Items tagged with Comcast

We've complained about the state of US broadband before but we estimate that, in general, most data transfers are at least faster than this. In a race run in Johannesburg South Africa, a company proved it was faster to transmit data by carrier pigeon than to send it via the country's leading ISP.Unlimited IT, frustrated by the speed of data transfer provided by ISP Telkom, tested and compared the speed of transferring 4 GB of data 50 miles via homing pigeon as well as the Internet. The pigeon won by a long shot, arriving in two hours, six minutes and 57 seconds. Meanwhile, the company, which regularly transfers data between its 11 call centers, managed to transfer only 4%... Read more...
We've always heard that something's "on" when it hits the mainstream, so we guess it's about time we finally confessed that Internet TV has emerged from the closet. For the longest while, Hulu, Boxee and the like dominated the underground Web TV content scene, but it wasn't too long ago that major cable companies like Comcast and Time Warner Cable began to sit up and take notice. Just a few months after the former initiated trial runs of its own Internet TV platform, the latter has just announced that it is launching a few trials of its own. Dubbed TV Everywhere, this portal provides select TWC customers (all of them in time, obviously) with the ability to watch some of their favorite programming... Read more...
Since announcing the inception of TV Everywhere last month, Comcast has managed to line up a whopping 23 networks to agree to provide their content online.It started simply, with an agreement between the cable company and Time Warner (owner of TNT and TBS and, interestingly enough, a cable company as well) to provide shows online, on demand. Original programming was to be accessible on Comcast.net and Fancast.net to customers of the cable company. The idea was to later stream the shows on TNT.tv and TBS.com.Now? There are 23 networks who've signed up: A&E, AMC, BBC America, CBS, Cinemax, DIY Network, Fine Living Network, Food Network, Hallmark Channel, HBO, HGTV, History, IFC, MGM Impact,... Read more...
We're not entirely sure if this is the mythical "quadruple play" bundle that cable companies had in mind, but whatever the case, it works for Comcast. With mobile broadband usage on the rise and pay-TV seeming less and less potent with the introduction of Hulu and the like, Comcast is making sure to grasp as many revenue generating businesses as it can. Starting this week in Portland, Oregon, Comcast will kick off its High-Speed 2go service, a data-only 4G service that will be bundled with its at-home Internet, phone and television products. In other words, Comcast is hoping to become a one-stop shop for in-home TV, in-home phone, in-home Internet and on-the-go Internet. It has yet to add voice... Read more...
Fans of The Closer, My Boys and Tyler Perry just got another way to watch their favorite shows: Online.Time Warner Inc. and Comcast Corp. yesterday announced a partnership to "develop broad principles for the TV Everywhere model to guide the distribution of its television content online."The basis of TV Everywhere are these principles:Bring more TV content, more easily to more people across platforms. Video subscribers can watch programming from their favorite TV networks online for no additional charge. Video subscribers can access this content using any broadband connection. Programmers should make their best and highest-rated programming available online. Both networks and video distributors... Read more...
If you had difficulties accessing your Comcast email over the weekend, you weren’t alone. The cable provider’s servers suffered some technical problems on Saturday that took the SmartZone email system down for several hours. Potentially millions of subscribers were without email during the outage. Comcast suffered a similar outage in October. This time, however, the company was very open with its customers, using its @comcastcares Twitter account and its blog Comcast Voices. Some customers continued to experience issues through Sunday. Frank Eliason, Comcast's director of digital care, tweeted frequently over the weekend to update customers regarding the outage. Comcast’s Twitter updates and... Read more...
Last December, the RIAA announced it was giving up on file-sharing lawsuits, and would be working with ISPs in a three-strikes policy program which would eventually result in broadband being cut off for repeat offenders of illegal file-sharing. At a digital music conference in Nashville this week, AT&T's Jim Cicconi stated that the company has begun testing a such takedown notification system. An industry insider told C|Net: Cicconi told attendees of the Leadership Music Digital Summit that the notices are part of a "trial." AT&T wants to test customer reaction, he said. Whether AT&T included any warnings that repeat offenders would see their service suspended or terminated is still... Read more...
Googling your own name might not be such a narcissistic activity after all; in fact, it just must save you from identity theft. At least that's what Kevin Andreyo, a Wilkes University professor, discovered when he used the "deep web" search engine, Pipl, to see what information about him might be publicly available on the Internet. What he found was a link to a document that not only included his Comcast user name and password, but the document also included what appeared to be the user names and passwords of over 8,000 other Comcast customers. Andreyo was inspired by the March 10, People Search Engines: They Know Your Dark Secrets... And Tell Anyone, PC World article, to do a little sleuthing... Read more...
Some Comcast customers in Tucson, Arizona, who were watching the Super Bowl last night, received a very unexpected program interruption during the last few minutes of the game. Just moments after Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald scored a touchdown that momentarily gave the Cardinals a 23-20 lead with 2:37 left on the clock, the broadcast suddenly switched from the Super Bowl to a scene from a pornographic movie--including full-frontal, male nudity--for about 30 seconds, before the broadcast returned back to the Super Bowl. This unexpected interruption was limited to the HD broadcast from the local NBC affiliate, KVOA-TV--and to only those who were watching via their Comcast cable... Read more...
Comcast, Comcast, Comcast. You can't seem to satisfy the FCC, no matter what you do. While Comcast has just switched to a new protocol-agnostic network management scheme, the FCC has some new questions for the company: namely, why its new policy affects the VOIP services of other companies, but not Comcast's own Digital Voice service. Last year FCC objected to Comcast's prior network management policy, which punished specific protocols (such as BitTorrent). Their new policy de-prioritizes a user's connection if a CMTS port is congested and the user has been ID'ed as the primary reason. However, while that's all well and good, it seems that the cable ISP is playing favorites when it comes to VOIP... Read more...
For the last few months, Comcast has been transitioning how it monitors and throttles broadband traffic. DSLreports.com claims that this transition is now complete for all of Comcast's markets, meaning that Comcast users might see their connection speeds drop if they use too much sustained downstream throughput and they can even potentially lose their service if they exceed Comcast's monthly broadband cap. Comcast previously received quite a bit of flack for throttling the throughput of users who were downloading certain types of data, such as torrent packets. While torrent traffic can often mean someone is downloading illegal content, that it not always the case--there is a growing amount of... Read more...
The days of "unlimited" broadband Internet access are gone. Many major Internet Service Providers (ISP) claim that providing unfettered access will saturate the available bandwidth and slow down or even halt access for everyone--sort of tantamount to the urban myth that if everyone flushed their toilets at the same time the sewage system would overload. The answer to this ISP-claimed conundrum is to set up speed/pricing tiers and to cap bandwidth usage. While Comcast is not the only ISP to announce tiered service and bandwidth caps, it has received the most attention--perhaps in part because of the company's aggressive tactics. Comcast has received criticism for imposing a 250GB per month bandwidth... Read more...
According to reports, Comcast is set to unveil new speed tiers and prices to go along with them. This will go well with the new metered use that went into effect on Oct. 1st: it will mean you can reach your 250 GB cap faster. At any rate, DSL Reports says they have exclusive info about the new tiers, which will be the following: Economy: Unchanged at $24.95 for 768 kbps down/384 kbps up.Performance: 6/1 Mbps will now get 12/2 Mbps for $42.95 a month.Performance: 8/2 Mbps will get 16/2 for $52.95 a month.Ultra: 22/5 Mbps for $62.95 a month. (Will update to 30/5 Mbps.)Extreme Fifty: 50/10 Mbps for $139.95The Ultra and Extreme 50 tiers will obviously require new DOCSIS 3.0 modems. And they won't... Read more...
The launch of the Google's first Android phone, the T-Mobile G1, was both widely anticipated and highly covered.  Of course, one big negative, one frequently pointed out as a real problem for the iPhone as well, is the associated carrier with the device.  T-Mobile has the smallest 3G footprint of any major carrier, and additionally --- well, the devil is in the details.T-Mobile's advertised data plan for the $179 phone are $25 for unlimited data and voice and 400 text messages, or $35 for unlimited everything.  Well, that's when you really, really need to take out your magnifying glass, and take a look at their 3G details page (as linked to this story).  Look at the very bottom... Read more...
First ... Prev 11 12 13 14 15 Next ... Last