Comcast Won't Sell Video to Non-Subs

Elsewhere: ivi TV seeks help in DC, Level 3 and Comcast bend the FCC's ear, and Mediacom makes a bold Web ad play

February 28, 2011

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Comcast Won't Sell Video to Non-Subs

Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK)'s apparent lack of interest in selling over-the-top video packages to consumers who don't subscribe to the MSO's traditional cable service leads today’s cable news roundup.

  • Just days after Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH) said it wants to be prepared to launch a Web video-only option, The Wall Street Journal runs a Q&A with Comcast CEO Brian Roberts in which he says the No. 1 MSO isn't considering marketing an Internet-based video service to non-subscribers. "Where we can add value, at least in the world that I see today, is taking our existing customers and giving them full access to all content online because they're subscribers," Roberts told the paper. (See Dish Paves Way for Streaming-Only Option.)

  • A week after a federal judge mothballed ivi Inc. 's ability to stream local broadcast TV stations, ivi says it'll lobby for a savior in Congress. (See Court Cuts Ivi's Web TV Signal.)

  • Rocco Commisso's Mediacom Communications Corp. is beginning to raise eyebrows for its practice of inserting its own ads on top of Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) and other websites accessed by the MSO's cable modem subscribers.

  • It's shaping up to be a busy week for the D.C. cable crew as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) tackles retransmission consent on Wednesday. (See TV Contract Disputes Heat Up.)

  • Maybe the the eight Oscar feeds ABC Inc. distributed in its "second-screen" iPad app would've worked better as an interactive TV application. (See Comcast Accelerates ITV Development.)

  • Considering Web surfers spent more than seven hours each on Facebook in January, it's easy to see why Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) may turn to the social network to help power its TV Everywhere service.

  • The FCC is hearing it from both sides as Level 3 Communications Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) and Comcast try to bend the Commission's ear regarding whether or not their peering dispute is covered by the recently voted-in net neutrality rules. (See Is Level 3 Right About Net Neutrality?)

  • Google TV isn't getting it done, according to yet another less-than-glowing review of the new service. (See Google TV Guns for Cable Deals .)

    — Steve Donohue, Special to Light Reading Cable

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