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Comcast hasn't exactly been one to avoid bad PR. We need only think back to the whole BitTorrent throttling fiasco, or more recently, Level 3's accusation that Comcast is essentially putting an extortion charge on whisking Netflix traffic down to its subscribers. But here's one bit of good news coming from the Comcast camp -- the ISP reportedly isn't planning to bill its customers based on data usage, Yahoo News reports. "Right now we have no plan in place to activate usage-based pricing," Comcast bigwig Neil Smit told investors on Tuesday. No need to pull the plug, Comcast says it isn't switching to a usage-based billing model. That's great news for customers addicted to streaming media, such... Read more...
A big battle is happening over Internet service so, naturally, people have added large dollops of fear and misinformation and are shouting about it on Facebook. On December 21, the FCC will finally vote on adopting net neutrality rules. This may (or may not) have been caused by Comcast's spat with Level 3 now that Level 3 won a big contract to handle Netflix's video streaming. Grind it all together, output it to Facebook and you get this campaign: "Save the Internet: Stop Comcast from Blocking Netflix. Without strong net neutrality rules, companies like Comcast can demand fees from innovative companies like Netflix in an attempt to choke consumer freedom and coerce users to adopt its own video... Read more...
There've been rumors swirling around that the popular TV service Hulu was planning to launch a paid subscription service for quite some time. Those rumors have now been confirmed in a company blog post by Jason Kilar, the CEO of Hulu. According to Kilar, Hulu Plus isn't a replacement for Hulu, but a complementary accompanying service that will offer full seasons of current shows rather than the handful of trailing episodes as is currently the case. Hulu Plus also gives the user access to back seasons and/or full runs of certain shows, including: The X-Files Law & Order: SVU Arrested Development Buffy the Vampire Slayer Ally McBeal Roswell Grey's Anatomy Desperate Housewives Saturday Night... Read more...
We said in our initial iPad review that the tablet was almost certain to grow in popularity over time, as more and more developers had more and more time to create unique applications to take advantage of the new screen size and 1GHz A4 processor. One obvious application for a slate such as this is a home entertainment controller, specifically, a wild TV remote like this world has never seen. Logitech's Harmony line of remotes has come a long way, but having a device with integrated Wi-Fi and a direct link to the iTunes store opens up a lot more possibilities. Comcast is hoping to take advantage of the opportunity, with the cable carrier showing off an Xfinity remote prototype at the NCTA Show.... Read more...
Net Neutrality has always been a hot button topic, just like anything else involving politics. What really pushed the discussion over the edge was Comcast's decision to throttle some users in hopes of providing a "better experience" for others; you can probably imagine why this made some people glad and some people upset. But the question always lingered: could Comcast really do that? As the Internet becomes more of an asset and a bigger factor in the global economy, we knew the American government would step in at some point to have their say. And now, the FCC is doing just that. Over the course of this week, the agency has been looking into how to best add some oversight to an Internet that... Read more...
Clearwire, Comcast, and Sprint plan to make their respective 4G mobile Internet services available in additional cities this summer. Cities scheduled to get the new service include Jacksonville and Daytona, FL; Kansas City, KS; Nashville, TN; St. Louis, MO; Salt Lake City, UT; Merced, Modesto, Stockton, and Visalia, CA; Wilmington, DE; Grand Rapids, MI; Eugene, OR; and Yakima and Tri-Cities, WA. Each of the companies plans to offer 4G under their own 4G brand. Clearwire, Comcast and Sprint to Expand 4G Mobile Broadband Service This Summer 4G Coming to Jacksonville, FL; Kansas City, KS; Nashville, TN; St. Louis, MO; and Salt Lake City, UT among Others Clearwire to Offer CLEAR® Comcast to Offer... Read more...
There's nothing quite like free Wi-Fi, particularly when you least expect it, and it works quickly. It's sort of like stumbling upon a quarter, but typically it's far more valuable than even that. Last month, Time Warner Cable announced that they would soon be providing free Wi-Fi to New York City customers, and now it seems the offer is being expanded in the Big Apple.Cablevision and Comcast are joining the party, now offering high-speed Internet customers the ability to roam freely across the companies' respective Wi-Fi networks at no additional charge. That's a pretty big deal for NYC consumers, who generally stay within the city day-to-day. It suddenly makes devices like the iPad entirely... Read more...
Comcast Corp. is launching a cloud."Secure Backup & Share" is the cable/Internet/entertainment giant's latest service.It's for customers of Comcast's high-speed Internet service, who will be able to "retrieve and share their personal digital media from any Web-enabled or wireless device." I.e., it's a big ol' cloud.Some might find it creepy to give their ISP access to their most important files, but with about 140,000 hard drives crashing weekly in the U.S., according to stats cited by Comcast, there's a lot of need for backup. Files also can be lost, the company points out, through human error or lost or stolen computers. Though some might argue that if you are careless enough to lose a... Read more...
As promised, Comcast's online television experiment is rolling out across the nation, part of the industry-wide TV Everywhere initiative designed to keep cable companies relevant in a Web 2.0 world.Fancast Xfinity TV, as it's called, allows Comcast subscribers to legally watch certain shows online for the first time. For the time being, it's available only to customers who subscribe to both the company's digital cable and Internet services. Within about six months, it should be available to all cable subscribers, Comcast Interactive President Amy Banse told Reuters.About 30 networks including HBO, Showtime, TNT and AMC are allowing the company to provide access to their shows, though it's up... Read more...
The Domain Name System, or DNS, is the address book of the Internet. Type in a site name such as www.amazon.com, and DNS servers "resolves" that name into an IP address, which is a set of numbers that can get you to the site. On Thursday, Google announced its own DNS service, called Google Public DNS, which it says is part of its initiative to "speed up the Internet."For most people, DNS is hidden. Routers, DSL and cable modems usually automatically set up the DNS servers used by your home network. You can change this, either by changing the settings on your router, or by changing it on each PC individually, but it's not, as Google itself admits, for the faint of heart.You will have a primary... Read more...
The residents of Portland, Oregon are the first lucky Comcast users in the country to get the chance to try out Comcast's newly deployed (and long expected) data usage meter. For users who have long been trying to guesstimate how close they are to their allotted 250GB limit and the overage charges that could result from using too much bandwidth, the meter should come as a welcome tool. The meter is designed to be pretty simple to use. According to the Comcast Blog, the data is refreshed about every three hours. The median usage for most users is somewhere around 2-4GB each month. Portland users can access the meter by logging in to Customer Central at https://customer.comcast.com and clicking... Read more...
The long-discussed Comcast online television experiment will launch before year's end, allowing viewers to — legally — watch certain shows online for the first time. A couple dozen networks - including HBO, Showtime, TNT and AMC - have agreed to allow Comcast to provide access to their most popular television shows online to existing cable company subscribers. Time Warner is said to be next in line, if the Comcast experiment works out, and it's possible the move will extend beyond subscribers once the kinks are worked out. It's up to the individual networks to decide how much of their content is available online. For example, HBO could release all seasons of "True Blood," while AMC might decide... Read more...
While healthcare may be the hottest topic of all right now, it's hard to argue that net neutrality isn't one of the hottest, longest lasting topics as related to the Internet. Ever since this series of tubes was first put into place, pundits and supporters alike have debated about how much regulation was needed. Some argued that ISPs knew better than the average joe and deserved to be able to control certain aspects of the Internet experience, while others maintained that the Internet was great because of the freedom it gave the creative minds of the world. Now, all of those arguments are coming back to life once more, but this time a whole host of network carriers will be chiming in. And we... Read more...
Comcast plans to take its television on demand feature one step further:  to your mobile devices.The U.S. cable company recently started offering wireless Internet service in some cities, jointly with Clearwire Corp., using WiMax technology. It has its sights squarely set on mobile phone/data providers, such as AT&T and Verizon, it appears, saying it is looking to add a "voice option" to that service, which could mean you could get your cable, wireless Internet and phone service (using VOIP, it would appear) on one bill.Comcast already offers a home Internet package, in addition to the cable service, and this summer announced it would start offering shows On Demand via the Internet,... Read more...
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