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Comcast dives in on 4K hardware with “Xi4” set-top box

Comcast dives in on 4K hardware with “Xi4” set-top box

This week the folks at Comcast have decided there's plenty of 4K content out in the wild. Enough, at least, to release a 4K Ultra High-Definition Set-Top Box for consumers. The "X1 set-top box" has been announced on the X1 platform, delivering Xfinity TV costumers with 4K UHD content. For those of you that aren't familiar, "UHD" also means "Ultra-HD", and essentially means the same as the term "4K", or a resolution of 3840 × 2160 pixels across a single screen - your screen, the screen you have in your living room.

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Comcast introduces voice-controlled remote for subscribers

Comcast introduces voice-controlled remote for subscribers

Long gone are the days when you had to get up out of the chair to manually change the volume or the television channel, and if Comcast has its way, we’ll one day consider having to manually press buttons on the television remote as equally archaic. The company has introduced a new voice-enabled remote that leverages Texas Instruments’ RF technology to, according to Comcast, usher in what could end up being “the tipping point in a major revolution” for its subscribers.

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Comcast Xfinity now an IoT platform, supports August, Automatic and more

Comcast Xfinity now an IoT platform, supports August, Automatic and more

You can now control your front door with your voice. In a partnership with Comcast, August — makers of the August Smart lock and August Connect — will soon allow their connected devices to be controlled via Comcast’s Xfinity service. If you have Xfinity Home, Comcast Xfinity Remote with Voice Control, or the X1 Entertainment Operating System, you can control your August device(s) via voice or on-screen controls, where supported. Comcast is also adding support for other Internet of Things devices, likely an attempt to make Xfinity more of an IoT platform than a cable offering.

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Comcast lets you send live-streaming video to a friend’s TV

Comcast lets you send live-streaming video to a friend’s TV

Live-streaming from your smartphone is about to get even easier. Comcast is following the lead of live-streaming apps such as Periscope and Meerkat and adding a live-streaming feature to its X1 set-top-boxes. Comcast is introducing Xfinity Share, a new way for people to send live video feeds to from their smartphones to their own TV's or TV's of friends and family members. You'll just need the home phone number tied to their Comcast account to add friends to your contact list. Users will also be able to stream recorded video from their smartphone's camera roll.

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Comcast said to be developing YouTube-like video service

Comcast said to be developing YouTube-like video service

Comcast, the cable and internet service provider/monopoly, may be looking to expand into a new area: the short-form, web-generated video content that YouTube excels at. A new report from The Information says Comcast has been working on an online video service for over a year and a half now, and is planning a nationwide rollout for sometime in the future. The project was put on hold as the now-cancelled Comcast/Time Warner merger was submitted for government review.

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Comcast has killed the Time Warner Cable merger

Comcast has killed the Time Warner Cable merger

Comcast has pulled the plug on its merger plans with Time Warner Cable, after the government refused to let up on monopoly concerns. The failure of the agreement - along with Comcast's transactions agreement with Charter Communications, Inc., which is also a victim of the deal's demise - was rumored earlier this week, amid ongoing speculation that the US Department of Justice was building a case against the merger on the grounds that it would not be in the best interests of consumers.

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Comcast tipped in plan to nix TWC merger

Comcast tipped in plan to nix TWC merger

Last week, word surfaced that the Department of Justice was planning to recommend the Comcast and Time Warner Cable acquisition be blocked, and was collecting evidence to support a case against the merger. This was good news to the (loads of) critics of the plan, and pointed toward a ray of hope that the acquisition wouldn’t go through. Now there’s a bigger sign that the end is near, with sources saying that Comcast is going to withdraw its acquisition plans.

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DoJ tipped in plan to recommend Comcast-TWC merger block

DoJ tipped in plan to recommend Comcast-TWC merger block

Many have criticized the planned merger of Comcast and Time Warner, and for valid reasons. Now sources have cropped up to say that it might not happen after all, with the Department of Justice reportedly contemplating a recommendation to block the acquisition. Says the sources, there are concerns that such a merger between the two companies would be to the detriment of consumers. Furthermore, lawyers for the DoJ are said to be gathering evidence in support of a case to challenge the planned acquisition.

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Comcast’s ‘Gigabit Pro’ challenges Google Fiber with 2Gbps speeds

Comcast’s ‘Gigabit Pro’ challenges Google Fiber with 2Gbps speeds

Comcast is waging war with Google, attempting to one-up the Search giant on their ground. In introducing gigabit Pro, Comcast is taking Google Fiber on directly, except Comcast says their service is better. And faster. Beginning next month in Atlanta, Gigabit Pro will bring ultra-fast Internet at up to 2Gbps — that’s double the top speed of Google Fiber. Even more intriguing is Comcast’s planned rollout. They say by the end of 2015, around 18 million homes nationwide will have access to Gigabit Pro.

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HBO, Showtime, and Sony want an Internet fast lane for TV streaming

HBO, Showtime, and Sony want an Internet fast lane for TV streaming

In the wake of the FCC's Net Neutrality vote, all web content is created equal. However, nothing is every black and white, and there is a new gray area when it comes to managed services. HBO, Showtime, and Sony Corp. are pushing for their streaming content to be treated separately and have talked to Comcast Corp. about being included in their separate data lane for "managed services."

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Comcast: HBO Go on PS4 is a no go

Comcast: HBO Go on PS4 is a no go

This is one of those stories that doesn't really shock you but could still pretty much leave you fuming. Although Sony has finally made PS4 users' dreams come true by making the HBO Go app available, a certain subset of that group is missing out on the fun. The service still requires console owners to authenticate their devices with their cable operator and while most companies have been glad to do so, one, unsurprisingly, refuses to budge. That's right. Comcast is still blocking HBO Go on Sony's consoles.

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