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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

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Court backs Comcast, puts Maine’s à la carte cable law on hold

The companies did succeed, though, with their other First Amendment-based argument. In short, they made the case that the Maine law violated their rights because it applied narrowly, to traditional cable carriers (MVPDs) but not to alternative, Internet-based platforms—such as Dish Sling, Sony Vue, or YouTube TV—that also provide bundled content. – Kate Cox, Ars Technica » https://ift.tt/2MJN0hb

Judge Places Temporary Injunction on Maine’s à la Carte Cable Law

If the restriction order doesn’t go through, Maine will become the first state in the country to require à la carte cable selections. The à la carte cable law would most likely be enforced by individual towns and cities, because the cable companies have franchise agreements with municipalities, The Portland Press Herald reports. – Jason Gurwin, The Streamable » https://ift.tt/2Zj4mqa

Cord cutting could claim another 6.2M video subs in 2020, analyst says

UBS predicted that the U.S. pay TV industry will lose another 6.2 million video subscribers in 2020, down slightly from the 6.4 million the analyst firm predicts will be lost in total this year. If that loss comes to bear it will represent a 6.7% rate of decline, ahead of 6.2% in 2019 and well ahead of 1.2% in 2018 when video subscriber losses totaled 1.2 million. – Ben Munson, FierceVideo » https://ift.tt/2rkg5be

Comcast fights Google’s encrypted-DNS plan but promises not to spy on users

Comcast further said that it does not and has never sold “information that identifies who you are to anyone,” and the company claims it has never sold location data gathered from Comcast’s mobile service. Comcast also said it deletes DNS queries generated by its Internet customers every 24 hours “except in very specific cases where we need to research a security or network performance issue, protect against security threats, or comply with a valid legal request.” – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica » https://trib.al/gpKJpNu

Comcast loses 238K video subscribers in Q3

Video still accounts for the biggest chunk of the Comcast Cable business and the segment’s $5.54 billion in revenue was down just 0.9% from the year prior. In the meantime, Comcast’s broadband and business services revenues both rose 9.3% to $4.72 billion and $1.97 billion, respectively. Comcast’s wireless revenues rose more than 38% during the quarter, though it still only accounts for $326 million of the segment’s $14.58 billion in consolidated revenues, which were up 4% year over year. – Ben Munson, FierceVideo » https://ift.tt/2qF4Sl7 [photo: Orin Zebest/Flickr]

Comcast’s “free” streaming box actually requires an additional $13 / month fee

The $13-per-month rental fee for the xFi Gateway is a complete rip-off that Comcast (like other internet providers) pushes on its subscribers because people generally don’t know there’s an alternative. Instead of paying Comcast an additional $13 per month in perpetuity, you can instead buy a modem and router outright. By doing so, you’ll likely make up the upfront costs after a year, maybe two if you go for higher-end options. Once it’s paid off, you’ll be saving the $156 per year that you’re paying just to have a box sit in your house. – Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge » https://ift.tt/2JiUVjY

Cable customers hit with $450 per year in hidden fees, Consumer Reports claims

Consumer Reports claimed that cable companies about 10 years ago began throwing on additional fees – like Broadcast TV Fee, Regional Sports Surcharge, HD Technology Fee, and Network Access and Maintenance Fee – on top of the advertised rates for packages. The publication estimated that these company-imposed fees cost consumers about $37 per month (or $450 per year). The publication also claimed that the average cable bill includes 13 line item charges, and that pay TV providers could be making an estimated $28 billion a year from charging company-imposed fees. – Ben Munson, FierceVideo » https://ift.tt/2Oo5Qfg [photo: Orin Zebest/Fickr]

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