Comcast's recent purchase of a Chicago-based CLEC and New Global Telecom has helped the MSO form its strategy to go up-market to serve mid-sized businesses, but don't expect the company's businesses services unit to go on any more M&A binges soon. Comcast Business Services President Bill Stemper tells SNL Kagan that the MSO will instead look to increase market share and revenues organically. "There aren't necessarily that many [buying opportunities] out there that look very appealing, but we keep our eyes open," he said. (See Comcast Snares a CLEC and Comcast to Acquire New Global Telecom .)
Comcast has extended MyTV Choice, a programming package with à la carte aspirations, in Charleston, S.C., following earlier debuts in parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont, with Seattle on deck. MyTV Choice features a "Get Started Plus" package with about 50 channels for $24.95. (See A la Carte Coming to Cable's Menu? )
Avail-TVN has scored deals to manage video-on-demand (VoD) services in Chile for Liberty Global Inc. (Nasdaq: LBTY)'s VTR, which has 1.1 million subs, and Bazuca, an over-the-top video service with 360,000 subs. Avail-TVN will handle VoD encoding, asset and metadata management and content acquisition and licensing for both.