News of Note—Comcast ties home automation to insurance, CSG appoints new CFO and more

News of note

> Comcast is introducing a pilot program in Houston that ties together home insurance with Xfinity Home services and devices. Light Reading story

> Colorado-based billing and customer care company CSG has appointed Rolland (Rollie) Johns to executive vice president and chief financial officer. Multichannel News story

> Comcast has launched 1-Gig (downstream) residential and business services using DOCSIS 3.1 in a handful of additional markets – Mobile, Alabama, Jackson, Mississippi, and Houma, LaPlace, Shreveport and Monroe, Louisiana. Multichannel News story

> Shares of Altice NV soared as much as 53% after Sebastien Soriano, the head of telecom regulator Arcep, told Le Monde newspaper that he’s more open to deals now that the four main phone carriers have invested billions of euros in their networks, as requested by the agency. Bloomberg story

> Turner is calling on Accenture’s cloud-based video platform to facilitate the launch of OTT products including FilmStruck in the U.K. and Cartoon Network TVE in Asia Pacific. FierceVideo story

> Redbox on Tuesday announced that it will begin renting 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs in six test markets, which is a significant step toward wider adoption of the video format. FierceVideo story