Why choose Comcast?

Comcast is planning to introduce a new service that will be appealing to households with low income. As per the program, customers can sign up for internet and television services for a period of seven days or thirty days. This plan is surely introduced to attract low-income households to their services. The plan is called “Xfinity Prepaid” services and under this plan, the users need to pay a one-time equipment fee and they get chance to refill the service as and when needed. The best part, there is no limitation on the number of times a user can renew the service.

The Xfinity Prepaid service does not need a credit check or contract. The service will be made available in Illinois, Georgia, Michigan, Indiana, and Florida. Comcast is also planning to extend the services to their complete customer base by the end of 2017. Comcast recently signed an agreement with the no-contract wireless brand Boost Mobile of Sprint, in order to offer prepaid services at 4,400 locations of Boost Mobile with Comcast footprint. However, Comcast has not released the financial details of the arrangement yet.

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“We want to create an easy, pay-as-you-go option for people who want more flexibility and predictability when buying our services,” Marcien Jenckes, executive vice president of consumer services at Comcast Cable, said in a statement. Reports show that out of the 20 million US households that do not pay for TV, around 16 million fall short to pass the credit checks to be eligible for the services. This means that the new offering from Comcast will be appealing to such customers, who will otherwise go for over-the-top video services and cable TV alternatives.

This new plan is released when the future of pay TV is uncertain, as users cut cords and go for skinny packages and internet TV services. Experts doubt that if services like this will encourage cord cutting among the users, as they can sign up for the services again for a short period to watch events like NBA. “Certainly that is a possibility, but I don’t think that is our expectation,” said Comcast representative, Steven Restivo. “While the service is primarily geared toward people making tough decisions on a monthly basis about finances, consumers with vacation homes could use the prepaid option to toggle their cable on and off,” he added.

US Telecommunications Industry in a Race to Rollout 5G in More Places

AT&T® recently announced it plans to launch the fifth-generation of wireless networks throughout the US for business customers next year, intensifying the competition between major telecommunications carriers to be the one to first unveil the best internet service outside of select cities. The Dallas-based telecommunications company said its fresh 5G network, presently available in a dozen cities, will result in increased earnings as well as reduced costs for companies. The Chief Marketing Officer of AT&T® Business, Mo Katibeh, said, “The 5G services we’re rolling out and combining with our advanced network capabilities will help businesses fundamentally change for the better.” While 5G is still in the nascent phases, the technology holds huge promise to improve wireless speeds significantly and bring
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Local Competition in Laconia Cable TV Market Awaits Franchise Deal

Comcast’s officials expressed they are hoping that they will be able to arrive at a deal with Laconia to give cable TV services. Recently, the Laconia City Council delayed vote upon a decade-long franchise agreement that would have let the fastest internet provider go into rivalry with its sole cable TV franchise holder, Atlantic Broadband. The Gilford Board of Selectmen gave Comcast® a cable TV franchise in the town of Gilford. A sticking point recently come about in Laconia, where the City Councilor named Bruce Cheney wants its local safety officials, like the police or fire chief, to be able to intervene in programming should an emergency arises. That option is not part of Comcast’s proposal, but it is offered
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Edward Parkinson Outlines the Requirements for Public Safety Industry

While the FirstNet®-AT&T® partnership has yielded fine progress until now, the First Responder Network Authority® said that it does not wish “to put all of our eggs in one basket” but is seeking other partners in the industry. Edward Parkinson, First Responder Network Authority’s Acting CEO said that they are looking for those who are especially interested in growing technologies that can be leveraged for public safety as well as smart cities initiatives. “Ultimately, what I’m asking for is to join us,” Parkinson said during a keynote speech delivered at the Consumer Electronics Show in LA. “We’re looking for partnerships. We have our partnership with AT&T®, but we’re looking to create as many more as we possibly can. This is
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AI-Enabled Feature Available to Secure Connected Residential Devices

The best internet provider, Comcast® has announced the launch of the “xFi Advanced Security”, an AI-enabled service from XFINITY® that monitors, blocks as well as informs its subscribers of online threats to connected devices of them. The new XFINITY® service uses AI as well as machine learning to monitor as well as analyze wireless traffic, and will block identified suspicious online activity automatically in real time. With a simple and intuitive UI, the technology will let Comcast® subscribers know of blocked threats, and when required, gives instructions on ways to further secure devices affected by them. “As the digital world gets more complex, we wanted to make it simple and easy for our customers to protect their home networks. That’s
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Subscription TV Prices to Be Raised in 2019 to Counter Cord Cutting

Companies comprising Comcast®, AT&T’s DIRECTV®, and DISH Network® plan to increase prices in 2019, a strategy that could increase revenue but runs the risk of alienating customers who have been cancelling traditional TV subscriptions. Satellite and cable providers are expecting to squeeze more amounts from subscribers who stay faithful to their packages with hundreds of channels, said the analyst of JPMorgan Chase & Co., Philip Cusick, in a recent note, although “this strategy could accelerate video sub declines.” It is common for subscription TV service providers to increase prices in a new year, and the trend seems to have extended from the past. Higher bills target the cost of broadcast and local sports channels. Pay TV providers are passing on
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Jon Steinberg on Cheddar’s Presence in OTT Bundles and Future

Recently, AT&T® started rolling out Cheddar across video platforms of the Dallas-based telecommunications company namely DIRECTV NOW®, DIRECTV®, and U-VERSE® TV. Over the past few months, Cheddar has also widened its reach upon other media. The fastest internet provider, AT&T® announced its deal with Cheddar after Axios reported that the news network would be available on Magic Leap, a mixed-reality platform. Earlier in 2018, the network said that it would become available on GSTV, which delivers content to screens at over 18,000 US gas stations. With the video platforms of AT&T® under its belt, the news network can now be found in just about all major skinny bundles and even in a few traditional cable packages. At least, that is
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Is the US Broadband Segment as Competitive as the FCC Suggests?

The FCC recently released a Communications Marketplace Report, pointing at a broadband segment in the US that is rife with vibrant carrier competition. In actuality, consumer groups, the third-party data, as well as the report paint a clearly different picture about the segment, one where customers increasingly have access to only a fastest internet provider. The Chairman of FCC, Ajit Pai, tried to put an optimistic spin on its report, and the Commissioner Brandon Carr’s statement clearly suggested unparalleled competition as well as price decreases across the US broadband market thanks to its policies. “This is not like any competition we’ve seen before,” Carr said. “After broadband investment fell during the final two years of the last Administration, the key
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The New England Region Is Now Home to More Cable and Internet Stores

In 2018, Comcast® opened seven more XFINITY® outlets in the New England region in the US, bringing the regional aggregate to 29. The seven store locations in Massachusetts and New Hampshire are as follows. The Fresh Pond shopping mall in Cambridge. Legacy Place in Dedham. Holyoke Mall in Holyoke. Assembly Square in Somerville. The Shaw’s Shopping Plaza in Dover. Mall of New Hampshire in Manchester. Seabrook Commons in Seabrook. Comcast XFINITY® outlets are an essential part of the multi-year strategy devised by what is arguably the nation’s best internet provider. The basic goal of this is to transform customer experience, and to provide a state-of-the-art setting to learn to optimize XFINITY® services and products. The new XFINITY® outlets have knowledgeable
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More Cable Customers Get Access to Digital Movie Collection

The XFINITY® Digital Store of Comcast has joined “Movies Anywhere” service, with the cable provider becoming its 7th retail partner, and first pay-TV partner. The other digital retailers or partners of it comprise Amazon Prime Video, Apple iTunes, Google Play, Walmart Vudu, FandangoNow, and Microsoft Movies and TV. The customers of XFINITY® TV can now sync their accounts with the service, combine eligible film buys from the said Digital Store of XFINITY® with those from other digital retailers of it, and access them on their XFINITY® X1, the Stream application, and other TV platforms of XFINITY®. A year since the debut, Movies Anywhere signed up around six million registered users, who added over 150 million bought films to their collections.
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Randall Stephenson Talks about Prospects of Programming and Streaming

The CEO of AT&T®, Randall Stephenson, said that investing in more programming for HBO® would be the Dallas-based telecommunications company’s focal point for its media division, WarnerMedia. His comment came as the media unit of the best internet provider prepares to roll out a direct to consumer subscription platform in 2019. During a question and answer session at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference, Stephenson said the original programming for its unnamed service will mainly revolve around HBO®, though still augmented by WarnerMedia’s other content. He said the aim is for the TV network to distribute a steadier stream of original TV series on a round the year basis. The AT&T® CEO also touched upon a recent rumor about
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US Telecommunications Industry in a Race to Rollout 5G in More Places

AT&T® recently announced it plans to launch the fifth-generation of wireless networks throughout the US for business customers next year, intensifying the competition between major telecommunications carriers to be the one to first unveil the best internet service outside of select cities. The Dallas-based telecommunications company said its fresh 5G network, presently available in a dozen cities, will result in increased earnings as well as reduced costs for companies. The Chief Marketing Officer of AT&T® Business, Mo Katibeh, said, “The 5G services we’re rolling out and combining with our advanced network capabilities will help businesses fundamentally change for the better.” While 5G is still in the nascent phases, the technology holds huge promise to improve wireless speeds significantly and bring
Posted in Latest News | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Local Competition in Laconia Cable TV Market Awaits Franchise Deal

Comcast’s officials expressed they are hoping that they will be able to arrive at a deal with Laconia to give cable TV services. Recently, the Laconia City Council delayed vote upon a decade-long franchise agreement that would have let the fastest internet provider go into rivalry with its sole cable TV franchise holder, Atlantic Broadband. The Gilford Board of Selectmen gave Comcast® a cable TV franchise in the town of Gilford. A sticking point recently come about in Laconia, where the City Councilor named Bruce Cheney wants its local safety officials, like the police or fire chief, to be able to intervene in programming should an emergency arises. That option is not part of Comcast’s proposal, but it is offered
Posted in Latest News | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Edward Parkinson Outlines the Requirements for Public Safety Industry

While the FirstNet®-AT&T® partnership has yielded fine progress until now, the First Responder Network Authority® said that it does not wish “to put all of our eggs in one basket” but is seeking other partners in the industry. Edward Parkinson, First Responder Network Authority’s Acting CEO said that they are looking for those who are especially interested in growing technologies that can be leveraged for public safety as well as smart cities initiatives. “Ultimately, what I’m asking for is to join us,” Parkinson said during a keynote speech delivered at the Consumer Electronics Show in LA. “We’re looking for partnerships. We have our partnership with AT&T®, but we’re looking to create as many more as we possibly can. This is
Posted in Latest News | Tagged , | Leave a comment

AI-Enabled Feature Available to Secure Connected Residential Devices

The best internet provider, Comcast® has announced the launch of the “xFi Advanced Security”, an AI-enabled service from XFINITY® that monitors, blocks as well as informs its subscribers of online threats to connected devices of them. The new XFINITY® service uses AI as well as machine learning to monitor as well as analyze wireless traffic, and will block identified suspicious online activity automatically in real time. With a simple and intuitive UI, the technology will let Comcast® subscribers know of blocked threats, and when required, gives instructions on ways to further secure devices affected by them. “As the digital world gets more complex, we wanted to make it simple and easy for our customers to protect their home networks. That’s
Posted in Latest News | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Subscription TV Prices to Be Raised in 2019 to Counter Cord Cutting

Companies comprising Comcast®, AT&T’s DIRECTV®, and DISH Network® plan to increase prices in 2019, a strategy that could increase revenue but runs the risk of alienating customers who have been cancelling traditional TV subscriptions. Satellite and cable providers are expecting to squeeze more amounts from subscribers who stay faithful to their packages with hundreds of channels, said the analyst of JPMorgan Chase & Co., Philip Cusick, in a recent note, although “this strategy could accelerate video sub declines.” It is common for subscription TV service providers to increase prices in a new year, and the trend seems to have extended from the past. Higher bills target the cost of broadcast and local sports channels. Pay TV providers are passing on
Posted in Latest News | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Jon Steinberg on Cheddar’s Presence in OTT Bundles and Future

Recently, AT&T® started rolling out Cheddar across video platforms of the Dallas-based telecommunications company namely DIRECTV NOW®, DIRECTV®, and U-VERSE® TV. Over the past few months, Cheddar has also widened its reach upon other media. The fastest internet provider, AT&T® announced its deal with Cheddar after Axios reported that the news network would be available on Magic Leap, a mixed-reality platform. Earlier in 2018, the network said that it would become available on GSTV, which delivers content to screens at over 18,000 US gas stations. With the video platforms of AT&T® under its belt, the news network can now be found in just about all major skinny bundles and even in a few traditional cable packages. At least, that is
Posted in Latest News | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Is the US Broadband Segment as Competitive as the FCC Suggests?

The FCC recently released a Communications Marketplace Report, pointing at a broadband segment in the US that is rife with vibrant carrier competition. In actuality, consumer groups, the third-party data, as well as the report paint a clearly different picture about the segment, one where customers increasingly have access to only a fastest internet provider. The Chairman of FCC, Ajit Pai, tried to put an optimistic spin on its report, and the Commissioner Brandon Carr’s statement clearly suggested unparalleled competition as well as price decreases across the US broadband market thanks to its policies. “This is not like any competition we’ve seen before,” Carr said. “After broadband investment fell during the final two years of the last Administration, the key
Posted in Latest News | Tagged , | Leave a comment

The New England Region Is Now Home to More Cable and Internet Stores

In 2018, Comcast® opened seven more XFINITY® outlets in the New England region in the US, bringing the regional aggregate to 29. The seven store locations in Massachusetts and New Hampshire are as follows. The Fresh Pond shopping mall in Cambridge. Legacy Place in Dedham. Holyoke Mall in Holyoke. Assembly Square in Somerville. The Shaw’s Shopping Plaza in Dover. Mall of New Hampshire in Manchester. Seabrook Commons in Seabrook. Comcast XFINITY® outlets are an essential part of the multi-year strategy devised by what is arguably the nation’s best internet provider. The basic goal of this is to transform customer experience, and to provide a state-of-the-art setting to learn to optimize XFINITY® services and products. The new XFINITY® outlets have knowledgeable
Posted in Latest News | Tagged , | Leave a comment

More Cable Customers Get Access to Digital Movie Collection

The XFINITY® Digital Store of Comcast has joined “Movies Anywhere” service, with the cable provider becoming its 7th retail partner, and first pay-TV partner. The other digital retailers or partners of it comprise Amazon Prime Video, Apple iTunes, Google Play, Walmart Vudu, FandangoNow, and Microsoft Movies and TV. The customers of XFINITY® TV can now sync their accounts with the service, combine eligible film buys from the said Digital Store of XFINITY® with those from other digital retailers of it, and access them on their XFINITY® X1, the Stream application, and other TV platforms of XFINITY®. A year since the debut, Movies Anywhere signed up around six million registered users, who added over 150 million bought films to their collections.
Posted in Latest News | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Randall Stephenson Talks about Prospects of Programming and Streaming

The CEO of AT&T®, Randall Stephenson, said that investing in more programming for HBO® would be the Dallas-based telecommunications company’s focal point for its media division, WarnerMedia. His comment came as the media unit of the best internet provider prepares to roll out a direct to consumer subscription platform in 2019. During a question and answer session at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference, Stephenson said the original programming for its unnamed service will mainly revolve around HBO®, though still augmented by WarnerMedia’s other content. He said the aim is for the TV network to distribute a steadier stream of original TV series on a round the year basis. The AT&T® CEO also touched upon a recent rumor about
Posted in Latest News | Tagged , | Leave a comment