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Comcast is ramping up activity on its Fancast premium content portal. The cableco has been a busy beaver lately, going back to the networks and studios to get online rights to content so you can watch as much “Rescue Me” as you like…provided you can authenticate […]

PrintComcast is ramping up activity on its Fancast premium content portal. The cableco has been a busy beaver lately, going back to the networks and studios to get online rights to content so you can watch as much “Rescue Me” as you like…provided you can authenticate that you’re a cable subscriber, that is.

Karin Gilford, senior vice president of Fancast and online entertainment for Comcast Interactive Media, told us in a recent interview that her company sees online video as additive — not cannibalistic — to existing TV viewing. But if bandwidth-hogging online video is no threat to its existing business, why has Comcast imposed a 250 GB cap on broadband service? Gilford doesn’t see caps as an issue and feels the 250 GB cap is almost “impossible” to hit.

Comcast seems to be talking out of both sides of its mouth: We’ll build a great online video destination filled with more content than ever…just don’t use it too much. Check out NewTeeVee’s full video interview with Gilford in which she talks about online video “authentication” and how Fancast will evolve to become more social.

  1. This article makes a great point…I wonder how many hours of content from Fancast would put you at the 250GB limit? Especially if (and I assume they will) there’s content in HD.

    Also some sites have labeled it as a competitor to Hulu, though it appears much of their current content is actually coming from Hulu.

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  2. I noticed that too…the show list and episode catalog is almost identical to Hulu. Hmm.

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  3. [...] Comcast: Come to Fancast! (Just Not Too Often) [...]

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  4. Somewhat Informed Monday, April 27, 2009

    Here is a link to Fancast’s CES launch announcement from 2008 that includes the Hulu relationship answer. http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/01/08/comcast-launches-fancast-part-tv-guide-part-hulu/

    With a little digging, it looks like that Hulu is providing a few sites their catalog. http://www.bigmouthmedia.com/live/articles/hulu-partners-with-msn-aol-and-yahoo.asp/4198/

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  5. Heather Harris Sunday, July 12, 2009

    I like the idea of being able to watch full episodes legally and virus free, and I am not wanting to make this a racial comment but I search for a few black shows that I will like to see and there was not ant to be found. A lot of black shows have cancelled and they may show reruns every now and again will you’ll please add some good full episodes of some black shows.

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  6. [...] current online television offering, Fancast, requires you first be a cable subscriber. Unless you’re a Comcast cable subscriber, [...]

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