Comcast won't loosen hold on Philly sports; Playcast pulls in $10 million in funding

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> Philadelphia area residents hoping that Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) would have to relinquish its hold on Philadelphia sports to satellite providers as a condition of its NBC Universal merger are, at least for now, disappointed. "The FCC doesn't address Comcast SportsNet in any way ... which means it does not have to provide access to satellite," the ever-present Comcast spokeswoman Sena Fitzmaurice told the inquisitive Lancaster, Pa. Sunday News. Story.

> The man charged with designing Comcast's video navigation products, Gerard Kunkel, will leave the MSO at the end of February, according to Light Reading. Kunkel sent an e-mail that said he would be "exploring new opportunities in the rapidly changing digital media space." Story.

> The squeaky wheel will inevitably get the grease. San Bruno, Calif.'s palms are being greased with about $1 million in programming cost savings over the next six years after it settled a complaint filed with federal regulators over Comcast rate hikes. The city runs its own cable TV distribution service and buys content from Comcast. Story.

> Tight-lipped Comcast executives have to be looking forward to the day when Hollywood-ized Jeff Zucker leaves his post as president-CEO of NBC Universal. Among other things, Zucker has now weighed in on Keith Olbermann's controversial departure from MSNBC, calling the cable talking head "one of the great stars" of the now Comcast-owned network. Story.  

> In a bit of financial news, Playcast, "a service that hopes to offer up high-end videogames to consumers via their TVs without needing a console," has pulled in $10 million in funding to help finance its rollout to telco and cable TV providers. Story.

And finally ... just on the surface it seems that Tivus might have a tough time marketing a new in-room video on demand system with "family-friendly" (read that as without adult) content for hotel rooms--especially if those are business traveler hotels. On the other hand, it might be good news for cable and other broadband providers who deliver their online services to these hostelries. Story.

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