Hoping to counter a slowdown in subscriber growth rate, Comcast saidThursday that it will begin rolling out a superfast "wideband" Internetservice that wipossible to download a full-length movie in standard definition in aboutfive minutes. The DOCSIS 3.0 service, which Comcast calls "Wideband Extreme50," will be deployed in a handful of markets, including Boston,Philadelphia and New Jersey, during the next few weeks and in the top tenmarkets where Comcast operates by the end of the year. The service comeswith a hefty price tag, however -- $139.95 a month for homes, $190 forbusinesses. While the service represents a major improvement for cable, itis already exceeded by cable services in Japan, where speeds of 63 Mbps arecommon.
Martin Scorsese's upcoming 'The Irishman', featuring Robert De Niro, is reportedly moving to Netflix from Paramount.