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Comcast is making Netflix partners pay a toll to deliver streaming video

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2010

A lot of stuff goes on behind the scenes that we never see. Some of those things we want to know about. Like the fact that Level 3 Communications, a networking company that delivers streaming video to Netflix users, claims that Comcast is demanding a recurring fee for the transmission of these videos to its subscribers. On a road this would be called a toll. Sucks either way.

If this is true, this isn’t good news for Netflix users, since increased operation costs always trickle down to the end user. After a few days of negotiating, Level 3 Communications paid the fee. Comcast has come out with a statement claiming that the fee has nothing to do with Netflix or video traffic in general. Instead it’s related to the amount of traffic that Level 3 Communications is pushing off into Comcast’s network.

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 launches High-Speed 2go WiMax service tomorrow in Portland, other cities to follow

Posted in WiMAX by Conner Flynn on June 29th, 2009

Comcast launches High-Speed 2go WiMax service tomorrow in Portland, other cities to followCitizens of Portland are about to get a first shot at Comcast’s High-Speed 2go service. Based on Clearwire’s WiMAX service, Comcast High-Speed 2go is available in what they are calling a “Fast Pack Metro” bundle which includes home internet service, a WiFi router and the WiMAX for $50 a month, with another $20 tacking on nationwide Sprint 3G (along with the appropriate 3G / WiMAX combo card).

Existing Triple Play customers need not worry. They can add the WiMAX by itself for $30. Comcast plans to launch a similar service in Atlanta, Chicago, and Philadelphia before the end of 2009.

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.