May 19, 2012 |
With Internet usage spiking, Comcast Corp. will eliminate its monthly 250-gigabyte cap for Xfinity Internet subscribers but charge additional $10 fees for users who exceed 300 gigabytes. The 300-gigabyte limit could be used to videoconference on Skype for 225 hours, or watch more than 100 hours of Netflix movies. Final details of the new plan were not available on Thursday because they have not been developed, company officials said in a conference call. The nation's largest broadband company with 18 million Internet subscribers will experiment with two new usage-consumption models in markets around the country before determining the best option for it and consumers.
September 21, 2012 |
After a slow start, Comcast Corp. says it has enrolled 100,000 poor families nationwide into its discounted Internet program. There are about 1,450 families in Philadelphia participating, triple the number from late last year. Internet Essentials - offering Internet service at a 79 percent discount, or $9.95 a month, to families with school-age children - remains a work in progress, Comcast says. The company is holding news conferences around the nation, and one event is scheduled Friday morning at Constitution High School in Philadelphia.
May 24, 2013 |
Freebies from Verizon and Comcast could add to the fun of the Memorial Day Weekend. Verizon's offering a slew of free content for four days, and Comcast's Xfinity is giving away access to thousands of wireless hotspots through Independence Day. From Friday till Tuesday, Verizon subscribers can find more than 1,700 movies and 50 entire TV series through the cable service's 900 channel. That includes such recent theatrical films as Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, The Dark Knight Rises, Bridesmaids, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, The Hunger Games, Hugo, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Moonrise Kingdom, Prometheus , and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows . They're available through Cinemax, ePix, HBO and ViewNow.
March 27, 2012 |
Everything's moving to the cloud. Even business phones. Comcast Corp. will announce Tuesday at an industry conference in Orlando, Fla., a new package of high-definition business phones with software features that, for instance, allow sales staff or other employees to transfer on Microsoft Outlook an incoming phone call to another phone or phones. In its most basic form, Comcast's new "Business VoiceEdge" service replaces "PBX" circuit-switching equipment, typically on the premises of a small business, with phone service that routes calls directly through Comcast's telecommunications network.
January 15, 2013
Comcast Corp. agreed to take a $150-million stake in Arris Group Inc., the telecom equipment supplier that last month agreed to buy Horsham-based set-top box maker Motorola Home from Google Inc. As a result, according to Arris, Comcast and Google will each own about 7.85 percent of Arris shares. Arris in December said it would buy Motorola Home in a deal valued at $2.35 billion in cash and stock. - Reid Kanaley
March 8, 2011
Comcast Corp. has chosen Burrell Communications, of Chicago, as its advertising agency of record to market its products and services to African American consumers. As part of its deal to acquire control of news and entertainment giant NBC Universal Inc., Comcast has separately agreed to add four cable networks owned, or partly owned, by African Americans over the next eight years. - Bob Fernandez
May 28, 2011 |
Bloomberg L.P., the New York financial-information and news giant, has threatened to file a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission that would force Comcast Corp. to relocate Bloomberg TV to an area on the cable-channel lineup with other news channels. Bloomberg says this "neighborhooding" provision is in the 280- page FCC order in January that allowed Comcast to acquire control of NBC Universal Inc. Comcast is ignoring the provision, Bloomberg contends. Neighborhooding refers to grouping together similar channels, such as CNN, CNBC, Fox News, and MSNBC.
December 23, 2008
RE TOM SPEYER'S letter: "Please, Council, approve FIOS. " Tom is not alone in the struggle with Comcast. Comcast holds the residents of this city over the coals and pretty much does and charges as it wants because there is no competition. Competition is healthy and I bet Comcast will feel the loss if Verizon is allowed to bring FIOS to Philadelphia. Dish service is not comparable to cable. Maybe the Daily News can start a campaign to get the residents to write members of City Council on this issue.
December 3, 2010 |
Comcast Corp. has eliminated a cable-division headquarters in Oaks, Montgomery County, which could affect about 150 employees. Cable operations in Pennsylvania and in the Washington area will now report to a division headquarters in the Boston area. The news was disclosed internally to employees. "Some functions may remain at Oaks, and there is no plan at this time to close Oaks down," said Comcast spokeswoman Beth Bacha. Comcast expects the "vast majority" of employees with Oaks-based jobs to be absorbed into other Comcast offices in the Philadelphia area or other places, the company said.
March 16, 2013 |
Five years ago, Comcast Corp. was the nation's 50th-largest advertiser. Comcast, now with movie, news, and entertainment giant NBCUniversal under its corporate umbrella, rose to second-largest last year behind Procter & Gamble. The New York research firm Kantar Media says Comcast uncorked $1.7 billion in ads on consumers in 2012. Procter & Gamble, whose brands include Tampax, Pantene, Pampers, and Duracell, spent $2.8 billion. No. 3 was General Motors with $1.6 billion. Kantar tracks advertising on multiple platforms - radio, TV, billboards, the Internet, magazines, and newspapers - and then estimates the cost.