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  • Comcast Debuts Stream, A Cable TV-Like Streaming Service For Cord Cutters

    Comcast Debuts Stream, A Cable TV-Like Streaming Service For Cord Cutters

    Comcast has now become the latest pay TV provider to launch its own alternative to big cable TV packages with the debut of its own internet-based streaming cable service it’s simply calling Stream. The service, which is preparing to go into beta in limited markets this summer, will offer live TV, on-demand content, and cloud DVR access to Comcast Xfinity Internet customers for $15… Read More

  • Comcast Now Supports HBO GO And Showtime On Amazon Fire TV Devices

    Comcast Now Supports HBO GO And Showtime On Amazon Fire TV Devices

    Cable operator Comcast historically has been stingy and slow when it comes to expanding access to services like HBO GO on third-party devices. That’s why today’s news that HBO GO as well as Showtime Anytime will be made available on Amazon’s streaming media players, including Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, is notable. Read More

  • Comcast Confirms That Its Merger With Time Warner Cable Is Dead

    Comcast Confirms That Its Merger With Time Warner Cable Is Dead

    Comcast has dropped its plans to merge with Time Warner Cable. Bloomberg reported yesterday that the deal was unraveling, following signs of opposition from the Justice Department and Federal Communications Commission. (Senator Al Franken actually wrote a post for TechCrunch earlier this week outlining his opposition to the deal.) Read More

  • Unraveling Comcast Merger Exposes Weaknesses In Its Powerful Lobbying Arm

    Unraveling Comcast Merger Exposes Weaknesses In Its Powerful Lobbying Arm

    Comcast spent $4.62 million on lobbying in the first quarter of 2015, an increase of 50 percent from its spending in the same quarter last year. But now the cable giant is reportedly walking away with little to show. Much of Comcast’s spending was aimed at ushering through the company’s merger with Time Warner Cable Inc. and preventing the adoption of strict net neutrality rules. Read More

  • Comcast May Walk Away From Its $45B Deal To Buy Time Warner Cable

    Comcast May Walk Away From Its $45B Deal To Buy Time Warner Cable

    The $45 billion marriage of Comcast and Time Warner Cable may be left at the altar, after reports surfaced today that Comcast itself might walk away from the deal. According to Bloomberg, an announcement could come as soon as this Friday. TechCrunch has reached out to Comcast for comment on the news. The FCC declined to comment on the reports, as the transactions are still under review. The… Read More

  • The Tide Is Turning Against Comcast’s Proposal To Buy Time Warner Cable Crunch Network

    The Tide Is Turning Against Comcast’s Proposal To Buy Time Warner Cable

    This colossus of a company would have unmatched power to destroy its competition, abuse its customers, and bully the government agencies charged with regulating it. Read More

  • The Most Powerful Force In The Universe

    The Most Powerful Force In The Universe

    There was an incredible media glare this week on the Kleiner Perkins sex discrimination trial and its negative outcome for Ellen Pao, but all the news about equality in tech was not nearly as negative. One of the most significant victories for women in tech came this week from Google, where Ruth Porat, the current Chief Financial Officer of Morgan Stanley, accepted an offer to join the… Read More

  • One Small Step For Unbundling, One Big Leap For HBO

    One Small Step For Unbundling, One Big Leap For HBO

    This week HBO finally announced the arrival of HBO Now, a streaming over-the-top access pass to HBO content for $14.99 a month. It will debut exclusively on the Apple TV for a three-month period (the first of which will be free to new users) and then expand to other platforms. And after years of anticipation, debate and scrutiny, the process of unbundling the cable package has finally begun in… Read More

  • Of Course Comcast Subscribers Can’t Stream HBO Go On The PS4

    Of Course Comcast Subscribers Can’t Stream HBO Go On The PS4

    HBO Go finally hit the PS4 this week bringing the online streaming service to the best selling next-gen console. But of course it doesn’t work with Comcast. Why would it? HBO Go hit the PS3 last year and Comcast subscribers still can’t use the service. Comcast tells TechCrunch that their subscribers have many other ways to access HBO on other devices. A spokesperson points to the… Read More

  • 13 Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    13 Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    From Anonymous leaking account information to rumors of Microsoft building a new browser, here are the top stories from 12/27-1/2. 1. Following through on threats of a Christmas hack, a Twitter account claiming affiliation with Anonymous released a list of usernames and passwords for 13,000 accounts on Amazon, PlayStation, XBox Live, Hulu Plus, Walmart and other retail and entertainment… Read More

  • Comcast Customer Spends Four Hours Canceling His Account

    Comcast Customer Spends Four Hours Canceling His Account

    A Comcast user named Mike posted a portion of a four-hour call with the company to cancel his account. The resulting back and forth — full of long, pregnant pauses and corporate rigamarole — isn’t nearly as exciting as Ryan Block’s Kafkaesque hell: Mike’s story is about patience, perseverance and poorly trained customer service providers whereas Ryan’s… Read More

  • FCC Delays Review Of Comcast-TWC Merger Over Undisclosed Documents

    FCC Delays Review Of Comcast-TWC Merger Over Undisclosed Documents

    The FCC pressed pause on its review of the proposed Comcast-TWC merger after learning that thousands of documents it should have had access to were withheld. The roughly 7,000 documents were not disclosed due to “an inappropriate claim of attorney client privilege,” according to the FCC. In addition, some 31,000 documents that were also responsive to the commission’s work… Read More

  • Pay TV Disruption Doesn’t End With Unbundling Crunch Network

    Pay TV Disruption Doesn’t End With Unbundling

    Which would you rather do: pay for all available content or only the content you consume? At first blush, this would seem like a simple cost issue: why not cancel your cable subscription in favor of Netflix, Hulu or Prime Instant Video – or all three? Instead of spending $70 a month for content you don’t watch, you could spend under $10 on just the things you do watch. Read More

  • Comcast Makes It More And More Difficult To Opt-Out Of Internet Sharing

    Comcast Makes It More And More Difficult To Opt-Out Of Internet Sharing

    As we learned back in June, Comcast has decided to turn every cable router on its network into a public wi-fi access point. While this may sound like a good idea – free Internet for all Comcast subscribers everywhere is the goal – the reality clashes with the Internet user’s sense of freedom and control. And, unfortunately, Comcast is making it harder and harder to opt out… Read More

  • Comcast, Stop Scamming Me So I Can Stop Scamming You

    Comcast, Stop Scamming Me So I Can Stop Scamming You

    Have you ever heard anyone excited to get Comcast service? Of course not. That’s like being excited for a hernia operation. Here’s my hernia operation: every year or so I have to do a dance with Comcast. You know, feigning the intention to quit their service. The so-called trial period on my TV and Internet package ended, causing my bill to nearly double from $90 a month to $160… Read More

  • The President’s Net Neutrality Proposal Draws Opprobrium, Praise And Threats Of Legal Action

    The President’s Net Neutrality Proposal Draws Opprobrium, Praise And Threats Of Legal Action

    Earlier today, President Obama proposed a net neutrality plan that called for reclassification of broadband under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. The FCC quickly responded, saying, in effect, that it wasn’t quite as simple as the president seemed to intimate, and that it needed more time to work on the matter. Read More

  • Comcast Agrees To $50M Settlement In Overcharging Case

    Comcast Agrees To $50M Settlement In Overcharging Case

    Comcast has agreed to a $50 million settlement to a case regarding customers in the Philadelphia area. The lawsuit was filed more than a decade ago. Comcast continues to deny the allegations. The original case failed before the Supreme Court, leading to a reduction in its scale. The $50 million includes a $16.7 million cash amount, and $33.3 million in “Settlement Credits” that… Read More

  • Doctor On Demand Raises $21M Series A And Adds Comcast As A Customer

    Doctor On Demand Raises $21M Series A And Adds Comcast As A Customer

    Doctor on Demand, the service that lets you video connect with a U.S. physician on Android and iOS for $40, closed a $21 million Series A round led by Venrock, Shasta Ventures and angel investor Sir Richard Branson. With the announcement, Doctor on Demand is available as a web-based app on desktops computers. Read More

  • WTF
    Product Guy Tries To Cancel Comcast Service, Hilarity Ensues

    Product Guy Tries To Cancel Comcast Service, Hilarity Ensues

    If there’s one guy in the world who knows whether or not he wants to cancel his Comcast service, it’s Ryan Block. The former head of Engadget, founder of GDGT, and now product dude at AOL, Block probably knows exactly why he wants to cancel his Comcast service and, presumably, he’s not going to tell you or a Comcast service rep who refuses to take “No” for an answer. Read More

  • Comcast Acquired PowerCloud Systems, Gears Up For Smart Home Play

    Comcast Acquired PowerCloud Systems, Gears Up For Smart Home Play

    Update. I have now confirmed that Comcast has indeed acquired PowerCloud Systems, a spinoff from PARC that developed hardware and software to monitor broadband usage in your home or office. From what I understand, the deal was mainly an acquihire and small in Comcast terms, at under $50 million. Comcast will not be resuscitating Skydog (a home WiFi monitoring hardware and app) or other… Read More

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