Xfinity Mobile Finally Adds Android Devices to BYOD Program

Xfinity Mobile Finally Adds Android Devices to BYOD Program


Comcast’s Xfinity Mobile, which uses Verizon’s network and is stupidly cheap for Xfinity customers, is now allowing customers to bring their own Android devices. This has been a requested addition to the service since it first started over two years ago.

To start, Comcast will only accept select Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy Note 8, and Galaxy Note 9 phones. They hope to add more Android devices to that list “later in 2019.”

To check to see if your Samsung or Android phone is compatible with Xfinity Mobile, you can hit up the link at the bottom of this post. However, it doesn’t really do much today, though it might later on down the road. Right now, if you own a Samsung Galaxy phone, you have to physically take it into a Comcast Xfinity store to get setup. Comcast expects to be able to … Read the rest

Comcast usage soars 34% to 200GB a month, pushing users closer to data cap

Cable companies can save money now that DOCSIS 3.1 upgrade is mostly done

Enlarge / A Comcast van in Sunnyvale, California, in November 2018. (credit: Getty Images | Andrei Stanescu)

Cable-company spending on network equipment is dropping as major providers like Comcast and Charter finish up their nationwide DOCSIS 3.1 rollouts.

Equipment vendors that sell to cable companies such as Arris/CommScope and Casa Systems are reporting drops in cable-related revenue. Light Reading detailed the situation this week:

Total cable access network-related revenues plummeted 38 percent in Q1 2019, to $275 million, versus the year-ago period, driven by a “strong slowdown” on capacity purchases by MSOs and an ongoing delay in deployments of new distributed access architectures, according to new data from Dell’Oro.

Cable access network spending is known to be lumpy, “but not to this extreme,” said Jeff Heynen, Dell’Oro’s research director, broadband access and home networking. He said he doesn’t recall seeing revenues in this segment of the market reach drop

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Comcast does so much lobbying that it says disclosing it all is too hard

Comcast’s fight against racial-bias lawsuit is taken up by Supreme Court

Enlarge / A Comcast sign at the Comcast offices in Philadelphia. (credit: Getty Images | Cindy Ord )

The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear a Comcast appeal in a case centering on whether the telecommunications giant discriminated against an African American-owned TV network operator by refusing to carry the company’s channels on its cable service.

The case involves Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios Networks (ESN), which claimed that Comcast’s refusal to carry ESN channels was racially motivated. Comcast tried to get the case thrown out of court before the central claim of racial bias could be ruled upon. But in November 2018, the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled that the case can move forward to a trial, saying that a US District Court improperly granted Comcast’s motion to dismiss ESN’s complaint.

Comcast subsequently petitioned the Supreme Court to take up the case. It told the

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Comcast usage soars 34% to 200GB a month, pushing users closer to data cap

Comcast broke law 445,000 times in scheme to inflate bills, judge finds

Enlarge / A Comcast van in Sunnyvale, California, in November 2018. (credit: Getty Images | Andrei Stanescu)

Comcast yesterday was ordered to refund nearly 50,000 customers and pay a $9.1 million fine when a judge ruled that it violated the Washington state consumer protection law hundreds of thousands of times.

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson sued Comcast in August 2016, accusing the nation’s largest cable company of tricking customers into buying a “near-worthless ‘protection plan’ without disclosing its significant limitations.”

Buying the $5-per-month plan ostensibly prevented customers from having to pay each time a Comcast technician visited their home to fix problems covered by the plan. But in reality the plan did not cover the vast majority of wiring problems, the AG’s lawsuit said. Moreover, Washington state attorneys said that Comcast led customers to believe that they needed to buy a Service Protection Plan (SPP) to get services

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Comcast does so much lobbying that it says disclosing it all is too hard

Comcast does so much lobbying that it says disclosing it all is too hard

Enlarge / A Comcast sign at the Comcast offices in Philadelphia, Penn. (credit: Getty Images | Cindy Ord )

Comcast may be harming its reputation by failing to reveal all of its lobbying activities, including its involvement in trade associations and lobbying at the state level, a group of shareholders says in a proposal that asks for more lobbying disclosures.

Comcast’s disclosures for its lobbying of state governments “are often cursory or non-existent,” and Comcast’s failure to disclose its involvement in trade associations means that “investors have neither an accurate picture of the company’s total lobbying expenditures nor an understanding of its priorities, interests, or potential risks from memberships,” the proposal said. “Comcast’s lack of transparency around its lobbying poses risks to its already troubled reputation, which is concerning in a highly regulated industry, especially given the rise of public Internet alternatives.”

The proposal is on the ballot for Comcast’s

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Disney takes full control of Hulu as Comcast steps aside

Disney takes full control of Hulu as Comcast steps aside

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Today, Disney takes the reins at Hulu. Disney and Comcast announced a deal that states Disney will assume full operational control of Hulu, effective immediately. In turn, Disney and Comcast have entered a “put/call” agreement—that means that, as early as January 2024, Comcast can require Disney to buy NBCUniversal’s 33-percent interest in Hulu. On the flip side, Disney can require NBCUniversal to sell its interest in Hulu by January 2024 for fair market value.

Fair market value will be assessed at the time of sale, but Disney has guaranteed Comcast a minimum sale price of $27.5 billion for the remaining stake in Hulu.

As part of the agreement, Comcast has agreed to extend Hulu’s licensing of NBCUniversal content until late 2024. That means, despite Disney’s immediate takeover, Hulu will retain NBCUniversal content for the next few years. This goes for on-demand content as

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Comcast usage soars 34% to 200GB a month, pushing users closer to data cap

Comcast usage soars 34% to 200GB a month, pushing users closer to data cap

Enlarge / A Comcast van in Sunnyvale, California, in November 2018. (credit: Getty Images | Andrei Stanescu)

Comcast said its customers’ monthly Internet data usage increased 34 percent between Q1 2018 and Q1 2019, rising to a median of 200GB. The rise is being driven by streaming video, and, in particular, 4K video, Comcast said.

“Our customers’ demand for speed and data usage keeps increasing,” Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said in a call with investors yesterday (transcript). “Our median broadband home now uses over 200 gigabytes of data per month, an increase of 34 percent year-over-year, which accelerated from the fourth quarter.” (Stop the Cap reported on Comcast’s remarks earlier.)

The median customer is using only about 20 percent of Comcast’s 1TB data cap, which is enforced in 27 of Comcast’s 39 states. But the rise in median usage almost certainly means that more Comcast customers are

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