Comcast has become the first U.S. cable operator to announce wide-scale DOCSIS 3.1 deployment.
Home automation apps from Comcast and AT&T performed poorly in a recent compilation of 50,000 consumer reviews.
Dual-use routers such as Comcast's Xfinity gateways, which operate as both home Wi-Fi routers and public hotspots, are rapidly gaining favor among cable and IPTV operators in the U.S. and Europe. In fact, one in three routers will function as "homespots" by 2017, according to a new Juniper Research report, reaching 366 million units installed worldwide.
While the hype about virtual reality (VR) over-indexed at CES 2016, there's good reason for network operators to be interested in the technology, not the least of which is all that traffic it could generate.
A group of pay-tv providers including Comcast and AT&T's DirecTV unit are expressing interest in the emerging virtual reality (VR) concept.
With trade show floor and executive panel presentations over-indexing with hype about virtual reality (VR) at CES 2016 in Las Vegas, questions emerged as to whether VR will go the way of 3D TV, another former CES uber-trend that never caught on with consumers. A consensus quickly evolved that VR is not that technology. Analysts now see virtual reality as having too many practical applications-- everything from education to health care to real estate-- to fail. Naturally, pay-TV companies are experimenting with VR, with some expecting to reap big rewards.
If Charter Communications is successfully able to acquire Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, it will combine with Comcast to serve around 70 percent of the U.S. marketshare of broadband users with download speeds of 25 Mbps or higher-- not the 90 percent figure posited by merger opposition coalition Stop Mega Cable, according to figures compiled by Ars Technica.
Comcast has partnered with Twitter-owned social marketing specialist Niche on an influencer-based social media campaign to promote the MSO's X1 advanced video platform.
Comcast and DirecTV have joined Major League Baseball in settling a class-action suit filed by fans fed up with the way regional sports networks limit viewing access to their favorite teams.
Verizon says that cable operators' efforts to build fiber networks to deliver Ethernet and IP-based services will enable them to compete in 77.1 percent of the carrier's wireline markets.