Comcast announced that it now has 1 million U.S. Wi-Fi hotspots. The news was released amid rumors that the cable MSO is thinking of launching a Wi-Fi-centric wireless service.
Comcast has struck an electronic sell-through deal with Warner Bros. which will see it add "Gravity," "Argo," "The Great Gatsby" and other movies from the studio to its Xfinity On Demand digital store.
Comcast is approaching the milestone of 1 million Wi-Fi hotspots that its Xfinity customers can access, including hotspots in public areas and new neighborhood hotspots powered by wireless gateways Comcast is installing in subscriber homes.
Cable operator Comcast is opening "tens of thousands" of its Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots in high-traffic locations to non-subscribers during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Google announced late yesterday that it agreed to buy Nest Labs, which makes Internet-connected devices like thermostats and smoke alarms, for $3.2 billion in cash. The deal, which is expected to close in the next few months, appears a clear indicator of the Internet firm's plans to expand into the home automation market, an area that is also being highly pursued by cable companies.
Comcast will report later this month that it posted a modest net gain in video subscribers in the fourth quarter, CEO Brian Roberts said at a Citigroup conference in Las Vegas Tuesday.
Comcast engineers have developed a system that could allow the MSO to tell subscribers when food in refrigerators is about to go bad, prescription medications are up for renewal, or if an elderly relative has stopped moving, according to a recent patent application.
Comcast's Xfinity service is ramping up its efforts to draw sports lovers with "Sportstacular!," a week-long promotion that offers Xfinity customers access to live sports programming for no additional cost.
Cox Communications is developing a next-generation video service similar to the FlareWatch virtual cable product it tested recently in California, EVP and CTO Kevin Hart told FierceCable.
Other cable operators have expressed interest in licensing Comcast's X1 platform, Neil Smit, CEO of its cable unit, told analysts this morning.