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What is Comcast Xfinity?

by Sean P. Aune | February 22, 2010February 22, 2010 8:06 am PDT

The wunderkinds in the Comcast marketing department have fallen victim to the tired idea that if you slap an “X” on a word, it immediately becomes hip and edgy, but all that aside, the new Xfinity product sounds like it will deliver a whole lot more entertainment into your homes.

Essentially a re-branding of Comcast’s current triple-play service for bundled Internet, telephone and TV services, but with some major upgrades to what the package will provide.  As for the name, according to the official FAQ, it is defined as “XFINITY stands for infinite content choices (the “infinity”) and cross-platform features (that’s the “X”)”

comcast_logoThe biggest change, and the one that will probably be the most welcomed, is that the Internet speeds are jumping up to 100 Mbps in some areas.  Thanks to DOCSIS 3.0 modems, the speeds should be showing up in numerous locations very soon.  This was an almost mandatory upgrade to be honest as other service providers have been trying to jump to that speed recently.  Course, another way to look at it is that it just means it will hit your bandwidth caps that much faster!

With the new service also came in expansion to the company’s Fancast service.  The selection of on-demand videos can be played from your TV, computer or mobile device, and is now close to 20,000 selections.  Over 3,000 hours of that programming is also in HD.  Besides being able to access their sites, you can also log into sites such as those for cable networks of TBX and TNT using the same login credentials.

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Comcast Xfinity Availability

  • Augusta, GA
  • Baltimore
  • Boston
  • Chattanooga, TN
  • Chicago
  • Hartford, CT
  • Philadelphia
  • Portland, OR
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • Seattle
  • Washington, D.C.

More cities are expected to be added through out 2010.

No matter how silly the name may be, you had probably get used to it as it will be appearing in TV ads, on company vehicles and employee uniforms.  The name aside, though, it’s always a good thing to see yet another carrier increasing its broadband speeds when so much of the country lags behind each other, let alone how the USA as a whole is so far behind other nations on average.


Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...

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