Driven partly by a 35 percent uptick in the deployment rate of its next-generation X1 video platform, Comcast's video subscription losses slowed to 69,000 in the second quarter, the MSO's best second-quarter performance in nine years.
Turner Networks has contracted multiplatform digital content specialist Vibiquity to capture and process its programing and deliver it to the pay-TV VOD market.
Comcast announced its new Xfinity Games service earlier this month with partner Electronic Arts, and early reviews of the offering are decidedly negative. Ars Technica tested the handful of games available through the service using Comcast's X1 platform and an iPad as a controller, and found that "Xfinity Games isn't just 'beta' bad; it could go down as one of the most confusing, unfocused gaming launches we've ever seen."
Comcast Wholesale will offer Rovi's video programming guide for digital terminal adapters (DTAs) to its HITS affiliate MSOs, enabling consumers with ages-old analog TV tech to experience a next-generation program guide.
Although the struggling motion-picture division it purchased four years ago as part of its NBCUniversal deal was largely an afterthought, Comcast is now seeing its Universal Pictures division produce record-setting revenue.
Comcast Business is offering Ethernet services to Host.net, a Florida-based managed services and data center provider, an agreement that enhances the cable MSO reach into the data center market.
ASPEN, Colo.--Cable subscribers who are looking for ways to shrink their cable subscription package--dubbed "cord shavers"--should be a much bigger concern for traditional pay-TV operators than cord cutters, according to a panel of experts speaking at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference here.
T-Mobile US' new family plan promotion will likely put more pressure on its network capacity and speed up the timeframe for when it needs to make a deal with another company, according to financial analysts.
Pay-TV giant Comcast announced that it will begin testing Stream, its new over-the-top linear video service, in the Boston market very soon, followed by Chicago and Seattle. The $15 per month service will expand nationwide by 2016. But despite being offered by one of the top cable providers in the U.S., Stream may struggle against Sling TV and other linear offerings, if tech experts' reviews of the service bear out.
Comcast has officially launched Xfinity Games into beta. Under a partnership with Electronic Arts, the cable company has begun streaming 20 video games to X1 subscribers, allowing them to play games such as Plants vs. Zombies and PGA Tour using Apple and Android smart phones and tablets as controllers.