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What are Comcast and Verizon Wireless building together? [Comcast Roundup]

"The innovation lab that Comcast and Verizon have built was spawned by the $2.3 billion spectrum deal that Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks signed in late 2011."

  • Is NFC key to ‘magical’ solutions Comcast and Verizon Wireless are developing? [FierceCable] “The innovation lab that Comcast and Verizon have built was spawned by the $2.3 billion spectrum deal that Comcast, Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) and Bright House Networks signed in late 2011. […] Comcast is also looking at placing NFC chips in remote controls which could be used to pair devices ranging from light bulbs to mobile gadgets to a home network by tapping them to the remote, according to one of the patent documents we discovered.”
  • Hersha hotels add Comcast fiber [Philly.com] “Jay Shah, boss at Hersha Hospitality Trust, says his hotel-management arm has made a deal with Comcast Corp.’s Comcast Business unit to boost Internet and TV connections across the 115 hotels it runs. The company’s Hersha Hospitality Management arm mostly manages East Coast hotels — the company’s own as well as others branded for Marriott, Hyatt, Hilton, Hampton, Sheraton and Holiday Inn — but is expanding nationally.”
  • Jeff Gelles: Comcast offers its own TV-management package [Philadelphia Inquirer] “What will the X1 do? Not surprisingly, it won’t help you watch video from Internet-streaming services like Netflix – a mainstay of any “smart TV” device. But it does plenty to justify its portrayal as a reinvention of how Comcast delivers Xfinity TV to its 22 million customers, with some smart-TV flourishes.”
  • Comcast letter said to confirm that Prenda, Steele planted porn torrents [Ars Technica] “Porn-trolling operation Prenda Law sued thousands for illegally downloading porn files over BitTorrent. Now, a new document from Comcast appears to confirm suspicions that it was actually Prenda mastermind John Steele who uploaded those files.”
  • Comcast gives NBCU head raise, bonus [Philadelphia Business Journal] “The Philadelphia-based telecommunications, media and entertainment giant said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it amended [NBCUniversal CEO Steve] Burke’s employment agreement to run through Aug. 31, 2018 and increased his salary from $2.24 million to $2.6 million, effective Sept. 1.”
Companies: Comcast / Netflix

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