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Comcast XFINITY: Is It the Right Provider for You?

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About Comcast Cable

Comcast Cable is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation, headquartered in Philadelphia, PA. In addition to Comcast Cable, the parent company's holdings also include NBCUniversal and several cable networks.

As the residential brand for Comcast, XFINITY provides video, high-speed Internet and phone services to around 25 million customers. The total number of subscribers makes Comcast XFINITY the nation's single largest provider of cable services. The company serves commercial clients through its Comcast Business brand.

History of Comcast and XFINITY

Key milestones in company history include:

1963: Founder Ralph J. Roberts buys American Cable Systems in Tupelo, Miss.

1969: Comcast incorporates in Philadelphia

1986: Comcast reaches 1 million subscribers

2002: Acquisition of AT&T Broadband assets makes Comcast the largest U.S. cable provider

2010: The company announces the new brand for Comcast, XFINITY

2014: Comcast announces plans to acquire Time Warner Cable, pending regulatory approval

Comcast XFINITY TV

The following sections provide an overview of available services and features, including Comcast channels and Comcast packages.

Comcast channels

XFINITY packages feature channel counts ranging from 10+ to 260+. The selection includes:

Channel lineup varies by package and location. The company website offers Comcast TV listings by home address and ZIP Code.

Comcast packages

Comcast offers several base programming packages that can be customized by purchasing additional channels and packages. The selection includes:

In addition, Comcast offers Spanish-language base packages with Latin American programming such as Telemundo, Univision Deportes and other channels. The selection includes:

The selection of add-on packages includes international programming from numerous countries and regions such as Japan, Russia, Portugal, Vietnam, Israel, the Philippines, Germany and France.

Features and technology

Comcast Cable viewing features include the following:

Comcast Customer Guarantee

The guarantee, included with all Comcast XFINITY TV packages, offers a 30-day window to cancel services and receive a refund of the monthly fee and installation cost. It also covers timely arrivals for appointments and similar subjects. Restrictions may apply.

Customer Service

To contact Comcast Cable about service-related issues, customers have options including a toll-free number, online chat and an online forum.

Comcast Cable Availability

The Comcast Cable service area includes communities in approximately 40 states around the continental U.S. Consumers can visit the Comcast website to see whether service is available in their areas.

DIRECTV vs. Comcast XFINITY

How does Comcast Cable compare with DIRECTV in key categories?

From HD channels to HD DVR service to customer satisfaction, comparisons with cable providers favor DIRECTV.

Comparing Comcast XFINITY with Other Providers

The marketplace for television service has no shortage of competitors, including cable services like Comcast XFINITY, satellite TV providers and more. To make a more informed decision, shoppers are advised to fully explore their possible options before deciding on a provider.

Sources and Research:

Data collected 3/16/2015 from http://www.comcast.com/

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