In just a few years, Peacock may have the rights to stream Nationwide Soccer League video games on Sunday alongside NBC. That might ruffle feathers with a few of NBC’s affiliate stations if viewers drop TV and go for Peacock to observe soccer. The streamer may also have some video games solely.
Peacock may act as a hedge towards different cable operators corresponding to Constitution or Cox when Comcast’s media division, NBCUniversal, negotiates carriage charges.
Comcast additionally sells one thing that has proved extra sturdy than sports activities and leisure: broadband, the piping that carries all streaming platforms. Within the first quarter, gross sales elevated 12 %, to $5.6 billion. It’s more likely to overtake cable tv as the corporate’s largest enterprise.
Mr. Roberts highlighted the corporate’s plans to supply elevated speeds that might exceed a number of gigabits a second, a number of instances sooner than the present benchmark. “The robustness of our community within the U.S. speaks to how we’ve positioned ourselves to compete towards different suppliers,” he mentioned.
Comcast tends to see itself as a expertise firm first and a media concern second. Even Peacock is seen as an extension of its broadband enterprise.
At NBCUniversal, gross sales sharply dropped as film theaters remained largely shuttered and fewer folks have been visiting the Common Orlando Resort and different firm theme parks due to the pandemic. Income fell 9 %, to $7 billion, and pretax revenue decreased 12 %, to $1.5 billion. Promoting at its tv networks, which embrace NBC, MSNBC and Syfy, fell 3.4 %, to $2.1 billion.
Jeff Shell, the top of NBCUniversal, has instituted a sequence of cost-cutting measures since he took over in January 2020, an effort hastened by the pandemic. That has helped preserve earnings, at the same time as revenues dropped. The theme parks division was the toughest hit, dropping $61 million within the quarter. The corporate mentioned it anticipated the enterprise to select up in the summertime.
General, Comcast beat expectations, reporting adjusted revenue of 76 cents a share on $27.2 billion in income, and its inventory was climbing on Thursday morning. Traders had been searching for 59 cents in per-share revenue and $26.6 billion in gross sales.