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Comcast tunes up Wi-Fi at Wells Fargo Center, adds VOD in Colo.

Fri, 04/15/2011 - 8:20am
Mike Robuck

Sports fans at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia will be able to tap into Comcast's new Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspot during the playoff runs by the Flyers and Sixers.

Comcast said that the service was available to everyone in attendance at the Wells Fargo Center through June.

Comcast also announced today that its on-demand service was now available in the Colorado mountain and ski town communities of Vail, Avon, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Dillon, Frisco, Keystone and Silverthorne.

Comcast was able to provision its video-on-demand service thanks to a recent agreement with the Colorado Department of Transportation, which included the lease of single-mode fiber-optic strands along the mountainous I-70 corridor of the state.

"Comcast is committed to bringing our customers more ways to enjoy TV on their terms – what they want to watch, when they want to watch it," said Mike Trueblood, Comcast's area vice president for the mountain communities. "On-demand gives viewers the freedom to enjoy more viewing options than ever before, from today's hottest movies and music to informative and instructional programming, from the latest news and sports to classic entertainment for the whole family. It's a whole new way to watch TV – now customers' favorite shows will follow their schedules."

Comcast is also working on moving to an all-digital lineup in the mountain communities it serves in Colorado. The transition to all-digital, which will free up bandwidth for faster data speeds and more HD programming, started in March and will be completed this month.

Comcast's analog-to-digital conversion initiative, which is known internally as Project Cavalry, is currently 90 percent complete across the cable operator's footprint.

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