky takeover

Comcast boss Brian Roberts has been described as “convincing and relatable” following a town hall presentation at Sky’s Osterley campus on Tuesday (November 6), as more details emerge about the US cable giant’s plans for the business.  Roberts is in London for a few days as part of a major European tour following Comcast’s US$40bn […]

Comcast closes Sky purchase with a majority share

Comcast has closed its purchase of 21st Century Fox’s holding in Sky, with a 75% share in the company overall. With a majority stake Comcast’s ownership now becomes unconditional, with Sky’s listing on the London Stock Exchange set to be cancelled on November 7. In light of the news, James Murdoch has stepped down from […]

TBI Weekly: What’s next for Comcast, Sky and the Murdochs?

As 21st Century Fox walks away from Sky after selling its 39% stake in the business to Comcast, Ampere Analysis research director Guy Bisson predicts that Sky will transform – but don’t expect major changes. Believe it or not, but I was one of Sky TV’s very first employees. Back in the late 1980s while […]