Editorial Results (free)
1. Comcast Hopes for a TV Windfall From Super Bowl, Olympics
- Thursday, January 25, 2018
NEW YORK (AP) – Comcast's NBC is airing both the Super Bowl and the Olympics in February, a double-whammy sports extravaganza that the company expects to yield $1.4 billion in ad sales, helping it justify the hefty price it's paying for both events.
2. Cellphone Company T-Mobile to Launch TV Service Next Year
- Thursday, December 14, 2017
NEW YORK (AP) – T-Mobile is launching a TV service next year, becoming the latest company to marry wireless and video.
The service will target people who aren't interested in traditional cable and satellite TV packages. T-Mobile promises to address consumer complaints such as "sky-high bills" and "exploding bundles." The company wouldn't provide details on its upcoming offering, including how it would differ from existing online TV alternatives from Hulu, YouTube, Sony, AT&T and Dish.
3. After US Pushback, AT&T Prepares to Fight for Time Warner
- Wednesday, November 22, 2017
NEW YORK (AP) – Seeing an attempt to block its buyout out of Time Warner as a "radical" departure by the U.S. government, AT&T is preparing for a fight to see the $85 billion deal through.
4. AT&T Exec Says 'Uncertain' When Time Warner Deal Will Close
- Thursday, November 9, 2017
NEW YORK (AP) – AT&T now says it's "uncertain" when its $85 billion Time Warner purchase will close, making investors worry that regulators may try to block it or require significant changes to the deal for approval.
5. Comcast Employees to Help At 10 Memphis Projects
- Wednesday, April 19, 2017
More than 1,000 Memphis area Comcast NBCUniversal employees and their families, friends and community partners will volunteer at 10 projects across the Memphis area Saturday, April 22, as part of the 16th annual Comcast Cares Day.
6. How a Trump Administration Could Shape the Internet
- Monday, December 5, 2016
Under a President Donald Trump, cable and phone companies could gain new power to influence what you do and what you watch online – not to mention how much privacy you have while you're at it.
7. Disney Embraces Streaming as Ratings Sag
- Monday, November 14, 2016
NEW YORK (AP) – As more and more people get their favorite TV shows and movies online, Disney is also learning to embrace the stream.
The Walt Disney Co. once resisted offering channels like ESPN directly over the internet, preferring old-fashioned cable subscriptions. Its investors are fretting over ratings as more people cut the cord and cancel cable or satellite service. NFL game viewership is also down, and the contentious election drew viewers away from Disney networks like ABC to cable news networks.
8. Hulu Dropping Free Video As It Prepares Cable TV Alternative
- Tuesday, August 9, 2016
NEW YORK (AP) — Hulu is dropping the free TV episodes that it was initially known for as it works on an online television service to rival cable TV.
Hulu said Monday that free episodes — typically the most recent four or five episodes from a show's current season — will be gone from the site within a few weeks. Instead, it is making free episodes available through Yahoo in an expansion of a distribution partnership the internet company has had with Hulu.
9. Time Warner Invests in Hulu in Win for Cable Cord-Cutters
- Thursday, August 4, 2016
NEW YORK (AP) – In another win for cable cord-cutters, Time Warner has become the latest media company to invest in streaming service Hulu.
The move could boost the viability of an online TV service that Hulu is expected to launch next year as an alternative to cable TV. Sony and Dish already operate online TV services, while Apple has expressed interest in one, according to published reports. None of those companies, however, have the networks themselves as full partners or owners, the way Hulu does.
10. And Now It's Comcast vs. The Wait for the Cable Guy
- Thursday, July 28, 2016
NEW YORK (AP) – Did you hear the one about the cable company that's actually improving customer service? The punchline: Comcast and its rivals say it's no joke.
These companies have poured hundreds of millions into new tools and staff to de-agonize the process of getting cable TV, Internet or phone service. It's part of a yearslong effort to assuage customers as the specter of "cord-cutting" – dumping cable for Netflix and the like – haunts the industry. More than 2 million customers have fled from cable and satellite over the past three years, according to research firm SNL Kagan, and the pace has been accelerating.
11. Comcast Buying Dreamworks Animation for About $3.55B
- Friday, April 29, 2016
NEW YORK (AP) – Comcast is buying DreamWorks Animation, the film company behind the "Shrek," ''Madagascar" and "Kung Fu Panda" franchises, for approximately $3.55 billion, strengthening its presence in the important and growing business of children's entertainment.
12. Comcast Teeing Up New Services Targeted at Millennials
- Wednesday, September 2, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast, which became a TV powerhouse by signing up Generation Xers, baby boomers and their parents, now is fighting for millennial eyeballs.
The TV giant is investing in online media outlets like BuzzFeed and Vox that attract young viewers. It's setting up a streaming TV service for millennials who don't watch a boob tube. And it's developing a YouTube-like video app and website.
13. AT&T-DirecTV Deal Set to Close After Approval From FCC
- Monday, July 27, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T's $48.5 billion purchase of DirecTV is set to close after winning approval Friday from the Federal Communications Commission.
The Justice Department had already cleared the deal, which will create the largest provider of cable or satellite TV in the U.S., with 26.4 million cable and satellite TV subscribers.
14. Charter Buying Time Warner Cable as TV Viewers Go Online
- Wednesday, May 27, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) – As TV watchers increasingly look online for their fix, cable companies are bulking up. In the latest round, Charter Communications is buying Time Warner Cable for $55.33 billion.
15. Comcast Abandons Time Warner Cable Bid After Gov't Pushback
- Monday, April 27, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — What killed Comcast's $45 billion bid for Time Warner Cable? Regulators' desire to protect the Internet video industry that is reshaping TV.
A combination of the No. 1 and No. 2 U.S. cable companies would have put nearly 30 percent of TV and about 55 percent of broadband subscribers under one roof, along with NBCUniversal, giving the resulting behemoth unprecedented power over what Americans watch and download.
16. Comcast-TWC Merger Worries Consumers
- Wednesday, February 19, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cable subscribers don't give Comcast and Time Warner Cable good grades when it comes to customer satisfaction. So after Comcast announced its $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable Thursday, it didn't take long for consumers to start venting their frustrations over high prices, spotty service and fears of a monopoly.
17. Comcast-Time Warner Merger Worries Consumers
- Monday, February 17, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Cable subscribers don't give Comcast and Time Warner Cable good grades when it comes to customer satisfaction. So after Comcast announced its $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable Thursday, it didn't take long for consumers to start venting their frustrations over high prices, spotty service and fears of a monopoly.
18. Comcast to Buy Time Warner Cable for $45 Billion
- Friday, February 14, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Comcast Corp. will buy Time Warner Cable Inc. for about $45.2 billion in a deal that would combine the nation's top two cable TV companies and create a dominant force in creating and delivering entertainment.
19. Comcast Expands Low-Cost Internet Plan, Ups Speed
- Wednesday, August 14, 2013
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Comcast Corp., the nation's largest cable company, is expanding the number of low-income families that can automatically qualify for its $9.95-per-month Internet access. It's also boosting download speeds on the service to 5 megabytes per second from 3 Mbps to attract more subscribers.
20. Median CEO Pay Rises to $9.7 Million in 2012
- Thursday, May 23, 2013
CEO pay has been going in one direction for the past three years: up.
The head of a typical large public company made $9.7 million in 2012, a 6.5 percent increase from a year earlier that was aided by a rising stock market, according to an analysis by The Associated Press using data from Equilar, an executive pay research firm.
21. Changes Occurring Backstage At Elvis Presley Enterprises
- Monday, July 16, 2012
It was about a month ago when the company that produced a digital hologram of the late Tupac Shakur that showed up to startling effect on stage at the Coachella Music Festival announced it was working on a similar hologram of Elvis Presley.
22. Review: Netflix and Hulu's New Scripted Originals
- Monday, February 13, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) – Within just over a week, Netflix and Hulu are both debuting their first stabs at original scripted programming.
The shows amount to a milestone in Internet television, an early sign of the leveling between broadcasting and streaming. Programming options between TV and the Web are increasingly separated by little more than the "video source" button on your remote.
23. Comcast Apologizes to Nonprofit for Cutting Funds
- Friday, May 20, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – Comcast has apologized to a Seattle nonprofit called Reel Grrls after an executive told the organization that Comcast would no longer fund it because of its Twitter post questioning Comcast's hiring of a member of the Federal Communications Commission.