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Sep. 17, 2009 8:30 am

Comcast Roundup: Uh, yeah, Comcast probably won’t buy Sprint and Time Warner, Diane Sawyer and More

Updated: 9/17/09 @ 6:24 p.m. about Delaware County upgrade Every Thursday morning, find all the stories you need to know about your friendly telecommunications giant in the Comcast Roundup. Note: Loyal fans of our Comcast Roundup — and our Web metrics show there are many of you — can now get an e-mail subscription of […]

Updated: 9/17/09 @ 6:24 p.m. about Delaware County upgrade

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Let Comcast build up some reserve capital, add time and watch the speculation blossom. Ready for this?

The Inquirer’s Joey DiStefano reports on an analyst’s report that says Comcast should buy Time Warner Cable. A Barrons blogger then asks if that would ever happen — noting some doubts it could gain regulatory approval.

DSL Reports moves on from that right quick and wonders why Comcast doesn’t purchase Sprint instead. Silicon Alley Insider instead covers why T-Mobile wants to make the Sprint grab. Gigaom tries to give the final say by describing why they say Comcast should go after Sprint instead of T-Mobile.

The trouble is that much of the discussion isn’t based on anything more than how much fun it is to talk about multi-billion dollar, fantasized mega mergers.

After the jump, Comcast wants to make TV mobile, a Diane Sawyer spotting and six other Comcastic stories.

MIGHT BE WORTH YOUR TIME

Reuters reports that Comcast is planning to give subscribers the option to watch TV on mobile devices. The report also discusses Comcast’s interest in an On Demand Online product.

Zatz Not Funny reports on Comcast employee tweeting suggesting that the company plans to roll out nationally their TiVo-like product currently being tested in New England. Philly Tech News says Comcast has suggested that timing was incorrect.

Daily News gossip columnist Dan Gross reports that Comcast CEO Brian Roberts and his wife had dinner with newly named ABC World News Tonight anchor Diane Sawyer and her husband at a Martha’s Vineyard restaurant. Gross’s report includes what food they ate and the table discussion, which is simultaneously creepy and admittedly fascinating.

GIVE A GLANCE

The Delaware County Times reports that Comcast subscribers in that suburban county are still dealing with that whole analog to digital TV transition a digital service upgrade the company is rolling out in the region to be completed next year.

The Business Journal’s John George reports that Comcast-Spectacor will begin these coming seasons overseeing programming and advertising for all of the radio broadcasts of the Flyers and 76ers, the sports franchises the company owns. Formerly radio broadcaster 610 WIP was running the show. It’s a push to line up larger sponsorships, like a partnership with Toyota.

Marketwatch reports that Comcast Chief Financial Officer Michael Angelakis says the company’s third quarter is ‘shaping up just fine,’ predicting a rebound in sales and growth. H/T Philly Tech News.

DSL Reports says that Comcast is eyeing a move to bring all voice products to 4G.

When there is just too much Comcast news to follow, the Comcast Roundup will be there to fill your every Comcast desire or fantasy.

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Christopher Wink

Christopher Wink is a co-founder and editor of Technical.ly, the local technology news network. Previously, Wink worked for a homeless advocacy nonprofit and was a freelance reporter for a variety of publications. He writes regularly about news innovation and best business practices on his personal blog here. The bicycle commuter loves cities, urban politics and squabbling about neighborhood boundaries.

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