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Comcast brings X1 subscribers content from 30+ partners

Comcast brings X1 subscribers content from 30+ partners

Comcast has announced new partnerships with in excess of 30 broadcast and cable networks, saying through it there’s a new beta launch of “short-form web video” available to those using the service provider’s X1 platform. Kicking things off will be, among other things, clips of Fox Sports Live and Today Show programming and in the future that will be expanded to include more content, as well as “complimentary series”, extras, and bonus content.

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Watchable, Comcast’s YouTube killer, launches in beta

Watchable, Comcast’s YouTube killer, launches in beta

Last month, Comcast was tipped to be eying a slice of the video streaming business to challenge the near invulnerability of YouTube. Now the cable company confirms that rumor by announcing the beta testing phase of its new service simply called "Watchable". Aiming to "connect creators of compelling content with viewers", the Internet video streaming service gathers a few known brands and channels in the media scene in the hopes of leaving a market in an already crowded space, most of it occupied by the hulking Google service.

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Comcast strikes settlement with California over privacy issue

Comcast strikes settlement with California over privacy issue

Comcast and California have struck a settlement deal according to the state’s Attorney General Kamala Harris. The settlement was announced on Thursday, and is related to claims that Comcast published personal customer data online, including phone numbers, names, and addresses. This is said to have affected “tens of thousands” of Comcast subscribers who had shelled out for an unlisted VOIP service.

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Comcast’s adding new features for football fans

Comcast’s adding new features for football fans

Comcast is catering to the wants of its subscribers, at least the subscribers who enjoy football season. On Thursday, the service provider announced that it is making its X1 Sports mobile app “the ultimate football companion” for football season — for both the NCAA and NFL seasons. Comcast says it’ll be bringing users more football content than before, including everything from visualizations that make it easy to catch up on what has already gone down to real-time stats on games.

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Comcast to subscribers: pay extra or face 300GB data cap

Comcast to subscribers: pay extra or face 300GB data cap

Comcast wants to play a game: pay $30 extra per month, or get your data capped at 300GB and pay extra anyway when you go over that amount. It's a lose-lose situation for subscribers in the regions where Comcast will be introducing it -- if you don't pay it, you may end up paying more than the $30/month extra in overage charges. If you do pay it, though, but don't end up using more than 300GB that month, Comcast will just pocket the money and you'll be faced with the same situation the next month.

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Comcast to cover entire US footprint with Gigabit Internet by 2018

Comcast to cover entire US footprint with Gigabit Internet by 2018

Comcast’s Vice President of Network Architecture Robert Howald has stated the service provider is planning to upgrade its entire cable network over the next two years, and that the upgrade will be able to accommodate speeds up to 10 Gpbs. Comcast is looking to start market trials of the DOCSIS 3.1 technology ("Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification") upgrade some time later this year, and according to Howald, the company is looking to “scale it through our footprint through 2016.” If all goes as planned, Comcast is hoping to have the technology operating across its full network in the US within the next two to three years, though two years is the goal.

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Comcast’s live-streaming app now available for Xfinity customers

Comcast’s live-streaming app now available for Xfinity customers

Back in May, Comcast began a limited test of a mobile app that let users stream video from their smartphone to not only other phone users, but to TVs at home and the homes other subscribers. Called Xfinity Share, the app proved to be fairly popular, and now Comcast has made it available to all Xfinity customers. The app is free on both iOS and Android, and the only requirement for recipients of the stream is that they have an X1 DVR-ready set-top box.

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Comcast pulling its Xbox 360 streaming app

Comcast pulling its Xbox 360 streaming app

Comcast has revealed it's pulling its Xfinity streaming app for the Xbox 360 console on September 1st. The ISP hasn't made it clear exactly why they're killing the app, other than stating on Twitter that they're reshuffling to make "improvements to our online experience," but it's pretty obvious it was a flop in the face of the Netflix behemoth. First launched in 2012, the Xbox 360 Xfinity app was quickly criticized, especially by Netflix, for its abuse of network neutrality, as video streamed from the app didn't count towards users' data caps.

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Comcast ‘Watchable’ video service tipped to rival YouTube

Comcast ‘Watchable’ video service tipped to rival YouTube

Comcast is working on a video service called 'Watchable' that will rival YouTube and other video platforms, say sources. It is possible the name of the service could change before it is officially launched, but the sources indicate that is only a slight possibility. Comcast has reportedly been courting big-name publishers, and will launch the service with content spanning topics from sports to comedy, and more. The service is said to launch in "the coming weeks," though a specific timeframe was not provided.

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Comcast doubles speed on low-income $10 internet

Comcast doubles speed on low-income $10 internet

Comcast is doubling the speed of its Internet Essentials package for low-income families, in addition to throwing in WiFi to help cut the cord. Launched back in 2011, Internet essentials offers a $9.95 package for families that satisfy a few basic criteria, like having a child in the National School Lunch Program. Now, Comcast is upgrading the standard router, as well as increasing the speed at which it will download.

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Comcast frowns at Sling TV, rejects anti-cable ads

Comcast frowns at Sling TV, rejects anti-cable ads

Sling TV was arguably the brightest light in cable-cutters' eyes, at least when it launched earlier this year. The service is an Internet-only online live TV streaming service from Dish Network, and it -- despite some hiccups -- has largely enjoyed success. The service works by breaking content up into packages: there's one core package that costs $20/month, and additional packages priced at $5/month (with a couple exceptions) that aggregates similar channels. The service is everything cable isn't, and now its provoking has earned a reaction.

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Comcast, EA partner up for cable TV-based game streaming

Comcast, EA partner up for cable TV-based game streaming

Cable giant Comcast has just announced a partnership with video game publishing giant Electronic Arts to launch a game-streaming service for its cable customers. Dubbed Xfinity Games, the service is launching as a public beta today, and will allow users to play games from their X1 set-top box while using a smartphone or tablet as a controller. Comcast says the service is aimed at families and casual gamers, and will feature 23 titles at launch. X1 customers can sign up for the beta at xfinitygames.com, and are said to be notified of entry within a few days.

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