Demonstrating a remote control that could let a cable subscriber who sees a Pizza Hut ad on TV receive a coupon by tapping his remote to a smartphone, top Comcast remote control supplier Universal Electronics is offering a glimpse at some of the next-generation applications that could be deployed by major pay TV distributors using near field communication (NFC) technology.
Investments in installing new Wi-Fi gear in subscriber homes will give cable operators a long-term competitive advantage over pay TV rivals, Comcast Cable EVP and COO Dave Watson said Tuesday.
Comcast has completed a live field trial of a 1 Terabit per second optical transmission network that spans nearly 1,000 km. The trial occurred in early October over Comcast's long-haul fiber network connecting Ashburn, Va., to Charlotte, N.C.
Netflix is in preliminary discussions with cable operators, including Comcast, about becoming an app on the set-top box, according to CEO Reed Hastings. Speaking during the company's third quarter earnings report, Hastings confirmed reports that circulated last week about Netflix working with cable companies, but he noted there are several issues that would need to be resolved first.
Comcast's RDK software platform could help enable the delivery of IP video to subscribers nationwide connected to a virtual cable platform used by multiple broadband providers, according to the Comcast executive running its RDK LLC joint venture with Time Warner Cable.
SMK Electronics said it'll demonstrate new voice-enabled remote controls at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Atlanta this week that are based on the WiFi Direct standard.
While stopping short of announcing a merger, two of the cable industry's top technology trade groups said they agreed to integrate and align their work on standards and training programs.
Cable operator Comcast announced a massive rollout of new Wi-Fi hotspots across Utah, and the company expects to add more sites in the state as time goes by.
By deciding to shutter their joint innovation lab, Verizon and cable partners Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Bright House signaled they believe it'd be more profitable in the long run to pursue their own multiscreen distribution products than to share their inventions.
The joint innovation venture that Verizon Wireless launched with Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks after agreeing to buy spectrum from the major MSOs in December 2011 "has been terminated," Verizon CFO Fran Shammo said Thursday.