by Alex E. Álvarez, Olivia Maguire and Shruti Marathe
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COMCAST is a global media and technology company composed of four businesses, with COMCAST Cable and NBC Universal being its two primary entities. The cable division is one of the largest in the United States providing video, internet and phone services to individuals and businesses under the XFINITY brand. NBC Universal manages news, entertainment in all its forms and sports, including broadcast and cable networks, television production companies, television station groups, filmed entertainment and Parks and Resorts. Its other two businesses are Spectacor and Ventures focused more on business and management. 
New Venture Abroad
COMCAST is venturing in a new market as it is in talks with European broadcaster, Euronews, to buy a stake in the company. The stake is estimated to be between 15 to 30% of the company, and they aim to find a deal by the end of this year. The branch NBC News is looking to strengthen Euronews’ offerings, but keeping it as a collaborative partnership. This network airs in more than 150 countries and more than ten languages, and it will allow a new visibility for NBC Universal.Naguib Sawiris, an Egyptian billionaire, holds a 53% stake, and will remain the controlling shareholder.
Furthermore, Euronews has made moves this past year to expand worldwide launching Africanews, a sister channel, in January, a subsidiary in Singapore in October, and some distribution pacts in Latin American in May. CEO, Michael Peters, renovated the identity of Euronews with a new mission statement focused more on a “global experience of news, knowledge and culture”.  
The Secret Life of PetsAt the box office, COMCAST’s biggest success was The Secret Life of Pets, which reached third place in movies with highest total gross of all time from Universal Pictures. In 2016, the movie that reached the highest position, besides The Secret Life of Pets, was Jason Bourne, which reached the 31st position of all-time. According to Box Office Mojo, the film had a production budget of $75 million, the film made a total gross of $104 million in its first weekend, and it ranked first place for its first two weekends .
It was released in more than 4,000 theaters, which shows that it was expected to be a hit. The movie has a total domestic gross of more than $350 million, and more than $500 million in the foreign market adding up to an amount very close to the billion mark. After 21 weekends from its release, The Secret Life of Pets is still in more than a hundred theaters, and making an average of $1,000 per screen. Deadline reported that due to the success in the box office, Universal and Illumination, the production company, set the release date for a sequel in July 13, 2018.  Merchandising has also contributed to profits. Comcast has sold Secret Life of Pets themed toys in stores and online.
Comcast’s deals with the Harry Potter franchise spell success for the conglomerate going forward. Comcast subsidiary Universal Studios holds theme park rights to Harry Potter, and maintains high profit from Harry Potter World in Florida. The newly released motion picture, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, add to the franchise.
Attendance at the parks is expected to increase with new excitement about Harry Potter being generated. Comcast also has the potential to generate greater income in China with the piloting of a Universal Studios resort in Beijing. 
Comcast’s screening rights to the Harry Potter films is also beneficial. NBC has acquired the rights to screen all eight Harry Potter films and the coming movies of the Fantastic Beasts series.  Streaming access includes the cable networks like USA and Syfy. Such rights will benefit NBC content as a whole as it brings in viewers.
Trouble with the FCC
Comcast received some bad press last month when forced to pay a $2.3 million civil penalty to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  The dollar amount marks the largest FCC fine ever held to a cable operator. Comcast followed through as they were persecuted for charging customers for services and equipment they didn’t order. Over 1,000 customers complained for the charges on the premium channels, DVRs, etc. that they didn’t order. Some customers reported expressly telling Comcast they didn’t want certain services and were still charged. Travis LeBlanc, the chief of the FCC Enforcement Bureau, released a statement saying “”It is basic that a cable bill should include charges only for services and equipment ordered by the customer — nothing more and nothing less.”  Comcast worked to remedy the problem.
Comcast Buys Out Ed Snider
The Comcast Corporation bought the remaining 24% stake in the Comcast Spectacor company, that was owned by Philadelphia Flyers creator, Ed Snider. Ed Snider and his family owned the last 24% of Comcast Spectacor, the overseeing company of the Philadelphia Flyers and the arena in which they play, The Wells Fargo Center, among a few other businesses. This purchase will grant the Comcast Corporation 100% ownership of Comcast Spectacor. The deal was put into motion after Snider died from a terminal illness earlier this year.The purchase includes becoming full time owners of the Philadelphia Flyers hockey team. The Flyers are worth $660 million dollars, according to Forbes, although exact purchasing numbers of the entire buy are not available at this time. Ed Snider was the CEO of Spectacor, which fused in 1996 with Comcast to form Comcast Spectacor; however, at the end of this deal no parts of Ed Snider’s family will have any ownership of any of the Spectacor businesses. 
Netflix to Xfinity X1
Soon, Netflix will be available on Comcast’s Xfinity X1 devices. This move is said to raise the total number of subscriptions to Netflix in the United States, anywhere from 4 to 5 million more subscribers with the new partnership, according to Cowen & Co. Customers of Comcast’s Xfinity X1 can sign up for Netflix directly through the service with Comcast then directly billing the customers on their Comcast bill for the normal $9.99 Netflix rate. Comcast says that them directly billing for Netflix is as an added benefit to its customers. Details have not been made public but it is circulating that Netflix will only pay a one-time “bounty fee” to Comcast for any new subscribers it gains through the deal. Netflix’s Co-founder says the merge will reduce the annoyance of switching between different cables and plugins and that consumers can access their favorite content without switching from one system to another. 
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