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A Look At Comcast's Growth Prospects
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Comcast's next promising project is SteamPix. This project aims to fill a gap in the media by offering cheap streaming (i.e., only $4.99 a month) of full seasons of TV shows, many movies and other content. The content offered by this product is viewable on computers, Ipods, Ipads, Iphones, XBoxes and many other devices. This product will pose a serious competition against Netflix (NFLX).

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In order to keep growing, the company kept making positive changes to its products. For example, it increased number and variety of the channels it offered, the improved the video quality as well as data transfer speed, and invested into foreign language channels. The company also invested in improving its customer service in order to ensure high customer retention.

Furthermore, the company will continue to unleash new projects and products. One example is Xcalibur. This is a cloud-based interface and it is currently being test driven by 1,000 different households. If everything goes as planned, this product will come out in the market this year.

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The company has been increasing its broadband internet speed for a while and it will continue to do this in order to remain its competitive advantage. The company currently is able to offer a variety of internet connection speeds including 105, 50, 25, 15 and 10 megabits to over 90% of its customers. Speed is particularly a concern as many people use internet to watch TV shows, sports events and movies or play games. Comcast offers the most variety of speeds out of all DSL providers.

Recently, the company signed a partnership deal with Verizon Wireless (VZ) where the two companies will market their products jointly. This move should increase market share for both companies in their fields of operation.

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NBC Universal will provide many growth opportunities for Comcast. In 2011, Comcast launched new TV shows in its networks, renewed its broadcasting rights for NHL and PGA, bought theme parks in Orlando, invested to improve some of the existing parks, started new film projects, made bids for broadcasting rights of Olympics and FIFA World Cup, and renewed its contract with NFL to continue airing Sunday Night Football.

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In conclusion, there are many growth opportunities for Comcast in the future. The company is well-run and current management is growth oriented. The company is not shy about investing its resources aggressively for growth. The company's fundamentals look healthy and it will result in nice returns for growth investors in the years to come.
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