It appears that Comcast is testing a new service that combines both TV and Internet. Sounds familiar doesn’t it (WebTV). Users will be able to access a wide variety of web-videos (YouTube?), on-demand content, live broadcasts, and recorded content. The new service however will not provide direct Internet access but will allow users to comment on TV shows and movies and allow access to social networks.
Comcast is experimenting with the new service to try and meet consumer demand for a more personalized experience and better satisfaction. This move comes when more and more consumers are moving to services such as Google TV, Roku, Netflix, Hulu, and more. The demand for on-demand and personalized internet content is on the rise and cable subscriptions are falling. Comcast has said they have lost around 275,000 cable subscribers in the third quarter of 2010 and expects further declines for the rest of 2010.
Comcast still stresses that this service is still in extremely limited beta and they are still exploring their options. Comcast also stated that they may choose to allow the service on select tablets including Apple’s iPad. This new service could be a good move for Comcast and makes us pretty excited to see some shots of it in action. If you have it drop us a line and let us know what you think.