Another piece of news dropped at this week's NewTeeVee Live event, when Comcast Interactive's President Amy Banse told the audience that Comcast expected to launch their On-Demand Online product in early December. On-Demand Online is a product that allows Comcast cable TV and broadband customers to watch cable programming on their computer via their broadband connection.
Banse revealed that accessing On-Demand Online will require Comcast customers to download an application, log in to Comcast's Fancast site and authenticate their Comcast customer status. Once that process is completed, that computer can access the On-Demand Online content from any broadband connection. So, if installed on a mobile computer, Comcast customers can take their cable television with them anywhere they have broadband access.
As I mentioned last month, CableLabs, the cable industry's research and development consortium, is at work developing a set of standards for cable television programming via an online portal. Once that standard is developed and approved, other cable providers can begin offering this same type of service.
You can watch the entire NewTeeVee Live interview with Banse here: