Channeling Netflix

Unless Congress and/or the FCC does something to change the rules of the retransmission game, pay-TV providers will need to do something to re-balance their negotiating leverage with the networks.

Comcast doesn’t want to hook up with Netflix any time soon

Don’t hold your breath for a Netflix (S NFLX) app on your Comcast (S CMCSK) set-top box: Netflix has started to strike deals with pay TV operators abroad to run its app on their devices, and┬áCEO Reed Hastings recently told investors that he would love to be on Comcast’s gear as well — but Comcast cable operations CEO┬áNeil Smit said during the company’s earnings call that this is “not really a high priority” for Comcast, according to Home Media Magazine. On the same call, Comcast also announced that it lost 129,000 video subscribers in its most recent quarter, 12,000 more than during the same time period last year.

Comcast promotes Neil Smit to Cable CEO

Comcast’s Neil Smit is taking the title of CEO for the company’s cable operations, 18 months after joining the company. In that time, Smit has led an improvement in the company’s customer service, while also ramping up product development and improving customer retention.