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Gus G. Sentementes | May 17, 2012
If you're transfixed by the idea of a "smart home," Comcast today is launching a new product in Maryland that can help you control your home at the touch of a touch screen, iPhone or iPad. The company is rolling out its Xfinity Home package in Baltimore and other areas around Maryland. It's a system that integrates a home security system with other monitoring, control and automation features, such as remote climate and lighting control. To get a feel for the offering, check out: http://www.comcast.com/homesecurity/index.htm?
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By Robert B. Reich | April 23, 2014
We're in a new Gilded Age of wealth and power similar to the first Gilded Age, when the nation's antitrust laws were enacted. Those laws should prevent or bust up concentrations of economic power that not only harm consumers but also undermine our democracy -- such as Comcast's pending acquisition of Time Warner Cable. In 1890, when Republican Sen. John Sherman of Ohio urged his congressional colleagues to act against the centralized industrial powers that threatened America, he didn't distinguish between economic and political power because they were one and the same.
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May 8, 2013
Was glad to see The Sun article drawing attention to Comcast charging for digital adapters ("Comcast starts charging monthly fee for digital adapters," May 5). I called Comcast when this appeared on my bill because I have two Comcast adapters on old TV's in rooms where they are seldom, if ever, used. I got them at the time of the changeover to digital and gave away my free government-subsidized converters because I thought I didn't need them. I guess this senior citizen has gotten you-know-whated again.
BUSINESS
By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2014
Comcast announced this week that it increased the speeds of its Internet services for many customers in the Northeast, including in Baltimore. A mid-range plan called "Blast" now has a top download speed of 105 Mbps, which is more than double the previous top speed. The top or "Xfinity Extreme 105" plan now works at up to 150 Mbps, increasing the top speed there by 45 Mbps. "There is a barrage of devices coming online every day and we are staying ahead of demand through faster speeds and best-in-class wireless gateways," said Marcien Jenckes, Executive Vice President of Consumer Services for Comcast Cable.
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Liz F. Kay | October 6, 2011
If you've got an analog television and subscribe to Comcast's "limited basic" package --- basically broadcast channels plus Univision and some government access --- you'll need some new equipment. Comcast is offering customers up to three digital adapters at no additional monthly charge, said spokeswoman Alisha Martin. With the adaptors, these customers will get digital-quality picture and sound as well as an additional dozen channels. Customers who subscribe to other levels of service have already moved to digital-only, she said.
BUSINESS
December 2, 2009
HOLLYWOOD - Media colossus NBC Universal is a giant step closer to being sold to the nation's largest cable company in a proposed $29 billion deal. A huge barrier in Philadelphia-based Comcast Corp.'s bid to become one of the country's most powerful entertainment companies was lifted when General Electric Co. - which has owned NBC for nearly a quarter-century - reached an exit strategy with its French partner Vivendi. Late Monday's development breaks a log-jam that has held up the sale of NBC Universal.
TRAVEL
By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2013
If you're worried about being out of touch while in Ocean City this summer, Comcast wants to ease your mind. Beginning today, visitors and residents can access free WiFi service from Xfinity on smartphones, tablets and other devices at points along the boardwalk and beyond. You don't have to be a Comcast subscriber to tap into the hotspots, which will be available to non-customers at no charge through July 4. A map of hotspots on the cable company's website, showed generous coverage of Ocean City's south end. On the north end, hotspots were located near Northside Park and at 144th Street, just south of the Delaware state line.
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By Timothy J. Mullaney and Timothy J. Mullaney,Sun Staff Writer | June 9, 1994
The Maryland attorney general's office is probing whether Comcast Corp. deceptively marketed a maintenance plan and an extra-channels package to customers in four counties, and the Philadelphia-based cable operator was accused of similar violations in lawsuits filed in eight other states yesterday.At issue is whether Comcast violated regulations by automatically charging customers for optional services, such as its "CableGuard" maintenance plan and the "Value-Pak" extra-channels package.Comcast spokesman David Nevins said the two services were routinely included in all of its Maryland cable bills until last year, when new regulations forced the company to start itemizing bills more fully and billing separately for the services.
BUSINESS
By ANDREA K. WALKER | March 2, 2007
Hunt Valley-based Sinclair Broadcast Group and Comcast Corp. are in negotiations involving fees that could affect whether millions of cable viewers can watch popular shows such as American Idol, 24 and America's Top Model on their cable systems. The two sides have until March 10 to reach an agreement. Here is a look at some of the issues: What is at the heart of the dispute? Sinclair wants Comcast to pay retransmission fees to carry its programming on the cable system. Comcast has refused, saying its customers should not have to pay for content that is available for free over the airwaves.
SPORTS
By CHILDS WALKER | December 21, 2006
The freelance broadcast technicians who help produce Washington Wizards and Capitals games for Comcast SportsNet have ended a one-night strike after reaching a tentative agreement for a contract with the network, said a source with knowledge of the negotiations. The workers went on strike Tuesday night, leaving network managers to fill their roles for the Capitals game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The workers, who unionized last year, help produce the telecasts for both home and visiting teams.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | March 23, 2014
COLLEGE PARK -- His 13th-seeded Army team led Maryland by three points midway through Sunday's first half, but coach Dave Magarity was like a man anxiously awaiting a flood. During a timeout, Magarity told his players to brace themselves for the deluge he feared was coming from the taller, stronger Terps, who seemed jittery at the outset of the NCAA tournament first-round game. “They're going to be upset,” the coach recalled telling the Black Knights. Magarity's instincts proved correct.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2014
COLLEGE PARK - More than six decades after playing its first Atlantic Coast Conference game at Ritchie Coliseum, Maryland will play its last ACC regular season game Sunday at Comcast Center against No. 5 Virginia. The Cavaliers were there for the opening of Cole Field House in 1955 and helped close it in 2002. But the roles of the respective teams will be nearly reversed from that game a dozen years ago. Maryland (16-14, 8-9 ACC) will be looking for a signature win while Virginia (25-5, 16-1)
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2014
After playing its final ACC season without visits from Duke or North Carolina, Maryland will have plenty of heavyweights coming to Comcast Center in the Terps' first year in the Big Ten. Maryland will play host to Michigan State, Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana in 2014-15. A schedule of opponents was released by the Big Ten on Friday. The Terps will have home-and-home series with the Hoosiers and Spartans, as well as with Penn State, Nebraska and Rutgers. They will also face Northwestern and Minnesota at home, while travelling to Illinois, Iowa, Ohio State and Purdue.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2014
COLLEGE PARK -- Dez Wells had done the same thing before the season even started, during a private scrimmage at Comcast Center against Villanova. Back then, the Maryland season was full of promise. On Wednesday night, the Terps were bordering somewhere between despair and desperation. A 10-point lead on Miami, built on defense and Wells' second-half scoring binge, was gone. This time, a 3-point shot by Wells with 5.9 seconds remaining not only lifted the Terps to a much-needed 74-71 victory, but it provided the 6-foot-4 junior guard with the signature moment of his basketball career.
SPORTS
By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2014
Both Maryland and Miami lost close games at home to ranked teams Saturday, but their respective coaches reacted differently to the defeats as the teams prepared to play each other Wednesday night in College Park. Mark Turgeon, whose Terps lost 83-79 to No. 20 Pittsburgh , thought his team played better against the Panthers than they did in losing at North Carolina State on Monday. In that game, Maryland led by nine at haltime and by 11 points early in the second half. Turgeon was pleased by the offensive progress he thought his team had made against one of the league's better defensive teams, shooting 48 percent from the field, scoring 20 more points than it had in a loss at Pittsburgh on Jan. 6, going to the free throw line 30 times.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2014
Welcome to a second season of Morning Shootaround. We will follow the Terps throughout the 2013-14 season, but in this space this year, we will provide a look ahead, rather than back. We will try to analyze Maryland's strengths and weaknesses, as well as those of its upcoming opponent. We also hope to provide quotes and anecdotes from practices to give some idea of what coach Mark Turgeon and his team are doing. Here are a few things to watch as the Terps get ready to play Notre Dame at Comcast Center on Wednesday night.
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By MICHAEL DRESSER and MICHAEL DRESSER,SUN STAFF | September 27, 1995
Comcast Cablevision subscribers in Baltimore County will begin to see a payoff from the company's $100 million network upgrade by Oct. 30 as the cable franchise adds 20 new or expanded channels to its program lineup.The cable company is expected to announce today that 40,000 customers in neighborhoods where the network has been rebuilt will receive five new and two expanded channels as part of its standard package at no additional cost.The upgrade, which is expected to reach 65,000 of Comcast's 185,000 Baltimore County subscribers by the end of the year, will also add seven pay-per-view channels, three premium channels and three information channels, Comcast spokesman David Nevins said yesterday.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,Sun Staff Writer | August 15, 1995
Bolstered by a strong performance from its QVC home shopping network, Comcast Corp. yesterday reported strong gains in revenues and cash flow during a second quarter that one analyst described as "outstanding."The Philadelphia-based cable TV company, which owns three cable systems in the Baltimore area, more than doubled its sales from the same quarter a year ago, largely as a result of its acquisition of QVC and the Maclean Hunter cable properties in the United States. Revenues for the quarter ended June 30 totaled $823.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | January 5, 2014
Maryland center Shaquille Cleare is aware of the criticism leveled against him from fans and media during the first two months of his sophomore year -- maybe to the point where it affected his play. Cleare, who was used sparingly behind Alex Len as a freshman, had one of his more solid performances in Saturday's 77-61 victory over Georgia Tech in Maryland's Atlantic Coast Conference home opener at Comcast Center. His numbers weren't spectacular -- eight points, two rebounds and an assist in 19 minutes -- but his impact was apparent.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | January 4, 2014
By sending Maryland on the road for its only games this season against Duke and North Carolina, the Atlantic Coast Conference created an unbalanced Terps schedule posing more significant challenges away from Comcast Center than at home. It means that - more than ever - Maryland must win nearly all of its ACC home games,  then look to opportunistically pick off some victories on the road. That's always been the calculation for making the NCAA tournament, of course. But home dominance has rarely been more critical than this season because the road slate includes games at Duke and North Carolina (with no corresponding home dates)
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