August 14, 2016 |
Kinks with the virtual reality version of the Rio Olympics have been driving tech lovers crazy. Thursday night, this early adopter lit into Comcast techies with his frustrations, as they showed off VR clips loaded onto Samsung Gear VR goggles to visitors at a Comcast Center Olympics celebration. Twice we heard the response, "It's not our fault; it's an NBC Sports problem. " Kind of ironic, since NBC is a Comcast division. Comcast senior technical fellow Mark Francisco and colleagues agreed to take on the complaints quickly with the NBC powers that be. And by the next morning, one serious wrong was righted with a fresh update of the NBC Sports VR app on my Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone.
August 8, 2016 |
It's a Friday in late July, and the 15th floor of the Comcast Center teems with more than 150 engineers, technicians, and product developers, who drink lemonade and nibble cookies as they pitch inventions that may be the next big thing at Comcast. One engineer talks about "Ralph," voice controls that turn business phones, computers, and security on or off. Another explains a "push alert" for Xfinity Home that would warn Comcast subscribers when a neighbor's house has been burglarized.
July 29, 2016 |
Comcast Corp.'s second-quarter revenues rose a slim 2.8 percent and the company reported a modest drop in profits as its slate of Hollywood movies - rocket-fueled in 2015 by the release of Furious 7 and Jurassic World - failed to repeat that success. Otherwise the cable and entertainment conglomerate had a solid quarter as its cable-TV business continued to heal - video subscriber losses were a negligible 4,000 compared with 69,000 in the year-ago quarter - and NBC broadcast-TV revenue rose 17 percent on more licensing and retransmission fees.
July 23, 2016
A story Thursday on Comcast's coverage of the Olympics gave an incorrect number for the event-specific voice commands on the X1 remote control device. There are 1,500. A story Thursday on the purchase of four local radio stations incorrectly described debt payments by iHeartMedia, the nation's largest radio group. The company has not missed any payments.
July 21, 2016 |
A major reshuffling of executives at Comcast Corp. has led to the exit of Cathy Avgiris as cable division chief financial officer and the appointment of a leader for a new Comcast Mobile unit, fueling speculation that the company will soon be launching its own wireless service. The executive changes were effective last week and announced as Comcast executives prepare 2017 budgets, a company spokeswoman said Tuesday. Greg Butz, a veteran Comcast sales executive, was just appointed head of Comcast Mobile, reporting to cable division boss Neil Smit.
July 14, 2016 |
Twenty-five miles of new fiber. That's the high-speed wiring that Comcast Corp. has wrapped around the Wells Fargo Center for the Super Bowl-class media event of live video streaming and selfies at the Democratic National Convention later this month in South Philadelphia. Comcast announced Tuesday - no surprise here - that it will be the official "broadband and telecommunications provider" for the political event that will likely nominate Hillary Clinton as the Democratic presidential candidate.
July 8, 2016 |
How big a bet is Comcast placing on smart-home gadgets and monitoring services, on the whole Internet of Things/connected-home revolution? Enough so that Comcast's Xfinity Home division is introducing its own line of smart-home products. And the company recently agreed to purchase the iControl Converge software platform and engineering talent pool. iControl powers the home-security and automation platform for Xfinity Home, as well as IoT services for other cable companies (Cox, Rogers, Time Warner, and Bright House)
July 7, 2016 |
Later this year, Comcast Xfinity cable television and internet customers will no longer need to leave their cable TV home page and switch television set inputs to get Netflix, the most popular of "over the top" streaming services. Netflix films and TV shows will be just a click away on the X1 cable guide. And if the engineers work their magic fully, a voice request to an X1 remote to "find me movies with Liam Neeson" will bring up options from Netflix as well as from the Comcast universe of live and on-demand content.
June 28, 2016
Securities trades recently reported to the Securities and Exchange Commission by officers, directors, and principal shareholders of corporations based or having sizable employment in the Philadelphia area. Titles are as reported to the SEC. Comcast Corp. Kenneth J. Bacon , director, sold 2,500 shares at $62.82 on June 16, and now directly holds 14,100 shares. Dorman Products Inc. Michael Kealey , officer, sold 2,710 shares at $54.28 on June 15, and now directly holds 3,252 shares.
June 25, 2016 |
Barbara Cohen, 85, the mother of Comcast Corp. executive David L. Cohen, died late Thursday afternoon, June 23, at her home in Highland Park, N.J. Mrs. Cohen was diagnosed in March with brain cancer, her son said Thursday night from his childhood home. "She was outspoken. I came by my bluntness and candor genetically," said Cohen, who served as chief of staff for former Mayor Ed Rendell. "She was very direct and straightforward," said daughter Nancy, also describing her as principled and resilient.