Hollywood has been wrestling with how to better improve its diversity efforts for years, with small steps forward being made in the years since the 2014 Ferguson protests and #OscarsSoWhite. But with Black Lives Matter protests sweeping the nation — and the world — it’s clear that progress is still miniscule. Comcast is stepping up to attempt to remedy that with a $100 million plan to fight “injustice and inequality against any race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation or ability.”

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HBO Max Comcast Deal

HBO Max launched today, bringing a new option to the crowded offering of streaming services. Though the new endeavor from WarnerMedia had already struck deals with a variety of cable providers, streaming services, and various devices to offer access to HBO Max, there was one huge holdout: Comcast. Thankfully, that changed today with a last minute deal that now allows Xfinity customers to access HBO Max through their Xfinity cable services and gives current HBO subscribers access for free. Read More »

xfinity watchathon

Comcast is looking to generate some positive feelings from some of its customers by making 10,000 free TV shows and movies free to watch for Xfinity subscribers during Xfinity Watchathon Week, which this year takes place from May 11 through May 17. (That’s this coming week, since keeping track of time has become increasingly difficult during the pandemic.) For the first time ever, the company’s free offerings will include episodes of popular Hulu shows like the Elisabeth Moss-led The Handmaid’s Tale and the Reese Witherspoon/Kerry Washington drama Little Fires Everywhere. Get all the details about the upcoming week of programming below. Read More »

sky productions

The Comcast-owned British TV broadcaster Sky has halted all drama productions filmed internationally until 2021. The pause comes amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which has shut down productions across the world indefinitely, but with the hopes of restarting sometime this year. However, with Sky setting a date for next year — impacting shows like the Mark Strong thriller Temple — this hammers in the wide-reaching effects of the pandemic.

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peacock launch

NBCUniversal’s new streaming platform Peacock has launched — kind of. The streaming service went live Wednesday as a “sneak peek” for Comcast customers only. It won’t be until July that Peacock will fully launch, but even then its slate of originals will be pared back due to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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coronavirus updates

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic wears on, the economic effects of social distancing and industry-wide shutdowns of Hollywood productions across the world are being heavily felt. But everyone from companies, to celebrities, to top executives are pitching in to lessen the impact of the coronavirus crisis.

Former and current Disney CEOs Bob Iger and Bob Chapek helped set an example recently by foregoing all and part of their salaries, respectively, and top executives in other multimedia companies are following in their footsteps, with top Comcast, NBCUniversal, and Sky executives donating their salaries to help coronavirus relief efforts. Meanwhile, massive company that Disney is, the House of Mouse continues to stay in the headlines by donating masks and furloughing workers.

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Disney Has Full Operational Control of Hulu Now

Disney Hulu

Bow to your new corporate overlord, because Disney now owns Hulu. After acquiring a majority stake in the streaming giant following the Walt Disney Company‘s historic acquisition of 21st Century Fox, Disney has officially wrested the final 33% stake in Hulu from NBCUniversal through a deal with Comcast. But the deal is more than just a simple sale. Read about the Disney Hulu ownership deal below.

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Disney Owning Hulu

When The Walt Disney Company acquired 21st Century Fox, one of the acquisitions included the company’s 30% stake in Hulu. That gave the company a 60% stake in Hulu. Then Hulu bought AT&T’s 9.5% stake in the streaming service and allocated it proportionally to Disney and NBCUniversal, the two remaining stakeholders. That gave Disney 67% ownership of Hulu. But now Disney wants the whole pie to themselves, and they’re currently holding talks to grab NBCUniversal’s 33% stake in the company, which would give them complete ownership over the Netflix competitor. Read More »

streaming news

Streaming content is both the present and the future, and everyone wants in on it. So much so that day by new, more and more streaming services are popping-up. Will they all last? It’s doubtful. But they might have a chance simply because streaming is what consumers want. Case in point: last year, streaming subscriptions outpaced cable. What’s a cable network like Comcast Xfinity to do? Start their own streaming service, of course. Below, check out a whole plethora of recent streaming news covering these topics and more.

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Comcast Fox

We thought the Disney/Fox deal was done at the end of last year, but Comcast wasn’t ready to go quietly into the night. It stormed back into the fray with one final charge, topping Disney’s initial offer for 21st Century Fox’s media assets in the hopes of adding them to its own empire, which already includes companies like NBC and Universal. But now the boardroom battle is over, and as the metaphorical smoke clears, Comcast is walking away and paving the way for a Disney acquisition. The idea of a Comcast Fox deal is officially dead.
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