Mobile and M2M devices set to generate equivalent of 14 bil. hours of 4K video streaming by 2018, driven principally by mobile video uptake. // rapidtvnews.com, 12/8/2016

 


COMCAST’S RALPH ROBERTS:GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN

By Paul Kagan - June 19, 2015

Ralph Roberts, the dynamic pioneer who built a tiny system in Tupelo, Mississippi into Comcast--cable’s largest company--passed away yesterday at age 95. His vision, and devotion to the cause of a new communications medium, can be expressed by a quotation from Thomas Edison: "A diamond is a piece of coal that stuck to the job."  The company that Ralph founded--with his partners Julian Brodsky, Dan Aaron, and later, his son Brian, now the CEO--soared from a speck in the cable universe to a diversified, media giant. As noted in An Incredible Dream, William Novak’s bio of the company, “Ralph was in heaven” when, in the mid-1980s, in my Kagan cable newsletter, I called Comcast “a baby blue chip.” It wasn’t long before “baby” grew up to be cable’s leading multiple-system operator.

Today, we are in the midst of far greater change in the media. Comcast is now a movie-TV-cable enterprise that Ralph was able to see completed. But its arch-rival—AT&T—which sold its industry-leading cable subs to Comcast in 2001, is back via acquisition of DirecTV’s U.S. and foreign satellite footprint and expansion into Latin America TV.




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Stocks Mixed on Jobs Report; Pandora up on Sale Rumors

 

By Catherine Hertzberg - December 2, 2016
 

  Stocks were little changed Friday following a lackluster payrolls report. The Dow dropped 22 pts. to close at 19,170. The S&P edged up 1 pt. to 2,192. For the week, the Dow was up 0.1% and the S&P 500 was down 1.0%.

  Pandora Media jumped 16% in 6x avg. trading. It is reported to be in talks to sell itself to Sirius XM Holdings. SIRI was down 6% on twice avg. volume.

  Digital Life, up 1% YTD, is down 9% from its all-time high of 830.86, set November 24.

  Comcast reached an all-time high of $70.33 before closing down 2% in heavy trading.

  The five PK averages hit hardest this week are: Broadband Tech. -4.3%, Interactive TV -4.4%, Video Gaming -4.6%, Movie Theaters -7.1%, Global Cable -8.2%.

 

 Indices  12/1  12/2  %YTD 
 Video Gaming 29.20 29.36 40.5 
 Cable MSO 105.34 104.58 32.7 
 Radio 16.96 17.28 27.6 
 Movie Theaters 16.64 16.34 18.5 
 DJ Utilities 626.66 673.11 16.5 
 Russell 2000 1,313.80 1,314.25 15.7 
 Consumer Elec. 97.48 97.12 14.7 
 Home Video 350.22 357.65 14.5 
 Wireless Prov. 33.16 33.49 13.1 
 Dow Jones Avg. 19,191.93 19,170.42 10.0 
 Internet Content 79.92 80.24 9.6 
 3D 39.49 39.10 9.1 
 Fiber Optics 3.04 3.06 8.5 
 Motion Pictures 36.64 36.39 8.4 
 S&P 500 2,191.08 2,191.95 7.2 
 Telco 38.07 38.25 5.6 
 NASDAQ 5,251.11 5,255.65 5.0 
 NASDAQ 100 4,734.10 4,739.37 3.2 
 Advertising 103.97 103.82 3.1 
 Publishing 85.40 85.12 2.6 
 Internet Media 155.32 154.97 1.8 
 Digital Life 755.68 756.82 1.4 
 Wireless Tech. 13.15 13.23 1.0 
 Broadband Tech. 23.77 23.78 0.7 
 Satellite Networks 38.71 38.10 0.5 
 Television 113.08 112.31 0.0 
 Satellite TV 74.28 73.39 (1.6) 
 Social Media 108.00 108.11 (2.4) 
 Towers 324.76 327.69 (2.5) 
 Global Wireless 58.08 58.13 (12.2) 
 Interactive TV 13.28 13.12 (12.4) 
 Global Cable 73.79 72.89 (40.4) 
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