Is Your Comcast X1 Still Worth It?

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On Wednesday, AT&T officially launched DirecTV Now, its highly anticipated internet streaming service that will give customers access to more than 100 channels for just $35. No wonky cable box or satellite dish needed, just internet access coupled with your smartphone, tablet, or PC.

This seems like Comcast’s biggest nightmare — the cable giant’s X1 set-top box is essentially the hallmark of cable TV, and now AT&T, which is progressively moving into Comcast territory, may get customers to ditch those pricey cable packages stocked with channels they never watch for cheaper bundles better tailored to their interests. Read more »

Netflix to Officially Launch on Comcast X1 Next Week

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The wait is finally over. Comcast announced today that Netflix will launch on millions of X1 devices across the country next week.

X1 customers with Netflix subscriptions will be able to browse and access Netflix shows and movies right on the X1 platform. Talk about a true cable box upgrade.

Customers will just have to say “Netflix” into the X1 voice remote to browse Netflix content alongside On Demand movies and shows.

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Could President Trump Really Break Up Comcast?

Donald Trump in the Comcast Center lobby

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Donald Trump went to Gettysburg on Saturday for a big speech, having reached the part of the campaign where he wanted to compare himself to Abraham Lincoln. His speech was supposed to lay out what the first 100 days of a Trump presidency would be like, but the main news he made during it was that he’d sue the women accusing him of sexual misconduct after the election. Four score and seven accusations ago … well, you get the idea. Read more »

Look Out, Comcast! AT&T in Talks to Acquire Time Warner

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AT&T is in advanced talks to acquire Time Warner Inc., the Wall Street Journal reports, and the deal may come together as soon as this weekend.

The move would give the telecommunications giant control over Time Warner’s fancy slate of popular networks like CNN, TNT, TBS and even HBO, Cartoon Network and the entire Warner Bros. film and TV studio.

Oh my. Look out, Comcast!

With such a merger, AT&T will position itself in the media and entertainment space, too, much like how Comcast has done in recent years.

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Comcast Fined $2.3 Million for “Unnecessary” Customer Charges

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The Federal Communications Commission has fined Comcast $2.3 million, claiming the company charged customers for goods and services they had never ordered.

It’s the largest fine ever levied against a cable operator, and it comes with a “compliance plan” that Comcast will have to follow over the next five years to ensure that similar missteps are not repeated. Read more »

Here’s Who Funded the Democratic National Convention in Philly

President Barack Obama and Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wave together during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Wednesday, July 27, 2016.

President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wave together during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Wednesday, July 27, 2016.

Those who are still wondering who funded the Democratic National Convention in Philly this past July are finally getting some answers.

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Comcast Partners with YMCA in $15M Deal

Left to right: Mayor Kenney, David L. Cohen, Darrell Clarke and Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Photo by Fabiola Cineas.

Left to right: Mayor Kenney, David L. Cohen, Darrell Clarke and Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Photo by Fabiola Cineas.

On Monday, in a series of announcements, Comcast delivered on its commitment to narrow the country’s digital divide.

At Olney Elementary School in North Philadelphia, David L. Cohen, Comcast’s senior executive vice president and chief diversity officer, announced that the company, as part of its Internet Essentials program, will award a total of $100,000 to 10 local non-profits that provide technology-related resources to the communities they serve.

And later on at Philadelphia’s Columbia North YMCA, Cohen announced Comcast’s new $15.3 million multi-year partnership with the YMCA of the USA, a deal that will allow the company to support the YMCA’s academic achievement programs for youth nationwide. Comcast announced that it will also donate a total of $50,000 to five YMCA centers, one in Philadelphia, Central Maryland, Memphis, Houston, and Indianapolis.

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Comcast to Buy Out Ed Snider’s Stake in Flyers

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Comcast will buy out Ed Snider‘s 24 percent stake in Comcast Spectacor next month, gaining full ownership of the Philadelphia Flyers, the Wells Fargo Center and the hospitality and entertainment division, Spectra.

Ed Snider created Spectacor in 1974 to combine the two related things he owned, the Flyers and the Spectrum, into one umbrella company. Comcast bought 63 percent of Spectacor in 1996; Snider remained as chairman with a minority ownership stake.

“Ed was a visionary in the sports and entertainment industry and is deeply missed,” Comcast Chairman/CEO Brian Roberts said in a release. “He planned for this transition and, thanks to his thoughtful approach on succession, Comcast Spectacor is in a strong position. I’m very excited we are able to carry his spirit with us by bringing the company, its leadership, and its thousands of employees fully into the Comcast family.” Read more »

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