Mega Bucks are being spent to improve the country's broadband access.
The Federal Communications Commission's 600-megahertz airwave spectrum auction, which started yesterday and should run til September, gives Big Media "one of the last chances to secure low-band broadband spectrum for long-distance and in-building Internet service" -- and first-day action has already been "dramatically altering the supply/demand outlook" and "leveling out the playing field as we enter into a 5G world," writes analyst Amy Yong at Macquarie Securities.
There are a lot of sports on Cable and Broadcast TV as well. We all appreciate our home teams, especially when they are winning. But is that the reason for so much sports programming?
Earlier this month, Multichannel News reported that Comcast’s (CMCSA) NBC Sports Digital is set to launch Playmaker Media, a service that will provide “end-to-end support” for partners that are looking to deliver live and on-demand streams.” The IOC (International Olympic Committee) would be this service’s first client. Playmaker Media will provide support to the live streaming of the Olympic Committee’s Olympic Channel, which is expected to launch later in the year.
Comcast is clearly pushing X1 as its main USP when marketing its service to new and existing customers. They are continuing to make investments in the system.
Comcast has released another batch of additions and enhancements for X1, its next-gen video platform, led off by the commercial rollout of a feature that was previously being tested through its Labs section.
So how is Comcast doing in terms of attracting customers with X1 to its Comcast Store?
At the JPMorgan (JPM) Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference, Comcast was asked about the penetration of its X1 set-top box. In fiscal 1Q16, Comcast’s X1 set-top box had a penetration of 35% and Comcast expects the penetration of its X1 set-top box to be around 50% by the end of 2016. Comcast expects its X1 penetration to be deeper in 2017, though not 100%.