• Speed’s Other Needs

    Speed’s Other Needs

    Editor’s note: Michael Weinberg is a staff attorney at Public Knowledge, an organization that preserves the openness of the Internet and the public’s access to knowledge; promotes creativity through balanced copyright; and upholds and protects the rights of consumers to use innovative technology lawfully. Michael focuses primarily on copyright, issues before the FCC and… Read More

  • Zeebox Preps For The US Launch Of Its Social TV App, With A Little Help From Comcast

    Zeebox Preps For The US Launch Of Its Social TV App, With A Little Help From Comcast

    Uk-based social TV startup Zeebox is preparing for a U.S. launch, and when it does, it will be doing so with a big local partner. According to sources, the company is on the verge of announcing a partnership with cable stalwart Comcast, through which it will get a bit of help with a launch here. As with previous Zeebox partnerships, that will include a strategic investment in the company. Read More

  • Sprint, Cable Companies In Talks To Acquire Clearwire

    Sprint, Cable Companies In Talks To Acquire Clearwire

    Not long after Clearwire announced their intent to begin lighting up a 4G LTE network, Sprint and a cabal of cable companies have begun to discuss the idea of a possible Clearwire acquisition. Last we heard, Clearwire was waiting on $600 million in additional funding before any work on their LTE rollout could begin. Comcast, Time Warner, and Bright House are currently in talks with the… Read More

  • Comcast Xfinity On-Demand Now Streaming To The iPhone, iPod touch

    Comcast just rolled out a major update to its seven month old Xfinity iOS app that brings streaming access to the Xfinity on-demand library just like iPad users have had for several weeks. This opens up a massive database of streaming content for iPhone and iPod touch. But there’s a catch here. Only users that pay for Comcast’s digital TV service for their home will have access to… Read More

  • Comcast Pulls Funding To Filmmakers After Tweet

    Comcast donated $18,000 to a non-profit filmmaker’s group, the ReelGrrls, dedicated to giving young girls a voice and more confidence through film-making. One of the members expressed concern over the upcoming NBC/Comcast merger on Twitter, stating her disbelief that the FCC Commissioner Meredith Baker just quit to move to Comcast after approving the merger. Almost immediately one of… Read More

  • Are Comcast And Other ISPs Now Actively Blocking ThePirateBay? UPDATE

    Talk about sinking to a new low. It seems that Comcast and perhaps other ISPs are blocking access to the notorious torrent site, The word comes from TorrentFreak who also reached out to the TPB team who indicated that they can’t confirm if an ISP is blocking the site but “there’s a significant drop in visitors from the U.S.” All I know is I, a… Read More

  • What Bias? FCC Commissioner Leaving To Become Comcast Exec

    Now, let’s be charitable here and admit that it’s natural for people to perform similar duties in business as they might have in government, and vice versa. It’s called job experience. But honestly now. Voting in favor of the Comcast-NBC Universal merger and then leaving to join that company five months later? You’re joking, right? Other, more important people than me… Read More

  • Comcast Xfinity On Demand Coming To TiVo Premiere DVRs

    The end times must be upon us because I never thought I would see Comcast allowing 3rd party set-top boxes to access On Demand. But that’s exactly what’s happening. TiVo and Comcast just announced Xfinity On Demand will soon be available on TiVo Premiere DVRs. The San Francisco Bay Area expected to be the first market with access, but others will follow as the service rolls… Read More

  • Flash in the Pan

    The news from NBC/Universal/Comcast is that the cable giant has finally made deals with both ABC and Fox to carry selected shows on their on-demand service. This is big news for the iPad set, because all four major broadcast networks are now available in a single service, on the iPad, without Flash. Across town we hear talk of hardware acceleration linking up with Android to make Flash… Read More

  • Netflix Now As Big As Comcast Cable

    As Gigaom notes Netflix’s (global) subscriber base is now bigger than Comcast’s national one, a happenstance that should send fear into the hearts of cable providers everywhere. The numbers came from an earnings call today. Read More