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March 04. 2014 6:00PM

Comcast expands low-income Internet service as merger review nears

Comcast Corp on Tuesday said its discounted Internet service for low-income families will be available indefinitely, a move that should please U.S. regulators as the company seeks approval for its $45.2 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable.

Internet Essentials is Comcast’s broadband Internet program for some low-income families with children.

It costs $9.95 a month and offers a discount with other perks.

The program has enrolled about 300,000 families since it launched in 2011.

That includes nearly 1,000 in New Hampshire, according to information Comcast provided to the Union Leader in October.

Some 2.6 million U.S. families are eligible, according to Comcast. It was originally expected to run through the end of the 2013-2014 school year.


Dish eyes Internet TV services in landmark Disney deal

Dish Network Corp. and Walt Disney Co. have reached a long-term programming deal, allowing the No. 2 satellite TV provider to carry Disney-owned networks such as ABC and ESPN and deliver the content outside of a traditional TV subscription.

The deal announced Monday marks the first time that a U.S. pay-TV operator was given flexibility by a media company to offer its content over the Web through smartphones, tablets and computers.

Until now, content owners had not granted cable or satellite TV operators the digital rights to sell their shows outside of a pay-TV subscription.

“The Dish/Disney deal appears to set the stage for a new wave of broadband-delivered video services,” said BTIG analyst Rich Greenfield.



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