Comcast-NBC Almost Wed

Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) takes the lead in today's round-up of the cable sector's headlines.

  • Following the expected approval of their merger this week from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Department of Justice, Comcast and NBC Universal will close the deal on Jan. 28, according to The Wrap. (See Comcast-NBCU Faces Full-Court Press .)

  • Days before the FCC revisits its retransmission consent rules, Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) and Sinclair Broadcasting have agreed to terms for a new retransmission consent deal. Cheeky! (See TV Contract Disputes Heat Up.)

  • If Canadian MSO Shaw Communications Inc. succeeds with its new usage-based broadband Internet packages, will U.S. cable companies follow suit? (See CES 2011: Will Consumers Pay Per Bit?)

  • The biggest technology sector story of the day is the announcement from Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) founder Steve Jobs that he is taking another medical leave. (See Jobs Takes Medical Leave From Apple.)

  • Viewers with Internet-connected Samsung Corp. TV sets have collectively downloaded more than 2 million apps in less than a year, but the consumer electronics giant hasn’t disclosed how many of its U.S. customers have broadband-connected devices. (See CES 2011: Samsung Puts MSOs in the Picture.)

    — Steve Donohue, Special to Light Reading Cable

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