Comcast is letting other cable operators kick the tires on the platform it has built for its cloud-based Xfinity X1 platform and could eventually develop relationships that would see its Xfinity brand used by other distributors, Comcast Cable EVP and COO Dave Watson told FierceCable here at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo.
Madrid-based Fon, which encourages users to share their Wi-Fi router signal with others in exchange for free access to other Fon hotspots around the world, jumped into the U.S. market with a new router that accepts Facebook credentials in lieu of a password.
Cox Communications is looking at using cloud-based servers to offer cable subscribers with DVR set-tops in their homes extra storage capacity, CTO Kevin Hart told FierceCable Wednesday here at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo.
British set-top maker Pace Plc purchased equipment maker Aurora Networks for $310 million in a deal that is expected to produce $8 million in synergies by year-end and boost the company's 2014 earnings. Pace also will pay an additional $13 million in tax benefits upon closing the deal.
Comcast is the latest service provider to see how 1 Tbps optical transmission could work over a live network. The cable MSO recently completed a live field trial of a 1 Tbps long-haul transmission network that spans nearly 1,000 km connecting Ashburn, Va., to Charlotte, N.C.
Setting the stage for virtual cable distribution, iN DEMAND, the pay-per-view and video-on-demand distributor owned by the nation's largest cable operators, is moving to an all-IP, terrestrial platform to deliver multiscreen programming to cable subscribers watching content on TVs, tablets and other IP-connected devices.
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.