Comcast formally launches subsequent-gen X1 DVR platform and iPhone distant app (replace: video)

Comcast officially launches next-gen X1 DVR platform and iPhone remote app (update: video)

As anticipated, Comcast is kicking off the rollout of its new X1 (beforehand beta examined underneath the identify Xcalibur) DVR platform. The announcement was made on the Cable Present in Boston, and that is the place it is going to be obtainable first, a while in “the approaching weeks” with a number of different main markets following quickly after. We have had a few peeks on the new UI during the last yr or so however now we’ve got a full gallery of photographs of each the DVR software program and accompanying X1 distant app that will probably be obtainable first on the iPhone. The brand new information seems to be similar to the prevailing Xfinity TV distant apps for telephones and tablets, formatted for HD screens and with help for suggestions out of your social community and help for apps like climate, TV, visitors, Fb and Pandora to start out. The new set-prime packing containers it runs on have constructed-in tru2way and web help, in addition to RF remotes as an alternative of IR.

In the meantime, the X1 distant management app provides movement and gesture management to the present set of options, in addition to extra direct interplay with what’s on display, since it may be used to swipe by way of pages, sort into menus and pause at present video with a shake. So far as pricing, Comcast says will probably be out there to new Triple Play clients with HD/DVR service at no further value — no phrase but on what meaning for everybody else. Verify the gallery under for a take a look at the brand new software program, and examine the press launch after the break for more information.

Replace: Take a look at a video of CEO Neil Smit demonstrating the brand new UI on the present flooring after the break.

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Comcast X1 DVR and iPhone distant app

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Comcast Begins Nationwide Launch of X1: Subsequent-Era Cloud Enabled Tv Platform and Introduces the X1 Distant Management App

X1 Video Platform Transforms Conventional TV into Built-in Leisure Expertise – Full with Apps, Glossy Navigation, Personalization and Social Media Instruments

Obtainable within the Coming Weeks in Boston; Extra Markets to Comply with This Yr

PHILADELPHIA & BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Comcast, one of many nation’s main suppliers of leisure, info, and communications services, introduced at this time it should launch its subsequent-era tv expertise, Xfinity TV on the X1 Platform, and a brand new X1 distant management app within the coming weeks. This cloud-enabled platform, in contrast to some other video service present at present, delivers the world’s largest assortment of video and transforms the TV into a completely new built-in leisure expertise. These new merchandise will launch in Boston with a number of main markets deliberate to comply with this yr, and can be out there to new Xfinity Triple Play with HD/DVR service clients at no further value.

“X1 is a big leap ahead, primarily reworking our video product from a hardware expertise to a software program expertise, permitting us to innovate quicker and extra aggressively.”

“The X1 platform makes the TV smarter, richer and extra personalised – and that is solely the start. Our objective is to leverage this platform to redefine the leisure expertise for our clients,” stated Marcien Jenckes, Senior Vice President and Basic Supervisor of Video Providers for Comcast Cable.

“X1 is a big leap ahead, primarily reworking our video product from a hardware expertise to a software program expertise, permitting us to innovate quicker and extra aggressively.”

The X1 platform incorporates IP know-how, utilizing cloud servers on Comcast’s community that permit Comcast to combine interactive, custom-made apps and social media options with its conventional video providers to create a completely new tv expertise. That is a part of Comcast’s ongoing and evolving effort to benefit from IP know-how to continuously convey new innovation and options to market.

Showcased this week at NCTA’s The Cable Present 2012 in Boston, highlights of X1 embrace:

A most important display with a modern new consumer interface that integrates a buyer’s video experiences and allows one-click on entry to a extremely visible show of leisure choices Unified search and immediate play, together with suggestions, with the power to seek out leisure content material in seconds from TV listings, DVR recordings and Xfinity On Demand utilizing a brand new sensible distant Specifically tailor-made-for-TV options comparable to custom-made social networking and music, radio, sports activities, visitors and climate apps Outfitted with a brand new hybrid DVR set-prime field with tru2way and IP capabilities that delivers a complicated personalised TV viewing expertise in addition to an enhanced distant management that gives larger responsiveness and doesn’t require a line-of-sight connection to the set-prime-field

X1 Distant Management App

The brand new companion X1 distant management app allows clients to make use of movement and gesture management to drive their TV expertise by means of the contact-display of their handheld iPhone and iPod contact. For example, clients can swipe their system to web page by way of the interactive TV guides on their tv display; program personalised brief-cuts and favorites (“Fast Hyperlinks”) on the TV, and even shake the gadget to pause On Demand content material enjoying on the tv. As well as, clients can use the units’ digital keyboard to look amongst and play tens of hundreds of video decisions on their TVs quicker than ever earlier than – even quicker than utilizing the normal distant management. The distant offers the power to filter by style and HD; management the DVR and work together with social media instruments and apps.

“The X1 distant app unites the TV display with clients’ cellular units by creating an built-in expertise between the purchasers’ swipe controls on their gadget and the viewing expertise on the TV – they really mirror one another,” stated Sree Kotay, Senior Vice President and Chief Software program Architect for Comcast Cable. “By constructing this new app, we have made the distant management smarter and extra useful…and simply plain enjoyable.”

X1 (previously Xcalibur) has been in buyer trials in Augusta, Ga., since 2011.

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