<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <rss version="2.0"> <channel> <title>Comcast RSS Feed</title> <link>https://corporate.comcast.com/rss</link> <item> <title>X1’s New Features Tip Off for March Tournaments</title> <description> <![CDATA[Whether you have a favorite college basketball team or just tune in for the inevitable upsets, March is one of the most exhilarating months of the year for sports. And for customers with X1, there are some new features that will make it easier than ever to keep up with every minute of every game. Regular users of the X1 Sports app will notice a new and enhanced tournament tile, which now displays the top-seeded teams in each region, along with a schedule of dates for each round and the opportunity to look back at previous results. Customers can also track a specific regional bracket and follow results by round or zoom out for a look at the full tournament. Brackets can be accessed easily through the X1 Voice Remote using the command “Show me the bracket.” Customers can also use new commands to pull up X1’s voice-enabled knowledge cards for quick access to team stats and comparisons by saying things like “Georgia State basketball” or “Davidson vs. Kentucky” into their Voice Remote. Fans looking for a full tournament experience can say “NCAA Tournament” into their Voice Remote and launch the NCAA Basketball collection within the X1 Sports Guide. There they’ll find a new score strip highlighting all the matchups in real time, plus web clips featuring game highlights, dunks of the day, news, analysis and expanded video content for the men’s tournament. Live action for the women’s tournament and National Invitation Tournament will also be featured. And for those who are late to tip-off or forget to set their DVR, games airing on TBS, TNT and truTV will be available to play back as Instant on Demand, giving X1 customers the ability to restart a game from the beginning shortly after it starts airing.]]> </description> <link>https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/x1s-new-voice-and-sports-app-features-tip-off-for-march-madness</link> <guid>https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/x1s-new-voice-and-sports-app-features-tip-off-for-march-madness</guid> <pubDate>Thu, Mar 15, 2018 6:35 PM</pubDate> </item> <item> <title>X1 Olympics Primetime Ratings Average 26 Percent Higher Than National; Xfinity Multiplatform Views Increase 210 Percent Over Sochi</title> <description> <![CDATA[The PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games have come to a close and based on the data, Xfinity TV customers couldn’t get enough of the Games! This year, our customers enjoyed access to a fully integrated Olympics dashboard on the TV with X1, and across platforms with the Xfinity Stream app and web portal. We made it easier than ever to access all of NBC’s live, on demand and streaming coverage in one place, at home or anywhere in the country, and consumption and ratings increased across the board. [corporate:media:media-embed] X1 customers enjoyed a variety of new features and functionality that simplified and enhanced their Olympics viewing experience. From checking scores, schedules and medal counts, to exploring and tuning to their favorite athletes and events, X1 customers used the voice remote more than 14 million times to navigate and control their Olympics viewing experience. With more than 2,400 hours of live, on demand and streaming Olympics coverage, the Olympics Home Page became the go-to destination for X1 customers to explore and access every minute of the Games in one place, visited nearly 40 million times. And the X1 Sports App remained a staple in our customers’ viewing experience, launched more than 35 million times throughout the 18 days of competition. Whether on the TV or across devices with Xfinity Stream, Xfinity TV customers racked up nearly 60 million unique views across platforms, including live streaming coverage and highlights and full event replays on demand. That’s an increase of 210 percent over the 2014 Sochi Olympics. And while the Summer Games in Rio provided more than three times the events and hours of competition than the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic, on demand viewing among Xfinity TV households was more than three times that of Rio. In fact, X1 alone generated nearly 36 million unique views, bolstered by the debut of 50 curated virtual Olympics channels. Over the course of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, 76 percent of X1 households watched some type of Olympics programming, compared to 65 percent of households nationally, with the average household consuming nearly 10 percent more than the national average (19.3 X1 vs . 17.9 hours national). In addition, ratings in X1 households for NBC and NBC Sports Network’s primetime shows were 26 percent higher than the national average (14.0 vs 11.1 L+SD). In addition, below are some of the most utilized, accessed and viewed content across Xfinity platforms throughout the Games: [corporate:media:media-embed] Expand Image [https://corporate.comcast.com/media/img/original/2018/03/corporate_PyeongChange-Ratings-Charts-redesigned-V4-2018.jpg] Popular Olympics Virtual Channels on X1: * Best of PyeongChang Channel * Figure Skating Channel * Gold Medal Moments Channel * Snowboarding Channel * Best of Team USA Channel Popular X1 voice commands across categories: * “Olympics” * “Medal Count” * “Shaun White” * “USA Hockey” * “Olympics Figure Skating” Popular athlete pages on X1: * Shaun White * Adam Rippon * Lindsey Vonn * Nathan Chen * Mikaela Shiffrin]]> </description> <link>https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/x1-olympics-primetime-ratings-average-26-percent-higher-than-national-xfinity-multiplatform-views-increase-210-percent-over-sochi</link> <guid>https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/x1-olympics-primetime-ratings-average-26-percent-higher-than-national-xfinity-multiplatform-views-increase-210-percent-over-sochi</guid> <pubDate>Tue, Mar 13, 2018 6:10 PM</pubDate> </item> <item> <title>Bringing Everyone Closer to the Sports and Entertainment Moments That Matter</title> <description> <![CDATA[]]> </description> <link>https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/bringing-everyone-closer-to-the-sports-and-entertainment-moments-that-matter</link> <guid>https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/bringing-everyone-closer-to-the-sports-and-entertainment-moments-that-matter</guid> <pubDate>Tue, Mar 13, 2018 6:05 PM</pubDate> </item> <item> <title>Comcast Business VoiceEdge Adds Award-Winning One-Click Audio Conferencing App</title> <description> <![CDATA[The new Audio Conferencing application allows end-users to initiate an audio conference with a single click while eliminating common conferencing frustrations. The service is included for all Comcast Business VoiceEdge subscribers. With Comcast Business VoiceEdge Conferencing, employees can instantly initiate a call with up to 50 participants via an easy “click to start conference” command. Users can join by clicking a “join conference” link. Advanced management controls make it possible for conference hosts to view and identify each participant, eliminating the need for individuals to identify themselves. “With an increasingly distributed and mobile workforce, conference calls are an important tool for keeping teams connected, but this can become challenging from a user standpoint when different people are trying to access a conference call while traveling, in remote locations, from a different office,” said John Guillaume, vice president, product management at Comcast Business. “We’re continually innovating and evolving our voice platform with a focus on improving the end-user experience and overall business impact. With Comcast Business VoiceEdge Conferencing, the days of remembering long phone numbers and PINs or asking ‘who joined the call,’ are now a thing of the past – saving our customers both time and resources.” Comcast Business VoiceEdge Conferencing was recently recognized by TMCNet as the 2018 Internet Telephony Product of the Year [http://www.tmcnet.com/voip/features/articles/437117-tmc-announces-2018-internet-telephony-product-the-year.htm?subscribed=true]. VoiceEdge Conferencing is the latest enhancement to Comcast Business VoiceEdge Desktop and Mobile Companion applications. The app also enables click-to-dial from some of the most commonly used business productivity tools, including Google Chrome, Skype for Business, and Microsoft OWA. VoiceEdge Conferencing offers the conference call moderator a simple, integrated interface that works directly with Comcast Business VoiceEdge. Features include: * Scale up to 50 participants plus a moderator * One-click access - from the app, simply click “start conferencing” to automatically open the bridge from your desk phone, mobile device, or any other phone * Notifications of who joined and left the call * Moderator dashboard - allows the host to see who is on the bridge as they join * Security – PIN protected conferencing * Interoperability - works with Mac, PC, iOS and Android Customers can download the Audio Conferencing Application by visiting Comcast Cloud Solutions Marketplace. Comcast Business provides a modern portfolio of voice solutions for large enterprises as well as small- and medium-sized businesses (SMB). For more information on the Comcast Business advanced voice solutions portfolio, visit https://business.comcast.com/phone/voiceedge [https://business.comcast.com/phone/voiceedge]]]> </description> <link>https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/comcast-business-voiceedge-adds-award-winning-one-click-audio-conferencing-app</link> <guid>https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/comcast-business-voiceedge-adds-award-winning-one-click-audio-conferencing-app</guid> <pubDate>Mon, Mar 12, 2018 8:55 PM</pubDate> </item> <item> <title>Comcast NBCUniversal Celebrates Military Hiring Achievement</title> <description> <![CDATA[In 2015, Comcast NBCUniversal committed to achieving an exciting but ambitious goal – the hiring of 10,000 Veterans, National Guard and Reserve members, and Military Spouses across our company by the end of 2017. We are committed to military hiring because it strengthens our team, and our long-standing support of military and veteran organizations across the country. Today, I am very proud to share that we officially met and surpassed this goal as of the end of last year, and we can proudly say that since 2010 we have hired more than 15,000 Veterans, National Guard and Reserve members, and Military Spouses, across Comcast NBCUniversal. As we move forward, we will continue to hire and support this incredible community, as well as develop new partnerships to help us do so. We recently launched a new partnership with Student Veterans of America, with an eye toward providing meaningful job opportunities to Veterans while they are in school, and career opportunities as they graduate. We’re also building on our goal of helping empower other employers across the country to develop their own military hiring pipeline, starting with our School for Employers Who Invest in Military Talent [https://psycharmor.org/employer-courses/], which we lead in collaboration with the PsychArmor Institute. This school provides free, on-demand online courses for employers to help bridge the civilian-military divide. In our support of the military community, our efforts extend to bringing the Olympic Games to U.S. service members all over the world via live streaming. Building on a partnership with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service that began two years ago with the Rio Summer Olympic Games, we extended this service to include all honorably-discharged veterans [https://corporate.comcast.com/news-information/news-feed/army-air-force-exchange-service-to-provide-olympic-streaming-coverage-to-military] so that more than 21 million service members and Veterans were able to watch thousands of hours of Winter Olympics coverage from PyeongChang. And, we’ve added the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, which are taking place now through March 18, to the available streaming service via the Exchange. From the beginning, our 10,000-hiring goal has been a north star to help us focus on a strategically important talent pool. We are not done; we will continue to embrace the military community – because it is the right thing to do for our business and for those who have given to our Country.]]> </description> <link>https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/comcast-nbcuniversal-celebrates-military-hiring-achievement</link> <guid>https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/comcast-nbcuniversal-celebrates-military-hiring-achievement</guid> <pubDate>Mon, Mar 12, 2018 5:50 PM</pubDate> </item> <item> <title>Comcast Launches New Accessible TV Features Ahead of 2018 Paralympics</title> <description> <![CDATA[The Paralympics PyeongChang 2018 is a great example of how Comcast NBCUniversal unites content, distribution, and technology to bring a truly unique experience to millions of people across the country, including viewers with disabilities. This year, Comcast is an official partner of Team USA and proud to support an amazing group of athletes with inspiring stories, many of them competing in the Paralympic Winter Games. For the first time ever, Paralympic broadcasts on NBC and NBCSN will include video description [https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/nbc-olympics-to-provide-video-description-for-its-production-of-the-xxiii-olympic-winter-games-in-pyeongchang] . And on Xfinity X1, voice control [https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/introducing-the-new-x1-voice-remote], voice guidance [https://corporate.comcast.com/news-information/news-feed/x1-talks-comcast-launches-industrys-first-voice-guided-tv-interface] and closed captioning will help viewers access the planned 94 hours of Paralympics television coverage, the most ever for a Paralympic Winter Games - nearly doubling Sochi 2014 (50 hours). Based on recent research [https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/study-visually-impaired-adults-tune-in-to-television-almost-as-much-as-general-public] , we know these assistive technologies are helpful but they also suffer from low levels of awareness. To make accessibility options even easier to enable on X1, we created a few shortcuts for customers – just say “accessibility” into the X1 Voice Remote or tap the “B” key to get to a menu with all of X1’s accessibility options. X1 customers can also quickly jump into specific features by saying “captions,” description,” “SAP,” “voice guidance” or “shows with description” to find any programs that are described. We also have made some of our most popular accessible features even better. We were the first in our industry [https://corporate.comcast.com/news-information/news-feed/x1-talks-comcast-launches-industrys-first-voice-guided-tv-interface] to launch voice guidance, a talking TV guide that reads aloud program titles, network names and DVR and On Demand menus for people with visual disabilities. Now users can control the rate of speech by choosing from “regular”, “fast” or “fastest” to navigate their X1 experience. [corporate:media:media-embed]In all, NBC Olympics will present more than 250 hours of coverage across NBC, NBCSN, Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, NBCSports.com, and the NBC Sports app. And over the next 10 days, NBC Olympics’ coverage will include all six Paralympic winter sports – alpine skiing, snowboarding, sled hockey, wheelchair curling, cross-country skiing, and biathlon. [corporate:media:media-embed]]]> </description> <link>https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/comcast-launches-new-accessible-tv-features-ahead-of-2018-paralympics</link> <guid>https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/comcast-launches-new-accessible-tv-features-ahead-of-2018-paralympics</guid> <pubDate>Fri, Mar 9, 2018 6:55 PM</pubDate> </item> <item> <title>Tech and Entertainment Converge at Comcast SXSW Lounge in Austin</title> <description> <![CDATA[THE 2018 SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST (SXSW) CONFERENCE AND FESTIVAL IS UNDERWAY IN AUSTIN, AND COMCAST IS THERE CELEBRATING THE LATEST ADVANCES IN MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY. The annual event happens March 9-18, and Comcast NBCUniversal will once again showcase a variety of programs that cut across industries at the Interactive portion of the festival from Friday, March 9th through Tuesday, March 13th. In its third year, the Comcast Social Media Lounge, Hosted by Techset, will feature daily content and conversations with innovators, creators and entrepreneurs from across media, technology and entertainment. Watch this space for updates and live content throughout the weekend or follow the action live on Twitter at #ComcastSXSW [https://twitter.com/hashtag/comcastsxsw?vertical=default&src=hash]. The lounge is located on the 4th Floor of the Austin Convention Center [https://www.google.com/maps/dir/''/Austin+Convention+Center+%E2%80%93+500+E+Cesar+Chavez+St+Austin,+TX/@30.26355,-97.8096461,12z/data=!4m8!4m7!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x8644b5a8692003df:0x3041433e6e0a9355!2m2!1d-97.7396059!2d30.2635686] , 500 E. Cesar Chavez Street, Austin. [corporate:media:media-embed] [corporate:media:media-embed] [corporate:media:media-embed] [corporate:media:media-embed] [corporate:media:media-embed] [corporate:media:media-embed]]]> </description> <link>https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/tech-and-entertainment-converge-at-comcast-sxsw-lounge-in-austin</link> <guid>https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/tech-and-entertainment-converge-at-comcast-sxsw-lounge-in-austin</guid> <pubDate>Fri, Mar 9, 2018 6:04 PM</pubDate> </item> <item> <title>NBC Olympics Begins Unprecedented Coverage of 2018 Paralympic Games </title> <description> <![CDATA[NBC Olympics will present comprehensive and unprecedented coverage of the 2018 Paralympic Games from PyeongChang, South Korea, beginning this Friday, March 9, with the Opening Ceremony at 6 a.m. ET on NBCSN, as part of more than 250 hours of coverage across NBC, NBCSN, Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, NBCSports.com, and the NBC Sports app. NBC Olympics’ record-setting coverage of the Paralympic Games jumpstarts Friday on NBCSN, as Andrea Joyce, a veteran of 14 Olympic Games, and Chris Waddell, a 12-time Paralympic medalist and Paralympic Hall of Fame member, will host the Opening Ceremony. Coverage continues into the day with live alpine skiing coverage of the men’s and women’s downhill events beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, followed by biathlon and alpine skiing coverage at 11 p.m. ET on NBCSN. This weekend’s Paralympic coverage also includes live snowboarding, sled hockey, cross-country skiing, wheelchair curling and biathlon. Read the full press release here [http://www.nbcuniversal.com/press-release/nbc-olympics-begins-unprecedented-coverage-2018-paralympic-games-presented-toyota].]]> </description> <link>https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/nbc-olympics-begins-unprecedented-coverage-of-2018-paralympic-games-presented-by-toyota-this-friday-with-opening-ceremony-at-6-am-et-on-nbcsn</link> <guid>https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/nbc-olympics-begins-unprecedented-coverage-of-2018-paralympic-games-presented-by-toyota-this-friday-with-opening-ceremony-at-6-am-et-on-nbcsn</guid> <pubDate>Thu, Mar 8, 2018 4:15 PM</pubDate> </item> <item> <title>Comcast And National Public Radio To Launch NPR One App On Xfinity X1</title> <description> <![CDATA[Comcast and National Public Radio (NPR) today announced the launch of the NPR One app on Xfinity X1 [http://www.xfinity.com/x1], enabling X1 customers to access NPR’s growing library of news, talk and music programs with a unique lean-back experience that can be personalized to their specific tastes, locale and routines – directly on the TV. Rolling out to capable X1 set-top boxes in the coming weeks, all programming will be accessible over the internet by just saying “NPR” into the X1 Voice Remote [https://corporate.comcast.com/comcast-voices/evolving-form-and-function-with-the-new-x1-voice-remote]. NPR content also will be integrated into Xfinity on Demand menus, appearing alongside related content including news, music and more. “We continue to focus on putting people’s favorite content and experiences on a single platform, Xfinity X1,” said Nancy Spears, Vice President of Strategy and Execution, Comcast Cable. “NPR has created a very personal listening experience with the NPR One app and we look forward to giving longstanding and new fans the ability to access the public radio programming they want directly on the TV, with just the sound of their voice.” [corporate:main:pull-quote] “Every day, people are finding new ways to listen to public radio,” said Joel Sucherman, Senior Director of Digital Products at NPR. “NPR One feels right at home on X1, bringing the best local and national news, along with your favorite podcasts, in a personalized experience that gets smarter the more you listen.” Customers will be able to enjoy and customize their NPR One experience on X1 by: • Saying “NPR” or “NPR One” into the voice remote to launch the app, or accessing it directly via the apps menu on X1. Forthcoming features will include the ability to call up a specific NPR program or podcast by name or topic by saying, for example, “Show me Ask Me Another on NPR One;” “Planet Money on NPR One;” “Show me Up First on NPR One;” or “Show me NPR Politics.” • Following the initial roll out, finding relevant NPR programming alongside related news, music and more within Xfinity On Demand. • Signing in and building a personalized and localized experience just by listening to and interacting with the programming. Customers can also access content from their local NPR Member Station via the NPR One app on X1. NPR One will join other popular internet apps including Netflix, YouTube, Pandora and iHeartRadio on the X1 platform. For more information about X1, visit www.xfinity.com/X1 [http://www.xfinity.com/X1]. About Comcast Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is one of the nation’s largest video, high-speed internet, and phone providers to residential customers under the XFINITY brand, and also provides these services to businesses. It also provides wireless and security and automation services to residential customers under the XFINITY brand. NBCUniversal operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts. Visitwww.comcastcorporation.com [http://www.comcastcorporation.com/]for more information. About NPR NPR's rigorous reporting and unsurpassed storytelling connect with millions of Americans everyday—on the air, online, and in person. NPR strives to create a more informed public—one challenged and invigorated by a deeper understanding and appreciation of events, ideas, and cultures. With a nationwide network of award-winning journalists and 17 international bureaus, NPR and its Member Stations are never far from where a story is unfolding. Listeners consider public radio an enriching and enlightening companion; they trust NPR as a daily source of unbiased independent news, and inspiring insights on life and the arts. Learn more at npr.org/about or by following NPR Extra on Facebook [https://www.facebook.com/nprextra/], Twitter [https://twitter.com/nprextra] and Instagram [https://www.instagram.com/nprextra/].]]> </description> <link>https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/comcast-and-national-public-radio-to-launch-npr-one-app-on-xfinity-x1</link> <guid>https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/comcast-and-national-public-radio-to-launch-npr-one-app-on-xfinity-x1</guid> <pubDate>Wed, Mar 7, 2018 8:55 PM</pubDate> </item> <item> <title>"Meet the Press With Chuck Todd" Wins February, #1 for Third Straight Month</title> <description> <![CDATA[3.986 million total viewers tuned into MTP in February, beating its competition by double-digits: ABC’s This Week by +29 percent (+896,000) and CBS’ Face the Nationby +12 percent (+418,000). Compared to last year, MTP improved its advantage over CBS by +28 percent (+92,000) and ABC by +24 percent (+175,000), marking its biggest February advantage over ABC in seven years. Compared to last month, MTP improved its advantage over CBS by +117 percent (+226,000) and ABC by +63 percent (+348,000). February is the third straight month that MTP is #1 in total viewers. MTP continues to dominate the demo most valued by news advertisers with 1.200 million A25-54 viewers tuning into the program for February. MTP outperformed its competition by double-digits: +46 percent (+369,000) more than ABC and +56 percent (+432,000) more than CBS, which only rates for the first 30 minutes of its hour-long broadcast. February was the fifth straight month that MTP has beaten ABC and the 25th straight month that MTP has beaten CBS in the key demo. MTP was the only Sunday show to grow month-over-month in the key demo. Compared to last year, MTP improved its advantage over CBS by +20 percent (+72,000) and ABC by +13 percent (+44,000), and posted its biggest February advantages over ABC in nine years and CBS in 11 years. MTPwon the 2018 February Sweep across the board, marking its second consecutive sweep period at #1 and its best streak among A25-54 viewers in almost nine years (since May 2009). MTP was also the most-watched Sunday show across the board this past Sunday, February 25, marking its fifth straight week at #1. Sunday’s show [https://www.nbc.com/meet-the-press/video/meet-the-press-225/3673198]featured exclusive interviews with Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), who said he was “very skeptical” about raising the gun purchase age and that his bipartisan gun legislation wouldn’t “solve all problems”; Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) who said that fining social media companies “would be a great idea”; and Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.). 3.646 million total viewers tuned intoMTP on Sunday: +14 percent (+444,000) more than ABC and five percent (+184,000) more than CBS. This marks MTP’s 46th straight win over ABC and fifth straight win over CBS.MTP was also the most-watched broadcast in the demo most valued by news advertisers for its twelfth straight broadcast, beating both ABC and CBS by double-digits. As the only Sunday public affairs program to deliver more than one million demo viewers, 1.133 million A25-54 viewers tuned in: +30 percent (+259,000) more than ABC and +49 percent (+374,000) more than CBS. Season-to-date, MTP is the #1 most-watched Sunday show across-the-board for the first time in seven years (since 2010-11). MTP continues to dominate the influential Washington, D.C. market, outperforming its competition across the board and winning every Sunday with total viewers for almost three straight years (since March 22, 2015). An additional 703,000 total viewers and 151,000 A25-54 viewers watched the Sunday program through a rebroadcast on MSNBC. Tune into MSNBC’s MTP Daily with Chuck Toddweekdays at 5 p.m. ET for more, and follow the showon Facebook [http://media.ne.cision.com/l/bcdkimfz/media.ne.cision.com/l/ljwnueez/media.ne.cision.com/l/vwptotby/media.ne.cision.com/l/trhpksww/media.ne.cision.com/l/mjgmbhtw/media.ne.cision.com/l/ykvckvnw/media.ne.cision.com/l/nopipjnw/www.facebook.com/meetthepress] andon Twitter [http://media.ne.cision.com/l/bcdkimfz/media.ne.cision.com/l/ljwnueez/media.ne.cision.com/l/vwptotby/media.ne.cision.com/l/trhpksww/media.ne.cision.com/l/mjgmbhtw/media.ne.cision.com/l/ykvckvnw/media.ne.cision.com/l/nopipjnw/www.twitter.com/meetthepress] for the latest. Read the full release here [http://www.nbcuniversal.com/press-release/meet-press-chuck-todd-wins-february-1-third-straight-month].]]> </description> <link>https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/meet-the-press-with-chuck-todd-wins-february-1-for-third-straight-month</link> <guid>https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/meet-the-press-with-chuck-todd-wins-february-1-for-third-straight-month</guid> <pubDate>Tue, Mar 6, 2018 3:51 PM</pubDate> </item> <item> <title>Comcast Increases Internet Speeds For Most Customers From Maine Through Virginia</title> <description> <![CDATA[Comcast today announced it is increasing the speeds of some of its most popular Xfinity Internet service tiers – including Blast and Performance Pro – for new and existing customers in the Northeast Division, which includes 14 northeastern states from Maine through Virginia and the District of Columbia. The increases are at no additional cost and underscore the company's leadership in delivering some of the fastest broadband Internet speeds, including Gigabit-speed services for both residential and business customers. Speed increases will vary based on a customers’ current speed subscription, but the vast majority will see an increase of 50 Mbps. The changes include: • Blast tier download speeds increasing from 200 Mbps to 250 Mbps • Performance Pro tier download speeds increasing from 100 Mbps to 150 Mbps • Performance tier download speeds increasing from 25 Mbps to 60 Mbps • Performance Starter tier download speeds increasing from 10 Mbps to 15 Mbps “With new devices coming online for consumers every day, we’re committed to offering the fastest speeds and the best features and overall experience so our customers can take advantage of the technology available,” said Kevin Casey, President of Comcast’s Northeast Division. “We’ve increased speeds 17 times in the last 17 years, and continue to invest to deliver a fast, innovative and reliable experience in and out of the home.” New and existing customers can expect to see enhanced speeds this month. Most customers will automatically be upgraded to the new speeds, and will simply need to re-start their modems. Comcast will notify customers who may need to upgrade their modems to receive the new speeds. Those who lease modems from Comcast and require an upgrade can do so for no additional charge by requesting a self-install kit or visiting an Xfinity Store or service center. Those owning modems requiring an upgrade can purchase a new one or lease an Xfinity modem, which includes Xfinity xFi [https://corporate.comcast.com/news-information/news-feed/comcast-introduces-xfinity-xfi], which is a digital dashboard that lets customers personalize, manage and control their home Wi-Fi experience. For instance, customers can access xFi features via the mobile app, website, or TV with the X1 voice remote to set up their home Wi-Fi network, find their password, see what devices are connected, troubleshoot issues, set parental controls and even pause Wi-Fi access on their home network during dinner or bedtime. Comcast also recently introduced xFi Pods [https://corporate.comcast.com/comcast-voices/xfi-pods-and-mesh-wi-fi-begin-to-roll-out-in-two-markets] – small, wireless Wi-Fi extenders that help blanket virtually any home with Wi-Fi coverage even in hard-to-reach areas. These are available in Boston and will continue to roll out across the Northeast Division. Today’s announcement follows a number of moves, like the introduction of xFi and xFi Pods, that the company has made to enhance its high-speed internet offerings. Comcast has invested billions of dollars in its network, locally and nationally, and delivers in most of the Northeast Division speeds ranging from up to 15 Mbps to up to 2 Gbps for residential customers and up to 10 Gbps for business customers. Comcast’s 1 Gigabit-per-second [https://www.xfinity.com/gig] speeds, which began launching to local residential and business customers last summer, are among the fastest and most widely available in the area. The service uses DOCSIS 3.1 technology to make it possible for Xfinity and Comcast Business internet customers to receive gigabit speeds over the communications lines that most customers already have in place. It is currently available across 80% of the division and set to reach almost all areas by the end of the year. So that customers can take advantage of increased internet speeds at home, Comcast also introduced the fastest in-home WiFi gateway [https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/meet-the-worlds-most-advanced-wireless-gateway-device]. And on the go, Comcast provides Xfinity Internet customers with complimentary access to more than 18 million Xfinity WiFi [http://wifi.xfinity.com/] hotspots nationwide. Customers can select "xfinitywifi" from the list of available networks on their laptops or mobile devices and enter their Xfinity ID or email and password. In addition to these enhancements, Comcast also offers the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program, Internet Essentials [https://www.internetessentials.com/]. This program provides low-cost broadband service for $9.95 a month, digital literacy training and discounted computers for low-income Americans.]]> </description> <link>https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/comcast-increases-internet-speeds-for-most-customers-from-maine-through-virginia</link> <guid>https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/comcast-increases-internet-speeds-for-most-customers-from-maine-through-virginia</guid> <pubDate>Tue, Mar 6, 2018 3:18 PM</pubDate> </item> <item> <title>NBCUniversal Reimagines the Commercial Experience</title> <description> <![CDATA[NBCUniversal today announced its plan to decrease the number of advertisements in commercial pods by 20 percent and decrease advertising time by 10 percent across its networks during its original primetime programming. The company will also launch a new 60 second contextually-programmed PRIME POD in the first or last break of a show dedicated to up to two advertisers for stronger impact with viewers. In making the announcement, Linda Yaccarino, Chairman, Advertising and Client Partnerships, NBCUniversal said: "Sometimes, a little bit less means a whole lot more. The industry knows that television is already the most effective advertising medium there is, but we need to make the experience better for viewers. We promised some big swings last fall to move our industry forward and this is the first one. Now, NBCUniversal is advancing the TV experience as consumer behavior has evolved: lower ad loads, more innovation and more targeting. We’re reimagining the advertising experience for consumers, marketers, and the entire industry.” Over the past five years, the video viewing environment has become more cluttered with more than 400,000 advertisements added [1]. Consumer behavior has shifted and as viewers have migrated to other platforms, advertising effectiveness has waned. Starting This Fall NBCUniversal’s audiences will see fewer, better ads that are more relevant than ever before. Less clutter and less ad time means there’s space for more. More premium content, more opportunity, and more commercial innovation. Fewer Ads: • NBCUniversal will reduce the number of ads across its networks by 20%, and total ad time by 10% in Prime Originals across the entire portfolio. • The company is making reductions in more than 50 Primetime original shows across its entire portfolio. Better Ads: • Research shows that innovative advertising products increase consumer engagement by more than 20% [2]. • NBCUniversal will also unveil a suite of innovative new ad products including Interactive Picture in Picture and Social Commercials and Social First Pods. • Contextually targeted ads fuel greater consumer conversion and NBCUniversal will use a new artificial intelligence (AI)-based contextual content targeting product that combs through scripts and data sources to make every ad that much more contextually relevant to its audience. More Relevant Ads: • NBCUniversal will use its unparalleled technology, tools, talent and creative capabilities to help clients’ advertisements resonate the most and deliver them in new ways. • NBCUniversal has created a new 60 second “PRIME POD” of National ad time in the first or last break of a show. • This transformative new pod, which will be dedicated to up to two advertisers, combines the power of fewer, better, and more contextually relevant ads, and gives clients a unique opportunity to connect with audiences in the most effective, exciting, and efficient way. [1] Source: Nielsen Ad Intel, 2013-2017 [2]Nielsen, 2016; Engagement = Audience Retention]]> </description> <link>https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/nbcuniversal-reimagines-the-commercial-experience</link> <guid>https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/nbcuniversal-reimagines-the-commercial-experience</guid> <pubDate>Tue, Mar 6, 2018 2:20 PM</pubDate> </item> <item> <title>The Four Pillars of a Customer-Centric Mobile Experience </title> <description> <![CDATA[Wireless services have come a long way in the last decade, but they were never really designed for today’s data-centric mobile user. Consumers are spending too much time worrying about what plan is right for them, hidden charges, being punished for using too much data, or finding Wi-Fi hotspots to reduce their reliance on cellular data. We set out to change all that with Xfinity Mobile. We knew that we wouldn’t appeal to consumers by only relying on the conventional differentiation of network, price or devices. Instead, we had to make the product the experience, and the experience the product. Our Framework Our mission was simple: build a wireless service with the customer at the center of the experience. To do so we used an innovation framework that analyzed four key areas of insights: technology trends, industry standards, competition and key consumer behaviors. We compiled a list of “white spaces” – areas of opportunity – and asked ourselves which of them will fundamentally change consumer behavior. This process informed how we would build the experience and four key experience pillars emerged: simplicity, transparency, peace of mind, and the human element. Even today, these serve as a lighthouse for everything we do. Using this framework, we built Xfinity Mobile from the ground up with a clean sheet design that truly puts the modern mobile user first. Simplicity – Effortless and spontaneous feel without confusing choices. To deliver a simple service, we had to break industry conventions and change the way consumers interact with our product. We built the entire Xfinity Mobile experience around digital-first interactions. A customer can buy a device online in less than two minutes. When they receive their phone, they can activate it in three simple clicks at home on their own time. Thanks to this simple path to purchase, about 50 percent of our sales volume goes through the digital channel. Much of our life is lived online, and the way we set up and use our phones should be no different. Transparency – A service with no mysteries, making interactions honest and predictable. We created our service without gimmicks or hidden costs. We have no line access fees, and don’t charge a penalty for changing your data plan. We offer two straightforward options: Unlimited for $45, and By the Gig where you pay only for the data you use for $12 per GB. On Unlimited, speeds are reduced to 1.5 Mbps at 20 GB of cellular data, which the vast majority of our customers don’t use. For those who do, 1.5 Mbps is fast enough to stream video. Our service model is optimized to make sure consumers understand what they’re paying for and what they’re getting in return. Peace of Mind – A service that adapts to customers’ ever-changing needs, at every touchpoint. In mobile, one size does not fit all. Our plan gives consumers peace of mind because its flexible enough to meet their personal or family needs. More than 50 percent of our customers have chosen By the Gig, confirming there was a gap in the market. Customers only pay for the data they consume and we make switching between plans seamless. Need more data in a month? Pop open the Xfinity Mobile app, switch to Unlimited and we’ll wipe your data usage and you’ll only pay $45 that month. It’s the ultimate price protection. We are the only major carrier that allows customers to mix-and-match different service plans on one account. Human – An experience empowered by feedback, and seamless support with language that’s conversational. A big part of putting the customer first is designing and building a product based in the reality of how humans actually use technology, not what an engineer or marketer wants. We know our customers love Wi-Fi – in fact, 80 percent of all mobile device traffic travels over it. So, we designed the service to automatically connect to our massive Wi-Fi network of 19 million hotspots that saves customers money by offloading data. When customers need help, we believe it’s more convenient to just send a text message. So, customers can text us their questions and on-call specialists will quickly help troubleshoot issues 24 hours a day. By prioritizing simplicity, transparency, peace of mind and the human element, we’re delivering a better wireless experience for less money and it’s resonating. We ended 2017 with 380,000 customer lines and real momentum. As consumer habits and expectations in this digital era continue to evolve, we are more committed than ever to standing up for users and advancing a more customer-centric mobile experience. Rui Costa is the Vice President of Product Management and Customer Experience for Xfinity Mobile, a new wireless service from Comcast.]]> </description> <link>https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/the-four-pillars-of-a-customer-centric-mobile-experience</link> <guid>https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/the-four-pillars-of-a-customer-centric-mobile-experience</guid> <pubDate>Mon, Mar 5, 2018 4:40 PM</pubDate> </item> <item> <title>The Story Behind 'Unsolved' - USA Network's True Crime Serial</title> <description> <![CDATA[]]> </description> <link>https://corporate.comcast.com/redirects/the-story-behind-unsolved-usa-networks-true-crime-serial</link> <guid>https://corporate.comcast.com/redirects/the-story-behind-unsolved-usa-networks-true-crime-serial</guid> <pubDate>Fri, Mar 2, 2018 5:14 PM</pubDate> </item> <item> <title>xFi Rolls Out New Home Network Notification Features</title> <description> <![CDATA[When we launched Xfinity xFi [https://www.xfinity.com/learn/internet-service/wifi], we wanted to create a new home WiFi experience that would give people simple controls to manage and personalize connected devices, set parental controls, and even pause WiFi access for the whole family during dinner [https://corporate.comcast.com/news-information/news-feed/pause-device-most-popular-home-wi-fi-control-feature-xfi]. We now have 15 million customers with access to xFi and we’ll continue to roll out new features on a regular basis. We’re always looking for ways to give xFi users more awareness and control over what’s happening on their home networks. Since changes to your home network shouldn’t happen without you knowing about it, starting today, xFi customers can receive additional real-time, WiFi-related push notifications on their smartphones and their TV screens via the X1 platform [https://www.xfinity.com/learn/digital-cable-tv/x1]. [corporate:media:media-embed]Here are a few notification examples: * New Device Connected – Wouldn’t you like to know when a new device joins your home network? We thought so too. When you receive this notification, you can quickly open up the xFi app on your smartphone (or go to the xFi website online), name the device (“Max’s Laptop”), and assign it to a household member for even more personalization and control. * [corporate:media:media-embed] * WiFi Name/Password Changed – We’ve made it easy for authorized users of your home network to update your WiFi name and/or password, using xFi. While that feature is useful, we want to make sure customers know when it happens, because you’ll need to reconnect all your WiFi devices using the new name/password. * [corporate:media:media-embed] * Security Settings Changed – By default we make sure your home network is protected by a password, but authorized users do have the option to set security access to “open” so that no password is required. If that happens, this is another change we want to make sure you know about. * * WiFi Network Name Has Been Hidden (or Unhidden) – We have long offered customers the option to “hide” their WiFi network’s name. We know that some of our customers – particularly those who live in densely populated areas – don’t want their home network displayed in a list of local networks. If that setting changes, then this alert lets you know about it. * There are other notifications that our engineers have designed to keep our customers informed about things happening to their home network. For example, one notification will tell customers when their Xfinity Internet and xFi Gateway has been successfully activated for the first time. Yet another will tell customers if their home network’s IP address has been changed. Even without notifications enabled, customers can always keep tabs on new devices connecting to their home network as well as monitor any activity which could impact access to their network through the xFi Notification Center [https://corporate.comcast.com/comcast-voices/comcast-rolls-out-new-xfi-features-including-timed-pause-and-safer-search]. Our engineers are already hard at work designing new xFi features. We’ll let you know about them in future blog posts here.]]> </description> <link>https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/xfi-rolls-out-new-home-network-notification-features</link> <guid>https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/xfi-rolls-out-new-home-network-notification-features</guid> <pubDate>Thu, Mar 1, 2018 5:55 PM</pubDate> </item> <item> <title>X1 Celebrates Awards Season With Movies, Music and More</title> <description> <![CDATA[EACH YEAR, X1 CURATES A DEDICATED DESTINATION SPOTLIGHTING THE FILMS THAT HAVE COMPETED FOR AND RECEIVED HOLLYWOOD’S HIGHEST HONOR ALONG WITH OFFERING A HOST OF COMPANION EXTRAS DELIGHTING MOVIE AND AWARD SHOW FANS ALIKE. This year, customers will find even more complementary Oscar content integrated within the experience as well as notice some ways we’ve made it easier for them to navigate and enjoy it all. Our X1 editorial team has rolled out a few new ways customers can navigate and discover just what they’re looking for among the 700+ titles available within the destination, including the ability to see only the films they can view free as part of their subscription. They’ll also find a new “Nominees by the Numbers” category if they’re interested in the most-nominated films, as well as an “If You Like this, Watch that” option to give our customers some additional titles to check out based on which nominated film they are a fan of. [corporate:media:media-embed] [corporate:media:media-embed] [corporate:media:media-embed] Also returning this year will be fun voice remote surprises. To access the experience on X1, customers can say “Movies” into their X1 Voice Remote or navigate to the tile in the Xfinity on Demand menu. A key addition to X1’s immersive Olympics [https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/comcast-unveils-unparalleled-winter-olympics-viewing-experience-for-xfinity-tv-customers-across-platforms] and Super Bowl [https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/xfinity-x1-launches-super-bowl-lii-experience] experiences, playlists, via the Pandora [https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/comcast-and-pandora-partner-to-reinvent-the-pandora-music-experience-on-xfinity-x1-2] and YouTube apps on X1, will also make a cameo in the Awards destination, this time for customers who want to listen to music from the nominated films right on the TV. Additional YouTube playlists within the experience will highlight key moments in award show history and include nominations announcements, speeches, monologues and more. [corporate:media:media-embed]]]> </description> <link>https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/x1-celebrates-awards-season-with-movies-music-and-more</link> <guid>https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/x1-celebrates-awards-season-with-movies-music-and-more</guid> <pubDate>Thu, Mar 1, 2018 5:47 PM</pubDate> </item> <item> <title>Comcast Cares Day is in 50 Days</title> <description> <![CDATA[In 50 days, on April 21, 2018, more than 100,000 volunteers across the country and around the world will join together to make change happen on Comcast Cares Day. Our employees, working in conjunction with their families, friends and community partners, will beautify schools, clean up parks, mentor nonprofits and teach STEM to kids at hundreds of project sites. To learn more about Comcast Cares Day, click here [https://www.comcastinthecommunity.com/]. Watch the video above to see how our volunteers helped teach children how to code during Comcast Cares Day last year at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington.]]> </description> <link>https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/comcast-cares-day-is-in-50-days</link> <guid>https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/comcast-cares-day-is-in-50-days</guid> <pubDate>Thu, Mar 1, 2018 3:26 PM</pubDate> </item> <item> <title>A Pioneering Physician Rewrites Textbooks and Promotes Equity in Medicine</title> <description> <![CDATA[Voices of the Civil Rights Movement [http://voicesofthecivilrightsmovement.com/], a multimedia collaboration of Comcast NBCUniversal and the Equal Justice Initiative, celebrates American civil rights leaders’ push for racial equality during Black History Month and throughout the year. When cardiologist Edward S. Cooper recalls his patient roster of more than four decades, he won’t readily share that his patients included Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Lena Horne and Reginald Lewis. Notables, and notoriety, are of no consequence to his fixed priorities: advance medical science, provide compassion to patients, and continue his family’s legacy in medicine. [corporate:media:media-embed]At 91, Dr. Cooper is an emeritus professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and past president of the American Heart Association. When asked about his life, he will start at the beginning. Growing up in Columbia, S.C., among a family of physicians and dentists, Cooper recalls knowing very early that he, too, would become a doctor. When Cooper was 7, his younger brother was treated at home for scarlet fever. The prominent local pediatrician, who was white, made a comment that would leave an indelible impression. “He smiled at me and patted me on the head,” Cooper recalls, “and said, ‘You’re going to be a pediatrician someday.’” As Cooper advanced through his primary and secondary education with top marks, that interaction carried lasting influence: “I could visualize myself fitting into that core of professionals that were helping people. … I liked science, I was good at science. … We had so few [doctors], and the need was so great. … During the Depression, people would pull off their [own] teeth, but if they had a stroke or heart attack … they had to see the doctor.” At age 15, his passion for science, combined with his competitive academic record, would admit Cooper to Lincoln University and later Meharry Medical College – at a time when many of his classmates were drafted to fight in World War II. “Pearl Harbor happened right in the middle of my senior year,” Cooper recounts. “So, everything changed. … I did get a deferment, because they said that they needed doctors more than they needed foot soldiers. … I agreed. I went to Meharry.” While in medical school, Cooper was instructed by a supportive faculty – mainly black professors, along with white professors from nearby Vanderbilt University. The environment at Meharry encouraged students of all backgrounds to push for academic excellence. But while Cooper did not encounter discrimination on campus, he soon discovered an unmistakable disparity in patient death rates at medical facilities. “I entered the Philadelphia General Hospital as an intern [and] I was the only person of color there out of my intern class,” Cooper recollects. “Each day, two or three stroke cases would come in, very severe. Half of them were in blacks and half were fatal. … I was just struck by it because stroke was in the back of the textbook, in the back of the receiving ward, in the back of the hospital. There was nothing you could do.” Cooper, although troubled by this observation, was not immediately compelled to specialize in stroke. When his own health failed, his mind and life’s work would be forever transformed. While an intern, Cooper developed a 104-degree fever and was diagnosed with pneumonia. Cooper’s emotions from that ordeal reverberate as strongly today as they did 70 years ago: “I was dreaming of coffins at night. My mother came up, spent two or three weeks. … One night I just felt so terrible, and could hardly breathe. … I said, ‘Good Lord, if you get me through this, I’ll be good. And I promise I’ll do something about this stroke problem.’” An antibiotic cured Cooper of his illness. He later reflected, “That experience taught me what patients really want: sympathy, tenderness and hope.” Cooper made good on his promise to God, and set off on a career that dramatically advanced stroke awareness, prevention and treatment. [corporate:media:media-embed]Over multiple decades, Cooper built a network of medical professionals, and a reputation for patient care, both in stroke and heart health, and in general medicine. Such was the case that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. sought out Cooper for treatment of a keloid after he was stabbed. Cooper recalls treating Dr. King for a complete check-up: “For four days – EKGs, blood studies, upper GI series – the whole works. … He was in perfect health. “The thing that most impressed me about [King] was his eye contact – it was riveting. I mean, he’d look at you as if he was looking right to the back of your head. I mean, really unusual.” But what happened next stands out all the more in Cooper’s memory. “One day, [King] said, ‘Harry Belafonte is going to be coming down tomorrow for a meeting. … So, I wonder if you could arrange for somebody to meet and bring him to the room.’” Cooper obliged, and personally escorted Belafonte into and out of the building through a concealed entrance. Years later, Belafonte and Cooper reminisced about their shared experience, with Belafonte reportedly recounting, “‘I remember very well. Doc Cooper was like a cat on a hot tin roof. And I say, pretty skittish.’” While Cooper was trusted by many civil rights icons of the 1960s, he does not self-identify as an activist. But his work reflects Cooper as a medical change agent. He is credited with groundbreaking research on stroke remedies and sealing health gaps for African-Americans, specifically as it relates to stroke treatment and education. “We’ve got to get people to understand how to prevent disease, so often by lifestyle changes,” explains Cooper. He urges that people quit smoking and work to combat the obesity epidemic, “which is driving so much cardiovascular disease now.” Cooper continues, “We had a 50 percent decline in stroke mortality after stroke became more visible. People understood how to take care and how to prevent it. … It’s still falling but it’s leveling off now because … they’re getting diabetes and high blood pressure and all as a result of the obesity.” And as the recent plateauing among the general population persists, one group central to Cooper’s lifetime of work is disproportionately impacted. He explains, “Black women are getting more strokes now than before. … That still leaves a lot to be done.” Because of his commitment to tackling strokes and cardiovascular health, untold numbers of Americans have been spared premature death. No acknowledgement of Cooper’s contributions to medicine stands out more than being named as the first black president of the American Heart Association (AHA) in 1992. With his trademark modesty, Cooper’s reaction to the news of his appointment was one of shock: “I was absolutely dumbfounded. … I just could not understand it. But it happened.” [corporate:media:media-embed]Cooper’s tenure at the AHA was marked by an increasing emphasis on fighting strokes, paving the way for what later became a new division at the organization: the American Stroke Association. He partnered with Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, respectively, to secure clearer food labeling and proclaim February as American Heart Month. And, he worked to recruit greater numbers of minorities in medicine – a responsibility Cooper keenly understands, having benefited from a long family history of physicians and dedicated professors – of all shades – who invested in him throughout his early career. Cooper shares great hope for the next generation of doctors, and wants young people to remember three simple rules that helped chart his own success: “Stay in school, study hard and strive for excellence.”]]> </description> <link>https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/combating-americas-stroke-epidemic-a-pioneering-physician-rewrites-textbooks-and-promotes-equity-in-medicine</link> <guid>https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/combating-americas-stroke-epidemic-a-pioneering-physician-rewrites-textbooks-and-promotes-equity-in-medicine</guid> <pubDate>Wed, Feb 28, 2018 3:38 PM</pubDate> </item> <item> <title>NBCUniversal Dominates With Most Robust Winter Games Presentation In History </title> <description> <![CDATA[NBC Olympics’ exclusive coverage of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics was the most robust presentation of the Winter Games in media history…and NBCUniversal dominated the competition. Among the highlights: * NBCUniversal presented a record 2,400+ hours of Winter Games coverage. * The PyeongChang Olympics helped solidify NBC’s rank as #1 in total viewers at any point during the TV season for the first time since it won the 2001-02 crown 16 years ago, according to Nielsen. * NBC Olympics averaged a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of nearly 20 million viewers in primetime over 18 nights, according to Nielsen and Adobe Analytics. * NBC Olympics’ presentation of the PyeongChang Olympics ranks as the most dominant Winter Games on record. * NBCSN hit major marks (details below). * NBC Sports Digital set Winter Games records for total and live streaming minutes. * Olympic coverage created major benefits for the NBCUniversal portfolio. Mark Lazarus, Chairman of NBC Broadcasting and Sports: “These Winter Games are once again profitable for NBC Sports Group, and validate our investment in the Olympics. With the most comprehensive coverage plan in Winter Games history, our team of thousands took on this Olympic-sized undertaking from PyeongChang (2,000-plus), Stamford (1,000-plus), New York, Englewood Cliffs and Denver. The team’s collective performance allowed us to present an Olympics that was both engaging and memorable. At a time when there is more entertainment than ever for consumption, the Olympics offered an unmatched communal experience. We look forward to Tokyo and beyond.” PyeongChang Olympics Are Most Dominant Winter Games Ever In Primetime: From the opening night of coverage on Feb. 8, NBC Olympics produced the most dominant Winter Games on record. With a Total Audience Delivery of 19.8 million viewers – NBC Olympics’ primetime performance more than doubled the combined primetime viewership of ABC, CBS and FOX (9.8 million). NBC Olympics’ Total Audience Delivery measured broader PyeongChang Olympics consumption by calculating average minute viewing across broadcast, cable, and digital. The NBC-only primetime average viewership of 17.8 million beat by 82% the average of the combined broadcast networks to rank as the most dominant Winter Games on record. Read the full release here. [http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2018/02/26/nbcuniversal-dominates-with-most-robust-winter-games-presentation-in-history/]]]> </description> <link>https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/nbcuniversal-dominates-with-most-robust-winter-games-presentation-in-history</link> <guid>https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/nbcuniversal-dominates-with-most-robust-winter-games-presentation-in-history</guid> <pubDate>Tue, Feb 27, 2018 5:04 PM</pubDate> </item> <item> <title>Comcast Announces Superior Cash Proposal for Sky</title> <description> <![CDATA[]]> </description> <link>https://corporate.comcast.com/redirects/comcast-announces-superior-cash-proposal-for-sky</link> <guid>https://corporate.comcast.com/redirects/comcast-announces-superior-cash-proposal-for-sky</guid> <pubDate>Tue, Feb 27, 2018 7:00 AM</pubDate> </item> <item> <title>Comcast NBCUniversal Named One of Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For 2018</title> <description> <![CDATA[Based on employee feedback,Comcast NBCUniversal ranked 68th [http://fortune.com/best-companies/comcast/]in the country for its commitment to creating an environment that celebrates diversity, promotes integrity, and encourages growth and development. This recognition is the latest in a growing number ofworkforce accolades [https://corporate.comcast.com/press/awards]Comcast NBCUniversal has received over the past year.]]> </description> <link>https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/fortune-100-best-companies-to-work-for-2018</link> <guid>https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/fortune-100-best-companies-to-work-for-2018</guid> <pubDate>Mon, Feb 26, 2018 7:53 PM</pubDate> </item> <item> <title>Xfinity Mobile To Offer Samsung Galaxy S9 And Galaxy S9+ In Lilac Purple, Midnight Black And Coral Blue</title> <description> <![CDATA[Comcast today announced it will offer the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ devices to Xfinity Mobile [http://www.xfinitymobile.com/] customers in Lilac Purple, Midnight Black, and Coral Blue. From February 26 to March 22, customers who purchase a Samsung phone and activate a new line of service with Xfinity Mobile will receive a $250 Visa® prepaid card. Additionally, customers who trade in a qualified device will receive $200 guaranteed, for a potential value of up to $450 when purchasing a Samsung smartphone. Pre-registration for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ on Xfinity Mobile begins February 26 here [https://www.xfinity.com/mobile/]. Pre-order begins March 2, and the devices officially go on sale in Xfinity Stores and at XfinityMobile.com [https://www.xfinity.com/mobile/] on March 16. “Just as the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ were built for the new era of visual communications, Xfinity Mobile was designed for today’s modern mobile consumer to be easy-to-use and to add value by simplifying entertainment and connectivity both in and out of the home,” said Billy Stephens, vice president of wireless devices for Xfinity Mobile. “When paired with the best 4G LTE and more than 19 million Wi-Fi hotspots, the latest Galaxy devices deliver the powerful experience that today’s mobile user demands.” Made for the way consumers increasingly communicate and express with images, videos and emojis, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ drive innovation with Samsung’s most advanced camera ever. These experiences are made even better when shared with the world using Xfinity Mobile, the network that offers more Wi-Fi hotspots than any other provider. Xfinity Mobile customers who also subscribe to Xfinity TV can enjoy more than 200 live TV channels, 75,000 On Demand movies and shows, and their cloud DVR programs using the phone’s premium stereo speakers tuned by AKG and edge-to-edge Infinity Display*. In addition, with Xfinity xFi, customers can control their IoT (Internet of Things) devices connected to their xFi Advanced Gateway through the simple and intuitive xFi app interface. Xfinity Mobile is available to all Xfinity Internet customers, and includes up to five lines of unlimited nationwide talk and text, no line access fees, and 100 MB of shared data. Customers can choose from two straightforward data options – “By the Gig” for $12 per GB of shared data across all lines on their account, or Unlimited for $45 per month per line (cellular speeds reduced after 20 GB of cellular data consumed). Unlike other providers, Xfinity Mobile gives customers the flexibility to mix-and-match data plans per user on an account so they don’t have to subscribe to multiple unlimited lines to get a good price. Instead, they can switch any line on an account between data plans, at any time during their billing cycle. These features, plus the ability to access millions of Xfinity WiFi hotspots for free, are helping most Xfinity Mobile customers save up to 35 percent on their wireless bills. To find the Xfinity Store closest to you where you can purchase the new Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, go here [https://www.xfinity.com/support/service-center-locations]. For more information and to subscribe to Xfinity Mobile online, go to XfinityMobile.com [http://xfinitymobile.com/]. To download images and assets, go to corporate.comcast.com/mobile [http://corporate.comcast.com/mobile].]]> </description> <link>https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/xfinity-mobile-to-offer-samsung-galaxy-s9-and-galaxy-s9-in-lilac-purple-midnight-black-and-coral-blue</link> <guid>https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/xfinity-mobile-to-offer-samsung-galaxy-s9-and-galaxy-s9-in-lilac-purple-midnight-black-and-coral-blue</guid> <pubDate>Mon, Feb 26, 2018 2:37 PM</pubDate> </item> <item> <title>A Commitment to Accessibility</title> <description> <![CDATA[THE SMART HOME, FOR EVERYONE At Comcast, our accessibility [http://www.comcast.com/accessibility] theme is the "Smart Home for Everyone," where we enable accessible products through universal design application to enhance value for all customers, regardless of service or platform. ACCESSIBILITY CENTER OF EXCELLENCE In 2013, Comcast unveiled its new Accessibility Center of Excellence — a dedicated support team of agents specially trained on things related to Comcast accessibility, as well as general support items. The team has expertise in the areas that are especially important to people with disabilities, such as closed-captioning, video description, accessible billing services, and operating web and mobile interfaces with screen reader software. CUTTING-EDGE ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGIES In 2013, Comcast created an official Accessibility Lab, based in Comcast’s Philadelphia headquarters. Co-located with Comcast Labs in Philadelphia, the space brings together cutting-edge solutions, such as cable TV’s first talking program guide (launching 2014). The Accessibility Lab is also used for focus groups and usability testing with the disability community to learn more about how customers can use its services as well as to help educate Comcast’s employees about accessibility. Other initiatives from the Accessibility Lab include use of our mobile and web applications with assistive technologies, access to programming with video description and closed captions, and exploration of new solutions to enhance usability of Xfinity Home and other products by customers with disabilities. HEIGHTENING DISABILITY AWARENESS In celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October, a collection of programming including award-winning movies, biographical films, documentaries, TV shows, and interviews is offered across Xfinity On Demand, Xfinity.com/TV [http://Xfinity.com/TV], and on the Xfinity TV Player app that positively portray people living with disabilities. Programming highlights include movies like Children of a Lesser God, High Ground, I Am Sam, Mr. Holland’s Opus, and Radio; TV shows including CSI (CBS), Friday Night Lights (Xfinity Streampix), Glee (FOX), Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), The Michael J. Fox Show (NBC), Parenthood (NBC), Project Runway (Lifetime), Push Girls (Sundance), and Switched at Birth (Xfinity Streampix); and specials including Bio: Heather Mills (Bio Channel), Lives Worth Living(PBS), MotoX (ESPN), and multiple interviews with Paralympic athletes (NBC Sports), interviews conducted by Xfinity TV with blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer, and more. Comcast also hosted an Accessibility Summit in October of 2013 open to employees across the company. The summit featured a keynote from Erik Weihenmayer, tours of the Accessibility Lab, and other programs designed to heighten disability awareness.]]> </description> <link>https://corporate.comcast.com/news-information/news-feed/dr2014-xfinity-suite</link> <guid>https://corporate.comcast.com/news-information/news-feed/dr2014-xfinity-suite</guid> <pubDate>Sun, Feb 25, 2018 3:00 AM</pubDate> </item> <item> <title>Keeping It Simple For Our Customers</title> <description> <![CDATA[We want every customer interaction with us to be simple, fast and easy, whether we’re speaking to customers on the phone, helping them in their home, or connecting with them via our digital channels like My Account. Here are some of the new ways we’re keeping it simple for our customers. When customers call us with an issue they’re seeing on their TV, it sometimes can be difficult to understand what exactly is going wrong without our employees being able to ‘see it’ themselves. We’ve now rolled out a new innovation on X1 to do exactly that! Customers can now share their TV screen with the agent they’re speaking with on the phone for easy troubleshooting, or even education. Our agents can see what the customer sees and can also show customers how to use new features, or troubleshoot together. And, if a customer needs a system refresh, they do not even need to call us and can re-set via the My Account app. We know our customers’ time is valuable, and we don’t want to waste it. That’s why we created a new digital tool called Tech360, developed by technicians for technicians, so they have the most up to date accurate information they need going into your home. They’ll have better insight into our customers’ history with us giving them a complete 360-degree view. In the home, they have improved diagnostic capabilities, so appointments run faster and smoother. We’re all about being respectful in the home so we can save our customers time, and this is one of the many ways we’re doing that. We’re constantly upgrading My Account, our self-service platform available online and on iOS and Android devices, so customers can make quick simple changes on their own time. We heard from customers that they don’t want to have to call to cancel or reschedule a technician appointment. With RealTime Assist [https://corporate.comcast.com/news-information/news-feed/comcast-launches-realtime-assist-a-service-messaging-platform-now-available-to-all-xfinity-customers] , we’re messaging customers in the channels they use most, and just this month we rolled out a new functionality that allows customers to cancel and reschedule their appointments directly in the app. It’s that easy!]]> </description> <link>https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/keeping-it-simple-for-our-customers</link> <guid>https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/keeping-it-simple-for-our-customers</guid> <pubDate>Thu, Feb 22, 2018 3:25 AM</pubDate> </item> <item> <title>Comcast and NBCUniversal: Delivering an Unparalleled Olympics Experience</title> <description> <![CDATA[]]> </description> <link>https://corporate.comcast.com/redirects/comcast-and-nbcuniversal-delivering-an-unparalleled-olympic-winter-games-experience</link> <guid>https://corporate.comcast.com/redirects/comcast-and-nbcuniversal-delivering-an-unparalleled-olympic-winter-games-experience</guid> <pubDate>Wed, Feb 21, 2018 9:43 PM</pubDate> </item> <item> <title>NBC Sports Digital Live Streaming of PyeongChang Olympics Eclipses Sochi Games</title> <description> <![CDATA[NBC Sports Digital’s presentation of the PyeongChang Olympics eclipsed the full 2014 Sochi Games in live streaming minutes just five days into the competition, and has continued to reach milestones. With 1.31 billion live streaming minutes via NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app through Sunday, NBC Sports Digital has more than tripled the Sochi total (420 million minutes) with one week to go, according to data from Adobe Analytics. In addition, NBC Sports Digital has delivered 11.6 million uniques for live content – up 174% from this point in the Sochi Olympics (4.3 million) Total Audience Delivery Sunday’s NBC Olympics’ primetime coverage delivered a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) average of 18.2 million viewers, according to live plus same day fast national data released today by Nielsen, and digital data from Adobe Analytics. The NBC/NBCSN average last night of 18.0 million viewers dominated the TV competition with an advantage of 82% over the combined 9.9 million primetime viewers for ABC, CBS and FOX. NBC Sports Digital delivered an average minute audience of 170,000 for Sunday night’s coverage. NOTABLE… * Last night’s Total Audience Delivery provided an increase of 12% over the NBC broadcast viewership (TAD chart below) – marking the ninth consecutive night of double-digit TAD lift. NBC Olympics’ Total Audience Delivery measures broader consumption by calculating average minute viewing across broadcast, cable, and digital. * Last night’s NBC/NBCSN viewership peaked at 20.7 million viewers from 9-9:15 p.m. ET, highlighted by women’s alpine skiing on NBC and ice dance on NBCSN. * NBC’s PyeongChang Olympics primetime broadcast last night (7:30-11:10 p.m. ET) averaged 16.3 million viewers and posted a 9.1/16 household rating. Viewership includes the West Coast primetime encore. Read the full release here. [http://www.nbcuniversal.com/press-release/nbc-sports-digital-live-streaming-pyeongchang-olympics-triples-sochi-games-1-week-go]]]> </description> <link>https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/nbc-sports-digital-live-streaming-for-pyeongchang-olympics-triples-sochi-games-with-1-week-to-go</link> <guid>https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/nbc-sports-digital-live-streaming-for-pyeongchang-olympics-triples-sochi-games-with-1-week-to-go</guid> <pubDate>Tue, Feb 20, 2018 3:47 PM</pubDate> </item> <item> <title>Olympic Winter Games Power NBCSN to Record-Setting Week</title> <description> <![CDATA[On the strength of its first-ever live nightly Winter Olympics coverage, NBCSN last night completed the most-watched, seven-day primetime stretch in the network’s history with an average of 2.4 million viewers, according to live plus same day fast national data released today by Nielsen. In addition, NBCSN is the most-watched cable network in primetime from last Saturday, Feb. 10 through Thursday, Feb. 15 (latest data available). Since last Saturday, Feb. 10, NBCSN’s primetime coverage has featured live figure skating, snowboard slopestyle, and Team USA women’s hockey, as well as cross country skiing, ski jumping, curling, biathlon, and luge. Friday’s NBC Olympics’ primetime coverage delivered a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) average of 19.2 million viewers, according to live plus same day fast national data released today by Nielsen, and digital data from Adobe Analytics. The NBC/NBCSN average last night of 18.9 million viewers dominated the TV competition more than doubling the combined 8.1 million primetime viewers for ABC, CBS and FOX. NBC Sports Digital delivered an average minute audience of 213,000 for Friday night’s coverage. NOTABLE… * Last night’s Total Audience Delivery provided an increase of 16% over the NBC broadcast viewership (TAD chart below) – marking the seventh consecutive night of double-digit TAD lift. NBC Olympics’ Total Audience Delivery measures broader consumption by calculating average minute viewing across broadcast, cable, and digital. * Last night’s NBC/NBCSN viewership peaked at 21.9 million viewers from 10-10:15 p.m. ET, highlighted by women’s alpine skiing on NBC and men’s free skate figure skating on NBCSN. * NBC’s PyeongChang Olympics full primetime broadcast last night (8-11:23 p.m. ET) averaged 16.6 million viewers and posted a 9.4/18 household rating. Viewership includes the West Coast primetime encore. Read the full release here. [https://www.nbcumv.com/news/nbcsn-delivers-its-most-watched-week-primetime?division=1&network=33131]]]> </description> <link>https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/nbcsn-delivers-its-most-watched-week-in-primetime</link> <guid>https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/nbcsn-delivers-its-most-watched-week-in-primetime</guid> <pubDate>Mon, Feb 19, 2018 2:26 PM</pubDate> </item> <item> <title>Jenny Storms: Bringing The Stories Of The Athletes To Life</title> <description> <![CDATA[In the second in our series profiling the people of NBC Olympics, Jenny Storms, Chief Marketing Officer of the NBC Sports Group, talks about the very personal attachment to working on PyeongChang 2018, the science of marketing the Olympics, bringing the stories of the athletes and their journeys to life and much more. The Winter Olympics air February 8-25 live on the networks of NBCUniversal. Visitwww.nbcolympics.com [http://www.nbcolympics.com/] for schedules, news, videos and more throughout the month. Click here to see the first in the series with Mike Tirico. [http://www.nbcuniversal.com/article/people-nbc-olympics-mike-tirico-primetime-olympics-host]]]> </description> <link>https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/the-people-of-nbc-olympics-jenny-storms-chief-marketing-officer</link> <guid>https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/the-people-of-nbc-olympics-jenny-storms-chief-marketing-officer</guid> <pubDate>Fri, Feb 16, 2018 2:40 PM</pubDate> </item> <item> <title>Study: Visually Impaired Adults Tune-In To Television Almost As Much As General Public</title> <description> <![CDATA[Comcast and the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) today released a survey of people with visual disabilities showing that a majority watch four or more hours per day – almost as much as the general public [https://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/01/business/media/nielsen-survey-media-viewing.html]. Many of those surveyed report that today’s assistive technologies like video description, text-to-speech and voice control are helpful as they watch TV; however, those tools still suffer from low levels of awareness, according to the study. The findings were shared today during an event in Washington, D.C. that brought together organizations from the disability community - including the AFB, the American Council of the Blind (ACB), the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) – at a time when the country is enjoying the biggest television event of the year, the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. [corporate:media:media-embed]“This research aligns with what I’ve experienced in my own life: people who are blind or visually impaired enjoy watching news, sports and movies just as much as their sighted peers, especially when the content is accessible,” said Kirk Adams, President and CEO of the AFB. “Accessible technologies – from video description to accessible remote control and set-top-boxes – have a huge, positive impact on the quality of experience.” The survey, conducted by Global Strategy Group [http://www.globalstrategygroup.com/], found: * 96% of visually impaired adults watch television on a regular basis. * 81% watch more than an hour per day and 55% watch four or more hours per day. * 65% of those surveyed encountered problems with looking up what’s on TV. * 53% experienced difficulty in following along with key visual elements. Less than half are aware of assistive technologies like video description and talking TV guides. [corporate:media:media-embed]“It’s a myth to think that you can’t enjoy television just because you have a visual disability,” said Tom Wlodkowski, Vice President of Accessibility for Comcast [https://corporate.comcast.com/values/accessibility], who was born blind. “That’s why I’m proud that Comcast and NBC have become pioneers in making live entertainment and sporting events more accessible for millions of people like me. And when that content is complemented with the right technology, people with visual disabilities can have an end-to-end experience that is even more inclusive and entertaining.” NBC Olympics and Comcast recently announced [https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/nbc-olympics-to-provide-video-description-for-its-production-of-the-xxiii-olympic-winter-games-in-pyeongchang] that they are working with Descriptive Video Works to provide video description services (VDS) for viewers with visual disabilities watching coverage of this year’s Olympic broadcast. And Comcast has included accessible navigation and search technologies like the Xfinity X1 voice remote [https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/introducing-the-new-x1-voice-remote] and voice guidance [https://corporate.comcast.com/news-information/news-feed/x1-talks-comcast-launches-industrys-first-voice-guided-tv-interface] into the new Olympic experience on Xfinity X1 [https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/comcast-unveils-unparalleled-winter-olympics-viewing-experience-for-xfinity-tv-customers-across-platforms] that provides easy access to all 2,400+ hours of NBC Olympics’ live, on demand and streaming coverage. “I’ve gotten to know the folks at Comcast, met Tom and his team and learned a little about the technology they are working on to help people like me,” said Danelle Umstead, current U.S. Alpine Ski Team Paralympian with a visual disability and bronze medal winner at the Paralympic Winter Games 2010 and 2014. “I’ve been tuning into NBC’s broadcast every night and the description track really helps me follow along with all the action.” [corporate:main:pull-quote]X1 customers with a visual impairment just have to say “Shows with Video Description” to find NBC’s Olympic Primetime show, listen as X1 reads aloud the on-screen choices, and then enjoy as they not only hear the program’s audio, but also a separate narrator who is describing all the visual elements of the broadcast like the expression on an Olympian’s face when they win gold. About the Survey Global Strategy Group conducted a survey of 626 visually impaired adults, including 277 adults with “no functional vision” between October 9 and November 27, 2017. Results were weighted to correspond to national data about the visually impaired population. The survey was designed to be compatible with screen readers and screen magnifiers. [corporate:media:media-embed]Click here to download [http://update.comcast.com/download/13777/] About The American Foundation for the Blind Founded in 1921, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit that creates a world of no limits for people who are blind or visually impaired. AFB mobilizes leaders, advances understanding, and champions impactful policies and practices using research and data. AFB is proud to house the Helen Keller Archives and honor the more than 40 years that Helen Keller worked tirelessly with AFB. Visit: www.afb.org [http://www.afb.org] About Comcast Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is one of the nation’s largest video, high-speed internet, and phone providers to residential customers under the XFINITY brand, and also provides these services to businesses. It also provides wireless security and automation services to residential customers under the XFINITY brand. NBCUniversal operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts. Visitwww.comcastcorporation.com [http://www.comcastcorporation.com/]for more information.]]> </description> <link>https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/study-visually-impaired-adults-tune-in-to-television-almost-as-much-as-general-public</link> <guid>https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/study-visually-impaired-adults-tune-in-to-television-almost-as-much-as-general-public</guid> <pubDate>Thu, Feb 15, 2018 8:05 PM</pubDate> </item> <item> <title>Comcast Celebrates the 2018 Lunar New Year With New On Demand Content</title> <description> <![CDATA[To celebrate the Lunar New Year, today Xfinity TV launched a new Asian and Asian American destination on Xfinity On Demand, offering customers a wide variety of popular movies, music videos, behind-the-scenes content, fun facts and more, including: * Movies like ‘The New Years Eve of Old Lee,’ ‘The Village of No Return,’ “Buddies in India,” “Dahdi (Granny),” and ‘A Simple Life’. * Spotlights with Asian and Asian American entertainers spanning music and film including the band BTS, film director Justin Lin, producer and writer Milton Liu, and actor Randall Park available via Xfinity on Demand on X1 and Xfinity Stream. * New Pandora “K-Pop” and “Artists You Didn’t Know Are Asian American” stations and YouTube music video playlists on X1 featuring artists and songs including BTS’s ‘DNA,’ ‘Blood, Sweat, Tears,’ and ‘Fire,’ and Kris Wu’s ‘Deserve’ among other hits. Xfinity TV customers can access the new “Asian American Film & TV” destination across platforms, and X1 customers browse and navigate the experience with the X1 Voice Remote [https://corporate.comcast.com/comcast-voices/evolving-form-and-function-with-the-new-x1-voice-remote], or say “Fortune” for a special surprise that symbolizes good luck, abundance and perseverance. “We are thrilled to observe the Lunar New Year by offering our Xfinity TV customers a curated collection of content that celebrates the rich stories and inspiring talent of Asians and Asian Americans across entertainment,” said Rebecca Simpson, Executive Director International Strategy. Comcast is committed to Asian and Asian American communities year round. Xfinity TV’s “Asian American Film & TV” destination on Xfinity On Demand is the first of its kind, showcasing hundreds of titles curated by the Center for Asian American Media, integrating culturally relevant content from partners including Netflix and YouTube, and celebrating significant cultural observances such as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Filipino Independence, and Diwali through special content collections. In addition, the Comcast Call center (1-855-755-2212) provides in-language customer service support for Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, Tagalog and Vietnamese speakers. For more information on programming, visitXfinity.com/Asia [http://www.xfinity.com/asia] for more details.]]> </description> <link>https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/comcast-celebrates-the-2018-lunar-new-year-with-new-on-demand-content</link> <guid>https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/comcast-celebrates-the-2018-lunar-new-year-with-new-on-demand-content</guid> <pubDate>Wed, Feb 14, 2018 7:21 PM</pubDate> </item> <item> <title>Half of All TV Households Have Watched PyeongChang Olympics on Networks of NBCUniversal</title> <description> <![CDATA[Half of U.S. television homes and more than one-third of the country’s population have watched the PyeongChang Olympics on the television networks of NBCUniversal, according to fast cume data provided by Nielsen. Through Sunday, 109.6 million viewers (in 59 million homes) have watched the Winter Games on NBCUniversal networks NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and USA (does not include digital). Last night’s primetime coverage posted a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) average of 22.3 million viewers, according to live plus same day fast national data released today by Nielsen, and digital data from Adobe Analytics. (Nielsen “out of home” viewership will be available this week.) VIEWERSHIP DOMINANCE * With an NBC-only average of 20.9 million viewers from 8-11 p.m. ET, NBC topped by 87% the combined primetime viewership of ABC, CBS and FOX (11.2 million viewers) -- marking the most-dominant Monday night in the Sept.-May TV season by any broadcast network since the 1998 Academy Awards, which featured Titanic as Best Picture. * Last night’s coverage was highlighted by 17-year old American Chloe Kim’s halfpipe gold medal, with viewership on NBC/NBCSN peaking at 26.9 million viewers from 9:15-9:30 p.m. ET as she made her final run. NBC SPORTS DIGITAL TRENDING UP ON UNIQUE DEVICES * Six days into the PyeongChang Olympics, NBC Sports Digital’s presentation has been accessed by 6.6 million unique devices – pacing ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympics (6.0 million through the comparable date) and more than tripling the 2014 Sochi Olympics (1.8 million at this point). NBC Sports Digital delivered an average minute audience of 283,000 for last night’s primetime coverage. ADDITIONALLY… * For the third consecutive night, the Total Audience Delivery provided a double digit lift (10%) over the NBC broadcast viewership (TAD chart below). NBC Olympics’ Total Audience Delivery measures broader consumption by calculating average minute viewing across broadcast, cable, and digital. * NBC’s PyeongChang Olympics full broadcast last night (8-11:24 p.m. ET) averaged 20.3 million viewers and posted an 11.5/21 household rating. Viewership includes the West Coast primetime encore. * Helped by the Olympics lead in, NBCSN’s Chelsea-West Brom match yesterday averaged 605,000 viewers – the network’s second-best weekday 3 p.m. ET Premier League viewership on record (711,000 for Arsenal-Manchester United, Feb. 12, 2014) Read the full release here [http://www.nbcuniversal.com/press-release/half-all-us-television-households-have-watched-pyeongchang-olympics-networks]]]> </description> <link>https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/half-of-all-us-television-households-have-watched-the-pyeongchang-olympics-on-the-networks-of-nbcuniversal-with-110-million-tv-viewers-tuning-in</link> <guid>https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/half-of-all-us-television-households-have-watched-the-pyeongchang-olympics-on-the-networks-of-nbcuniversal-with-110-million-tv-viewers-tuning-in</guid> <pubDate>Wed, Feb 14, 2018 5:37 PM</pubDate> </item> <item> <title>Comcast Business Powers February’s Biggest Broadcast Events</title> <description> <![CDATA[NBCUniversal’s broadcast facilities across the country are now directly connected to Comcast Business’ next generation, advanced network, enabling the broadcast of the company’s 24x7 content. Comcast Business has also been strategically integrated into 29 NBC and Telemundo-owned and operated stations, seamlessly integrating broadcast and digital linear distribution, while supporting the connectivity required to uplink the NBC network to more than 200 affiliate stations across the country. Comcast Business’ robust network provides NBCUniversal with a fully diverse, end-to-end service to ensure better reliability and control over the delivery process. “For our broadcast business, availability and reliability of service are our foremost responsibilities,” said Ian Trombley, President of NBCUniversal Operations and Technology. “Having a reliable partner to help us deliver our broadcast networks, including our most critical live events, is key – and Comcast Business is that strategic partner.” NBCUniversal leverages Comcast Business’ advanced Metro Ethernet Services – specifically a secure 10 Gigabit Diverse Wave infrastructure and 1G Diverse Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EvPL) connection. Comcast Business’ Ethernet & Wave solutions deliver a high-performance, secure connection between sites that serves as a modern alternative to traditional TDM private lines, and older packet technologies like Frame Relay. EvPL is ideal for mission-critical, sensitive data applications as it allows users to bypass the public Internet and securely transmit traffic over a private connection, backed by a highly available, defined SLA. "Comcast Business is proud to partner with NBCUniversal. We’ve built a network with the performance and reliability to distribute thousands of hours of broadcast and online content to millions of homes across America everyday – ensuring viewers never miss a moment,” said Bill Stemper, President of Comcast Business. “As the size and scope of an event increase, so to do the stakes. We’re uniquely aware of how critical speed and reliability are when distributing broadcasts of this magnitude. That’s why we’re laser focused on every aspect of their transport to ensure exceptional service and a flawless viewing experience.” For more information on the full Comcast Business portfolio, visit https://business.comcast.com [https://business.comcast.com] About Comcast Business Comcast Business offers Ethernet, Internet, Wi-Fi, Voice and TV solutions to help organizations of all sizes transform their business. Powered by a next-generation, advanced network, and backed by 24/7 technical support, Comcast Business is one of the largest contributors to the growth of Comcast Cable. Comcast Business is the nation’s largest cable provider to small, mid-size, and large enterprise businesses and has emerged as a force in the Ethernet market; recognized over the last two years by leading industry associations as its fastest growing provider and service provider of the year. For more information, call 866-429-3085. Follow on Twitter @ComcastBusiness [https://twitter.com/comcastbusiness?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor]and on other social media networks at http://business.comcast.com/social [http://business.comcast.com/about-us/social-media]. About Comcast Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is one of the nation’s largest video, high-speed internet, and phone providers to residential customers under the XFINITY brand, and also provides these services to businesses. It also provides wireless and security and automation services to residential customers under the XFINITY brand. NBCUniversal operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts. Visitwww.comcastcorporation.com [http://www.comcastcorporation.com/]for more information.]]> </description> <link>https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/comcast-business-powers-februarys-biggest-broadcast-events</link> <guid>https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/comcast-business-powers-februarys-biggest-broadcast-events</guid> <pubDate>Tue, Feb 13, 2018 3:24 PM</pubDate> </item> <item> <title>An Experience of a Lifetime at Super Bowl LII</title> <description> <![CDATA[TEACHING DIGITAL SKILLS TO YOUNG PEOPLE IS AT THE CORE OF OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF AMERICA. ONE CLUB MEMBER, ANAA JIBICHO, HAD A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THOSE SKILLS IN ACTION AT SUPER BOWL LII, AND TO SHADOW MEMBERS OF THE NBC SPORTS TEAM AS THEY USED LEADING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY TO DELIVER THE BIGGEST GAME OF THE YEAR. READ ABOUT HIS EXPERIENCE BELOW. Whenever I watch a great football game, basketball game, or just about any sport being broadcast on TV, only the players and, every now and then, the coaches are recognized. No one says, “Wow, what a great performance today by the camera crew. I was blown away by the cross-fade from the establishing shot to the close-up.” There’s so much more that goes into making a major sports event a good experience for the fans than people realize. Funny enough, the scarcity of recognition of their work may be a testament to the talent and diligence of the crews. I consider myself a filmmaker, or at least I want to be. Prior to my Super Bowl experience, I already had some form of appreciation for film production. However, when I was invited to the control room at the Minnesota Wild game by NBC Sports the Friday before Super Bowl, I quickly came to terms with my under-appreciation of sports production. This was, no pun intended, a new ball game. Everything had to be done at the right time, with precision and perfection, or else everyone watching the game would see the mistake. In spite of this burden, the production crew operated smoothly. It was like art! You would expect there to be some sort of tension in the air when you walk in and see these crews practicing their craft, but you can see the ease and calmness as they laughed and enjoyed themselves working in a high-stress environment. I was more nervous for them than they seemed to be themselves! [corporate:media:media-embed]On to the big day: Super Bowl LII. I was very excited for the game, but I also arrived with a new perspective. This lens allowed me to picture someone in the control room rewinding the tapes quickly as they have about five to ten seconds to replay the touchdown. It allowed me to see someone on the crew promptly putting together visuals to throw on the screen. While some people in the audience were busy enjoying Justin Timberlake’s half-time performance, I was much more engaged in appreciating the lighting, sound, logistics, and overall production that had to be put in to make that performance even remotely possible. It was as if I was at two different games; one was Super Bowl LII and the other was Super Crew LII. Going to the Super Bowl is definitely an experience that I will never forget, but getting a peek into the nuts and bolts made me further appreciate the unseen people making the magic happen for over 100 million people and helped build on my passion for video production. On another note, I often hear kids in my community say they desire to be professional athletes when they grow up. This behind the scenes experience puts a new perspective on wanting to be in the sports industry. I wish for a day when a kid in my neighborhood says they want to be in sports, not just as an athlete, but for the many other aspects of sports that help players function. That’s what I aim to get across to my friends after this experience, that there are more career options in the sporting world than what meets the eye. [corporate:media:media-embed]This whole experience was really important because it not only allowed me to share the impact the Boys and Girls Clubs has had on me, but it also helped me get a more in-depth experience in the field of media, technology, and engineering that I’m greatly interested in. Thank you, Comcast NBCUniversal for this amazing experience! Anaa is a junior at Washington Technology Magnet School in St. Paul, Minn. and an eight-year Club member as well as the 2017Youth Of The Year [https://boysandgirls.org/programs/youth-of-the-year/]of the Twin Cities Boys & Girls Club.]]> </description> <link>https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/an-experience-of-a-lifetime-at-super-bowl-52</link> <guid>https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/an-experience-of-a-lifetime-at-super-bowl-52</guid> <pubDate>Mon, Feb 12, 2018 8:50 PM</pubDate> </item> <item> <title>NBC’s PyeongChang Olympics Opening Ceremony Scores Big</title> <description> <![CDATA[NBC’s coverage of the Opening Ceremony for the PyeongChang Olympics posted a Total Audience Delivery average of 28.3 million viewers to rank as the most-watched Friday night program on any network since the 2014 Sochi Olympics, according to live plus same day fast national data released today by Nielsen, and digital data from Adobe Analytics. (Nielsen “out of home” viewership will be available early next week.) NBC’s 14.7/27 primetime household rating for the Opening Ceremony outperformed by 167% the combined rating of ABC, CBS and FOX for the night (5.5), to rank as the most-dominant Friday in People Meter History (Sept.-May TV season, since Sept. 1987). [corporate:main:pull-quote] * The NBC television viewership of 27.8 million for the Opening Ceremony marks the largest audience on a Friday night in four years, a stretch that included four Friday World Series games, two NBA Finals games, three nights of 2016 Rio Olympics coverage, and two nights of the Sochi Olympics. * Opening Ceremony viewership on NBC peaked at 31.5 million from 9-9:15 p.m. ET, as Team USA entered during the Parade of Nations. * Last night’s broadcast (8-11:02 p.m. ET) ranks as the largest audience for a Friday night on any network since NBC’s presentation of the 2014 Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony (31.7 million viewers, Feb. 7, 2014). In addition, last night’s Total Audience Delivery topped by 6% the 2016 Rio Opening Ceremony (26.7 million TAD). The West Coast primetime telecast is included in metrics. NBC SPORTS DIGITAL POSTS BIG NUMBERS AGAIN NBC Sports Digital’s Opening Ceremony streaming (live at 6 a.m. ET and simultaneous to the NBC primetime show) on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app delivered an average minute audience of 449,000 viewers – more than double the audience for the Rio Opening Ceremony (181,000). NBC Sports Digital’s full-day streaming total of 64.2 million live stream minutes exceeded the total of 16 of the 17 competition days in Sochi. The Sochi Opening Ceremony was not streamed. NBC Olympics this morning made available the full, unedited world feed of the Opening Ceremony of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games for viewing anytime on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app. Read the full release here [http://www.nbcuniversal.com/press-release/nbc%E2%80%99s-pyeongchang-olympics-opening-ceremony-most-watched-friday-night-program-any] [http://www.nbcuniversal.com/press-release/nbc%E2%80%99s-pyeongchang-olympics-opening-ceremony-most-watched-friday-night-program-any] (Photo: AP Images)]]> </description> <link>https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/nbcs-pyeongchang-olympics-opening-ceremony-is-most-watched-friday-night-program-on-any-network-in-four-years-with-tad-of-283-million-viewers</link> <guid>https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/nbcs-pyeongchang-olympics-opening-ceremony-is-most-watched-friday-night-program-on-any-network-in-four-years-with-tad-of-283-million-viewers</guid> <pubDate>Mon, Feb 12, 2018 3:43 PM</pubDate> </item> <item> <title> Post-Super Bowl 'This Is Us' is Most-Watched Drama on Any Network in 10 Years</title> <description> <![CDATA[Sunday’s special post-Super Bowl telecast of “This Is Us” has scored as NBC’s most-watched scripted show in more than 13 years, since “ER” the night of the “Friends” finale, while also ranking as the most-watched drama on any network in 10 years, since the 2008 post-Super Bowl episode of “House.” With an average 27.0 million viewers, it’s the most-watched post-Super Bowl telecast in six years, since “The Voice” in 2012. And at 12:24 a.m. ET, a special post-Super Bowl edition of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” delivered 8.4 million viewers, a gain of +5.8 million persons versus the show’s season average, making this Fallon’s fourth most watched “Tonight Show” ever. NBC’s 10:45-11:49 p.m. ET post-Super Bowl telecast of “This Is Us” averaged 26.976 million viewers overall and a 9.3 rating in adults 18-49, according to “fast official” ratings from Nielsen Media Research, setting series records in both measures and delivering the best non-sports results for any network since last February’s Academy Awards. “This Is Us” surged +9.4 million persons or +53% above last year’s post-Super Bowl drama telecast in total viewers (26.976 million vs. 17.576 million on Feb. 5, 2017 from 11 p.m.-12:01 a.m. ET for Fox’s premiere of “24: Legacy”) and +52% in adults 18-49 (9.3 vs. 6.1). The last post-Super Bowl entertainment telecast to deliver a bigger overall audience was NBC’s Feb. 5, 2012 edition of “The Voice,” which averaged 37.611 million. It’s the most-watched scripted show on NBC since the May 6, 2004 telecast of “ER” (28.4 million) which followed the “Friends” finale. In 18-49, it’s NBC’s top-rated scripted series in nine years (since the post-Super Bowl episode of “The Office,” 11.0 on Feb. 1, 2009) and top-rated drama in more than 13 years (since “ER’ on Nov. 11, 2004, 9.4). It’s the most-watched drama on any network since the Feb. 3, 2008 post-Super Bowl telecast of Fox’s “House” (29.1 million). Last night’s “This Is Us” beat the show’s prior series record in total viewers by 14.0 million persons or +109% (26.976 million vs. 12.938 million for the show’s second season premiere on Sept. 26, 2017, “live plus same day”) and topped its previous record in adult 18-49 rating by +138% (9.3 vs. 3.9 on Sept. 26, 2017). Versus the show’s season averages, last night’s “This Is Us” is up +16.7 million persons or +162% in total viewers (26.976 vs. 10.299 million) and +232% in 18-49 (9.3 vs. 2.8). Note that “This Is Us” will increase its viewership dramatically through DVR time-shifting and VOD. The show’s prior telecast in its regular timeslot on Jan. 23 scored NBC’s biggest lifts in measurement history going from “live plus same day” to “live plus seven day” Nielsens in both total viewers and adults 18-49. It was also the biggest 18-49 L+7 increase on any broadcast network in more than two years. The Jan. 23 episode grew by +7.099 million viewers overall (9.480 million to 16.579 million) and +2.62 rating points or +102% in adults 18-49 (from a 2.57 to a 5.19) going from L+SD to L+7. The increase of +2.62 rating points is the biggest L+7 lift for any show on any broadcast network since December 2015 (“The Big Bang Theory,” +2.83 on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015). The 12:24-1:35 a.m. ET post-Super Bowl edition of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” delivered 8.405 million viewers overall and a 2.61 rating in adults 18-49, according to “fast official” ratings from Nielsen Media Research, soaring +5.8 million persons or +224% above the show’s season average in total viewers (8.405 million vs. 2.596 million) and +308% in adults 18-49 (2.61 vs. 0.64). “Tonight” jumped +3.5 million persons or +70% versus the most recent post- Super Bowl late-night telecast in total viewers (8.405 million vs. 4.934 million viewers overall for “The Late Late Show with James Corden” on Feb. 7, 2016) and +50% in 18-49 (2.61 vs. 1.74). It’s the fourth most-watched telecast ever of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” behind only two episodes during the show’s premiere week of post-Olympic telecasts, Feb. 17 and Feb. 21, 2014, and the prior post-Super Bowl edition in 2015. In 18-49, it’s the fifth highest rated episode, behind three premiere-week programs from February 2014 and the 2015 post-Super Bowl telecast. NBC also saw strong results from the late news after the Eagles-Patriots game on its local stations, with those stations up +7% in metered-market households versus their ratings from three years ago, the last time NBC carried the Super Bowl (with an average 9.5 rating last night versus an 8.9 on Feb. 1, 2015 in the 56 markets metered by Nielsen). In the key news demo of adults 25-54, NBC stations were up +15% in the 25 markets with local people meters (6.1 vs. 5.3).]]> </description> <link>https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/this-is-us-scores-as-nbcs-most-watched-scripted-show-since-er-the-night-of-the-friends-finale-and-top-drama-on-any-net-in-10-years</link> <guid>https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/this-is-us-scores-as-nbcs-most-watched-scripted-show-since-er-the-night-of-the-friends-finale-and-top-drama-on-any-net-in-10-years</guid> <pubDate>Mon, Feb 12, 2018 2:22 PM</pubDate> </item> <item> <title>A Signature Moment: The Olympic Winter Games 2018</title> <description> <![CDATA[The Olympic Winter Games are here, and as our hometown heroes take to the world stage, we will deliver the most mobile, live and advanced viewing experience in history. This year, we are also an official partner of Team USA and proud to support an amazing group of athletes with inspiring stories – like Rico Roman [https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/inspiring-stories-rico-roman-usa-sled-hockey-and-purple-heart-recipient], a Purple Heart recipient and U.S. Paralympian. [corporate:media:media-embed] Bringing the Games home to America is one of our company’s highest honors. It’s also one of our best opportunities as we collaborate across Comcast NBCUniversal to create something truly unique. This winter in PyeongChang will be no different, as we combine the incredible storytelling of NBCUniversal with the technology of Comcast to try and redefine the modern-day viewing experience. For the first time, NBCUniversal will bring every moment live across time zones—more than 2,400 hours of coverage across 102 events. We will also provide access to content in new ways through VR, 4K, and live on Snapchat. No matter the platform, our NBC team, led by our new primetime host Mike Tirico, will bring all the action plus the heartwarming stories we’ve come to love. [corporate:media:media-embed] And the best way to watch the Games is on X1. We’ve once again created an unparalleled experience that integrates NBCUniversal’s live, on demand, and online streaming content into a dashboard on X1, and across platforms with Xfinity Stream. X1 will also feature athlete profiles, real-time stats, and 50 Olympic virtual channels, enabling viewers to focus on the events and athletes they care about most. And it’s all easily searchable with the X1 voice remote. [corporate:media:media-embed] We are proud and humbled to support our athletes and hope to bring you closer than ever before to Team USA and to the unforgettable moments that are sure to come in PyeongChang.]]> </description> <link>https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/a-signature-moment-the-olympic-winter-games-2018</link> <guid>https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/a-signature-moment-the-olympic-winter-games-2018</guid> <pubDate>Fri, Feb 9, 2018 4:10 PM</pubDate> </item> <item> <title>NBC Olympics and Snap Inc. Bring Live Moments Of The XXIII Olympic Winter Games To Snapchatters In The U.S.</title> <description> <![CDATA[NBC Olympics and Snap Inc. will partner to bring the first-ever live event coverage to Snapchat during NBC Olympics’ coverage of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games from PyeongChang, South Korea. In the premiere of Snapchat’s new “Live” feature, NBC Olympics will live stream a top moment each day on its Discover page to Snapchatters in the United States, beginning this Saturday, February 10. This will mark the first time that NBC Olympics has ever distributed live Olympic programming off of its own platforms. In addition, the Snap and NBC Olympics partnership will include custom Context Cards in “Our Stories,” with information from NBCOlympics.com curated by teams of editors at Snapchat. NBC Olympics will also debut two original shows on Snapchat Discover – Pipe Dreams and Chasing Gold – and will again work with BuzzFeed to co-produce daily Publisher Stories, after NBC’s successful partnership with BuzzFeed during the Rio Olympics. Using a new video player experience, Snapchat’s Live will give Snapchatters access to a key Olympic moment during NBC’s live primetime broadcast each night on their mobile devices, whether it’s a crucial triple axel, make-or-break bobsled run, or high-flying snowboard trick. This Live feature will allow users to zoom in on different live angles during each moment, and subscribe to receive notifications when NBC Olympics is about to go live on Snapchat. The first Live moment will be available during NBC’s primetime coverage this Saturday, February 10. “Building off our successful partnership for the Rio Olympics, we’re excited to significantly expand the NBC Olympic experience on Snapchat by delivering even more content and coverage to the platform, including a live look-in on one of the most compelling moments each day during the Games,” said Gary Zenkel, President, NBC Olympics. “Snapchat’s broad reach and young media savvy users will again present an excellent opportunity to engage this important segment of the American audience with great Olympic storytelling, custom built for this media hungry audience.” “We think Live will offer a great way to watch the moments that matter the most on mobile,” said Ben Schwerin, Snap’s Vice President of Partnerships. “NBC Olympics has been a tremendous partner, and we’re so excited to launch this product with them. We’re looking forward to building on our success from Rio 2016, bringing Snapchatters even more ways to experience the Olympics in PyeongChang.” In addition, Snap will create custom Context Cards that incorporate assets, data and other information provided by NBC Olympics. These Context Cards provide Snapchatters with additional information related to the Games, including an in-depth look at the schedule of the Games, all nations’ and athletes’ medal counts, articles from NBCOlympics.com, the local weather, and links to follow Team USA athletes on Snapchat. The cards will be featured in daily Our Stories, curated by Snapchat, and Snapchatters will be able to access the cards by swiping up on Snaps that say “MORE” in the Story. This week, NBC Olympics debuts its first-ever original Shows for Snapchat – Pipe Dreams, a four-part series profiling three Olympic snowboarding hopefuls, and Chasing Gold, a 17-episode series on the journeys of Team USA athletes as they compete for gold. The first episode of Pipe Dreams is available now. Chasing Gold will premiere tomorrow, February 8, and run throughout the first 10 days of the Games. Chasing Gold will feature Team USA athletes including Lindsey Vonn, Chloe Kim, Gus Kenworthy and Nathan Chen. The shows are being produced by NBCUniversal’s Digital Lab. Our Story coverage featuring NBC Olympics materials, including broadcast clips, will be available for all Snapchatters in the U.S. to view. Our Stories will include behind-the-scenes and fan moments submitted by Snapchatters on the ground in PyeongChang and curated by Snapchat to capture the experience and excitement of attending this global event. NBC Olympics Winter Games Publisher Stories will include content that covers all aspects of the Games, co-produced by a dedicated BuzzFeed team on the ground in PyeongChang. As an NBC Olympics’ social partner for the Games, BuzzFeed will leverage NBC’s access to athletes, as well as clips and shots from inside and outside PyeongChang Olympic venues, to bring Snapchatters a fresh, mobile-first look at the Games. Both the Our Stories and Publisher Stories will be available on Snapchat’s Discover page throughout the Winter Games. ABOUT NBC OLYMPICS A division of NBC Sports Group, NBC Olympics is responsible for producing, programming and promoting NBCUniversal’s Olympic Games coverage. It is renowned for its unsurpassed Olympic heritage, award-winning production, and ability to aggregate the largest audiences in U.S. television history. NBCUniversal owns the U.S. media rights on all platforms to all Olympic Games through 2032.]]> </description> <link>https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/nbc-olympics-and-snap-inc-bring-live-moments-of-the-xxiii-olympic-winter-games-to-snapchatters-in-the-us</link> <guid>https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/nbc-olympics-and-snap-inc-bring-live-moments-of-the-xxiii-olympic-winter-games-to-snapchatters-in-the-us</guid> <pubDate>Thu, Feb 8, 2018 2:44 PM</pubDate> </item> <item> <title>NBC Olympics to Provide Video Description for Its Production of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang</title> <description> <![CDATA[NBC Olympics and Comcast announced today that they will work with Descriptive Video Works to provide video description services (VDS) for viewers with visual disabilities watching coverage of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. The announcement was made by NBC Olympics President, Gary Zenkel, and Comcast Vice President of Accessibility, Tom Wlodkowski. [corporate:media:media-embed]NBC Olympics descriptive video presentation of PyeongChang 2018 will be the second consecutive time NBC has provided an inclusive viewing experience for people with visual disabilities watching the Olympic Games. NBC Olympics and Comcast first delivered video description coverage of the Olympic Games during the 2016 presentation of the Rio Olympics. By providing unprecedented VDS coverage, NBC’s presentation of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics will be more accessible than any previous Winter Games. NBC Olympics is presenting video description to accompany 18 primetime telecasts of the PyeongChang Games, including the Opening Ceremony and Closing Ceremony. Descriptive video will be incorporated into the live broadcasts, as well as NBC’s Video On Demand offerings. “The excitement and pageantry of the Olympics is something that all viewers should be able to experience,” said Zenkel. “The increased access provided by our VDS coverage will allow even more people to share in the stories and excitement of the PyeongChang Games. We are pleased to work with Comcast to provide more accessible coverage for Olympic fans than ever before, and offer this important enhancement to our coverage for people with visual disabilities.” “NBC has become a pioneer in making live entertainment and sporting events more accessible for millions of people like me, and there is no bigger opportunity to demonstrate the impact of that work than the Olympics,” said Wlodkowski, who is blind himself. “When accessible content is complemented with navigation and search technologies like our Xfinity X1 voice control [https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/comcast-unveils-unparalleled-winter-olympics-viewing-experience-for-xfinity-tv-customers-across-platforms] and voice guidance [https://corporate.comcast.com/news-information/news-feed/x1-talks-comcast-launches-industrys-first-voice-guided-tv-interface], people with visual disabilities can have an end-to-end experience that is even more inclusive, independent and entertaining.” In December 2015, video description was included with NBC’s national broadcast of the hit Broadway musical The Wiz Live! [https://corporate.comcast.com/comcast-voices/comcast-and-nbc-make-the-wiz-live-available-to-visually-impaired], making it the first live entertainment program in U.S. history to be accessible to people who have a visual disability. Video description is the use of short verbal descriptions of action or key video scenes to add context to programing for individuals with a visual disability. Descriptive Video Works’ specialists, with years of sportscaster experience, will precisely and vividly describe key elements of NBC’s coverage of the Games and sports as they unfold. This narration provides a description of key visuals like actions, facial expressions, clothing, event locations and on-screen graphics. NBC’s primetime coverage of The Winter Olympics begins Feb. 8, 2018.]]> </description> <link>https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/nbc-olympics-to-provide-video-description-for-its-production-of-the-xxiii-olympic-winter-games-in-pyeongchang</link> <guid>https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/nbc-olympics-to-provide-video-description-for-its-production-of-the-xxiii-olympic-winter-games-in-pyeongchang</guid> <pubDate>Wed, Feb 7, 2018 6:40 PM</pubDate> </item> <item> <title>View the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games TV and Streaming Schedule</title> <description> <![CDATA[]]> </description> <link>https://corporate.comcast.com/redirects/view-the-2018-pyeongchang-olympic-games-tv-and-streaming-schedule</link> <guid>https://corporate.comcast.com/redirects/view-the-2018-pyeongchang-olympic-games-tv-and-streaming-schedule</guid> <pubDate>Wed, Feb 7, 2018 3:30 PM</pubDate> </item> <item> <title>NBC Olympics Partners With Uber To Offer Riders 2018 Olympic Winter Games Video Content</title> <description> <![CDATA[NBC Olympics is partnering with Uber to bring a custom in-ride video experience to U.S. Uber riders during the XXIII Olympic Winter Games. Riders across the country will be able to access Olympic athlete interviews and highlights, curated each day of competition by NBC Olympics. Once a rider begins their trip, the Uber app will feature a link to an NBC Olympics site, where they can access the interviews, highlights, and content from NBC Olympics’ broadcast team. As part of the series, NBC Olympics will produce exclusive “in-car” interviews for Uber riders. These interviews will feature U.S. athletes and broadcast announcers as they are in transit to and from competition venues, providing a sense of anticipation leading up to an important event, or reaction from a performance or medal win. “We’re excited to partner with Uber to reach Olympic fans on the go,” saidGary Zenkel, President, NBC Olympics. “Through great partner platforms such as Uber, NBC is able to fuel the Olympic excitement by surrounding the American audience with the great moments and stories unfolding in PyeongChang.” “The Olympics unite the world in sport and we are thrilled to be teaming up with NBC to connect Olympics fans across the country with exclusive content through the Uber app,” said Amy Friedlander Hoffman, Head of BD & Experiential Marketing at Uber. “For the first time ever, Uber riders will have access to Olympic highlights while on trip, bringing them closer to the action no matter where they are going.” NBC’s primetime coverage of the Winter Olympics begins February 8, 2018. ABOUT NBC OLYMPICS A division of NBC Sports Group, NBC Olympics is responsible for producing, programming and promoting NBCUniversal’s Olympic Games coverage. It is renowned for its unsurpassed Olympic heritage, award-winning production, and ability to aggregate the largest audiences in U.S. television history. NBCUniversal owns the U.S. media rights on all platforms to all Olympic Games through 2032. ABOUT UBER Uber’s mission is to bring reliable transportation to everywhere, for everyone. We started in 2010 to solve a simple problem: how do you get a ride at the touch of a button? Seven years and more than five billion trips later, Uber is available in more than 600 cities and 75 countries. Across borders, cultures, and languages, we’re proud to connect people who need a reliable ride with people looking to earn money driving their car.]]> </description> <link>https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/nbc-olympics-partners-with-uber-to-offer-riders-2018-olympic-winter-games-video-content</link> <guid>https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/nbc-olympics-partners-with-uber-to-offer-riders-2018-olympic-winter-games-video-content</guid> <pubDate>Wed, Feb 7, 2018 3:07 PM</pubDate> </item> <item> <title>NBC Olympics and Peloton to Offer Members First-Ever Internationally-Filmed Classes Streamed Live From Pyeongchang 2018</title> <description> <![CDATA[NBC Olympics and Peloton, the in-home fitness and technology company, are live streaming indoor cycling classes from NBC Olympics’ broadcast studio in PyeongChang, South Korea, during the XXIII Olympic Winter Games. Peloton members across the country will have the unique opportunity to access classes streamed live from South Korea, for the first time. Peloton will host four classes during the Games, which will mark its first-ever broadcast outside its NYC studios, and will give its members the opportunity to ride alongside NBCUniversal talent and retired Olympians. Robin Arzon, Master Instructor, will lead members as they tap into the energy of NBC’s massive broadcast operation in South Korea via their Peloton bikes for an energetic, intense group workout in an unprecedented and historic setting without ever having to leave their homes. Arzon will be joined by a revolving list of special guests for the classes, which will be available daily February 16-19 at 6 a.m. ET, and will also be available in Peloton’s on-demand library. “We are thrilled to bring the prestige and adrenaline of NBC’s Olympic broadcast operation to our members and allow them to connect with the excitement in PyeongChang in a completely unique way. Partnering with NBC to stream live classes from PyeongChang, led by our inimitable Master Instructor Robin Arzon, is a historic event for Peloton that our members are going to love,” saidWilliam Lynch, President, Peloton. “We’re excited to work with Peloton on this unique immersive experience for riders to train in the glow of our magnificent broadcast studio in PyeongChang,” saidGary Zenkel, President, NBC Olympics. “We look forward to sharing the energy and adrenaline from our PyeongChang broadcast center with Peloton’s active and enthusiastic ever-growing subscriber base.” NBC’s primetime coverage of the Winter Olympics begins February 8, 2018.]]> </description> <link>https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/nbc-olympics-and-peloton-to-offer-members-first-ever-internationally-filmed-classes-streamed-live-from-pyeongchang-2018</link> <guid>https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/nbc-olympics-and-peloton-to-offer-members-first-ever-internationally-filmed-classes-streamed-live-from-pyeongchang-2018</guid> <pubDate>Tue, Feb 6, 2018 5:02 PM</pubDate> </item> <item> <title>NBC’s Super Bowl LII Posts Total Audience Delivery Average Of 106 Million Viewers</title> <description> <![CDATA[Super Bowl LII on NBC, featuring the Philadelphia Eagles winning their first Super Bowl with a 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots, posted a Total Audience Delivery of 106 million viewers, across all platforms – NBC, NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app, NBC.com ‘TV Everywhere,’ Universo, En Vivo app, NFL.com, NFL Mobile from Verizon, the Yahoo Sports app, and go90, according to Fast National data released today by The Nielsen Company, and digital data from Adobe Analytics. The numbers do not include Out Of Home Viewers, which will not be available until Thursday from Nielsen. OOH will increase the audience measured by several million people. The game (6:31-10:25 p.m. ET) averaged 103.4 million viewers on NBC, which ranks as a Top 10 show in U.S. TV history, and will be by far the most-watched show of the year, more than doubling viewership for the AFC Championship Game (44.1 million on 1/21/18), which will likely end 2018 as the No. 2 program. Viewership peaked at 112.3 million from 10-10:15 p.m. ET during the fourth quarter. “With an all-time Top 10 audience, the Super Bowl once again proved that it’s the most dominant and consistent property on television,” said Mark Lazarus, Chairman, NBC Broadcasting & Sports. “Super Bowl LII delivered for all of our partners, and provided us with the unique opportunity to give America a look ahead at the Olympic Winter Games, which begin live on NBC this Thursday night.” Viewership for last night’s game marked a 20% increase from the prior Super Bowl between these two teams, a three-point Patriots’ victory in January 2005 (86.1 million viewers for Super Bowl XXXIX). Super Bowl LII on NBC delivered a household rating of 43.1 with a 68 share – up 5% from the prior Eagles-Patriots Super Bowl (41.1/62) Read the full release here [http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2018/02/05/53820/] [http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2018/02/05/53820/] (Photo: AP Images)]]> </description> <link>https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/nbcs-super-bowl-lii-posts-total-audience-delivery-average-of-106-million-viewers</link> <guid>https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/nbcs-super-bowl-lii-posts-total-audience-delivery-average-of-106-million-viewers</guid> <pubDate>Tue, Feb 6, 2018 4:07 PM</pubDate> </item> <item> <title>Comcast Wins Six iF Design Awards for Video, Broadband and Home Products</title> <description> <![CDATA[Our award-winning product design team added to their accolades this month by winning six iF Design Awards for the xFi Advanced Gateway [https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/meet-the-worlds-most-advanced-wireless-gateway-device], new X1 [https://corporate.comcast.com/news-information/news-feed/xfinity-tvs-next-generation-x1-platform-the-future-of-tv] devices, redesigned voice remote [https://corporate.comcast.com/comcast-voices/evolving-form-and-function-with-the-new-x1-voice-remote], xCam [https://corporate.comcast.com/news-information/news-feed/comcast-adds-new-video-camera-and-voice-controls-to-smart-home-platform] , and Xfinity Home suite of products. The Hanover, Germany-based iF International Forum Design GmbH is the world’s oldest independent design organization. Each year, it recognizes design excellence across a wide range of products. A jury of 63 design experts from around the world selected the winners from a pool of more than 6,000 entrants. Led by Tom Loretan, Senior Vice President and Executive Creative Director, and Fraser Stirling, Senior Vice President of Hardware Development, along with their brilliant teams of designers and technologists, we have been on a mission to evolve our approach to product design. The simple, elegant designs recognized by the iF International Forum Design are a testament to the innovation and hard work these teams pour into the products they build. Everyone on those teams is driven by a passion to give our customer products that they love and are proud to display in their homes. It’s an honor to work with them. The award-winning designs also embody our commitment to blending form and function. The xFi Advanced Gateway looks great, but it also delivers unprecedented speed, coverage and control to our customers. Sincerest thanks to the iF Design Award jurors for their recognition, and congratulations to the teams for this honor.]]> </description> <link>https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/comcast-wins-six-if-design-awards-for-video-broadband-and-home-products</link> <guid>https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/comcast-wins-six-if-design-awards-for-video-broadband-and-home-products</guid> <pubDate>Mon, Feb 5, 2018 4:56 PM</pubDate> </item> <item> <title>NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations Division Acquires Television Stations From ZGS Communications</title> <description> <![CDATA[The transaction includes a full power station in El Paso and Class A and low power stations serving five other markets. The transaction was completed on January 31, 2018. With this purchase, Telemundo Station Group will expand its market footprint from 18 markets to 24 markets in the U.S. and in Puerto Rico. “As local broadcasters, we look forward to working with these new communities to deliver our best-in-class journalism to help keep viewers informed. Our Telemundo stations have experienced tremendous growth in the past few years thanks to the exceptional work and journalism delivered by our Telemundo station colleagues, which has resulted in revolutionizing the way Spanish-speaking audiences receive their local news. I’m pleased that we’ll have a chance to dedicate the same resources we devote to our Telemundo stations to these great stations we are welcoming to our NBCUniversal family today,” said Valari Staab, President, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations. “The Telemundo Station Group had an outstanding 2017 and we’re excited to kick-start 2018 by welcoming new station teams to our station group family,” added Manuel Martinez, President, Telemundo Station Group. “Together, we will continue to do what we do best: inform, empower and entertain our audiences with the outstanding Telemundo local and national programming they already enjoy.” In December 2017, the Telemundo Station Group and ZGS Communications entered into an agreement to acquire all of ZGS’s television stations, including the full power Telemundo-affiliated station in the El Paso, TX, market and Class A stations serving the Washington, D.C., Hartford, CT, Orlando, FL, Tampa, FL, Ft. Myers, FL, Providence, RI, and Raleigh, NC, markets, as well as low power stations serving the Springfield, MA, and Richmond, VA, markets. Applications to acquire the Texas, DC, Hartford, Florida, Springfield, and Richmond stations were filed in December and January. Applications to acquire the stations in Providence and Raleigh will be filed when the channel sharing arrangements in those markets have been finalized. About NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations is the division of NBCUniversal that includes 30 NBC and Telemundo local television stations, a regional news network and their associated websites and digital platforms, as well as a group of out-of-home properties, a production company, an in-house marketing and promotions company and two national multicast networks, COZI TV and TeleXitos. The local stations, which can be viewed in 37 percent of U.S. homes and in Puerto Rico, produce and deliver their local communities compelling and unique local news, real-time weather forecasts, consumer and investigative reports and entertainment programming across all platforms to help keep their English and Spanish-speaking audiences informed anytime and anywhere.]]> </description> <link>https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/nbcuniversal-owned-television-stations-division-acquires-television-stations-from-zgs-communications</link> <guid>https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/nbcuniversal-owned-television-stations-division-acquires-television-stations-from-zgs-communications</guid> <pubDate>Thu, Feb 1, 2018 6:31 PM</pubDate> </item> <item> <title>‘Downton Abbey’ mastermind Julian Fellowes Brings Highly Anticipated New Drama ‘The Gilded Age’ to NBC</title> <description> <![CDATA[NBC is proudly entering “The Gilded Age.” For those missing the Dowager Countess’ condescending glares or the evening ring of the dinner bell, there’s a new Julian Fellowes drama on tap at NBC that brings an upstairs/downstairs tale Stateside. The network is teaming with the acclaimed writer and executive producer Gareth Neame, the creative forces behind the hugely popular PBS series “Downton Abbey,” for a 10-episode series order that will begin in 2019. The series will be produced by Universal Television and executive produced by Fellowes and Neame. Fellowes, who is an Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe-winning writer, was honored with an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special and was nominated three other times. On the film side, Fellowes won an Oscar in 2002 and was Golden Globe nominated for his screenplay of “Gosford Park.” “To write ‘The Gilded Age’ is the fulfillment of a personal dream,” Fellowes said. “I have been fascinated by this period of American history for many years and now NBC has given me the chance to bring it to a modern audience. I could not be more excited and thrilled. The truth is, America is a wonderful country with a rich and varied history, and nothing could give me more pleasure than be the person to bring that compelling history to the screen.” “Julian Fellowes has the peerless ability to create complex characters and relationships set against a fantastic backdrop,” said Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment. “We’re thrilled that NBC and Universal Television will bring you his delicious new take on both the emerging rich and the working class who were intricately entwined in opulent New York in 1882. It’s an addictive new universe of fabulous people with the same signature style, wit and emotional resonance for which Julian is famous.” The Gilded Age in 1880s New York City was a period of immense social upheaval, of huge fortunes made and lost, and of palaces that spanned the length of Fifth Avenue. In the series, Marian Brook is the wide-eyed young scion of a conservative family who will embark on infiltrating the wealthy neighboring family dominated by ruthless railroad tycoon George Russell, his rakish and available son Larry, and his ambitious wife Bertha, whose “new money” is a barrier to acceptance by the Astor and Vanderbilt set. Marian is about to experience a whole new world springing up right outside her front door. Fellowes’ “Downton Abbey,” which was produced by Neame’s Carnival Films, ran for six seasons and has been seen in more than 250 territories worldwide, is recognized as one of the most acclaimed and popular British drama series of all time. The series was an immediate hit in the U.S. and U.K. and won both the Emmy in 2011 for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie and the Golden Globe the following year for Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television. In fact, “Downton Abbey” is the most nominated non-U.S. show in the history of the Emmys with 69 nominations and 15 wins.]]> </description> <link>https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/downton-abbey-mastermind-julian-fellowes-brings-highly-anticipated-new-drama-the-gilded-age-to-nbc</link> <guid>https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/downton-abbey-mastermind-julian-fellowes-brings-highly-anticipated-new-drama-the-gilded-age-to-nbc</guid> <pubDate>Thu, Feb 1, 2018 6:19 PM</pubDate> </item> <item> <title>2017 Year in Review</title> <description> <![CDATA[Driving these financial results were an incredible number of accomplishments and milestones that our teams achieved as they continued to innovate and bring new content, experiences and technology to people around the world. Each month brought new opportunities, new wins and new firsts for Comcast NBCUniversal. What follows are some of our key highlights for the year, as Comcast Chairman and CEO Brian L. Roberts also discussed in his 2017 Letter to Shareholders [https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/2017-letter-to-shareholders]. We continue to be amazed by all that happens across this company in just 365 days, and are excited about what’s ahead in 2018. JANUARY * Jimmy Fallon hosts the Golden Globes on NBC; earns second-highest rating in a decade * Comcast introduces new home Internet control product – xFi – at CES * Comcast Business rolls out DOCSIS 3.1 to business customers * Comcast NBCUniversal is named top friendly employer by Military Spouse magazine * Comcast announces 2-1 stock split and commits to repurchase $5B in stock in 2017 [corporate:media:media-embed] FEBRUARY * Critically acclaimed Universal film Get Out opens #1 at the box office * Universal Filmed Entertainment takes a minority stake in Steven Spielberg’s studio Amblin * Comcast launches Oscar Awards destination on X1; delivers 72% higher ratings than non-Comcast households * Xfinity launches its new Stream app to all Xfinity TV customers * Comcast NBCUniversal agrees to acquire remaining 49% stake in Universal Japan [corporate:media:media-embed]MARCH * NBCUniversal invests $500M in Snap IPO * Focus Features’ The Zookeeper’s Wife hits theaters * Comcast closes iControl acquisition for Xfinity Home * US Olympic Committee names Comcast presenting sponsor of Team USA’s Champion Series through 2020 * The Arrangement premieres on E! and delivers ratings boon * [corporate:media:media-embed] * April * Comcast announces its intention to launch a new wireless product, Xfinity Mobile * Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon opens at Universal Orlando * The Fate of the Furious hits theaters; becomes biggest global opening of all time * Customers consume 77 million hours of free content during Xfinity’s 5th Annual Watchathon Week * Comcast NBCUniversal celebrates its 16th Comcast Cares Day with over 100,000 volunteers working on nearly 1,000 projects in 39 states and 20 foreign countries * [corporate:media:media-embed] * May * Volcano Bay water theme park opens at Universal Orlando * World of Dance launches on NBC; becomes most-watched summer reality series debut in 9 years * MSNBC beats both Fox News and CNN in primetime for first time in 17 years * Comcast Business launches SD-WAN for mid-market and enterprise customers * Comcast NBCUniversal named a Top 10 Company by LinkedIn * [corporate:media:media-embed] * June * Illumination’s Despicable Me 3 hits theaters and becomes most-profitable animated franchise ever * Focus Features’ film The Beguiled from writer/director Sofia Coppola hits theaters * FIFA Confederations Cup debuts on Telemundo * Comcast forms Advanced Advertising Group, combining Strata, FreeWheel and Visible World, alongside ad sales division Comcast Spotlight * Comcast NBCUniversal receives Secretary of Defense Freedom Award * [corporate:media:media-embed] * July * MachineQ, Comcast’s Enterprise Internet of Things service, expands to 12 U.S. markets * Oxygen relaunches with crime focus; becomes fastest-growing entertainment network * Xfinity Home named Company of the Year for Security & Automation by Frost & Sullivan * NBCUniversal receives 86 Emmy nominations * NBC News debuts Snapchat’s first daily news show, Stay Tuned * [corporate:media:media-embed] * August * Xfinity on Campus surpasses 100 schools * Comcast completes its rollout of Xfinity Mobile to all Comcast markets * Internet Essentials reaches 4 million low income customers * USA’s The Sinner debuts and becomes #1 cable entertainment series of year * Comcast wins an Emmy Award for its X1 Voice Remote technology * [corporate:media:media-embed] * September * NBC wins the broadcast season for the 4th consecutive year; Telemundo for its 1st * Megyn Kelly Today premieres on NBC * YouTube app is integrated into X1 and launches across the Comcast footprint * Comcast debuts ‘Xfinity Instant TV’ for broadband-only users * Comcast NBCUniversal ranked #1 on Fortune’s list of The 100 Best Workplaces for Diversity * [corporate:media:media-embed] * October * Fandango acquires MovieTickets.com * Netflix launches in 4K on X1 * Thank You For Your Service film debuts in advance of Veteran’s Day * Comcast named top Operator for women by WITC; NBCUniversal named top Programmer for women by WICT * Comcast enhances accessibility features on X1 to improve the television experience for those with disabilities * [corporate:media:media-embed] * November * Comcast launches RealTime Assist – a new proactive & personalized messaging platform * The Voice voting feature debuts on X1; becomes a top voting platform with more than 1.5M votes * Comcast Business named service provider for Taco Bell nationwide * After acquiring the eSports Philadelphia franchise of Overwatch League, Comcast Spectacor launches Philadelphia Fusion team * Comcast NBCUniversal named a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality by CEI * [corporate:media:media-embed] * December * Universal Filmed Entertainment Group crosses $5 billion in global box office for second time in history * Comcast’s new advanced wireless gateway debuts nationwide; xFi pods launch * Comcast ends year with nearly 80% of its service area capable of delivering gigabit speeds * USA Network ends 2017 at #1 for the 12th year in a row * Comcast Ventures leads the Series B financing round in Hippo, an insurtech startup [corporate:media:media-embed]Download PDF [http://corporate.comcast.com/images/DownloadPDF.jpg] [http://update.comcast.com/download/13749/]]]> </description> <link>https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/2017-year-in-review</link> <guid>https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/2017-year-in-review</guid> <pubDate>Thu, Feb 1, 2018 5:30 PM</pubDate> </item> <item> <title>2017 Letter to Shareholders</title> <description> <![CDATA[Brian L. Roberts [http://corporate.comcast.com/images/BLR-inset-small.png] 2017 was an exceptional year for our company. A decade ago, we started on a path to reshape our business and put innovation, content creation and the customer experience at the heart of everything we do. Today, we have thousands of employees across the globe developing game-changing products and technologies at Comcast Cable, and a media business – NBCUniversal – that is outperforming its peers. Our mission is to bring people around the world closer to the moments and experiences that matter most to them, and in 2017, Comcast NBCUniversal more than delivered. Meanwhile, our financial position continues to be healthy. We have a long track record of achieving strong results and creating shareholder value, and 2017 was no exception. We grew Adjusted EBITDA 6%, generated $9.6 billion in free cash flow and returned $7.9 billion of capital to shareholders. Since we acquired NBCUniversal in 2011, our stock has returned 295%, more than double the return of the S&P 500 over the same period – demonstrating the strength of our unique position in media and technology. Below, and included in our accompanying Year in Review [https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/2017-year-in-review], are some of the highlights that drove this excellent performance. [corporate:main:breaker-mini] In Cable, we balanced solid subscriber growth with strong financials, which speaks to the leadership of Dave Watson, who seamlessly assumed the CEO position last spring. During 2017, we continued to direct more of our strategic focus toward our connectivity businesses, which collectively represent $20 billion in revenue for our company and grew 10%. In Broadband, we added more than one million net new customers for the twelfth consecutive year, and Comcast Business is now a more than $6 billion venture. Even more exciting is the room for growth. Comcast Business has the opportunity to take more share in each of its customer segments. And we will continue to differentiate in Broadband with the deployment of DOCSIS 3.1, enabling gigabit speeds across our footprint, and our new xFi platform, which gives customers more control of their in-home WiFi experience. We also made an exciting new addition to our product portfolio this year with Xfinity Mobile, which successfully launched in May. Its simple and flexible model resonates with customers and we are enthusiastic about what’s to come. In Video, 2017 brought a new normal to competition and, yet, we more than held our own. Our X1 platform enables us to aggregate all the best content, and we made meaningful improvements that people love. Perhaps most significant were our ongoing efforts to improve the customer experience, which drove tangible benefits to our customers and our bottom line. The percentage of those doing business with us exclusively through our digital channels grew substantially, as we continue to put customers one click, touch or word away from a quick and helpful interaction. At NBCUniversal, achieving double-digit Adjusted EBITDA growth for the fifth consecutive year was one of the many highlights of 2017. Our film business had its most profitable year ever, and exceeded $5 billion at the box office for only the second time in its 105-year history. Our television businesses also continued to shine, as NBC won the 52-week season for the fourth consecutive year, and Telemundo won its season for the first time ever in weekday primetime. In our Cable Networks, USA was number one in total viewers for an unprecedented twelfth consecutive year, while MSNBC achieved record ratings and became the fastest-growing cable network, also in weekday primetime. Finally, our theme parks continued to have great success, achieving record attendance thanks to the recent additions of Volcano Bay in Orlando, Harry Potter in Hollywood and Minion Park in Japan. Our outstanding NBCUniversal team, led by Steve Burke, has put us in a position to have another strong year in 2018. We have a solid film slate with the return of Jurassic World and new attractions at our theme parks that will leverage our intellectual property, including Fast & Furious in Orlando and Kung Fu Panda in Hollywood. We’re also excited to have the Super Bowl on NBC, followed by the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. The Olympics have become a signature moment of pride and collaboration for our company, as we combine the brilliant storytelling of NBC with Comcast’s technology to deliver a spectacular viewing experience. Overall, Comcast NBCUniversal enters 2018 with significant momentum. We have fantastic businesses led by talented and passionate people and a long-term strategy of balancing financial and operational success with a culture of entrepreneurialism and smart risk-taking. The recent passage of tax reform will also provide real and immediate benefits that will further enhance our financial position, not only in 2018 but also for many years to come. This means continuing to develop the most innovative products and services, investing where we see high returns and opportunities to create growth, and delivering a healthy return of capital to shareholders. Based on this solid foundation, our confidence, and the support of our board, we are increasing our dividend by 21%, which is our tenth consecutive annual increase. We also expect to repurchase at least $5 billion of our stock in 2018. As we approach our 55th anniversary, I am amazed and humbled by all that we have accomplished. My father, Ralph, founded Comcast with a singular vision: to create a world-class organization that would be relevant to people’s lives and a place where employees would feel inspired and supported, all while maintaining a steadfast commitment to financial discipline and driving shareholder value. I know he’d be as proud as I am of the year we had and the bright future ahead. Brian L. Roberts signature [http://corporate.comcast.com/images/blr-new-signature.jpg] Download PDF [http://corporate.comcast.com/images/DownloadPDF.jpg] [http://update.comcast.com/download/13746/]Brian L. Roberts Chairman and CEO February 1, 2018]]> </description> <link>https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/2017-letter-to-shareholders</link> <guid>https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/2017-letter-to-shareholders</guid> <pubDate>Thu, Feb 1, 2018 4:45 PM</pubDate> </item> <item> <title>Comcast Spotlights African-American 'Heroes' in On Demand Short Film</title> <description> <![CDATA[[corporate:media:media-embed]In celebration of Black History Month, Comcast launched a new short film directed by Andre Wilkins that puts a spotlight on some of the talented contributors behind America’s favorite superhero stories, shows and movies. “Groundbreakers: Heroes Behind The Mask” is a 12-minute short film that includes interviews with: * Phillip Boutte, Jr. costume illustrator for films: Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther”, Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” and Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Justice League” * Cheo Hodari Coker showrunner of the popular series “Marvel’s Luke Cage” on Netflix * Dr. Sheena Howard award-winning author of “Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation” * Alitha E. Martinez, comic book illustrator best known for her work drawing Marvel’s “Iron Man” and contributed drawings to comic book series, ‘World of Wakanda’ * Reginald Hudlin, film writer, director and producer with credits including “Marshall” and the graphic novel “Black Panther: The Complete Collection” * Floyd Norman, Disney’s first African American animator with credits including “Mulan” and “The Jungle Book”; subject of the documentary ‘An Animated Life’ * Phil LaMarr, voice over artist for several characters in the DC Comics Animated Universe and Star Wars: Rebels * Ciara Renee, actress – currently starring as ‘Hawkgirl’ on the CW’s “Legends of Tomorrow” [corporate:media:media-embed]The short film will be available starting today within the “Black Film & TV” destination on Xfinity on Demand, online at xfinity.com/discovermore [https://www.xfinity.com/discovermore/], on the Xfinity Stream app or by saying ‘Black Film & TV’ into the Xfinity X1 Voice Remote [https://corporate.comcast.com/comcast-voices/evolving-form-and-function-with-the-new-x1-voice-remote]. [corporate:media:media-embed]“Comics, sci-fi and animation have long been popular genres within the African American community,” said Keesha Boyd, Executive Director, Multicultural Consumer Services, Comcast Corporation. “We hope viewers will be inspired by this content and learn more about the powerful contributions this community has made to the world of sci-fi entertainment.” In addition to “Groundbreakers: Heroes Behind The Mask”, Xfinity On Demand will offer several new films celebrating historical heroes this February including ‘Voices of the Civil Rights Movement,’ BET’s “Madiba,” TVOne’s “Behind the Movement,” Smithsonian Channel’s “Malcolm X: The Lost Tapes,” and The Africa Channels’ “Fighting for King and Empire” along with special premiere clips for the highly anticipated film, “Black Panther.” Xfinity On Demand’s Black Film and TV destination is a curated collection of shows, movies, music videos, and web content featuring African American actors, content creators, musicians and sports figures. With a library that includes over 800 titles including historical documentaries, biographical films, and specials; it continues to serve as the permanent place on the Xfinity on Demand platform where Black History is always on.]]> </description> <link>https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/comcast-launches-xfinity-on-demand-short-film-that-highlights-african-american-contributions-to-popular-superhero-stories</link> <guid>https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/comcast-launches-xfinity-on-demand-short-film-that-highlights-african-american-contributions-to-popular-superhero-stories</guid> <pubDate>Thu, Feb 1, 2018 2:55 PM</pubDate> </item> <item> <title>Xfinity X1 Launches Super Bowl LII Experience</title> <description> <![CDATA[XFINITY X1 CONTINUES TO BE A PLATFORM THAT BRINGS TOGETHER THE BEST IN TECHNOLOGY AND CONTENT, AND WE‘RE NOW LEVERAGING SOME NEW X1 FEATURES TO DELIVER OUR MOST IMMERSIVE SUPER BOWL VIEWING EXPERIENCE EVER. Xfinity X1 continues to be a platform that brings together the best in technology and content, and we‘re now leveraging some new X1 features to deliver our most immersive Super Bowl viewing experience ever. Starting today, we’re launching a new collection of voice commands leading up to the NFL’s big day. For example, saying “Super Bowl” or “The Big Game” into the X1 voice remote will pull up a comprehensive on demand destination featuring: * The latest postseason news and analysis * Team comparisons for the Eagles and Patriots * Playoff highlights including for the AFC and NFC Championship games * Super Bowl replays on demand * And a compilation of Super Bowl-focused YouTube playlists such as the top 10 Super Bowls of all time and iconic halftime performances Customers eagerly anticipating the halftime show can also choose from video playlists featuring music by this year’s performer Justin Timberlake, Pink who will sing the national anthem and previous halftime performers Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Coldplay and others. [corporate:media:media-embed] [corporate:media:media-embed]X1 customers can also say things like “Tom Brady vs Nick Foles,” “Eagles vs. Patriots” or “NFL touchdown leaders” into the remote to launch our new X1 sports knowledge cards that provide quick and real-time access to stats, standings and comparisons spanning the league, divisions, teams and players. During the game on February 4th on NBC, customers can pull up the X1 Sports app on the right side of their screen to track the action live with real-time game stats. They will also be able to re-watch all of the 2018 Super Bowl commercials immediately after they air on X1. For customers who want to tune in on secondary screens, they can use the Xfinity Stream app and web portal to watch the game on devices anywhere within the home. For more information about experiencing the NFL on X1, visit https://www.xfinity.com/learn/digital-cable-tv/sports/nfl-redzone [https://www.xfinity.com/learn/digital-cable-tv/x1]]]> </description> <link>https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/xfinity-x1-launches-super-bowl-lii-experience</link> <guid>https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/xfinity-x1-launches-super-bowl-lii-experience</guid> <pubDate>Wed, Jan 31, 2018 7:30 PM</pubDate> </item> <item> <title>NBC Olympics To Present 94 Hours Of Paralympic Television Coverage In March, Nearly Doubling Sochi</title> <description> <![CDATA[NBC Olympics will present unprecedented coverage of the Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 this March, including 94 hours on television, which nearly doubles coverage of Sochi 2014. In all, NBC Olympics will present more than 250 hours of coverage across NBC, NBCSN, Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, NBCSports.com, and the NBC Sports app, beginning with the Opening Ceremony on Friday, March 9. NBC Olympics’ coverage will include all six Paralympic winter sports – alpine skiing, snowboarding, sled hockey, wheelchair curling, cross-country skiing, and biathlon – spread across 10 days. The 250 hours of coverage includes 94 hours on television, which is NBC Olympics’ most ever for a Paralympic Winter Games, nearly doubling Sochi 2014 (50 hours). The 156 hours of streaming coverage will be available via NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs. [ Note: OlympicChannel.com and the Olympic Channel app will also stream the Paralympic content that is televised on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA]. “There is arguably no event in the world more inspiring than the Paralympics, and it’s our privilege to tell the captivating stories of these world-class athletes,” said Gary Zenkel, President, NBC Olympics. ”Without question, our increase in coverage — nearly double the hours televised in Sochi — would not be possible without the support of Toyota, which has brought to the Paralympics an unprecedented enthusiasm for the event, the athletes, and the mission.” In March of 2015, the International Olympic Committee announced Toyota as the first-ever TOP (The Olympic Partner) Programme partner and Worldwide Paralympic Partner in the newly created mobility category through 2024. Toyota then became a Worldwide Paralympic Partner of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in November 2015. NBC Olympics named Toyota the presenting sponsor of its 2018 Paralympic Winter Games coverage. This marks the first time NBC Olympics’ coverage of the Paralympics will have a presenting sponsor. Toyota will also be the exclusive auto advertiser of NBC Olympics’ coverage of the Paralympic Winter Games across the linear and digital networks of NBCUniversal. In addition, Toyota branding will be included within NBC Olympics’ extensive linear, digital and social media promotional campaigns. “It is fantastic news for sports fans that NBC, with the support of Toyota, will be showcasing 94 hours of television coverage from the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, the most comprehensive U.S. coverage to date for a Paralympics,” said Andrew Parsons, President, International Paralympics Committee. “The amount of TV coverage has almost doubled since Sochi 2014, underlining the growing appeal and interest in Para sports, especially with the L.A. 2028 Paralympic Games on the horizon.” As a mobility company, Toyota’s mission is to create a barrier-free society, which reinforces the company’s values of humility, hard work, overcoming challenges, and never giving up. At the same time Toyota announced a global corporative initiative “Start Your Impossible” (SYI), which includes the company’s first-ever global marketing and advertising campaign that will communicate the mobility messages in the coming years. The platforms of the Paralympic and Olympic sports will be central to communicating the global SYI message. “Using Toyota’s global sponsorship of the Paralympic Games as an important platform; we’ve launched our first global campaign, “Start Your Impossible,” which highlights the company’s commitment to providing freedom of movement for all,” said Ed Laukes, group vice president, Toyota Marketing, Toyota Motor North America. “Toyota believes that ‘mobility’ goes beyond cars and that freedom of movement should be a basic human right, and we are incredibly proud to support the upcoming Paralympics and Team Toyota athletes.” Toyota’s global Start Your Impossible campaign features more than 100 people from five continents. In addition, Toyota is sponsoring seven U.S. athletes at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games and is also a Proud Partner of Team USA; the International Paralympic Committee; U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing; U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing; and U.S. Paralympics Snowboarding. Paralympic athletes on Team Toyota include: Stephanie Jallen, Alana Nichols and Danelle Unstead of U.S. Paralympic Alpine Skiing; Oksana Masters of U.S. Paralympic Nordic Skiing & Biathlon; Amy Purdy and Evan Strong of U.S. Paralympic Snowboarding; and Rico Roman of U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey. Click here [https://www.toyota.com/team-toyota/] to read more about their stories. “As an elite athlete and someone who was instrumental in getting Para snowboarding into the Paralympic Games, I am thrilled to see the kind of support and exposure for the world to see what is possible when you chase your dreams and you remove the barriers to succeed,” said Paralympic snowboarder and Team Toyota athlete Amy Purdy. “Thank you to great partners Toyota and NBC for shining a light like never before on the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. This is truly momentous and incredibly meaningful for the future of the movement.” More programming details will be announced closer to the start of the Paralympics. The 2018 Paralympic Winter Games will take place March 9-18, 2018, in PyeongChang, South Korea, with nearly 700 of the world’s finest Paralympic winter athletes competing for glory in 80 events across six different sports on snow and ice. Team USA will compete in each of the sports contested in PyeongChang with an estimated team of 70+ athletes.]]> </description> <link>https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/nbc-olympics-to-present-94-hours-of-paralympic-television-coverage-in-march-nearly-doubling-sochi</link> <guid>https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/nbc-olympics-to-present-94-hours-of-paralympic-television-coverage-in-march-nearly-doubling-sochi</guid> <pubDate>Tue, Jan 30, 2018 2:20 PM</pubDate> </item> </channel> </rss>