Rising home prices and conservative borrowing have today's homeowners sitting on a record amount of potential cash. Today's mortgage holders saw their home equity increase by...Real Estateread more
SoftBank wants to push Neumann out of the CEO role ahead of the IPO.Technologyread more
The Mac Pro is the only major Apple computer to be assembled in the United States. Most of Apple's products, including the iPhone, are assembled in China and are facing tariff...Technologyread more
CNBC's Jim Cramer calls on investors to be wary of the slew of hyped-up unicorn companies going public this year and encourages the focus to be on deliverable earnings.Investingread more
Toys R Us' bankruptcy caused a 7% surge in sales for the toy industry during the first half of 2018 as parents stocked up, then sales fell 2% as manufacturers experienced...Retailread more
The UK's Civil Aviation Authority said Thomas Cook had now ceased trading and the regulator would work with the government to bring the more than 150,000 British customers...Europe Marketsread more
The RNC paid $166,390 in August to the office of Mintz Levin for "legal and compliance services," according to a disclosure filing.Politicsread more
Trump has called Chairman Jerome Powell "clueless" and Fed officials "boneheads."The Fedread more
Trump's call with the foreign leader is reportedly the subject of a whistleblower's complaint that has spurred new accusations of wrongdoing from Democrats.Politicsread more
The solider, Jarrett William Smith, 24, of Fort Riley, Kansas, was charged with one count of distributing information related to explosives and weapons of mass destruction,...Politicsread more
Harvard economist N. Gregory Mankiw says ultra-wealthy couples could split their fortunes in half through divorce and avoid paying a wealth tax proposed by presidential...Wealthread more
NBC is doing a solid for the traditional pay-TV industry.
Comcast's NBCUniversal plans to debut a free, ad-supported streaming service to anyone that subscribes to a traditional pay-TV service, including competitors such as Charter, AT&T, Cox and Dish, in the first quarter of 2020, the company announced Monday.
For those that don't subscribe to a pay-TV service, the streaming product, which will include 1,500 hours of NBC TV shows, such as SNL and Parks and Recreation, and hundreds of hours of Universal movies, will cost somewhere around $12 a month, a person familiar with the company's plans told CNBC. The service will be run by Bonnie Hammer, the company announced Monday.
NBC's plans are contingent on striking deals with the largest pay-TV providers, which it hasn't yet done, the person said. Still, the product will be free for customers of those providers, so NBC doesn't plan on any challenges when it comes to inking those agreements.
Because the service will be free for the millions of people that already subscribe to pay-TV, NBC is banking on quickly growing to 30 million or 40 million users with its service, as opposed to slowly growing a paid service and starting at zero subscribers, the person said.
NBC will air between three and five minutes of ads per hour of programming, NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke told CNBC. NBC expects to make $5 per month from every user on the service from advertising, he said. NBC's research showed subscribers prefer free services with low ad load, Burke said.
"One of the interesting things about this that makes it different and innovative is that we'll have a big emphasis on free-to-consumer," Burke said. "We want to create a platform that has significant scale and can scale quickly. The best way to do that, is make it free to consumers and leverage the fact that NBCUniversal's sister company is a cable company and now owns Sky."
The company sees an opening because there is no long-form, ad-supported streaming service, the person said. For example, Hulu costs $7.99, but has regular ad breaks. Netflix has long-form content, but costs a monthly fee. And YouTube is primarily short-form, user-generated content and supported by ads. NBCUniversal does not plan on aggressively pulling back shows and movies it has licensed to other streaming services, the person said.
Burke told CNBC the service will include live TV like news and sports, in addition to on-demand programming. Since it will launch in early 2020, it's likely there will be content around the 2020 Summer Olympics to draw more people to the platform. Burke also said the service will bring in content from other companies like Sony, Discovery and Warner Bros.
NBCUniversal will be throwing its hat into an expensive and competitive ring. Streaming incumbents , HBO and Hulu are upping content spend and doubling down on original programming to stave off market share threats from new entrants like Apple, AT&T and Disney, which are set to launch its streaming service later this year.
Also Monday, NBCUniversal announced a reorganization of senior leadership. Mark Lazarus, currently chairman of NBC broadcasting and sports, will take on a larger role and oversee the company's cable and news divisions as well. Jeff Shell, currently chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, has been named chairman of NBCUniversal film and entertainment. Donna Langley will take over as the sole chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group.
Disclosure: NBCUniversal is the parent company of CNBC.