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Comcast shows off its new 'Barcelona' HD guide upgrade

We've already gotten a large eyeful of Comcast's next-gen Xcalibur guide that's on the way next year with social networking tie ins and apps, but until that arrives, what can we hope for on the existing Scientific Atlanta, Cisco, and Motorola cable boxes? Sr. Director of Video Product Development Ted Hodgins has the answer, dropping in a link to the company's new Barcelona guide that it is already delivering to Anyroom DVR customers in Florida now, and will roll out in more markets before the end of the year. Like the upgraded guides we've seen for FiOS and TiVo, this iteration is built for HDTVs, with 16x9 graphics and far more listings information than was previously available on one screen. Other new features include the option to filter listings down to HD, premium, kids, movies, or sports content, easy jumping between days and saved searches. When we first laid eyes on another version of the software nearly four years ago we were impressed by its slick looks, but while it's still a major upgrade over the current decade-old cable box interfaces, in 2011 it takes more than a simple facelift to impress us. Hit the gallery for a few screenshots or click the source link below to meet the new guide before it rolls out in your area and see if its enough to hold you over for the time being.



http://www.engadget.com/2011/11/22/c...guide-upgrade/

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This has to be certain areas of Florida only! I am an Anyroom DVR customer in South Florida and Have neither heard nor seen anything of this new guide at all!

It is for AnyRoom DVR users that are in the SA/Cisco market areas. It will be expanded to Motorola market areas later.

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I have a DCX3400 stand alone box. Will I get this guide?
Or do you have to have Anyroom DVR.

It is initially for the Cisco RNG 200-N AnyRoom DVR, but later it will be used with other RNG set-top boxes and on some of the more recent Motorola set-top boxes.

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Let's hope Comcast does not screw things up by adding advertising to the bottom of this new guide (thus eliminating 2 or 3 of the 9 visible channels shown in the demo).

With what I'm paying monthly, the last thing I want is to do is pay more each year and then also get insulted with more advertising from my cable provider!
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It is for AnyRoom DVR users that are in the SA/Cisco market areas. It will be expanded to Motorola market areas later.

Thank you! I did not realize there were any SA/Cisco market areas in S Florida!

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Did anyone else notice that the sound for that golf tournament at Sawgrass was listed as DD 7.1? Is Comcast delivering 7.1 sound now? Is any national provider doing this?

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Thank you! I did not realize there were any SA/Cisco market areas in S Florida!

There are SA/Cisco market areas in Florida, but I don't know if they are in S. Florida. Also, only 2 SA/Cisco market areas currently have the AnyRoom DVR functionality.

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Comcast Gets Ready for CCAP

November 28, 2011 | Jeff Baumgartner

Equipment vendors have yet to release their Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP) equipment, but Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is already several months into an "operational readiness" trial for the super-dense, energy-saving platform that will help MSOs converge all of their services under IP.

"The trial objectives are focused on getting us ready from an operational perspective to deploy CCAP devices," says Jorge Salinger, Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK)'s vice president of access architecture.

One challenge will be to get the network operations organization and processes ready to support CCAP devices from a range of suppliers.

"The CCAP ORT [operational readiness trial] is keenly focused on ensuring that our engineering and operations teams for the various services -- which have traditionally worked independently, given the different equipment they have managed -- operate together and coordinate activities around CCAP's unified platform," adds Salinger.

The trial also takes a deep dive into Comcast's backend systems, including how CCAP services will be configured, monitored and managed.

"There are many things we'll need to modify. We're not leaving it to chance," Salinger says. "There are some things we know and other things we'll find out during the trial."

And there will be plenty for Comcast to discover during the early days of CCAP, a platform that aims, for the first time, to break down and combine cable's traditionally discrete service silos.

"The CCAP has the potential to redefine how operators deploy, scale and manage edge network access," says Dave Bitondo, Comcast's VP of network engineering for the North Central division. "Video QAM and CMTS [cable modem termination system] infrastructure is currently deployed across a multitude of separate platforms, and edge capacity is managed manually and configured mechanically by connecting the various wires to the signal combining networks, which is operationally inefficient. One aspect of the CCAP is that it will allow MSOs to streamline our ability to bring new video, voice and data services to market quickly."

The CCAP trial has already produced some significant operational lessons. Among them: "Access to the device and troubleshooting service configuration and upgrade will require coordination that was not needed before," says Ty Pearman, Comcast's lead engineer for the CCAP ORT. "Actions related to a single service could potentially have impact on other services for which such work will need to be coordinated, and network events will need to be correlated for all services since a given alarm may or may not impact multiple services."

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Comcast's CCAP trial has already extended beyond the lab, with testing underway in a headend in the MSO's North Central division without any subscribers connected to it. The next phase will test operations with connected customers.

"This current effort underway is about our own operational readiness, and not about the equipment," Salinger stresses. "After that, we'll focus on the evaluation of the equipment, once it becomes available from suppliers, and at that time perform equipment trials."

When equipment becomes available is still in flux, as vendors haven't offered any precise estimates. Salinger, however, is confident that some gear will be ready in time for Comcast to start deployments in 2012 "on a small scale," and set the stage for more general deployments starting in 2013.

"At some point, all we'll [deploy] is this kind of equipment. It will be a cap-and-grow approach, coupled with a relocation of current equipment as we have done with many other evolving technologies in the past" Salinger adds.

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Nice discussion about the elimination of all clear QAM channels. Comcast has already put in a request to the FCC to do this in conjuction with getting approval for HD DTAs.

http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r265...ye-to-ClearQAM
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Nice discussion about the elimination of all clear QAM channels.

The discourse in that topic seems kind of lame to me.

I posted the same info in a few local topics back when the article was released, and probably should have posted it as a separate topic in this forum.

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...l#post21271651

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This is the Comcast filing with the FCC. If anyone wants to they can file comments with the FCC. It might influence their decision.
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http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs/commen...?id=6016876526

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You can file comments electronically using the FCC's Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) found at: http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/ecfs/ or the Federal eRulemaking Portal: www.regulations.gov.

You can also file comments through the FCC's simplified ECFS Express System at: http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs/upload/.

If you wish to use ECFS Express to file click on the "Click here" button on the ECFS Express screen and add the docket number in the proceeding field on the next screen.
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Comcast HD-DTAs Reach the FCC
December 6, 2011 | Jeff Baumgartner


Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is nearing its goal of deploying high-definition versions of simple and inexpensive Digital Terminal Adapter (DTA) devices before the end of the year as an Xfinity-branded model made by Motorola Mobility Inc. (NYSE: MMI) has passed through the hallowed halls of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) .

The pint-sized device, dubbed the HD-DTA 100u and spotted Tuesday by Wireless Goodness, includes coax and HDMI-out ports as well as a remote control (here's the user's manual). The "u" in the model name means it's universal in the sense that it can run on cable networks based on Motorola- or Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) digital video security systems. Early standard-definition-only DTAs made by Moto, Pace plc and Technicolor SA (Euronext Paris: TCH; NYSE: TCH) could only run on Motorola-based networks.
Comcast declined to comment on its deployment plans for the device, which are expected to cost $50 per unit or less as production volumes ramp up. Comcast told CED in August that it was looking to get HD-DTA field trials underway in 2011 and that some customers might start to get them before the end of the year.

Why this matters
Having a device get through the FCC puts Comcast one step closer to deploying a new type of DTA that's capable of rendering HD signals and is much less expensive that the current line of two-way, HD-capable digital cable boxes. HD-DTAs are inherently one-way (downstream-only), meaning they can't send signals up the plant to initiate video-on-demand streams, but IP-connected devices like the iPad theoretically could "force-tune" a DTA to get around that hurdle.
Comcast has already deployed millions of SD-DTAs in support of its "Project Cavalry" initiative, which was put into place to help Comcast reclaim analog spectrum and reapply it toward its growing linear lineup of HDTV channels.

Getting to this point is significant in that it required a special waiver from the FCC to allow cable operators to deploy HD-DTAs with embedded security, a movement that was originally championed by Tier 2 MSO Cable ONE Inc. .

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Comcast HD DTA Approved by FCC

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https://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/oetcf/eas/...27ACQHDUDTA%27
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Thank you, Paul.

On that same page is a link to a .pdf of external photos.  The second photograph in there shows an additional port on the back: from left of the photo to right, there are the two coax connectors (one in, one out, or maybe in the other order), something that looks to be about the size and shape of an ethernet jack (what's that called, RJ45?), the HDMI output, and the power jack.

I wonder what that middle one that looks like an ethernet jack is for.
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All the new Comcast boxes such as the ones in the DCX series have the RJ45 jack - I don't know why.

From my reading of the manual it appears the HD DTA boxes have a lot more features then the standard DTA boxes. It appears it will have an on screen guide and although not specifically stated it appears it can handle advanced encryption since the manual states it can receive all the HD channels except for on-demand. I may be wrong in this assumption but that is my impression.
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All the new Comcast boxes shuch as the ones in the DCX series have the RJ45 jack - I don't know why.

Thank you, Paul.  The writer of the manual seems not to know either.
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All the new Comcast boxes such as the ones in the DCX series have the RJ45 jack - I don't know why.

The RJ-45 port could be for over-the-top content, security functions, or any number of other uses.

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From my reading of the manual it appears the HD DTA boxes have a lot more features then the standard DTA boxes. It appears it will have an on screen guide and although not specifically stated it appears it can handle advanced encryption since the manual states it can receive all the HD channels except for on-demand.

[Sarcasm]Really? What a surprise.[/Sarcasm]

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[Sarcasm]Really? What a surprise.[/Sarcasm]

I knew about the programming guide but I thought the DTAs were to be limited to simple encryption. Having the advanced encryption capabilities is a definite plus for Comcast since it can do a better job of controlling content and it will allow them to phase out the standard definition DTAs. This will also allow them to eventually go to an all an all mpeg-4 content along with eliminating the duplicated standard definition versions of a HD channel since they could just deactivate the HDMI output for customers who don't subscribe to HD.
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I knew about the programming guide but I thought the DTAs were to be limited to simple encryption. Having the advanced encryption capabilities is a definite plus for Comcast since it can do a better job of controlling content and it will allow them to phase out the standard definition DTAs. This will also allow them to eventually go to an all an all mpeg-4 content along with eliminating the duplicated standard definition versions of a HD channel since they could just deactivate the HDMI output for customers who don't subscribe to HD.

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Please accept my sincere apology. My comment wasn't directed at you. As a matter of fact, you are long over due for an AVS tip of the hat for your dedicated posting in this, and other topics.

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I wonder what that middle one that looks like an ethernet jack is for.

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The RJ-45 port could be for over-the-top content, security functions, or any number of other uses.

It is not a RJ-45 port. It is the channel 3/4 output switch for the analog output, just like the SD DTAs have.
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It is not a RJ-45 port. It is the channel 3/4 output switch for the analog output, just like the SD DTAs have.

Ah, of course.  It stands to reason that it would have such a switch, and pages 9 and 10 of the manual refer to the switch's being on the back of the unit.

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It is not a RJ-45 port. It is the channel 3/4 output switch for the analog output, just like the SD DTAs have.

I probably should have looked at the back of the box before commenting. My bad.

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I did look at the back of the box (in the photo) and couldn't tell until Homcom explained it.
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Comcast to offer personalized TV recommendations

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December 6, 2011 — 10:58am ET |
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Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is using its Project Xcalibur trials to test personalized TV recommendations, and will soon add a "My TV" section to its program guide, an executive said Monday at the TVOT NYC Intensive conference in New York City.

"There are quite a few personalization initiatives that are live now in Augusta, Ga., and rolling out to a lot of places in the near future," Comcast Search & Discovery senior director of product management Brian Curtis said at the conference.

DirecTV (Nasdaq: DTV) added a similar personalization feature to the program guide running on its HDTV set-tops in September. The satellite TV provider's "My DirecTV" page recommends TV shows and movies to subscribers based on their viewing habits.

Curtis said Comcast will let its Xfinity TV customers build personal profiles that contain their favorite channels, TV shows and actors. It will use that information to recommend content to subscribers through the "My TV" section on its guide. He said the MSO is also studying how suggest content to subscribers based on viewing data collected from set-tops.

Comcast will also let subscribers recommend content to Facebook friends, and use Facebook to recommendations to discover new content. The MSO's Tunerfish subsidiary is leading its social TV integration efforts.

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Thank you, Paul.

On that same page is a link to a .pdf of external photos.* The second photograph in there shows an additional port on the back: from left of the photo to right, there are the two coax connectors (one in, one out, or maybe in the other order), something that looks to be about the size and shape of an ethernet jack (what's that called, RJ45?), the HDMI output, and the power jack.

I wonder what that middle one that looks like an ethernet jack is for.

Interesting. The external photos can't be reached now. I am getting a 403 on the link. The internal photos are not blocked.

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