Comcast, NBC Peacock Signs Officially Top Iconic 30 Rock in NYC

Kabletown has officially taken over 30 Rock. Comcast and NBC Universal have officially taken down the GE sign at the top of 30 Rockefeller Plaza and the replacements have a decidedly Philly feel. Apparently, it’s not enough for Philly to own Penn Station. Here’s more from NBC10:

The rooftop signs on the 70-story building replace the General Electric initials and add the company’s logo and the NBC Peacock logo to the New York City skyline. It’s the first time that the iconic peacock will appear on top of the television network’s historic headquarters.

Originally named the RCA Building and more recently known as the GE Building, the new corporate name will be called the Comcast Building, though we’d guess people will still just call it 30 Rock. The Philly’s historic connection to the building doesn’t stop at Comcast and Tina Fey jokes:  Read more »

Comcast Launches X1 Sports App with Help From Local Tech Co.

Get your sports geek on with the Comcast X1 Sports app.

Get your sports geek on with the Comcast X1 Sports app.

With the help of a 5-year-old Philly tech company, Comcast is launching the Xfinity Sports App for the X1 platform.

It provides a plethora of visual sports info along the right side of the screen to help fans follow along with each game. Let’s take baseball for example. The app not only features the pitching match-ups and box scores casual fans are used to, but also strike-out percentages, hit zones and spray charts for the stat geeks. It kind of feels like ESPN’s GameCast but on your TV. Read more »

Philly CEO That Provides Best Bang for the Buck Isn’t from Comcast or Aramark

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts (left) and Aramark CEO Eric Foss.

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts (left) and Aramark CEO Eric Foss.

With many questioning the high salary of CEOs — especially since the economic collapse of 2008 — more and more companies are tying pay to performance. So the Wall Street Journal compared CEO pay to shareholder value in an attempt to find the best performing chief executives.

The Journal reports that all 10 of the CEOs with the best shareholder returns got raises in 2014, but two of the 10 worst performers also saw pay increases — including the lowest ranking CEO on the list. Read more »

Ralph Roberts Remembered as “Tireless Humanitarian”


Ralph Roberts | Comcast

Ralph Roberts | Comcast

Ralph Roberts was “inspirational,” a “tireless humanitarian,” a “consummate gentleman,” and “the man I hope to evolve into one day.”

There’s little doubt that the man who grew Comcast from a tiny cable operation in Mississippi to the country’s largest provider of cable and Internet is very much revered in the business world.

Here’s just a sampling of what the business community is saying about Roberts after his death: Read more »

What They’re Saying About Ralph Roberts

Photo | Jeff Fusco

Photo | Jeff Fusco

Here is what they’re saying about the death of Ralph Roberts, the founder of Comcast:

Forbes: “Ralph was a remarkable man who touched the lives of so many people,” the Roberts family said in a statement. “He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather and perhaps most importantly, a kind and humble human being. He will always be remembered for his generosity, integrity, honesty, kindness and respect for everyone around him. He was an inspiration to us all and we will miss him greatly.”

AP: “He remade the cable industry. When he started, it was a bunch of mom and pop businesses. He’s shown that you can take that idea and transition it to a worldwide media business,” said Terry Bienstock, a former general counsel at Comcast who met Roberts in the early 1980s. “The NBC thing will be his legacy.”

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Remembering Ralph Roberts


Ralph Roberts | Comcast

Ralph Roberts | Comcast

I heard about the passing of Ralph Roberts on CNBC on satellite radio today. My thoughts immediately went to Brian and the entire Comcast family. It is a family whose culture and mores were imprinted by the man who founded the company many years ago.

I met Mr. Roberts on a number of occasions and was always struck by his gentlemanly demeanor. There is a word in Yiddish that best describes him – “Hamish” –a man who is unpretentious, warm and loving. And he was the best example I know of the advice attributed to Boston Celtics hall of famer Red Auerbach: “Dress British Think Yiddish.”  He always wore a properly fitted suit and bow tie.

But he was a tough competitor as well.  Read more »

Comcast Founder Ralph Roberts Dies at 95

At the Comcast Center, Ralph Roberts was paid tribute on the lobby's video screens.

At the Comcast Center, Ralph Roberts was paid tribute on the lobby’s high-definition video screens.

Comcast founder Ralph Roberts has died at the age of 95, the company announced today.

Roberts founded what would become Comcast when he and two partners purchased a small Tupelo, Miss.-based cable operator named American Cable Systems from Jerrold Electronics in 1963. The company was incorporated in Pennsylvania in 1969, eventually rising to the cable, Internet, phone and content behemoth it is today.

“Ralph was a born entrepreneur, a visionary businessman, a philanthropist and a wonderful human being,” Comcast said in a statement. “Ralph built Comcast into one of America’s greatest companies and his vision and spirit have been at the heart of Comcast and our culture for 50 years. He will be truly missed. Ralph’s greatest love was his family, and our deepest sympathies go to his wife Suzanne and the entire Roberts family.”

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Hey Philly, Stop Your Silicon Valley Penis Envy

(Wikimedia Commons)

(Wikimedia Commons)

Marvin Weinberger, who faces a funding shortfall at his Philly co-working space Venturef0rth, blasted the local tech community last week. He said he’s “continuing to lose a few thousand dollars a month” and has “quietly turned to some pillars of the community for assistance, but have been rebuffed (often rudely).”

There are two sides to every story but Weinberger’s struggle to find tenants at his startup space raises a more important issue about Philadelphia’s tech community. Is it for real? And, more importantly, do we care? Read more »

(Update) Comcast Denies T-Mobile Interest

Photo | Jeff Fusco

Photo | Jeff Fusco

[Updated 11:50 a.m.] Or maybe not.

We’ve just heard from a source — who wished to be identified only as a “source familiar with the company’s thinking” on such matters, who assures us that Comcast has no interest in purchasing T-Mobile. He asked for anonymity because the company typically doesn’t comment on rumored transactions.

Of course, such rumors regularly appear regarding Comcast’s intentions, but the company is being aggressive about (anonymously) quashing this one.

[Original] If at first you don’t succeed…

Comcast, still licking its wounds from the failure of its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable, is reportedly the leading bidder to acquire wireless phone service provider T-Mobile. Read more »

BizFeed: Comcast Cashing In With Jurassic World

Chris Pratt in Jurassic World, hitting theaters TK.

Chris Pratt in Jurassic World.

1. Comcast Feeling the Jurassic World Bump

The News: Jurassic World just had the biggest opening weekend in movie history at $208.8 million in the United States and $550 million globally— and Comcast is set to cash in big time. As the parent company of Universal Pictures, Comcast should reel in big profits on DVD sales, licensing, downloads, merchandise — and even feel a jolt at its theme parks.

Why It Matters: Big blockbusters aren’t usually able to send a big media conglomerate’s stock up or down, but this film just did. In fact, Comcast’s stock is up 2.2 percent since Monday morning and now sits at $58.88. Read more »

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