The unique content creation and distribution model that Comcast has built means the company does not currently see value in major mergers or acquisitions, said leader Brian Roberts. He noted that Comcast would consider agreements that enhanced international distribution capabilities.
HGTV has ordered three pilots and 11 new shows for its 2021-22 season, featuring stars such as Anita and Ken Corsini, for a total exceeding 85 episodes. The network is highlighting new topics, including cleaning, rentals, and in-home family relationships.
Discovery Group leader Henry Schleiff, a 40-year veteran of the cable industry, is retiring from his post as of Dec. 31 after overseeing Investigation Discovery's success as well as managing three other channels. TLC Senior Vice President Jason Sarlanis will step up to lead three of Schlieff's networks, including Investigation Discovery.
Parks Associates reports that 82% of homes in the US with broadband also had an account on one or more over-the-top services during 2021's first quarter, up six percentage points over the same period in 2020. The survey shows that 13% subscribed to both linear and streaming platforms.
A nine-country MIDiA Research study shows that 52% of viewers tune out television advertisements, a slight decrease from 2019, while the percentage of people skipping online ads rose to 49% in that time. The company advises brands to seek partnerships across platforms.
COVID-19 cases on television and film sets are rising again, due to stalled vaccination rates and the more contagious Delta variant. Some studios are requiring proof of vaccination from those on set, while actors such as Sean Penn are refusing to participate in filming unless everyone involved in a work has had the vaccine, and unions have allowed production companies to enforce immunization mandates.
Comcast added 354,000 broadband subscribers in its second quarter, while total profits grew by 25% and revenues by 20% compared to the same period in 2020. Revenues from cable increased by 10.9%, and NBCU had a 39% gain, with the Olympic Games as well as film and show premieres as major factors.
Peacock has signed up 54 million people to date, with 20 million accounts active each month, and Comcast leader Brian Roberts says the streaming platform has grown by 50% since spring. App Annie reports that the Tokyo Olympics helped fuel a 60% increase in Peacock's app downloads during its first week.
Horowitz Research reports that 80% of Latino people in the US who watch television pay for at least one video-on-demand service, and the average member of that demographic subscribe to four. The study also shows that 64% of those who watch Spanish-language content stream programming.
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