Comcast goes even more on demand

The face of American Idol and voice behind American Top 40, Ryan Seacrest, will join Comcast CEO Brian L. Roberts on stage at the Vegas' Consumer Electronics Show today to help introduce the nation's largest cable company's newest endeavor: making a giant library of movies and television shows available on-demand through television or downloadable through the Internet, according to the New York Times.

The face of American Idol and voice behind American Top 40, Ryan Seacrest, will join Comcast CEO Brian L. Roberts on stage at the Vegas' Consumer Electronics Show today to help introduce the nation's largest cable company's newest endeavor: making a giant library of movies and television shows available on-demand through television or downloadable through the Internet, according to The New York Times.

The Business Section reports that after a keynote address explaining Project Infinity, the name of the effort to put 6,000 titles in the hands of customers, Seacrest and Roberts will introduce wideband, a new technology that allows for quicker downloads, by downloading “Batman Begins,” in about four minutes, instead of six hours, the usual time required by a standard broadband connection. Comcast aims to provide wideband to all its customers, but will test it in certain markets for 2008.

The company also unveils Fancast.com today, a site on which devotees of CSI, Tila Tequila and Katherine Heigl can view 3,000 hours of shows from CBS, MTV and ABC, among others, at no cost.

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