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Home Premiere “premium VOD” offers $30 rentals 60 days after theater

Home Premiere “premium VOD” offers $30 rentals 60 days after theater

A premium video-on-demand service backed by major Hollywood studios is set to launch imminently, with Home Premiere offering $30 rentals just two months after they show at theaters. According to Variety, Warner Bros., Sony, Universal and 20th Century Fox new Home Premiere service will arrive on DirecTV in April 2011, while cable providers - including Comcast - are planning limited trials.

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Xfinity 3D Channel Launched by Comcast

Xfinity 3D Channel Launched by Comcast

It continues to seem as though the first time the 3rd dimension was offered as a media format, it just wasn't the right time. Today Comcast is offering a full-time 3D television channel by the name of Xfinity 3D. On this channel there will be music, sports, movies, and original programming. This isn't the first time a 3D television channel has been offered, but it is the first time Comcast has done so, and it does appear to be the fullest offering in 3D programming to date.

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The Daily Slash: January 18 2011

The Daily Slash: January 18 2011

First hot news is coming in right before the bell - Samsung telling us all that they're definitely NOT Charging Carriers for Android Updates. Then while we're on a controversial tip, take a peek as Apple's Tim Cook dismisses ALL Android tablets as “Bizzare” and "Vapor." Beware of pirates in the Android Market as another thief is discovered: jasminstory. Next behold the mightiest of mightys... Apples First Quarter Results! Muhahaha! Then another massive business news bit: Comcast’s Purchase of NBC Approved by FCC! Muhahaha! The dice are rolling! But don't let them roll too hard - Chris Davies presents a column by the name of Facebook, Privacy & a little Self-Control.

All this and MORE on The Daily Slash!

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Comcast’s Purchase of NBC Approved by FCC

Comcast’s Purchase of NBC Approved by FCC

The proposed purchase of NBC by Comcast has been one that's stirred the pot for a little while now. With Comcast suggesting that they "could" offer low-cost Internet connectivity to families that fit the profile necessary, as long as the deal was pushed through. Hulu's exclusivity of some content was even talked about being overlooked entirely, making sure that NBC Universal programming was available to any online video provider. It's just been revealed that the deal has been approved by the FCC, but the details are still missing.

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Samsung out smart TV plans: Time Warner & Comcast apps; DirecTV streaming & Adobe AIR

Samsung out smart TV plans: Time Warner & Comcast apps; DirecTV streaming & Adobe AIR

Samsung is making moves to kill off the cable STB, and feathering its Galaxy Tab media line-up at the same time. The Korean company has announced partnerships with DirecTV, Time Warner Cable and Comcast that will see digital content services from the three companies feature on upcoming Samsung smart TV sets. However, it will also see Time Warner's cable service and Comcast's Xfinity available as an app on the Galaxy Tab.

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Comcast May Offer Low-Cost Broadband Internet Access if NBC Merger Goes Through

Comcast May Offer Low-Cost Broadband Internet Access if NBC Merger Goes Through

Comcast is trying to do what it takes to make sure that the company's merger with NBC happens sooner than later. They're going as far as to try and sweeten the deal, it seems, as they've just released a letter to the FCC which outlines their plans of rolling out low-cost broadband Internet access to households that fall into a certain demographic. But, in their letter, Comcast doesn't say they will go through with the cheap broadband access, but that they might, as long as their merger gets the A-OK from the FCC.

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Comcast Xcalibur smart TV trials tip Google TV rival

Comcast Xcalibur smart TV trials tip Google TV rival

Comcast is trialling a smart TV service of its own, with Comcast Spectrum currently in user testing in Augusta, Ga. The service - developed under the codename "Xcalibur" - follows Google TV and other platforms in blending on-demand, live and recorded cable programming with internet video and basic social network access. However, green-lighting for the project is yet to be granted, and Comcast is unclear on how Spectrum might be priced should it see a commercial launch; "We are testing many technological approaches to understand how best to meet consumer interests, and this small trial is one of those experiments" is all a Comcast spokesperson would confirm.

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Comcast accused of internet abuse in latest net neutrality spat

Comcast accused of internet abuse in latest net neutrality spat

The net neutrality debate has flared up once again, with arguments between cable operator Comcast and broadband backbone provider Level 3 over new fees for data transport. Level 3 has accused Comcast of charging extra for content delivered to Comcast subscribers from Level 3's customers, "effectively putting up a toll booth at the borders of its broadband Internet access network, enabling it to unilaterally decide how much to charge for content which competes with its own cable TV and Xfinity delivered content." However, Comcast argues that this isn't an open access issue, and is in fact Level 3 offering CDN (Content Delivery Network) services to its clients but refusing the pay the going rate for such data transport to Comcast.

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