Why choose Comcast?

Comcast is planning to introduce a new service that will be appealing to households with low income. As per the program, customers can sign up for internet and television services for a period of seven days or thirty days. This plan is surely introduced to attract low-income households to their services. The plan is called “Xfinity Prepaid” services and under this plan, the users need to pay a one-time equipment fee and they get chance to refill the service as and when needed. The best part, there is no limitation on the number of times a user can renew the service.

The Xfinity Prepaid service does not need a credit check or contract. The service will be made available in Illinois, Georgia, Michigan, Indiana, and Florida. Comcast is also planning to extend the services to their complete customer base by the end of 2017. Comcast recently signed an agreement with the no-contract wireless brand Boost Mobile of Sprint, in order to offer prepaid services at 4,400 locations of Boost Mobile with Comcast footprint. However, Comcast has not released the financial details of the arrangement yet.

AT&T Deals

“We want to create an easy, pay-as-you-go option for people who want more flexibility and predictability when buying our services,” Marcien Jenckes, executive vice president of consumer services at Comcast Cable, said in a statement. Reports show that out of the 20 million US households that do not pay for TV, around 16 million fall short to pass the credit checks to be eligible for the services. This means that the new offering from Comcast will be appealing to such customers, who will otherwise go for over-the-top video services and cable TV alternatives.

This new plan is released when the future of pay TV is uncertain, as users cut cords and go for skinny packages and internet TV services. Experts doubt that if services like this will encourage cord cutting among the users, as they can sign up for the services again for a short period to watch events like NBA. “Certainly that is a possibility, but I don’t think that is our expectation,” said Comcast representative, Steven Restivo. “While the service is primarily geared toward people making tough decisions on a monthly basis about finances, consumers with vacation homes could use the prepaid option to toggle their cable on and off,” he added.

Major Collaboration among Telecom Giants

It has been less than six months since the acquisition of Sky® by Comcast®, but there have been several drastic changes in the business already. The company’s CEO explained the same recently as he spoke at the Deloitte and Enders Analysis Media and Telecoms 2019 conference. He said, “Just a few months after first coming together, we are already seeing clear benefits flowing in both directions. “For example, we’ll be bringing Comcast®’s own voice interface to Sky® Q later this year and our broadband customers in Italy will benefit from Comcast®’s xFi product.” He also added, “Profound change is not exception, it’s normal.” The Sky® deal went through in one of the biggest takeovers of the year 2018, and was
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Safety Provider Row Enters the 5G Front

Major Telecom Giants Verizon® and AT&T® are indulged in a serious battle over the rights to sell services to the public departments such as firefighters, police, and other first responders. The ongoing encounter among the providers of the best cable deals is also affecting the 5G front. “As we build out 5G, it will be made available to public safety, just at the same time it will be made available to any other customer in terms of the network capability,” remarked Tami Erwin, chief of Verizon®’s new Business unit and the in-charge executive of selling Verizon® services to public safety. She also said that Verizon® would have to come up with new plans exclusively for the public safety departments, “But
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More Spending on Media Content to Engage Audiences Seems Imminent

AT&T® is expecting a structure that is more streamlined at its WarnerMedia arm will let it invest enough in media content to take upon Netflix®. The streaming giant has been AT&T’s rival too, since the Dallas-based telecommunications company acquired Time Warner® in one of the best cable deals of the recent times. After the CEO of HBO®, Richard Plepler, and the President of Turner, David Levy, left, AT&T’s media division hired Robert Greenblatt to oversee Turner’s entertainment networks and HBO®, in addition to its planned OTT offering. “At a time when we must shift our investment focus to develop more content for specific and demanding audiences on emerging platforms, we can’t sustain a model where we invest one dollar more
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Key Takeaways from Latest Internet Threat Research

CenturyLink® is sharing intelligence upon the “Necurs” botnet, uncovered by Black Lotus Labs™, which furthers the company’s commitment to help protect the internet and user devices from malicious threats. The mission of CenturyLink’s latest threat research and operations unit, Black Lotus Labs™, is to leverage its network visibility in order to help protect consumers by keeping the internet clean. Tracking and disrupting a botnet is among the ways, in which, the CenturyLink® division does this. “Necurs”, for one, is a malware and spam distribution botnet, which has recently shown a hiding technique to avoid detection as well as quietly amass even more bots. Mike Benjamin, the leader of Black Lotus Labs™, said that, “Necurs is the multitool of botnets, evolving
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Telecom Companies Decide to End the Days of 3G

AT&T® has now announced that it had programs to call it a day for 3G by early 2022 in order to incorporate new standards in the industry. This decision was made public after Verizon®, its chief competitor, announced recently that it would also put an end to its 3G services in cell phones towards the conclusion of this year. The decision to bring 3G to a permanent closure did not come as a surprise, as most of the best internet service companies had spent a huge fortune on spreading the 4G services throughout the country. The new service, also known as LTE or Long-Term Evolution, allows people to download data 10 times faster than what was possible with 3G. Furthermore,
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Major Telecom Companies to Draw Adverts from Video Giant

AT&T® and Hasbro are the most recent firms to come up with the decision to pull adverts from the global video broadcasting platform YouTube. This came as an aftermath of the issue of pedophiles leaving offensive remarks beside videos of children on the platform. Being one of the fastest internet provider, AT&T® followed the food giant Nestle® in bringing a pause to the ads. YouTube commented on the issue that it had disabled the option of comments on millions of videos quoting that they “could be subject to predatory comments”. This is not the first occasion when comments on its site left it in deep trouble. The most recent controversy was triggered when a YouTube vlogger, Matt Watson, said that
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5G Being Adopted as the Main Marketing Technique by Telecom Giants

5G connectivity continues to be used in advanced marketing and advertising by top brands. The fact is that 5G can capture data much faster than the other types of connections. Thomas Barnett, the Director of marketing and thought leadership at Cisco™ explained how data is captured when consumers join their brand. He said, “5G will open a whole new area of mobile understanding and personalization that should be of interest to advertisers and how they develop and deliver campaigns.” Meanwhile, smartphones are becoming the leading source of all entertainment and communication. These are said to have their share of 54% of total device connections and they are also speculated to drive more than 90% internet connection by 2022. Cisco’s Mobile
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Recent Surveys Sound Caution for Internet Provider’s Streaming Services

AT&T’s live streaming service, DIRECTV NOW® has been struggling to maintain its customers for some time now. The recent survey conducted by UBS brings the whole picture into light as the truth behind this withdrawal has been revealed. Customers clearly prefer other platforms for streaming services to DIRECTV NOW®. The UBS Evidence Media Lab Consumption survey conducted a poll involving 2,000 respondents. They found out that those who were looking to subscribe to a TV streaming service preferred Hulu’s service. This was followed by those who wanted YouTube TV by Google. AT&T’s DIRECTV NOW® occupied only the third spot. The UBS speculates that Hulu and YouTube TV will certainly have more subscribers than other streaming service providers by 2020. Although
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Fourth Quarter Reports Indicate Uncertain Times for Telcos

The shares of AT&T® dropped by 25% since the start of 2018 and the recently published full-year reports did not help to lift the stocks. Profits showed signs of recovery, although growth remained stagnant. This can be attributed to the company’s controversial acquisition of Time Warner Media empire last year. The company closed the deal at $85 billion, which is said to have raised the company’s debts. As for value investors, this is a dream period to pounce on the opportunity. 2018 Recap Overall, AT&T® had a good 2018. There was an improvement in revenue by mid-single digits. Besides, the lower tax rate resulting from the tax reforms passed at the end of 2017 also benefitted the company. The bottom
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Gigabit Internet Service Comes to Tulsa

The gigabit internet service has finally come to Tulsa through Cox Communications®. The Mayor of Tulsa, G.T. Bynum, and Cox® proclaimed it a “Gigabit City”, while announcing residences throughout the area have access to a gigabit broadband internet speeds. Subscribers of the “Gigablast” plan from Cox® get to access the best internet service imaginable out there. It is quick enough to download 1,000 photos in sixteen seconds, a hundred songs in 3 seconds, and a two-hour-long film in eight seconds. Cox’s Tulsa Market VP, Roger Ramseyer, said, “Years and years and years ago, it used to be that if you had a railroad station, you knew you were going to grow in population. Then it was if you had a
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Major Collaboration among Telecom Giants

It has been less than six months since the acquisition of Sky® by Comcast®, but there have been several drastic changes in the business already. The company’s CEO explained the same recently as he spoke at the Deloitte and Enders Analysis Media and Telecoms 2019 conference. He said, “Just a few months after first coming together, we are already seeing clear benefits flowing in both directions. “For example, we’ll be bringing Comcast®’s own voice interface to Sky® Q later this year and our broadband customers in Italy will benefit from Comcast®’s xFi product.” He also added, “Profound change is not exception, it’s normal.” The Sky® deal went through in one of the biggest takeovers of the year 2018, and was
Posted in Latest News | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Safety Provider Row Enters the 5G Front

Major Telecom Giants Verizon® and AT&T® are indulged in a serious battle over the rights to sell services to the public departments such as firefighters, police, and other first responders. The ongoing encounter among the providers of the best cable deals is also affecting the 5G front. “As we build out 5G, it will be made available to public safety, just at the same time it will be made available to any other customer in terms of the network capability,” remarked Tami Erwin, chief of Verizon®’s new Business unit and the in-charge executive of selling Verizon® services to public safety. She also said that Verizon® would have to come up with new plans exclusively for the public safety departments, “But
Posted in Latest News | Tagged , | Leave a comment

More Spending on Media Content to Engage Audiences Seems Imminent

AT&T® is expecting a structure that is more streamlined at its WarnerMedia arm will let it invest enough in media content to take upon Netflix®. The streaming giant has been AT&T’s rival too, since the Dallas-based telecommunications company acquired Time Warner® in one of the best cable deals of the recent times. After the CEO of HBO®, Richard Plepler, and the President of Turner, David Levy, left, AT&T’s media division hired Robert Greenblatt to oversee Turner’s entertainment networks and HBO®, in addition to its planned OTT offering. “At a time when we must shift our investment focus to develop more content for specific and demanding audiences on emerging platforms, we can’t sustain a model where we invest one dollar more
Posted in Latest News | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Key Takeaways from Latest Internet Threat Research

CenturyLink® is sharing intelligence upon the “Necurs” botnet, uncovered by Black Lotus Labs™, which furthers the company’s commitment to help protect the internet and user devices from malicious threats. The mission of CenturyLink’s latest threat research and operations unit, Black Lotus Labs™, is to leverage its network visibility in order to help protect consumers by keeping the internet clean. Tracking and disrupting a botnet is among the ways, in which, the CenturyLink® division does this. “Necurs”, for one, is a malware and spam distribution botnet, which has recently shown a hiding technique to avoid detection as well as quietly amass even more bots. Mike Benjamin, the leader of Black Lotus Labs™, said that, “Necurs is the multitool of botnets, evolving
Posted in Latest News | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Telecom Companies Decide to End the Days of 3G

AT&T® has now announced that it had programs to call it a day for 3G by early 2022 in order to incorporate new standards in the industry. This decision was made public after Verizon®, its chief competitor, announced recently that it would also put an end to its 3G services in cell phones towards the conclusion of this year. The decision to bring 3G to a permanent closure did not come as a surprise, as most of the best internet service companies had spent a huge fortune on spreading the 4G services throughout the country. The new service, also known as LTE or Long-Term Evolution, allows people to download data 10 times faster than what was possible with 3G. Furthermore,
Posted in Latest News | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Major Telecom Companies to Draw Adverts from Video Giant

AT&T® and Hasbro are the most recent firms to come up with the decision to pull adverts from the global video broadcasting platform YouTube. This came as an aftermath of the issue of pedophiles leaving offensive remarks beside videos of children on the platform. Being one of the fastest internet provider, AT&T® followed the food giant Nestle® in bringing a pause to the ads. YouTube commented on the issue that it had disabled the option of comments on millions of videos quoting that they “could be subject to predatory comments”. This is not the first occasion when comments on its site left it in deep trouble. The most recent controversy was triggered when a YouTube vlogger, Matt Watson, said that
Posted in Latest News | Tagged , | Leave a comment

5G Being Adopted as the Main Marketing Technique by Telecom Giants

5G connectivity continues to be used in advanced marketing and advertising by top brands. The fact is that 5G can capture data much faster than the other types of connections. Thomas Barnett, the Director of marketing and thought leadership at Cisco™ explained how data is captured when consumers join their brand. He said, “5G will open a whole new area of mobile understanding and personalization that should be of interest to advertisers and how they develop and deliver campaigns.” Meanwhile, smartphones are becoming the leading source of all entertainment and communication. These are said to have their share of 54% of total device connections and they are also speculated to drive more than 90% internet connection by 2022. Cisco’s Mobile
Posted in Latest News | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Recent Surveys Sound Caution for Internet Provider’s Streaming Services

AT&T’s live streaming service, DIRECTV NOW® has been struggling to maintain its customers for some time now. The recent survey conducted by UBS brings the whole picture into light as the truth behind this withdrawal has been revealed. Customers clearly prefer other platforms for streaming services to DIRECTV NOW®. The UBS Evidence Media Lab Consumption survey conducted a poll involving 2,000 respondents. They found out that those who were looking to subscribe to a TV streaming service preferred Hulu’s service. This was followed by those who wanted YouTube TV by Google. AT&T’s DIRECTV NOW® occupied only the third spot. The UBS speculates that Hulu and YouTube TV will certainly have more subscribers than other streaming service providers by 2020. Although
Posted in Latest News | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Fourth Quarter Reports Indicate Uncertain Times for Telcos

The shares of AT&T® dropped by 25% since the start of 2018 and the recently published full-year reports did not help to lift the stocks. Profits showed signs of recovery, although growth remained stagnant. This can be attributed to the company’s controversial acquisition of Time Warner Media empire last year. The company closed the deal at $85 billion, which is said to have raised the company’s debts. As for value investors, this is a dream period to pounce on the opportunity. 2018 Recap Overall, AT&T® had a good 2018. There was an improvement in revenue by mid-single digits. Besides, the lower tax rate resulting from the tax reforms passed at the end of 2017 also benefitted the company. The bottom
Posted in Latest News | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Gigabit Internet Service Comes to Tulsa

The gigabit internet service has finally come to Tulsa through Cox Communications®. The Mayor of Tulsa, G.T. Bynum, and Cox® proclaimed it a “Gigabit City”, while announcing residences throughout the area have access to a gigabit broadband internet speeds. Subscribers of the “Gigablast” plan from Cox® get to access the best internet service imaginable out there. It is quick enough to download 1,000 photos in sixteen seconds, a hundred songs in 3 seconds, and a two-hour-long film in eight seconds. Cox’s Tulsa Market VP, Roger Ramseyer, said, “Years and years and years ago, it used to be that if you had a railroad station, you knew you were going to grow in population. Then it was if you had a
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