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Comcast tries to bolster streaming gadget by dropping fee

Sep. 18, 2019 11:46 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As big entertainment companies prepare to launch new streaming services, Comcast is trying to bolster its Flex streaming TV device by giving it away. As with Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku, Flex lets viewers watch streaming services over a regular TV, though they have to subscribe to...

Football carries television networks until start of season

Sep. 17, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The new television season hasn't begun yet, but the football season has, and it's carrying the networks in the interim. Four NFL games finished among the Nielsen company's top 12 shows last week, led by the Sunday night matchup of Philadelphia against Atlanta. ABC devoted its entire...

NBC's 'Peacock' to join the streaming fray in April

Sep. 17, 2019 10:59 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast's NBCUniversal said Tuesday that its upcoming streaming service will be called Peacock, in an homage to NBC's logo. It will become the home for some of the company's most popular shows, including "Parks and Recreation" and "The Office." That means both will be leaving Netflix,...

Comcast announces closure of call center in Colorado

Sep. 12, 2019 12:24 PM EDT

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Comcast has announced it is expected to close a Colorado call center two years after opening the $10 million office. The Coloradoan reported Wednesday that the company notified the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce of the Dec. 14 closure after the city launched its own...

Nielsen says it will include out-of-home viewing soon

Sep. 10, 2019 9:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Television networks will be happy to know that ratings will go up for many of their programs next year, simply because the Nielsen company will count more people. The company whose numbers provide the currency for the TV industry says its change will begin next September, when it begins...

Justices tuning in to cable television civil rights lawsuit

Sep. 8, 2019 8:35 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Comedian and media mogul Byron Allen wants TV viewers to watch the channels his company produces — from one that runs "Judge Judy"-like shows all day to those dedicated to comedy, cars, food and pets. But while many distributors carry Allen's channels, two cable giants have...

Rah! Rah! ABC wins ratings duel due to college football

Sep. 4, 2019 5:52 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The opening of college football's season was welcome news for ABC in an otherwise quiet week for television. The network won the weekly ratings competition on the strength of games that took over the network's schedule on Saturday night (Oregon vs. Auburn) and Sunday (Oklahoma vs. Houston),...

Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Sep. 4, 2019 4:48 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: Battle against robocalls should be more than a pipe dream Easton Express-Times Sept. 1 Remember the days before robocalls? When your landline and cell phone were free from scam artists selling something, threatening you with...

TV viewership down, social media up for VMAs

Aug. 28, 2019 2:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — If Taylor Swift, Missy Elliot and a 1990s rap reunion couldn't halt the shrinkage of MTV's television audience for its Video Music Awards, perhaps nothing can. The show was seen by 4.9 million viewers live on Monday across 12 different Viacom-owned networks, the Nielsen company said. That's...

Major carriers, state AGs will work to combat robocalls

Aug. 22, 2019 3:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Major phone companies have pledged to do more to fight robocalls plaguing Americans, the country's state attorneys general say. It's the latest step from government and industry to combat the growing problem . Americans get nearly 5 billion automated calls from scammers, telemarketers, debt...