Sony announced a distribution deal to bring content from its ad-supported online video platform Crackle to Comcast's 22 million Xfinity TV subscribers. Starting Wednesday, Comcast will add Crackle shows such as Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffey to its VOD library, which has gained substantial traction in recent months as its content selection has expanded.
The traditional pay-TV market may be on the brink of transition as major operators begin to introduce alternative services that don't require a set-top box. In just the last year, AT&T announced three virtual tiers of its DirecTV service, Time Warner has begun testing an IP-only bundle in New York, Verizon has launched Go90 and Comcast has started testing its Xfinity Stream in some markets.
Comcast's Xfinity Communities is making strides with its Advanced Communities Network, announcing that it has installed services to over 1 million residents of multifamily housing properties (condos, apartments, etc.) across 37 states.
Comcast said it is working to support HTML5 apps from third-party vendors on its X1 platform. The company currently supports a handful of third-party services on its X1-- such as games from EA-- but the company said that adding HTML5 support to X1 will allow it to "support a wider range of third-party apps."
DirecTV ranked No. 1 among pay-TV service providers in J.D. Power's annual survey of consumers on TV, Internet and phone service providers.
Comcast said it now counts more than half a million customers on its Xfinity Home smart home offering. The company, which counts more than 22 million total customers across the United States, introduced the smart home service in 2010 and recently has been working to expand the platform to support a wider range of third-party products and services. Thus, said a top Comcast executive, Xfinity Home now has the potential to be a "comprehensive solution" in the smart home market.
Comcast says its Xfinity TV app will be available for the Apple Watch when the device launches at retail Friday, April 24.
After announcing a 10-year agreement in early September to take over NASCAR's "triple A" racing circuit, the newly christened Xfinity Series, Comcast is rolling out new NASCAR-themed features for its X1 video platform.
Comcast has partnered with Boulder, Colo.-based fitness company Gaiam to form an SVOD service filled with streaming yoga, fitness and inspirational video content.
Continuing to implement common-sense customer service protocols under new customer service czar Charlie Herrin, Comcast is now letting its Xfinity customers schedule a specific time for a rep to call them instead of waiting on hold.