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Enough: It’s time for major tech companies to take a stand against ISP data caps

By about 7 hours ago.

Enough: It’s time for major tech companies to take a stand against ISP data caps

Let’s be honest: The only reason we tolerate mobile data caps at all is because we at least have wireline networks at home that we can fall back on. Comcast and other ISPs seem determined to end unlimited data for home networks as well, however.  More →

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Comcast Gigabit Internet

Comcast to offer gigabit Internet nationwide by 2018

By on August 25, 2015 at 8:00 AM.

Comcast to offer gigabit Internet nationwide by 2018

Though maligned for its customer support and billing practices, the one thing Comcast decidedly does well is offer fast Internet service. In recent nationwide testing, SpeedTest.net found that Comcast is the fastest nationwide ISP in the country. And now comes word that the company’s fast Internet is about to get a whole lot faster.

During a recent interview with FierceCable, Comcast VP of network architecture Robert Howald said that Comcast has plans to offer gigabit Internet service to all of its customers by 2018.

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Comcast 4K

Comcast: We’re ready for 4K distribution today

By on August 24, 2015 at 9:15 PM.

Comcast: We’re ready for 4K distribution today

While there’s no disputing that the picture quality of 4K content is absolutely breathtaking, the transition to a 4K world isn’t going to happen overnight. For starters, 4K HDTVs are relatively expensive and remain something of a curiosity for most mainstream consumers. Even though the price of 4K sets have gone down dramatically in the last 12 months alone, the percentage of 4K sets in living rooms remains small.

Even more limiting is the fact that most content today simply isn’t being produced in 4K. While Netflix is committed to shooting all of its original programming in 4K — and even 6K in the case of House of Cards — they are in the minority. Furthermore, because 4K is so data heavy, bandwidth issues may impede widespread adoption.

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Comcast Xfinity Share App

Awesome Comcast Xfinity Share app gives us a glimpse into the future

By on August 21, 2015 at 9:30 PM.

Awesome Comcast Xfinity Share app gives us a glimpse into the future

For as much as people talk about living in a connected world, the reality is that we’ve just scratched the surface of what is possible. Speaking to this point, Comcast on Friday announced that it was making one of its coolest features available to all subscribers.

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Comcast Data Caps

Comcast admits its 300GB data cap serves no technical purpose

By on August 16, 2015 at 12:30 PM.

Comcast admits its 300GB data cap serves no technical purpose

Say what you will about Comcast and their customer service, but the company does provide the fastest internet speeds amongst all nationwide ISPs. As we highlighted earlier this month, Comcast Xfinity delivers an average download speed of 104Mbps alongside an average upload speed of 12.7Mbps.

That’s great and all, but with Comcast simultaneously implementing a rigid 300 GB data cap on its users, the company has naturally been accused of teasing users with download speeds that can quickly eat into the 300 GB threshold and subsequently result in fines for going over.

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Cable Modem Router

Fight back against your ISP: Stop paying bogus modem rental fees

By on August 12, 2015 at 9:05 AM.

Fight back against your ISP: Stop paying bogus modem rental fees

We recently wrote about an awful pay TV scam that’s hiding in plain sight. Cable and satellite TV providers charge you as much as a monthly Netflix subscription or even more to rent a cable box that allows you to use their services. You’ll likely end up paying hundreds of dollars for this box over the course of your contract, and then you’ll have to pay hundreds more or return the box when it comes time to move or cancel your service.

Of course, pay TV companies are also Internet service providers, and they double up and pull the same move with your modem. As is often the case with cable boxes, however, you can fight back against these bogus charges by purchasing your own hardware. More →

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Comcast Internet Speed Test Fastest

America hates Comcast but it’s the fastest nationwide ISP we have

By on August 5, 2015 at 10:15 PM.

America hates Comcast but it’s the fastest nationwide ISP we have

Comcast is not a well loved company in the United States. Somewhat paradoxically, however, Comcast also happens to be the ISP with the fastest overall speeds of any nationwide provider in the country. SpeedTest.net this week announced its first-ever awards for ISPs in the U.S. and it found that Comcast’s Xfinity was the fastest overall service with an average download speed of just under 105Mbps and an average upload speed of 12.7Mbps. More →

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Cable TV Providers

The pay TV scam that’s hiding in plain sight

By on August 1, 2015 at 11:00 AM.

The pay TV scam that’s hiding in plain sight

Services like Netflix are driving U.S. households to cut the cord at an unprecedented rate, and studies suggest that impressive rate won’t be slowing anytime soon. The unbreakable bundles, poor customer service and high cost of pay TV packages has made consumers all too eager to ditch their cable and satellite TV services, so it makes sense that cord cutting has exploded now that entertainment is widely available elsewhere.

As if the reasons to loathe pay TV service providers weren’t already numerous enough, a recent report sheds new light on a scam that cable and satellite TV companies have been pulling for years. And the worst part is that people have known about it all along, they just never realized how bad it was. More →

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Comcast Buzzfeed Vox Media Investment

Comcast is about to fund its biggest media critics with hundreds of millions of dollars

By on July 30, 2015 at 10:45 AM.

Comcast is about to fund its biggest media critics with hundreds of millions of dollars

Comcast has earned a reputation as one of America’s most hated companies and there are plenty of people in the media who slam the cable giant on a regular basis. That’s why we’re intrigued about Re/code’s new report claiming that NBCUniversal, which is owned by Comcast, is about to invest hundreds of millions of dollars into two major media companies that have in the past been some of its toughest critics. More →

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Comcast New Media Acquisitions

Why should Comcast improve its reputation when it can just buy the blogs that bash it?

By on July 24, 2015 at 10:20 AM.

Why should Comcast improve its reputation when it can just buy the blogs that bash it?

Following Verizon’s recent acquisition of AOL, the industry and readers at large are waiting to see if and how the deal might affect the news sites Verizon now owns, including Huffington PostTechCrunch and Engadget. Considering Verizon has long been one of net neutrality’s biggest enemies, the worries are fairly obvious.

If there’s one company that readers are likely even more concerned about, it’s Comcast, which has long been the subject of widespread Internet wrath do to complaints surrounding poor service and even worse customer service.

Now, it looks like Comcast is in talks to buy some of its biggest critics. More →

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Comcast Internet Subscribers

The Netflix effect: Comcast now has fewer pay TV subscribers than Internet subscribers

By on July 23, 2015 at 3:45 PM.

The Netflix effect: Comcast now has fewer pay TV subscribers than Internet subscribers

When companies willfully ignore viable and increasingly dangerous threats to their business, well, it typically doesn’t end well. Especially in the fast moving world of tech, being able to pinpoint strategic threats and address them quickly is imperative.

That said, Comcast’s seeming obliviousness to growing threats from like the likes of Netflix is so confounding.

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Comcast Vs Netflix

Comcast has created a monster… and its name is Netflix

By on July 23, 2015 at 12:40 PM.

Comcast has created a monster… and its name is Netflix

Oops. Netflix has quickly grown from a nifty little site that streams a bunch of old movies to a game-changing entertainment powerhouse that makes it easier than ever to cut the cord. Long story short, it has become pay TV providers’ worst nightmare. Users love Netflix, investors love Netflix, and the company’s future looks brighter than ever as the cord cutting trend picks up steam.

Typically, service providers try to downplay Netflix’s impact on their business. Of course, one need only look at cable company’s subscriber trends to see how seriously Netflix and similar services are affecting these companies’ bottom lines. In an interesting moment of candor, however, one top cable company lobbyist admitted that Netflix is indeed hurting its business. More →

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Comcast DOCSIS 3.1 10Gbps Market Trial

Comcast to start market trial of 10Gbps broadband tech in late 2015

By on July 23, 2015 at 11:50 AM.

Comcast to start market trial of 10Gbps broadband tech in late 2015

Comcast later this year is going to start a market trial of an incredibly promising new broadband technology capable of delivering maximum download speeds of 10Gbps and maximum upload speeds of 1Gbps. This news comes to us via Multichannel News’ Jeff Baumgartner and it was announced earlier on Thursday by Comcast Cable CEO Neil Smit, who said Comcast would start the trial sometime in Q4 2015. More →

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