Broadband rivals that are marketing competing home automation services such as Comcast's Xfinity Home and AT&T's AT&T Digital Life appear to be embracing the concept of offering subscribers interoperable devices, according to an announcement from a new industry coalition called the AllSeen Alliance.
Verizon has stopped accepting orders for its Home Monitoring and Control product, and will only allow FiOS customers who already subscribe to the $9.99 monthly service to continue using it, a spokesman said Monday.
Google announced late yesterday that it agreed to buy Nest Labs, which makes Internet-connected devices like thermostats and smoke alarms, for $3.2 billion in cash. The deal, which is expected to close in the next few months, appears a clear indicator of the Internet firm's plans to expand into the home automation market, an area that is also being highly pursued by cable companies.
TiVo said it is teaming up with home automation technology vendor Control4 Corp. to allow consumers who buy its new Roamio DVR to access programming through Control4's home automation interface.
Comcast engineers have developed a system that could allow the MSO to tell subscribers when food in refrigerators is about to go bad, prescription medications are up for renewal, or if an elderly relative has stopped moving, according to a recent patent application.
Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications and other MSOs that use iControl's home automation platform may be able to offer subscribers several new devices through an initiative iControl announced Tuesday, including smart light bulbs, motion detectors and door locks.
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.