FCC Brushing up on Comcast's Xfinity

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said FCC staffers are reviewing Comcast's announcement of its subscriber-only broadband video service, Xfinity, and similar authentication services, but only to get a better handle on them for now.

"I'm sure the bureau is looking at that and proactively trying to understand it," he told a reporter Friday after the FCC's public meeting. "But beyond that it is not something that has gotten a lot of discussion at this point."

Comcast announced Tuesday the national rollout of its video-on-demand online service, which will be available only to subscribers of its cable and high speed data services.

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.