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Comcast offers new home security service

Comcast Corp. is offering customers a home security service as part of its Xfinity Home package. The new service, available this week in Washington, allows a user to control home lighting or heating as well as to see video streams from within one’s residence. The remote app for controlling home lights or utilities is currently only available for Apple devices, said a Comcast press release. Consumers can also use a personal computer to access home security services.

Comcast paying more city and county taxes, fees

Despite a national trend of TV watchers leaving cable companies for other options, Spokane’s Comcast Corp. franchise is paying more taxes and fees to Spokane County and the city of Spokane. The nation’s largest cable company paid $888,900 last year to the county and $5.4 million to the city, based on fees and taxes it collects and distributes to the two governments.

Comcast offers added tech help

Comcast Corp. on Tuesday launched Xfinity Signature Support, saying it’s now offering around-the-clock tech support for customers who need help with gadgets and tech devices. Comcast general manager for new businesses Mitch Bowling said surveys showed most Comcast customers already regarded the cable company as a preferred option for help with home networking, software issues and configuring of smartphones or other devices.

Centers aim to steer students on right path

Glover Middle School student William Fausett already has figured out how he’ll pay for college, manage a budget and make sensible purchases. He learned his lessons in the Comcast College and Career Center recently established in his Spokane school.

Motley Fool: Comcast losing ground as entertainment leader

Investors adored Comcast’s (Nasdaq: CMCSA) recent quarterly report: Revenue grew by 7 percent. Operating profits climbed even higher. Share buybacks will be beefed up. The dividend is rising considerably. But look closer. The country’s largest cable provider closed out the year with 22.8 million video subscribers. That may be a big number, but it’s 135,000 fewer than last quarter, and marks 757,000 net defections through 2010.

Comcast offering Japan TV news updates

Area Comcast subscribers can stay current on developments in Japan by watching Japan TV on Channel 245. Comcast and managers of Japan TV agreed to make the service freely available for a time; it’s usually a paid service.