Midcontinent Communications said Friday it struck a deal with Comporium which will allow it to offer subscribers home automation, security and monitoring services.
AT&T Mobility said it exceeded its goal of launching its Digital Life home security and automation service in 50 markets by the end of 2013 with the rollout of its 52nd market this week.
Verizon and other telecom providers are beginning experiment with using over-the-top home automation services to reach homes outside their footprints, Infonetics said in a research report released Thursday.
Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Cox Communications will feel the brunt of the expansion of AT&T's Digital Life service, which will launch Friday in parts of North Carolina, Oklahoma, Florida and Connecticut where the MSOs are marketing home security and automation services.
Two years after introducing a streaming video service that appeals to cable cord-cutters, Amazon launched a store that could compete with burgeoning home security and automation services from Comcast, Verizon, Time Warner Cable and other telecom providers.
Home automation and security services from cable MSOs such as Comcast will drive increased demand for set-tops containing chips based on the ZigBee RF4CE standard, according to a report from IMS Research.
iControl launched an Android app developer program which could help Comcast, Time Warner Cable and other operators add family locator as well as weather and traffic information to their home automation and security apps.
iControl, the home security and automation firm backed by Comcast, Rogers Communications and Intel, said it filed a patent infringement suit Wednesday against Alarm.com and FrontPoint Security.
Comcast has developed technology that could use table lamps and other lights in a subscriber's living room to deliver special effects to enhance TV shows and movies watched by its cable subscribers, according to a recent patent application titled "dynamic ambient lighting."
Major cable operators such as Comcast are pushing the industry into new product lines such as home automation and home security.