It's being hailed as the greatest Wimbledon final in history. This is a tennis tournament that has been played since 1877, and supposedly yesterday's five-set match between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal topped them all. I say supposedly because my Comcast + TiVo box decided that midway through the fifth set was a good time to stop recording the match. This is merely the latest but--since I'm one of the 12 tennis fans left in this country--certainly the most annoying of the bugs I've encountered with Comcast + TiVo service over the past month. If the promised software … Read more
Video may have killed the radio star, but it doesn't have to kill the Internet.
That is if Internet service providers can figure out how to keep up with the video-driven bandwidth demand on their networks. Peer-to-peer technology provider BitTorrent says it can help.
Video consumes more network resources than any other media distributed on the Web. Even poor-quality video from YouTube eats up more bandwidth than e-mail, music downloading, and voice over IP services. And when you throw full-length high-definition video into the mix, you're talking about even more bandwidth. Depending on the compression used, a single … Read more
Starbucks once had visions of turning its outlets into entertainment centers where customers sipped coffee and listened to the latest tunes. But that hasn't exactly worked out according to expectations. CNET News.com's Greg Sandoval explains.
Webware's Rafe Needleman spoke with the senior executive at Comcast charged with a new attempt to integrate television, the computer, and the phone.
And as one of the first software executives to battle Bill Gates, Lotus founder Mitch Kapor has seen many sides of Microsoft's co-founder. Take a listen to some of his recollections on the eve of Gates' final … Read more
As was pointed out to me numerous times when I led our conversation into non-Web site territory (such as Net neutrality and customer support), Banse's Interactive group is quite separate from the Comcast video team, the Internet service provider business, and the telephone business.
Fandango, the movie-ticketing company owned by Comcast since 2007, announced on Monday that it has acquired Movies.com, a movie news and reviews aggregator. Movies.com had previously been owned by Disney's Walt Disney Internet Group.
Financial details were not disclosed.
The aim of the acquisition is to provide a one-stop movie hub for the Web, executives said.
"We are pleased to expand our rich-entertainment reach through this strategic addition of Movies.com," Chuck Davis, CEO of Fandango, said in a statement. The ticketing site currently sells admission to 15,000 theaters in the United States. "… Read more
Correction: This story misstated a quote from Tom Tauke, executive vice president of public affairs and policy for Verizon. Tauke said that it was in the best interest for the FCC to make a decision on the Comcast/BitTorrent case. He did not say that it was in the best interest for the FCC to make a decision against Comcast.
LAS VEGAS--Executives from AT&T and Verizon Communications said Tuesday that it's important for the Federal Communications Commission to take action in the Comcast debate over slowing down certain forms of peer-to-peer traffic in order to prove that … Read more
Billionaire investor Carl Icahn says it's time for Jerry Yang to go--and that some Yahoo board members need to walk out the door as well. Meanwhile, the No. 2 exec at the company says that negotiations with Microsoft about a possible sale continue. Podcast host Charles Cooper talks with CNET News.com's Dawn Kawamoto about the latest twist … Read more
Comcast will start testing a new method for managing traffic on its network this week that targets heavy Internet users.
Starting Thursday, Comcast will test a new system that will throttle back or slow down traffic during times of congestion for heavy bandwidth users. The initial tests will be conducted in Chambersburg, Pa. and Warrenton, Va. Later this summer the company plans to expand testing to Colorado Springs, Colo.
Comcast, the largest cable provider in the U.S., has been under fire for months after it was discovered the company had been slowing down peer-to-peer traffic on its network. The … Read more
As cable and phone companies slug it out in markets across the U.S., improving customer care is becoming a core part of their strategies.
For the past few years, cable and phone companies have been neck and neck in many markets. Cable companies have introduced new phone services to compete with phone companies, and phone companies have started offering competing TV services.
On the broadband front, cable and phone companies now offer similar speeds in feeds in many markets. While cable has historically been priced slightly higher than services offered from phone companies, these too are evening out in … Read more
NY Times is reporting that Comcast voice service sounds better than anything else, including AT&T landline and Vonage.The differences between the two kinds of digital voice services were brought out sharply in a study released last month by Keynote Systems, an Internet testing business based in San Mateo, Calif. Placing 75,000 test calls among various phone services, Keynote found that not only were Comcast's audio scores superior to those of Vonage, but that Comcast also scored higher than even AT&T's landline service.
Of course, as Randall Stross, the author of the article … Read more