PCs responsible for 61% of Olympic streaming traffic on a typical day. Roku devices set-top box app based OTT leader at 10% of streaming traffic, beating Amazon Fire TV (3.9%) and Apple TV (3.3%). // rapidtvnews.com, 8/26/2016

 


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 Edge Down on Energy; Viacom's "Ben-Hur" Flops

 

By Catherine Hertzberg 
-    August 22, 2016
 

  Stocks fell again Monday following losses in energy shares. The Dow lost 23 pts. to close at 18,529. The S&P 500 slipped 1 pt. to 2,182.

  Viacom lost 4% in heavt trading. Its big-budget remake of "Ben-Hur" earned $11.4 mil. its opening weekend.

  Motion Pictures, up 6% YTD, are up 27% from their 52-week low of 27.85, set February 10.

  The five PK averages hit hardest this past week are: Fiber Optics -1.6%, Wireless Providers -1.8%, Global Cable -2.2%, Towers -2.8%, Telco -3.7%.

 

 

 Indices  8/19  8/22  %YTD 
 Video Gaming 26.73 26.78 28.2 
 Cable MSO 98.13 98.04 24.4 
 DJ Utilities 683.21 684.72 18.5 
 Internet Content 85.46 85.57 16.9 
 Radio 15.45 15.55 14.8 
 Telco 41.55 41.53 14.6 
 Consumer Elec. 95.55 95.11 12.3 
 Towers 373.23 375.12 11.6 
 Movie Theaters 15.43 15.36 11.4 
 Publishing 90.22 90.33 8.9 
 Russell 2000 1,236.77 1,236.77 8.9 
 Wireless Prov. 32.04 32.09 8.4 
 Wireless Tech. 14.16 14.10 7.6 
 S&P 500 2,183.87 2,182.64 6.8 
 3D 38.39 38.21 6.7 
 Dow Jones Avg. 18,552.57 18,529.42 6.3 
 Motion Pictures 35.73 35.45 5.6 
 NASDAQ 5,238.38 5,244.60 4.7 
 NASDAQ 100 4,806.14 4,808.56 4.7 
 Advertising 104.99 105.02 4.3 
 Global Wireless 69.01 68.82 3.9 
 Digital Life 775.97 773.99 3.7 
 Internet Media 156.30 155.94 2.5 
 Broadband Tech. 23.71 23.70 0.4 
 Social Media 110.94 110.73 0.0 
 Satellite Networks 38.18 37.75 (0.4) 
 Home Video 305.72 304.42 (2.5) 
 Fiber Optics 2.72 2.73 (3.4) 
 Satellite TV 71.22 70.97 (4.8) 
 Interactive TV 14.01 14.18 (5.3) 
 Television 105.98 105.92 (5.7) 
 Global Cable 86.03 86.96 (28.9) 
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