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November 1, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Looking to get ahead of its customer-service problems, Comcast Corp. says it will make returning equipment more convenient for Xfinity subscribers. They now can drop off set-top boxes and modems at United Parcel Service stores for free shipment to Comcast. There are 4,400 UPS stores nationwide. Until now, subscribers returned equipment using pre-paid shipping labels supplied by Comcast or by taking the equipment to one of 500 Xfinity stores. Subscribers face steep fines if they don't return equipment - which they rent from Comcast - when they cancel, change, or upgrade service.
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November 8, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast Corp. said Thursday evening that it would credit the accounts of customers who lost TV service during a partial national outage for subscribers using its new X1 set-top boxes. The cable-TV giant apologized for the outage and confirmed that customers encountered delays when attempting to contact its call centers. There are five million X1 set-top boxes installed in homes across the United States, though the company said the technical problems - now several days old - have not affected all of them.
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February 11, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gripping his TV remote, Bob Klewans, 75, wandered into the Xfinity store on South Columbus Boulevard one recent afternoon. Unlike in years past, he was met by a Comcast greeter and chatted up by one of the store's managers. He had a problem with his remote, he said, flourishing it. They talked, and Klewans was told he could get a new one. Klewans, a retiree who seemed happy for the friendly interaction, gushed about his treatment and the remodeled store, one of the busiest in the Philadelphia area.
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February 23, 2015 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Columnist
Free the Phillies! Free the Flyers! Free the Sixers! Fat chance, you say? Maybe so. But that goal tops my wish list for this year's franchise-renewal negotiations between Philadelphia and its richest corporate citizen: loosening Comcast Corp.'s unfair and damaging grip on most of Philly's big-league sports scene. Like the frog who thinks he's just basking in a warm bath, we Philadelphians have gotten poached without ever quite acknowledging it. We love our home teams - even when they're as maddeningly mediocre as the recent Flyers and Phillies, or as bafflingly managed as today's Sixers.
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November 13, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Blind Comcast Corp. TV executive Tom Wlodkowski says the company's talking TV guide for the visually impaired will go live on the nation's largest cable TV system by Dec. 1. The talking guide, still in its beta phase, can be accessed by Xfinity subscribers on the company's X1 set-top boxes. There are five million X1 set-top boxes in American homes, and Comcast is switching out older boxes for X1s throughout its cable TV franchise areas. Of about 22 million Xfinity TV subscribers, 600,000 to 700,000 could be classified as blind or visually impaired, based on national statistics.
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April 2, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast Corp. will announce Tuesday the launch of cloud-based digital-video recorder services in the Philadelphia area, New Jersey, and northern Delaware. Cloud-based DVR service places more of Xfinity cable onto distant computer servers as compared with residing on set-top boxes inside the home. Comcast says it will introduce the additional cloud-based Xfinity features to other U.S. markets through 2014. The new DVR services come with Comcast's X1 platform, which Comcast has said it will license to other cable companies and which blurs the line between cable TV and the Internet.
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March 2, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
KJWP, a new over-the-air TV station licensed in Wilmington with a Me-TV network affiliation, has been added to Comcast Corp.'s Xfinity cable-TV lineup in the Philadelphia area as part of the basic cable package. KJWP is a designated "must-carry" station, which means under Federal Communications Commission rules that pay-TV operators have to distribute it. It is broadcast as of Saturday on VHF channel 2.1. The station first showed up on Comcast on Thursday and will be available on Verizon Communications Inc.'s FiOS TV in mid-March, Robert McAllan, CEO of PMCM TV L.L.C., which owns and operates the station, said Friday.
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May 7, 2015 | By Jonathan Takiff, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast showed its kinder, gentler nature with two product introductions Tuesday at the INTX 2015 Internet and cable trade show - one content-based, the other a hardware refinement. Kids Zone, newly launched on X1 boxes, aims to be Mom and Dad's best helper. Combining ratings and reviews from Common Sense Media with filtering fine-tuned to your child (or children's) age range and development level, the Kids Zone menu sorts and reveals only movies and TV shows that are appropriate and nourishing for the young ones.
NEWS
May 24, 2013 | By Peter Mucha, Philly.com
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.
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May 24, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Summer's here - or just about - and Comcast Corp. is looking to make cable-TV viewing easier at the Shore. The cable giant says that its 10 Shore service centers will be open on Sunday and Monday for the first time on this Memorial Day Weekend. Those centers, several of which were enlarged, are located in Absecon, Avalon, Brick, Eatontown, Long Beach Island, Manahawkin, Northfield, Ocean City, Toms River and Wildwood. Hours for most of the stores will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The centers also will be open this Saturday and most Saturdays through the summer, though with varying hours.
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May 7, 2015 | By Jonathan Takiff, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast showed its kinder, gentler nature with two product introductions Tuesday at the INTX 2015 Internet and cable trade show - one content-based, the other a hardware refinement. Kids Zone, newly launched on X1 boxes, aims to be Mom and Dad's best helper. Combining ratings and reviews from Common Sense Media with filtering fine-tuned to your child (or children's) age range and development level, the Kids Zone menu sorts and reveals only movies and TV shows that are appropriate and nourishing for the young ones.
SPORTS
April 24, 2015 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Columnist
NASCAR FANS looking for the next wave of stars already know about Joey Logano, Kyle Larson, Austin Dillon and Chase Elliott. Logano, 24, Larson, 22, and Dillon, 24, are established in the Sprint Cup series. Elliott, 19, is third in Xfinity series in points and will race in the Cup series next season after Jeff Gordon retires. He also will drive the No. 25 Chevrolet in Saturday night's Cup race at Richmond. Another young racer, Brett Moffitt, 22, is taking advantage of his opportunity of replacing Brian Vickers, who is dealing with a recurrence of his blood-clotting issues.
NEWS
March 21, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast Corp. will officially open its new Xfinity store at 3903 Aramingo Ave. on Friday. The store employs nine workers. The Philadelphia-based cable giant has said it plans to improve or replace most of its 24 stores in this region over the next several years. At the stores, Xfinity subscribers can pay their bills or return equipment. bfernandez@phillynews.com 215-854-5897 @bobfernandez1  
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February 23, 2015 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Columnist
Free the Phillies! Free the Flyers! Free the Sixers! Fat chance, you say? Maybe so. But that goal tops my wish list for this year's franchise-renewal negotiations between Philadelphia and its richest corporate citizen: loosening Comcast Corp.'s unfair and damaging grip on most of Philly's big-league sports scene. Like the frog who thinks he's just basking in a warm bath, we Philadelphians have gotten poached without ever quite acknowledging it. We love our home teams - even when they're as maddeningly mediocre as the recent Flyers and Phillies, or as bafflingly managed as today's Sixers.
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February 11, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gripping his TV remote, Bob Klewans, 75, wandered into the Xfinity store on South Columbus Boulevard one recent afternoon. Unlike in years past, he was met by a Comcast greeter and chatted up by one of the store's managers. He had a problem with his remote, he said, flourishing it. They talked, and Klewans was told he could get a new one. Klewans, a retiree who seemed happy for the friendly interaction, gushed about his treatment and the remodeled store, one of the busiest in the Philadelphia area.
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February 4, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
With about 25 seconds to go in Sunday's Super Bowl and the Seahawks in the red zone, on the television screen, Comcast's Xfinity Sports Extras app was giving Seattle an 81 percent probability of beating New England. Then Patriots safety Malcolm Butler jumped in front of Ricardo Lockette and intercepted a pass, dashing the Seahawks' hopes. Seattle's win probability: zero. Throughout the game, at dramatic and uneventful moments, even during commercials, Sports Extras fed TV viewers new pie charts, photos, or information graphs every 10 to 20 seconds - facts those TV viewers did not have to find on ESPN or scour Twitter for. "The sports-viewing experience now requires enhanced content, and if you are not getting it on your TV, you are getting it someplace else," said Jason Angelides, cofounder of OneTwoSee, the Philadelphia tech company that developed Sports Extras.
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November 13, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Blind Comcast Corp. TV executive Tom Wlodkowski says the company's talking TV guide for the visually impaired will go live on the nation's largest cable TV system by Dec. 1. The talking guide, still in its beta phase, can be accessed by Xfinity subscribers on the company's X1 set-top boxes. There are five million X1 set-top boxes in American homes, and Comcast is switching out older boxes for X1s throughout its cable TV franchise areas. Of about 22 million Xfinity TV subscribers, 600,000 to 700,000 could be classified as blind or visually impaired, based on national statistics.
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November 8, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast Corp. said Thursday evening that it would credit the accounts of customers who lost TV service during a partial national outage for subscribers using its new X1 set-top boxes. The cable-TV giant apologized for the outage and confirmed that customers encountered delays when attempting to contact its call centers. There are five million X1 set-top boxes installed in homes across the United States, though the company said the technical problems - now several days old - have not affected all of them.
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November 1, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Looking to get ahead of its customer-service problems, Comcast Corp. says it will make returning equipment more convenient for Xfinity subscribers. They now can drop off set-top boxes and modems at United Parcel Service stores for free shipment to Comcast. There are 4,400 UPS stores nationwide. Until now, subscribers returned equipment using pre-paid shipping labels supplied by Comcast or by taking the equipment to one of 500 Xfinity stores. Subscribers face steep fines if they don't return equipment - which they rent from Comcast - when they cancel, change, or upgrade service.
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