Comcast to Rename OnDemand Online Service 'Xfinity'
Consumer moniker of authentication play to be "Fancast Xfinity TV"
By Alex Weprin -- Broadcasting & Cable, 12/2/2009 5:00:53 PM
Comcast has not yet responded to a request for comment.
In addition to securing Xfinity.com and a number of similar websites (ComcastXfinity.com, FancastXfinityTV.com, etc) the MSO has also secured the Twitter feed at Twitter.com/Xfinity, and has even shot a commercial for the new product.
A Google cache of Comcast.net featured the advertisement for Fancast Xfinity TV, as well as links to full episodes of HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm, Food Network's Ace of Cakes, BBC America's Top Gear and Comedy Central's South Park.
The addition of Fancast in the branding shows that Comcast is doubling down on its online video website, which has been an also ran against competition such as Hulu (which it will gain partial ownership of when the NBCU deal is finalized) and YouTube.
Comcast filed for a trademark on Xfinity in July, though the filing only identified the product as "Providing search engines for obtaining data via the Internet and other electronic communications networks."
It is possible Xfinity.com could work as a search engine for finding movies and TV shows.
Last month, Comcast Interactive Media president Amy Banse said the service was still set to launch in December 2009, adding that the goal was to have it roll out nationwide before Hannukah, which begins Dec. 12.
The news comes as Comcast prepares to announce its long expected acquisition of NBC Universal early Thursday morning. Once the deal is done, content from NBC Universal's cable networks would presumably become available through Xfinity.
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