Sunday, August 30, 2015

Comcast promises to outperform Google, Verizon Fios in select markets (starting with Atlanta)



CNN Connect reports that Comcast plans a superfast cable Internet that will be faster than Google’s experimental service in some cities, or Verion FIOS – at two gigabits per second, story here.

The first city to get such a service is Atlanta. Maybe the Braves will get out of their funk at the same time (with a new stadium soon).

Netflix seems to have one of the fastest deliveries right now.  But many websites are a long way from delivering content at speeds to take advantage of it.

Right now, in my own experience, on Xfinity, Netflix runs faster (with fewer or no stops) than Amazon Prime or YouTube.

 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Will Verizon make FIOS available to everyone in New York City?


The availability of Verizon Fios in many parts of New York City is still an issue, according to a detailed story by Patrick McGeehan today in the New York Times, link here

There seems to be a big disagreement with the City over what Verizon had promised in 2008, and what having the service “pass” means.

On the other hand, some companies, especially Google, are aggressively marketing super broadband in a few select, often smaller cities in the South and Midwest.
  
The question is important if someone intends to move into the City, something I have contemplated in order to have more contacts for my music and other media, at some point in the future, but it would have to be in an outer borough (Yankees, or Mets). 

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Comcast envisions a new streaming service, "Watchable".


Comcast is reported to be planning to develop a video platform called “Watchable” that will rival YouTube and Facebook.  It will partner with some innovative digital publishers, including Vox Media, for content, and the arrangement would save licensing costs.  Business Insider has a story here.
  
The platform would eventually require consumers switching cable boxes if they use "Internet TV", but some of it might be direct streaming.  But box-related content might be available only in areas serviced by Comcast (v Cox). 
   
It wasn’t clear yet whether “amateurs” would be able to post on the platform, or to what extent the platform could “replace” cable (Xfinity) rather than supplement it, or whether Comcast-Universal-NBC could sponsor more series in a manner similar to Netflix. Possibly, a platform like this could host a series like “Imajica” (Clive Barker’s big fantasy novel, said to be in development under Kevin Smith).

 

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Verizon Wireless to do away with contracts, phone discounts and subsidies; more expensive for consumers?


Verizon Wireless is apparently ending subsidies and contracts, and discounts, for new phone subsidies. 

Apparently it will offer new phones at the regular price, which can be broken into installments added to the bill, without contracts, starting in mid August of this year.

Ars Technica seems to have the scoop in a story by Jon Brodkin here

This would seem to make phones more expensive, but would allow customers with existing phones to switch to other plans or companies. 
  
Again, it seems important to me that a company offer phone and wireless Internet coverage everywhere.  Why Verizon has such a blind spot in most of West Virginia is a mystery.