Comcast connects cell phones with TV service
April 26, 2007 6:00 AM

BOSTON — Comcast Corp. and Sprint on Monday announced an expansion of Pivot, the service that enables consumers to link their wireless phone with their Comcast digital cable, high-speed Internet and digital voice products.

Beginning this week, Pivot is available in more than 270 communities, stretching from Cape Cod to southern and Seacoast New Hampshire, more than tripling the number of New England consumers who can now integrate mobility into their Triple Play of Comcast services. Before the service was offered in 24 communities around the Boston area, according to Comcast spokesman Marc Goodman.

With Pivot, customers can watch live and mobile television from dozens of networks, view television listings using a programming guide similar to the one they use at home, check e-mail, access information on the Internet, make unlimited calls between their digital voice and wireless phones without using wireless plan minutes and receive one consolidated monthly bill for all their services.

“It’s entertainment on the go. Comcast customers can check their e-mail and take all of this content with them on the go,” said Goodman.

In addition, Pivot will for the first time deliver local video content from Boston’s NBC affiliate, WHDH-TV, offering news and weather updates to customers several times throughout the day in addition to the variety of other linear and made-for-mobile television offerings. On demand sports highlights and clips from other networks will also be available.

According to Goodman, those links between phone and home will include in the future the ability to program a digital video recorder from the phone.

“If you’re heading to the office for the day and you say ‘I forgot to record (popular television drama) 24,’ you will be able to do that through a couple selections,” he said.

Having local news content available on the phone is also a boon to customers who are constantly traveling.

Calling plans for Pivot start at $33 a month with multimedia plans offering television content and online access beginning at an extra $15 a month. Customers can choose between five different handsets.