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Cable Operators Offer Free WiFi Roaming

  • Gigaom, Monday, May 21, 2012 3:19 PM

Cable news: Five cable operators -- Bright House Networks, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox Communications and Time Warner Cable -- launched the Cable WiFi network, through which "customers of one provider can seamlessly roam on hotspots from other four," writes Kevin C. Tofel.

As of now this increased coverage will be in "New York City and the surrounding Tri-State area, Los Angeles, Tampa, Orlando, and Philadelphia as those areas have overlapping cable and Wi-Fi coverage," he writes. But more cities will be added.

Also, Comcast released two products that show the company is "doing exactly what it's supposed to on the innovation front," allowing "users to turn their TV into a big-screen home and life dashboard," according to Stacey Higginbotham at Gigaom.

The first: Dayview, a service that "lets users see their email, calendar, any home automation service offerings, etc. on their TVs," she writes. Second is X1, a "true cloud TV service" that "appears to be a joining of a customer’s Comcast services from DVR and Xfinity On-Demand shows to any other Comcast service."



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