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Comcast NBCUniversal Plans April Launch of Streaming Service

Comcast NBCUniversal is planning to launch its upcoming video streaming service in April, NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke said today in an earnings call.

Mr. Burke said he anticipates most of the content for the service will be programs NBCUniversal acquires, as opposed to original shows. The company has 500 people working on the service, which is using its Sky Now TV’s technology as its foundation. 

It was interesting that Comcast and Sky executives spent some of the call talking about how shows like “Game of Thrones,” which is owned by competitor WarnerMedia’s HBO, contributed to Sky’s growth in video customers.

Sky, which Comcast now owns, has an exclusive distribution deal with HBO for much of Europe for the next few years, which should help it attract viewers internationally as it expands abroad. The arrangement also makes it difficult for WarnerMedia to take its streaming service international anytime soon.

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