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My rabbit ears don’t work anymore.
Yes, the federal government spent $2 billion and 13 years to finalize the nation’s transition from analog to crisper digital television transmission, and yes, much to the delight of Philebrity, the FCC said the Philadelphia region was responsible for the fourth most complaint calls to a hotline dedicted to the transition.
The Associated Press reports that Comcast’s new $1.5 billion debt issue received an investment grade rating on from Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services. The rating was “BBB+,” with a positive outlook for the possibility of further upgrade. It’ll be a two-part sale, according to Reuters. To the markets!
But, look, it ain’t Comcast’s fault. In some coverage areas, the cable giant launched a “rapid response team” to perform same-day installations for those who still needed a digital TV solution. ‘Course that didn’t help resolve the need for the FCC to send its own additional support here to help viewers who still hadn’t made the transition.
I mean, people lost 6ABC and WHYY, for goodness sake.
Maybe that’s why, when Comcast filed comments to the FCC for a proposed national broadband plan, part of their advice was to undergo a massive education program.
After the jump, porn and children’s shows get a buffer, a partnership with T-Mobile, video of Comcast playing nicely with children, among others.
In order of importance for your ease:
- The Consumerist reports that it will add “blocks of dummy channels” between family shows and adult pay-per-view programming to continue the illusion of innocent youth.
- Phandroid reports on rumors that T-Mobile may be working with Comcast to launch a 4G mobile network, beginning with not Philadelphia. The buzz is that it would launch in the D.C. and Baltimore metro area.
- Multichannel News reports that Comcast’s top content acquisition executive gave a message of “consistency” for on-demand video at the closing of the OnDemand Summit held in Center City Wednesday. That message was advice to help monetize the product.
- Corporate blog Comcast Voices shares news that employees participating in the city’s Big Brothers Big Sistersï¿½ program made a year-end visit to North Philadelphia’s Fairhill Elementary School, Comcast’s partner in the John Alchin Beyond School Walls program, for a party with their “littles.”
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