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Comcast tests its pre-paid XFINITY internet service

Comcast tests its pre-paid XFINITY internet service

Comcast is mimicking the mobile industry and has just started testing its own pre-paid service. The company has launched its pre-paid XFINITY internet service in a few states, including Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. This new program is aimed for people who hate contracts, and/or do not have sufficient credit to sign up for Comcast’s internet service. This service will be available for new activations only, meaning those of you who already have Comcast's services will be left out.

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Leaked AT&T training documents reveal anti-piracy plan

Leaked AT&T training documents reveal anti-piracy plan

A leaked batch of AT&T training documents reveal an anti-piracy plan in the books, which includes sending warning notices to flagged accounts. In what seems to be a completely draconian measure, any subscriber who's account is flagged multiple times for copyright infringement will have access to frequently-visited websites (Facebook? YouTube?) blocked until they complete an online course on copyright. The warning notices will begin on November 28th.

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FCC approves Verizon’s $3.9 billion spectrum purchase

FCC approves Verizon’s $3.9 billion spectrum purchase

The executives at Verizon are likely jumping for joy today, as the FCC has approved the company's planned spectrum acquisition. Verizon will be purchasing spectrum licenses from SprectrumCo, which is a joint venture between a number of big cable companies, including Comcast and Time Warner. It's paying a lot of money for access to that AWS spectrum as well, as the total price comes in at a whopping $3.9 billion.

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Boxee and Comcast reveal cable encryption workaround

Boxee and Comcast reveal cable encryption workaround

Comcast and Boxee are collaborating on a new system that could eventually replace CableCARD and allow third-party set-top boxes like the Boxee Box to access encrypted all-digital cable broadcasts. The two companies detailed the proposed approach in a joint FCC filing, initially using an external cable box that would hook up to STBs via ethernet, but eventually migrating to a licensed integrated digital transport adapter (Integrated DTA) that would provide a more streamlined solution.

 

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Verizon Viewdini aggregates Netflix, Hulu, Comcast into one app

Verizon Viewdini aggregates Netflix, Hulu, Comcast into one app

Verizon is launching a way for it to both boast about the capabilities of its high-speed 4G LTE network and to make one of the most popular Web activities go through its unified service. The service in question is called Viewdini, and it will allow users to stream Hulu Plus, Netflix, Comcast Xfinity, and mSpot content all within the confines of one platform. CEO Dan Mead made the announcement at an event this week.

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Comcast launches next-gen X1 cloud-enabled DVR

Comcast launches next-gen X1 cloud-enabled DVR

Comcast has launched its next-gen cable box called the X1 that brings a slick new interface, cloud integration, and app support. Over the coming weeks, the company will start by making the new set-top boxes available in the the Boston area followed by a nationwide launch later this year.

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Comcast boosts data cap to 300GB, adds tiered plans

Comcast boosts data cap to 300GB, adds tiered plans

Comcast has announced that it will be making some major changes to its residential broadband service plans, namely increasing data usage caps from 250GB to 300GB per month. The company also plans to implement tiered pricing with two approaches that it will be testing over the next few months in select markets.

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Comcast Xbox 360 policy questioned by US Senator

Comcast Xbox 360 policy questioned by US Senator

Democratic Senator Al Franken is urging the FCC to start an investigation into the platform that allows Comcast subscribers to stream video content from their Xbox 360. Ever since the service went live, people have been questioning its implications on net neutrality. Comcast lets its existing cable subscribers stream unlimited amounts of video from the Xfinity app on Microsoft's gaming console.

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Netflix CEO blasts Comcast over net neutrality

Netflix CEO blasts Comcast over net neutrality

Comcast has already taken some heat over its Xfinity streaming media service, which offers up movies and TV shows to Xbox 360 users without eating into the ISP’s 250GB data cap. At the time, Comcast say that they weren’t violating any net neutrality rules, claiming that the Xbox 360 streaming didn’t travel over the public internet. CEO of Netflix, Reed Hastings, doesn’t think too highly of Comcast’s move, and has criticized the ISP over the issue.

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