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- The New York Times reports that Comcast could announce a deal to purchase NBC sometime next week. Still, Reuters had reported that Comcast and General Electric were “struggling” to finalize that deal, though it remained “likely.”
- Broadcasting Cable reports that Comcast might be planning to sell off the NBC Network upon purchasing NBC Universal, keeping other components, notably Universal Studios.
- paidContent reports that talks with Vivendi, the French company with some ownership of NBC, are ongoing. But paidContent also reports that former NBC Universal CEO Bob Wright expects Vivendi to negotiate the deal. That blog additionally reports that Comcast executives said repeatedly during their third-quarter earnings call that they would be “disciplined” with any acquisition.
After the jump, Congressman Bob Brady backs a Comcast cause, the company’s third-quarter earnings call and a dozen other Comcast stories worth noting.
- Washington Post Post Tech blog reports again on this undercurrent of whether the deal to overtake NBC would even be allowed by federal regulators and what questions might arrise from the possible merger. H/T Philly Tech News
- Silicon Alley Insider says that Comcast should look to buy Netflix instead of NBC.
- Huffington Post reports that U.S. Rep. Bob Brady — who was seriously on TMZ last week — signed a letter to the Federal Communications Commission critical of its new network neutrality policies, something Comcast has beef with. Comcast is one of Brady’s top contributors, donating more than $50,000 in his 20-year career.
- The New York Times reports that Comcast says their profit rose 22 percent this third quarter, better than expected on the back of more phone and Internet subscriptions. The Wall Street Journal reports that that’s $944 million on revenue of $8.8 billion. DSL Reports that collectively Comcast is now servicing 46.8 million people in the United States — nearly one out of six Americans. MediaWeek reports that no comment was given during the earnings call about the NBC deal.
MIGHT BE WORTH YOUR TIME
- Comcast launched its 4G wireless service yesterday, entering a suddenly busy field, according to a company press release. The Inquirer’s Bob Fernandez reports that Sprint Nextel and, as we previously reported, Clearwire have joined the fracas.
- Silicon Alley Insider reports that Verizon and AT&T broadband services aren’t having much noticeable impact on Comcast.
- Hollywood Reporter reports that Comcast plans to create an Asian-specific version of celebrity show E! News.
GIVE A GLANCE
- Cable Digital News reports that Comcast is calling a new IPTV program “Excalibur.” H/T Philly Tech News
- Cable Digital News reports that Comcast is planning an undisclosed number of layoffs.
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