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Ninety-four-year old Jessie Foyle probably wouldn’t get a personal patch into her beloved Phillies games from Comcast if not for old media, it might be fair to guess.
The “legendary” fan now lives in a city retirement home that has a subscription with DirecTV, which doesn’t send nearly as many televised games from the Phightins as the ‘Cast, but, as Inquirer columnist Dan Rubin wrote last week, Taylor got some special treatment after he wrote a column early this month about her dilemma.
Six residents and four guests showed up for the first showing against the Cubs, Rubin reported, after Comcast wired the home so they could get all the Phillies games.
“We made an exception with [her retirement home],” Jeff Alexander, a Comcast spokesman, told Rubin. “We took into consideration the fact that Mrs. Foyle is such a legendary fan and the property was quick to partner with us.”
Rubin, a newspaperman of the truest order and a Hell of a columnist to boot, brought the popcorn.
After the jump, more Comcast iPhone app buzz, ESPNU on board and eight more Comcast stories for the faithful.
In order of importance for your convenience.
- The New York Times reports that NBC Sports Chairman Dick Ebersol is way peeved at the Olympic channel proposed by Comcast and the U.S.O.C.
- Inquirer business columnist Joey DiStefano reports on research from Wharton about the value of paid or free video content and puts a target on Comcast’s back. DiStefano, our partner in weekend shuffle board contests, also reports that Comcast is backing Sportsblogs.
- Cable360 has another, more in-depth review of the Comcast iPhone application that we reported on two weeks ago.
- The Wall Street Journal has a story on the second quarter from Time Warner and how its video monetization program with Comcast TV Everywhere fits.
- The Chattanoogan reports that college sports channel ESPNU has been added to Comcast’s Digital Classic level of service and ESPN360.com will join Comcast.net.
- A press release announces a contest hosted by a partnership between Comcast, LiveNation and national network Fuse that will send a winner to 20 concerts. Whatcha think about the second most villified company partnering with, as documented by an excellent Philly Weekly cover story, a corporation that could kill your concert-going?
- Smart Brief reports that two former high-level Democratic aides were hired as Comcast lobbyists.
- Broadband Info reports that Comcast is continuing its rollout of 4G networks in Atlanta.
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