Charter and Comcast Announce Joint Venture to Develop and Nationally Offer a Next Generation Streaming Platform

Charter and Comcast Announce Joint Venture to Develop and Nationally Offer a Next Generation Streaming Platform

The Partnership Will Further Develop and Offer the Flex Streaming Platform that Includes a World-Class User Interface and Voice Search, and will be Available on 4K Streaming Devices and Smart TVs through Nationwide Retailers, Charter and Comcast

Joint Venture Provides App Developers, Retailers, Hardware Manufacturers New Opportunities to Reach Customers through a National Unified Experience

STAMFORD, Conn. & PHILADELPHIA, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apr. 27, 2022– Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR) and Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA) today announced that the two companies have formed a 50/50 joint venture to develop and offer a next-generation streaming platform on a variety of branded 4K streaming devices and smart TVs, providing consumers with a world-class user experience and navigation, all the top apps, and more choice in the streaming marketplace. The joint venture will offer app developers, streamers, retailers, operators, and hardware manufacturers the opportunity to reach customers in major markets across the country with the platform.(Photo: Business Wire)

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Comcast will license Flex, its aggregated streaming platform and hardware to the joint venture, contribute the retail business for XClass TVs and also will contribute Xumo, a streaming service it acquired in 2020. Charter will make an initial contribution of $900 million, funded over multiple years.

The XClass TVs will be available through national retail partners and potentially direct from Comcast and Charter to provide more customer choice. Xumo will continue to operate as a free global streaming service available through the joint venture’s products and third-party devices. Charter will offer the 4K streaming TV devices and voice remotes beginning in 2023. Comcast will continue to offer the Flex streaming platform as a streaming device and service to its customers.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Charter to bring this platform and its award-winning experience to millions of new customers. These products are all designed to make search and discovery across live, on-demand and streaming video seamless and incredibly simple for consumers,” said Dave Watson, CEO of Comcast Cable. “This partnership uniquely brings together more than a decade of technical innovation, national scale and new opportunities to monetize our combined investment.”

“Our new venture will bring a full-featured operating platform, new devices, and smart TVs with a robust app store providing a more streamlined and aggregated experience for the customer,” said Tom Rutledge, Charter Chairman and CEO. “As the video landscape continues to evolve, this venture will increase retail consumer options, compete at scale with established national platforms, and join our existing lineup of options for the Spectrum TV App available on most customer-owned streaming devices.”

The joint venture’s products will give consumers a state-of-the-art streaming experience to access their favorite apps, based on Comcast’s Flex product, which currently delivers all the most-watched streaming apps in the marketplace. The products will feature hundreds of free content choices through Xumo, a free, ad-supported service currently delivering more than 200 unique streaming channels. Peacock also will be featured on the joint venture’s streaming platform, alongside other popular apps.

The closing of the joint venture is subject to customary closing conditions. This joint venture does not involve the broadband or cable video businesses of either Comcast or Charter which will remain independent.


Source: Charter Communications

Edinburgh Middle School among five national contest winners of Sparklight’s Dream Bigger Contest

Edinburgh Middle School’s Science Olympiad team has just nine members, but for the team, quality over quantity has been the mantra.

Science Olympiad coach Brianne Hubbard started the team last fall, building off her experience participating in the Science Olympiad program when she was in school, Hubbard said in an email.

“I participated in the program every year from seventh through 12th grade and love the different events, the friendships I made and the ability the events gave myself and my teammates to use (science, technology, engineering and math) in a variety of different ways,” Hubbard said. “Science Olympiad offers many different, ever-changing events that touch on different types of science and math, and are engaging and fun. Our team was building bridges and towers, making contraptions that would protect an egg when dropped from various heights and diving deep into individual studies such as astronomy and chemistry.”

Hubbard’s experience inspired her to start the Science Olympiad team at Edinburgh Middle School, which, on Wednesday, learned they had been selected as one of five national winners of the Sparklight Dream Bigger contest, which provides winners $3,000 to expand their Science Olympiad teams.

With the grant, the team will be able to purchase more equipment for events and go on more field trips to experience immersive scientific opportunities, Hubbard said.

“This is an absolute dream come true. The opportunities that winning this contest bring will pave the way for our team’s success for years to come,” she said. “Science Olympiad has many events each season, and they add additional events for state finals. There are events that require building materials—used to create bridges, planes, trebuchets, musical instruments, mousetrap vehicles and more. Sometimes there are specific or specialty items we need to use and we have to order them from shops that have them because they are more difficult to find.”

The team’s inaugural season included students competing in events such as bridge building, ornithology, disease detective, crime busters and green generation. Those events covered areas of study including life, personal and social science; earth and space science; physical science and chemistry; technology and engineering; and inquiry and nature of science, she said.

In bridge building, for example, students are required to construct a bridge that can handle a heavy load of sand, Hubbard said.

“The bridge is weighed before the event starts,” she said. “A chain with a block at the top is put down through the bridge and sits atop it. A bucket is attached to the chain, and sand is added in cupfuls by the student until the bridge breaks or the maximum amount of sand is added to the bucket. The winning team is the team that had the lightest bridge that held the biggest load of sand.”

Another competition, ornithology, requires competitors to identify birds, she said.

“Ornithology is all about the study of birds,” Hubbard said. “The students who participate in this event will need to be able to identify birds, as well as their classification. They can be tested on different bird calls and have to be able to correctly identify which beaks/bills belong to which bird and what they are used for. They should be able to identify different bird eggs and name all the parts of the bird’s anatomy.”

Fifth grader Cole Schoettmer followed his older brother onto the team and was the only student on the team in his grade, Schoettmer said in an email.

During competition events, Schoettmer most enjoyed events involving building and those involving minerals, he said.

“I liked using the power tools in the woodshop. My mousetrap car was in the top 10, number eight, at the state competition,” Schoettmer said. “I like building stuff and cars. The Rocks and Minerals event was good because I like crystals.”

Schoettmer, who hopes to win an event at the state competition next year, is hopeful about the future of the Science Olympiad team after it won the grant, he said.

“It is awesome that we won,” Schoettmer said. “Now we can build our team and continue next year.”


Source: Daily Journal 

Comcast to Hire 300 Virtual Sales Reps

Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is hiring 300 virtual inbound sales representatives throughout its central division, which includes Indiana. Comcast says the sales reps will work directly with customers over the phone to promote and sell its products and services.

Among the open positions, the company has 50 bilingual representative openings; applicants are required to be fluent in English and Spanish. Comcast says it plans to start onboarding applicants this month and will continue hiring through June.

Comcast says employee benefits include insurance, free Xfinity television and internet services, 401K match, and a stock purchase program. Additionally, the positions are eligible for career advancement opportunities within six months to one year of employment.

Applicants are required to live in one of Comcast’s central division states, which include Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, and South Carolina, in addition to Indiana.

You can connect to more information and apply by clicking here.

Source: Inside Indiana Business