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Comcast plans price hikes for cable customers as it looks ahead to streaming Peacock launch

The company’s cable division lost 149,000 subscribers in the fourth quarter of 2019, even though it delayed its planned rate increases to 2020. Comcast added 442,000 broadband subscribers in Q4, which is way ahead of the 378,000 Wall Street was expecting. – Kim Lyons, The Verge » https://ift.tt/2RnVehU

‘The Office’ To Stream Exclusively On NBCUniversal Service Beginning in 2021

Via Twitter, the official Netflix handle addressed the news. “We’re sad that NBC has decided to take The Office back for its own streaming platform,” it wrote, “but members can binge watch the show to their hearts’ content ad-free on Netflix until January 2021.” – Dade Hayes & Denise Petski, Deadline Hollywood » https://ift.tt/31WcnCw

NBC targets millennials with launch of a new streaming news service

The service offers viewers eight hours of continuous daily programming from 3 PM to 11 PM on weekdays. Its goal is to capture the attention of younger news consumers — those who don’t necessarily subscribe to pay TV or watch television in a more traditional manner, and who instead often get their news from apps and various streaming channels. – Sarah Perez, TechCrunch » https://tcrn.ch/30UkPl0

NBC’s free news-streaming service, NBC News Now, will launch in May

NBC will launch a free, streaming news service, called NBC News Now, in early May, which will include eight hours of daily programming and live hourly updates. The service, which was announced by NBC News president Noah Oppenheim at SXSW this weekend, will rival existing streaming news efforts from CBS and ABC, which today operate CBSN and ABC News Live, respectively. – Sarah Perez, TechCrunch » https://ift.tt/2Hb5pm5

NBCUniversal’s new streaming service won’t break the bank

NBCU plans to launch the OTT service in the first half of 2020, at which time it will join the likes of old-school media converts such as Disney and WarnerMedia. Comcast Chief Financial Officer Michael Cavanagh intimated that the initial investment in the streaming platform would have a negligible impact on NBCU’s 2019 balance sheet. At least one rival can’t say the same; Disney on Tuesday revealed that last year it lost more than $1 billion on streaming-related matters, a setback that included a $580 million hit related to its Hulu investment. – Anthony Crupi, Ad Age » http://bit.ly/2CEZNM1

NBC Sports brings World Cup streams to PlayStation 4

NBC has brought its sports app to PlayStation 4, which is splendid news for gamers who are also mad about soccer. There’s a certain convenience in playing Fortnite and being able to switch over to a live sports stream. Of course, NBC Sports already has apps on a number of platforms, such as Windows, Roku, Chromecast and mobile. – Katrina Filippidis, Engadget https://engt.co/2JFNjKi

NBC brings two Winter Olympics preview shows to Netflix

The nature of the series and its limited availability says a lot about NBC’s intent. It sees Netflix as a way to advertise its own coverage, rather than a complement that you can watch alongside (or even after) the Olympics themselves when they start on February 8th. That’s not shocking given that NBC’s bottom line will depend on its live coverage and daily summaries, but it suggests you won’t see any thrilling recaps on third-party services any time soon. – Jon Fingas, Engadget http://engt.co/2DAqVMt

The Official NBC Android App Now Supports Chromecast Video Streaming

The Chromecast support in NBC’s official network app doesn’t come with any other notable changes, though video streaming appears to work with all of the live and pre-recorded video within. A live stream of the national network is available, but only if you log in with a compatible cable or satellite provider. Most of the larger national options are supported. Without a login users can still access trailing episodes of prime-time shows. – Michael Crider, Android Police

TCA: Sarandos: Netflix Staying Out of Ratings ‘Arms Race’

[Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos] waved off the [Alan Wurtzel,NBCUniversal] reveal as “really remarkably inaccurate data,” adding, “the methodology and the measurement doesn’t reflect any sense of reality of anything we keep track of.” Getting a further shot in, he asked, “Why would NBC spend their lunch slot with you guys talking about our ratings? Maybe because it’s more fun than talking about NBC ratings.” As to his previous assertion that Orange Is the New Black is more popular than rival linear shows, he said, “There’s not an apples-and-apples comparison between Netflix watching and other viewing.” – Dade Hayes, Broadcasting & Cable Magazine

NBC Slams Netflix At TCA, Says Streaming Series Ratings “Pale In Comparison” To Broadcast

Even if, according to the data, nearly 50% of us “prefer broadcast TV,” the influence of streaming media is undeniably changing how consumers watch content. The water cooler conversations, the countless think pieces, websites like Decider who were bred out of the sheer demand to be told what to watch on streaming: if NBC wants to throw numbers around, they should, perhaps, expand their scope outside of traditional ratings metrics. – Olivia Armstrong, Decider
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