While summer came and went with no sign of Comcast's announced linear OTT service, Stream, launching as planned, the cable operator says it is now conducting beta tests in the Boston area.
Comcast will follow up the launch of the 4K-capable Xi4 set top later this year with the 2016 deployment of an even more advanced device, the Xi6, that features high dynamic range (HDR) technology.
Comcast is expanding the reach of its X1 video service, deploying 40,000 X1 boxes a day, an initiative that has helped it scale the service across 25 percent of its footprint during the third quarter.
T-Mobile US CEO John Legere said he expects "dark horse" companies like Google, Comcast and Charter Communications to bid in next year's incentive auction of 600 MH broadcast TV spectrum. Legere said the next six to 12 months are going to be a "fascinating time period" in the industry as the future of the wireless market takes shape as more content goes online and more Internet traffic goes mobile.
Comcast Business may still be a relatively small player in the large business space when compared to large incumbent telcos, but the company is already making headway with a number of multisite businesses.
Comcast executives said the company's NBCUniversal unit will "likely" give up spectrum to the FCC as part of the agency's incentive auction of TV broadcasters' 600 MHz spectrum. However, Comcast Cable chief Neil Smit said the company hasn't yet decided whether it will participate as a bidder in the auction in order to purchase spectrum.
Comcast video chief Matthew Strauss told FierceCable that the company is conducting beta trials of its new streaming skinny bundle, dubbed Stream, in Boston. He also said that a broader launch of Stream is "imminent."
Comcast said it is now deploying 40,000 X1 video boxes a day, and that its X1 service now covers 25 percent of its footprint. The company also posted subscriber gains in its video and Internet services above what most Wall Street analysts had expected.
According to a new report from Bloomberg, Comcast will combine its 10 million Wi-Fi spots with its Verizon MVNO agreement, plus some new spectrum it picks up at the FCC's upcoming incentive auction, to launch the first successful cable mobile virtual network operator.
Comcast has asked a federal judge to once again throw out a $20 million racial discrimination lawsuit filed against it by the National Association of African-American Owned Media and entertainer Byron Allen.