Comcast rolling out controversial Xfinity WiFi public hotspot feature for home wireless routers

Comcast is rolling out a new feature for its Xfinity Internet customers in the Seattle region and other parts of Washington state that turns home wireless routers into public Internet hotspots by broadcasting a separate WiFi signal from the router that can be used by other Comcast/Xfinity customers. It’s part of a broader national expansion of the… Read More


Cable TV providers slip in Seattle tech survey, as satisfaction and users decline

Seattle residents don’t always agree on things, to say the least, but they are increasingly united in their sentiments about the city’s incumbent cable TV providers — with many preparing to drop cable television service altogether if things don’t improve. Cable TV subscribers have declined to 59 percent — down 13 percentage points since 2009 — among the more… Read More


Meet your new cable giant: Comcast calls $45B Time Warner buy ‘pro-competitive’

Television is much more than traditional cable or broadcast these days. That is one of Comcast’s biggest challenges, and it’s also one of the company’s primary justifications for the proposed $45.2 billion all-stock acquisition of Time Warner Cable, announced overnight. If approved by regulators, the deal will give Comcast about 30 million subscribers — spanning… Read More


Comcast’s Xfinity X1 service suffers overnight outage

Comcast’s Xfinity X1 television platform experienced a widespread outage overnight, showing blank screens for many users across the country, according to reports on Twitter and the Comcast customer forums. The outage appeared to be worst close to midnight last night, based on reports made to Engadget reported on the news shortly after 3 a.m. This… Read More


Xfinity X1: How Comcast roped me back in to cable

Over the years I’ve treated my TV viewing as a personal sport — with the primary objective of getting as much of my favorite content as I can while spending as little money as humanly possible. At various times I’ve plugged my Mac into my television using an HDMI adapter, used the PlayOn service to stream… 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


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


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


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