Xfinity Reveals Pricing, Rollout for Home Automation
By Julie Jacobson Comcast/Xfinity Home Security costs $45 per month for alarm monitoring, cellular communications, up to five WiFi cameras, ZigBee lights and thermostat, remote monitoring and control.
Today we learn a few things about Xfinity Home Security that we hadn't reported before: The monthly cost for the security/home automation service is cheaper than most, but hardly free; six more cities will get the service after last year's launch in Houston; and Xfinity will do its own security installations, rather than use a third-party provider.
And one more thing: Xfinity will use iControl SMA, the home-control platform formerly known as uControl. Just as we suspected.
Neither Xfinity nor iControl has made a formal announcement about the iControl deal, but Xfinity spokesperson Charlie Douglas confirmed the news in an interview with CE Pro today.
As previously reported, the new Xfinity Home Security service features a monitored alarm system, video cameras, and connected lights and thermostats -- all of which can be monitored and controlled remotely via any Web browser or a smart phone.
This sounds not bad actually... but unfortunately Comcast has so frequently tortured me through their spectatular incompetence over the past couple of years, any new service from them is a non-starter.