Comcast has started a pilot program in three markets in which it’s bundling security cameras with internet service and charging an extra $10 a month.
The pilot program was mentioned in a Reuters story today outlining Comcast’s burgeoning home-automation and security business, which the cable company insists is up to more than 1 million customers without revealing a shred of other growth data.
According to the report, the program is aimed at condo owners and apartment dwellers who want home security and don’t need a comprehensive video surveillance offering. Customers can purchase up to six cameras for $99 each. The service includes installation of the cameras, cloud storage of the video and usage of an associated app for viewing and sharing of video.
If the program is successful, a Comcast rep told Reuters, it will expand later this year.
Reuters highlighted Comcast’s Xfinity Home business a week after the cable company announced that it was also getting into residential solar through a deal with Sunrun. Like most news outlets, Reuters tied Comcast’s quest to diversify its business in the home to “more U.S. consumers who are dropping traditional cable television packages, or cutting the cord, in favor of cheaper alternatives.”
It’s worth noting, however, that Comcast still took in nearly $5.8 billion in revenue from pay-TV services in the second quarter, usurping residential broadband ($3.7 billion) and business services ($1.5 billion).