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Blockbuster and Comcast team up for DVDsByMail Service

Posted in Comcast by Conner Flynn on August 9th, 2010

In an effort to unsettle Netflix, Blockbuster and Comcast have teamed up to offer their new service, which is called DVDs By Mail. This is basically a discounted Blockbuster Online subscription for Comcast customers.

The site’s only advantage is discounted pricing for existing Comcast subscribers with a Double or Triple Play package. If you log in to your Comcast account it looks like you will be greeted with a dollar off Blockbuster’s most basic, one disc at a time plan ($7.99 versus $8.99). All other options are priced as they would be for a non-Comcast customer.

Comcast creates awesome iPad app

Posted in Comcast by Conner Flynn on May 13th, 2010


Here’s Comcast CEO Brian Roberts demonstrating Xfinity Remote, a super nice iPad application that lets you control your cable box. It takes the set-top box interface and turns it into an easy-to-use iPad app that features an interface with a keyboard.

TiVo really should have done something like this. You can change channels, program recordings, search the schedule and select a pay-per-view program, all on the browser-based iPad app. Awesome.

Half of all US homes to have HDTVs by end of 2009

Posted in Comcast by Shane McGlaun on December 29th, 2009

The holiday season is the time when many people get new HDTVs and other gear for their home theater. This year there were some raging steals on HDTVs thanks to low prices and holiday specials. Comcast has announced the results of an independent study by Leichtman Research Group about the HDTV market.

According to the study by the end of 2009 almost 50% of the homes in America will have an HDTV. That is a lot of TVs and this year there is another thing coming soon to push people to buy HDTVs. The winter Olympics will be kicking off soon.

Hulu to remain free

Posted in Comcast by Conner Flynn on December 3rd, 2009

Hulu to remain freeComcast has announced its buyout of NBC and there are some interesting details. Comcast now owns 51 percent of NBC-Universal compared to GE’s 49 percent and so will manage the entity. But what you really want to know is what is going to happen with HULU right?

When asked about TV Everywhere and Hulu, Comcast COO Steve Burke says that “NBC has been careful not to put too much cable content on the Internet. We think that’s a smart strategy… We think that going forward, you’re going to continue to have free broadcast stuff on Hulu, and cable stuff on TV Everywhere.”

Comcast to offer 50Mbps Internet in Bay Area

Posted in Comcast by Shane McGlaun on March 4th, 2009

Comcast LogoComcast has announced that it will be offering a couple of new Internet access plans in the Bay Area that are incredibly fast. The connectivity is via Comcast’s next generation DOCSIS 3.0 network and the top speed offering will be a package with up to 50Mbps of bandwidth.

The best news is that Comcast is doubling the speed at no additional cost to users of the service. The service will begin in Silicon Valley, Tri-Valley, and Monterey and then roll out to San Francisco, Oakland, and other Bay Area cities later this year.

Comcast testing free Wi-Fi for subscribers

Posted in Comcast by Conner Flynn on February 1st, 2009

Comcast testing free Wi-Fi for subscribersComcast giving something away for free? They’re thinking about it, performing Wi-Fi hot spot trials near NJ Transit rail stations to grant subscribers access to the Internet on their mobile devices. This, according to a DSLReports post. The service in the Wi-Fi Hot Zones requires that subscribers sign in using their Comcast.net usernames and passwords.

Comcast confirmed the trials, and says it is gauging user interest. They may offer it as an added-value service to high-speed Internet customers. No word on when or if Comcast will launch the hot-spot service, but the trial is reportedly running until December. Judging by the length of the trial, some think Comcast is gearing up for a much larger hot-spot service.

Comcast offers 22Mbps and 50Mbps connection speeds

Posted in Comcast by Conner Flynn on October 22nd, 2008

Comcast offers 22Mbps and 50Mbps connection speedsIf you’re a Comcast subscriber, here’s some good news for once. The company just announced today that they will be offering new higher-speed options. The upgrade to their DOCSIS 3.0 service will give you 22Mbps and 50Mbps download speeds with 5Mbps and 10Mbps upload speeds. Even the standard tiers have been upgraded.

The 6Mbps/1Mbps tier will be moved up to the 12Mbps/2Mbps tier. Likewise, the 8Mbps/2Mbps tier will be replaced with the 16Mbps/2Mbps tier. While the upgrades won’t cost you any extra, the two new speed tiers will. The 22Mbps tier is being called the “Ultra” and will cost $63 while the 50Mbps “Extreme 50″ tier will cost $140. The New England area will be the first to get the service, though they plan on expanding it across the nation.

Comcast offering Wiis to new subscribers

Posted in Comcast by Conner Flynn on July 22nd, 2008

Comcast offering Wiis to new subscribersFor those of you who haven’t jumped on the Wii bandwagon yet and don’t have Comcast, The Consumerist found out about a new deal in the works by Comcast where they will be giving away Wiis to new subscribers. The deal is apparently good from July 28 to August 17 in the Miami, SF, Houston, Denver, Chicago, Philly, Boston Detroit and other areas.

It’s a limited supply kind of thing so if you want a Wii and want to change over to Comcast, call them on July 28 and ask about it. We’ll probably begin seeing the ads soon. I can’t help but wonder though, if they will promise more Wiis then then have and start a fuss about some kind of Comcast/Wii shortage.

CES 2008

Panasonic, Comcast producing portable DVR

Posted in CES 2008,Comcast,DVR,Panasonic by Nino Marchetti on January 7th, 2008

Panasonic AnyPlay P-DVR Model TZ-LC100Panasonic and Comcast are tag teaming to bring Comcast customers a portable DVR so they can record programming at home and take it with them wherever they go. The Panasonic AnyPlay P-DVR Model TZ-LC100 will be available beginning in early 2009 and is being showcased at CES.

The Panasonic AnyPlay P-DVR Model TZ-LC100 is developed by Panasonic and co-branded with Comcast. It’s got 60GB of hard drive storage space, an 8.5″ folding LCD display screen and integrated stereo speakers. Also included are dual headphone jacks.

Big tech names sued over voicemail patents

Posted in AT&T,Cablevision,Comcast,eBay,Legal,News by Nino Marchetti on December 3rd, 2007

Big tech companies sued over voicemail patentsWhat do AT&T, Apple, Comcast, Cablevision and eBay all have in common? They are all being sued today by Klausner Technologies over visual voicemail patents the company says it owns and which it feels these well known, other companies have not yet requested a patent license for.

The suits were filed by the company which “was founded by Judah Klausner, the inventor of the PDA and electronic organizer.” Klausner Technologies says Cablevision’s Optimum Voicemail, Comcast’s Digital Voice Voicemail, eBay’s Skype Voicemail and AT&T/Apple’s iPhone Visual Voicemail services all violate patents it holds which allow “users to selectively retrieve and listen to voice messages via message inbox displays.”