As it aggressively seeks to grow its carrier-grade Wi-Fi footprint by building in a separate SSID signal into the modems of its residential subscribers, Comcast has purportedly offered its customers the ability to opt out of the program.
Originally scheduled to culminate by the end of 2014, the FCC's respective regulatory reviews for the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable and AT&T-DirecTV mergers will now close in March, if no more delays are encountered.
Two years and five months after its initial launch in Boston, Comcast's X1 set-top box has been deployed in about 5 million homes. But a similar product from Charter Communications shows how such products can offer many of the same services through a significantly different setup. For more on this topic, check out this FierceCable feature.
It is now imperative for pay-TV operators to offer their customers slick user interfaces that intuitively help them search and surface programming among a vast selection of content choices that is becoming increasingly atomized.
Comcast and Charter have been actively rolling out new cloud-based user guides for their users, but their approaches vary widely.
In Tim Burton's wildly inventive 1985 comedy Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, the title character spends most of the film trying to reclaim his stolen bike, a frilly, pimped out, elaborately customized 1941 Schwinn Pullman, somewhat grandiosely monikered the "X1."
Responding to the announcement Wednesday of a new coalition made up of consumer activist groups, labor unions, rival pay-TV operators and other entities that don't support its merger with Time Warner Cable, Comcast downplayed the formation of "Stop Mega Comcast."
CenturyLink has become the latest service provider to protest against the pending Comcast and Time Warner Cable merger, saying that if the deal is approved, it will increase content costs for emerging telco TV players, like itself, that don't have the same scale and impede competition. FierceTelecom 's Sean Buckley has a complete story here.
After independently sending scathing anti-merger letters to the FCC for months, a group of pay-TV companies, programmers, labor unions and public interest groups have banded together to form the "Stop Mega Comcast" coalition.
CenturyLink has become the latest service provider to protest against the pending Comcast and Time Warner Cable merger, saying that if the deal is approved, it will increase content costs for emerging telco TV players like itself that don't have the same scale and impede competition.