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Comcast has started to slowly roll out its gigabit-speed Internet service in the United States, with the first connection live in Philadelphia last week. The connection, which is believed to be the first in the world using a DOCSIS 3.1 modem on a customer-facing network, brings Comcast in line with other similar high-speed services such as the already-live Google Fiber and AT&T's GigaPower connections.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is looking into how telecommunications providers offer free allocations of data to their subscribers. AT&T, Comcast, and T-Mobile have all been sent requests by the FCC for more information about these programs operate, with the possibility that the carriers and cable companies providing them to customers may be doing so against net neutrality principles.
Comcast subscribers may find their service will extend away from their home network, with a report claiming the cable company is looking to move into providing cellular services to its users. It is alleged Comcast has advised Verizon it will be reselling part of the carrier's wireless service to its customers under a 2012 spectrum deal, with the supposed new service potentially being offered to Comcast customers by this time next year.
Comcast is testing out an extra fee that will help Internet customers avoid paying out excess bandwidth-related charges on their monthly bill, in areas where a cap is enforced. The cable company is allowing customers in areas of Florida to pay $30 extra per month for unlimited data through the fiber network, letting subscribers go above their monthly usage allowance without worrying about receiving a higher than expected bill the following month.
Comcast is planning to bring its gigabit-speed Internet service to its entire fiber network within a few years, according to an executive. Robert Howald, vice president of network architecture for the cable company, explained in an interview that Comcast will be aiming to roll out the technology to get the high-speed connections across its US network footprint within the next two to three years, with the target being two years.
Comcast is extending access to an app that allows users to stream from their mobile devices to an X1 DVR-ready set-top box to all subscribers. The app, Xfinity Share for iOS and Android, can be used to broadcast photographs, recorded videos, and live video streams from a smartphone to a suitable cable box, and it is also possible to share the stream with another subscriber's TV. Slashgear reports the app was originally available to just Triple Play package customers, but now it can be used by any Comcast voice, video, home, and Internet subscriber.
Comcast is planning to beat its major competition in the broadband speed arms race, by testing a technology that could offer 10Gbps connections later this year. Faster than the gigabit speeds of Google Fiber and even its own 2Gbps Gigabit Pro service in some areas, Comcast CEO Neil Smit advised that the cable company is going to be performing a market trial in the fourth quarter for DOCSIS 3.1 running at far higher speeds.
Just a few days after launching a streaming TV service, Comcast revealed it is working with EA on a game streaming service for its Internet customers, using their existing set-top box. Running through Comcast's X1 TV platform, Xfinity Games will stream game footage to customer cable boxes, allowing them to play a selection of games on their television, without needing to acquire a dedicated game console.
Comcast is finally joining the ranks of PlayStation Vue and Sling TV, in providing an Internet television subscription independent of a main cable subscription. Titled Stream, the service will offer customers live TV broadcasts to watch on their choice of device, including desktops, notebooks, tablets, and smartphones, though unlike its main competitors, there appear to be a few snags that may cause some potential customers to look elsewhere.
KitSound has launched a gaming headset that can be used on PCs as well as Xbox and PlayStation consoles. The Storm Gaming Headphones can be used wirelessly using a 2.4GHz connection at a range of up to 10 meters (32 feet), with its seven-hour battery life making it useful for extended gaming sessions. Audio is derived from its 40mm drivers, with it having a frequency response of between 20Hz and 20kHz, while its detachable microphone allows it to be used purely as headphones. KitSound is selling the Storm for around £30 ($46).