Google Fiber
Google fired a shot across the bow of big ISPs like Comcast and Verizon on Wednesday, stating in a blog post from its Fiber division that it would never charge a content company like Netflix fees for a direct interconnection with its network. This positions Google squarely behind Reed Hastings, who has argued that such Continue Reading →
Who's Got Your Back 2014
The results are in on the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s fourth annual “Who Has Your Back” report on the tech sector’s customer privacy practices. The highest ratings—companies given six stars—were handed to Apple, Credo Mobile, Dropbox, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Sonic, Twitter, and Yahoo. The report, released Thursday, reviewed 26 companies in all, rating them on everything Continue Reading →
A Comcast executive said he expects the company will roll out “usage-based billing”—what most people call “data caps”—to all of its customers within five years. Speaking with investors today (transcript), Comcast Executive VP David Cohen said, “I would predict that in five years Comcast at least would have a usage-based billing model rolled out across Continue Reading →
EA and Comcast
Comcast may soon allow customers using its cloud-connected X1 cable box system to buy games from Electronic Arts through their televisions, according to five sources briefed on the plans. Such a partnership would come as the cable company seeks to protect its turf against a new wave of challengers. After two years of testing, Comcast Continue Reading →
Comcast’s X1 entertainment OS is getting a big update which will improve features across the platform’s services, and also introduces a slew of new ones to the mix as well. The result will change how you use Comcast services across your TVs, mobiles devices, and computers. Comcast is billboarding the X1’s new livestreaming capability that Continue Reading →
Comcast and Time Warner
Comcast, the country’s largest cable company, announced Monday that it will divest 3.9 million subscribers to regional cable operator Charter as part of a plan to ease regulatory concerns over its proposal to acquire Time Warner Cable. The planned divestures, which have been valued at around $20 billion, call for Comcast to sell 1.4 million Continue Reading →
Comcast appears to have a new trick up its sleeve. The cable operator is reportedly looking to create a mobile phone service that would mostly rely on Wi-Fi, according to a report by The Information. The alleged service would use Wi-Fi from wireless routers and public hotspots in areas where those services are available; and, Continue Reading →
Apple is working on a new set-top box besides its existing Apple TV, new documents reveal. A regulatory filing made by Comcast and Time Warner Cable to the US Federal Communications Commission pitching their planned merger specifically mentions that Apple is exploring the “development of an Apple set-top box”. The filing reads: “Apple tablets are Continue Reading →
Comcast and Time Warner
Comcast filed a 175-page “public interest statement” with the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday to explain why its proposed $45.2 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable will be good for consumers. The country’s largest cable and broadband Internet provider is already meeting opposition in its quest to buy the second largest cable provider, however. As Continue Reading →
If you’re a Comcast customer without a Netflix subscription who’s dying to know what the big deal is about “House of Cards,” you’re in luck. A recent deal between Comcast and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has given Comcast the rights to sell the Emmy Award-winning first season of “House of Cards” through its Xfinity Store Continue Reading →