Comcast's NBC Olympics division said Thursday that it will team up with Facebook to drive viewers to its multi-platform coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia next month.
Cable subscribers shouldn't be forced to buy basic-cable programming packages containing local broadcast channels, National Cable & Telecommunications Association CEO Michael Powell said at a House Communications and Technology Subcommittee hearing on Wednesday.
Akamai said it will provide online streaming video delivery and other services to NBC during the 2014 Winter Games in February.
The Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, don't kick off until Feb. 7, but Comcast's NBC Olympics said Monday that authenticated pay TV subscribers "can verify their video subscriptions now" through its NBCOympics.com site.
Time Warner Cable subscribers in Los Angeles and San Diego, Calif., can now watch live programming from local ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC affiliates through its TWC TV app, the MSO said Friday.
Pay TV distributors will have to shell out $7.6 billion to local broadcasters to package their stations in basic cable programming packages, SNL Kagan said in a report released Friday.
Comcast subsidiary NBCUniversal said Monday that it'll distribute 124 hours of 2014 Winter Olympics programming on cable networks CNBC, MSNBC and USA Network.
In an attempt to force Aereo to shutter its local TV platform, Fox, NBC, ABC and CBS filed a petition at the U.S. Supreme Court Friday in which they argue copyright laws that have allowed Cablevision to launch its network DVR don't protect Aereo's platform.
Time Warner Cable's current standoff with CBS over retransmission fees is being closely watched by other TV distributors such as NBC, ABC and Fox and could ultimately set the standard for future negotiations.
Charter CEO Tom Rutledge offered a subtle hint Tuesday about how Liberty Media chairman John Malone may be able to help him hammer major programmers like CBS Corp. and Walt Disney Co. if he succeeds in turning Charter into a bigger MSO than Comcast.