Who needs Google Fiber? Comcast exec says U.S. consumers not ready for gigabit bandwidth

As far as Comcast is concerned, gigabit broadband is more bandwidth than consumers want, though they might not know it. In an editorial published today in the Philadelphia Inquirer, David L. Cohen, Comcast’s Executive Vice President, took aim at criticism leveled at the U.S. telecommunications industry regarding high speed broadband. “For some, the discussion about… Read More


Xfinity ‘Watchathon’ opens up a killer catalog, for a week

Attention, couch potatoes: Get ready for some good old-fashioned binge viewing. Comcast today announced plans for a “Watchathon” week — opening up its library of premium on-demand content to (almost) all Xfinity TV subscribers, even if they don’t subscribe to premium channels. That means you have a week to catch up on shows including Game… Read More


Study shows Sprint severely undervaluing Clearwire spectrum

A study that one Clearwire shareholder commissioned shows that the company’s spectrum is worth two to three times more than what Sprint is currently offering in its bid to acquire Bellevue-based Clearwire. The study, done by Information Age Economics, shows that Sprint’s current offer of $2.97 per share undervalues its longtime partner Clearwire. It was commissioned by Crest… Read More


Comcast to add jobs at Seattle area call centers

Cable giant Comcast announced today that it is expanding its call center operations in the Puget Sound area, adding 180 new jobs in Fife, Lynnwood and Everett. About 140 positions will be added in Lynnwood and Everett, while 40 positions will be added in Fife. The company, the largest cable provider in the state, employs… Read More


Report: NBCU wants to buy rest of from Microsoft

NBCUniversal and its parent company, Comcast, have been talking seriously with Microsoft about buying out the Redmond company’s stake in their joint venture, according to a report this afternoon by AdWeek. The story quotes “several sources” with first-hand knowledge of the situation saying that Comcast is conducting its due diligence as a prelude to… Read More


Seattle ranks in top 5 for broadband download speed

Feeling a bit sluggish, Seattle? Perhaps a move to Austin, San Francisco or Boston will perk you up. Pando Networks, which delivers content and downloads for MMO games, has released its annual American Broadband Study. And in it, Seattle ranks fourth for average download speeds among the largest cities in the U.S., with an average… Read More


No Comcast bandwidth cap for on-demand Xbox video

Comcast is releasing a few more details on its promised Xfinity TV for Xbox 360 service with what might be an unexpected plus: video streaming to an Xbox through the service won’t count against Comcast’s monthly 250GB broadband cap. In an updated FAQ on the Comcast site, Comcast notes the cap won’t apply because, “the… Read More


Comcast expands Xfinity Home service, announces plans for learning thermostat

Comcast is rolling out its Xfinity Home residential security, energy and automation service in Washington state today, and simultaneously taking steps to turn the system into more of a technology platform — announcing a deal with energy management firm EcoFactor to offer a cloud-based learning thermostat service to Xfinity Home users. The Xfinity Home service includes… Read More


Sneak Peek: Comcast Xfinity on Microsoft’s Xbox Live

Comcast’s Xfinity app for Xbox Live is still “coming soon,” but Microsoft gave a sneak preview on Monday as part of the TechForum event on the company’s Redmond campus. It’s part of an ongoing effort by Microsoft to make the Xbox 360 more of a multipurpose entertainment device, expanding beyond its roots as a game console…. Read More


Comcast and Verizon Wireless join forces, test combo deal

A wireless plan and home cable service — the peanut butter and chocolate of digital communications and entertainment? Verizon Wireless and Comcast are betting on it. The companies will start selling each other’s services for the first time Tuesday under a new partnership, rolling out initially in the Pacific Northwest. Comcast representatives will sell Xfinity packages… Read More


Comcast and Time Warner to end wholesale deals with Clearwire

Comcast and Time Warner will end their wholesale agreements with Clearwire, part of a deal that the cable companies struck today to sell wireless spectrum to Verizon. Cnet reports that the decision ends “a lukewarm relationship” between the cable companies and Clearwire, with reporter Roger Cheng noting that Comcast signed up just 30,000 customers through the… Read More


Q&A: How Comcast is adjusting to our changing TV habits

How are people actually using the web and mobile apps to interact with traditional television content? What’s next for the set-top box? And why isn’t Comcast supporting the Kindle Fire out of the gate? Those are some of the topics we discussed this week with Tom Blaxland, senior director of product management for Comcast Interactive… Read More

amazon-logo, Costco among the most trusted brands has been taking some hits lately, with at least two congressmen arguing that the company’s new Silk browser for Kindle could violate the privacy of consumers. But that possible setback isn’t having an impact on American shoppers –at least not yet. ranked that the second most trusted company in a new study released… Read More


Tech Moves: RealNetworks vet takes control at Control 4; changes at Cray; thePlatform; and more

Control 4, a Salt Lake City, Utah maker of home automation technologies, has named former RealNetworks and Bungee Labs executive Martin Plaehn to the position of CEO. Plaehn previously served two separate tenures at RealNetworks — most recently as senior vice president of product & service development. He also worked at the company from 1999… Read More


Welcome to Washington: Fastest Internet speeds in the west

Next time you’re cursing your crappy Internet connection, just be thankful that you don’t live in Pocatello. The southeastern Idaho town, located along the historic Oregon Trail, ranked in a recent study as having the slowest Internet speeds in the country. In fact, you may want to unplug entirely in Idaho, which ranked as having… Read More


Comcast inks deal with NW companies to stream video to the iPad and iPhone

With Hulu reportedly for sale and Netflix taking heat over its price hike, Comcast is making a bigger push to deliver online video content to mobile devices. The cable giant today announced that it plans to begin using video processing technology from Portland-based Elemental Technologies and video management technology from Seattle-based thePlatform — a Comcast subsidiary… Read More


Video: Meet the Seattle geek who just got banned from Comcast

Andre Vrignaud, who just got banned from Comcast for a year for unknowingly exceeding a 250 gigabyte data cap, is taking his frustration to the airwaves. The 39-year-old video game consultant chats with GeekWire news partner KING 5, telling reporter Eric Wilkinson that the year-long ban is impacting his ability to earn a paycheck. Vrignaud, who… Read More


Comcast shows next-gen Xfinity TV interface, gets help from your Facebook friends

The rise of free online alternatives to traditional cable television means the big cable operators will need to roll out user-experience innovations to keep those users in the fold. Cable giant Comcast is showing where it’s headed — demonstrating a next-generation Xfinity TV interface that incorporates and tries to improve upon approaches from the traditional… Read More

Comcast wins high-speed broadband contract for Seattle’s Pioneer Square

Comcast has won a high-profile contract to provide high-speed Internet access to businesses and residences in Pioneer Square, an important development given the number of Internet and gaming companies located in Seattle’s historic district. “Comcast has actually wanted to serve this area for years, because of its reputation as a business incubator,” said Comcast’s Todd… Read More