Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) said it added several new features to its home monitoring service, including indoor and outdoor night vision cameras, thermostat controls, carbon monoxide alarms and flood sensors that would warn a subscriber if his washing machine or furnace springs a leak.
Xfinity Home control screen
The MSO has also changed the name of its home monitoring service from Xfinity Home Security to Xfinity Home, which Comcast SVP and general manager of new businesses Mitch Bowling said in a blog post reflects its broader offering. Bowling said Comcast signed an agreement with smart home solutions provider EcoFactor to supply customers with thermostats that can adjust heating and air conditioning based on real-time weather data and heating and cooling patterns that it "learns" from subscribers.
Comcast hasn't yet released pricing for the new Xfinity Home products, including the costs of the night vision cameras.
The MSO's home monitoring service could increase its average revenue per subscriber and help it compete with a similar offering from rival Verizon (NYSE: VZ).
- see Comcast blog post
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