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Comcast Touts Multiscreen Video ‘VIPER’

‘Home-Grown’ Video Infrastructure Designed to Accelerate Deployments Across IP-Connected Screens

Comcast has been quietly plugging away on a platform designed to accelerate the company’s ability to deliver high-quality video to a wide range of screens.

That project, called VIPER, is a “home-grown video infrastructure…that streamlines the delivery of all professional content through the same broadcast-grade, programmable pipeline,” Comcast senior VP and chief software architect Sree Kotay explained this week in a blog post about the project. “This translates to a more consistent, cost effective, and high-quality viewing experience no matter where our customers watch – on TV, online, on mobile devices, on gaming consoles.”

FierceCable reported earlier this month that the Comcast has been highlighting VIPER, an acronym for Video IP Engineering and Research, in its recent hiring activities, including its seeking of a service delivery engineer to be based in Littleton, Colo. The heart of Comcast’s cloud-based X1 platform is based at its facility in Centennial, Colo.

Kotay referred to X1 as “the first IP, cloud-based entertainment operating system,” which is also the precursor to X2, an upgrade that will enable Comcast’s new interface to reach not just the TV, but also PCs and other mobile devices. Comcast expects to have X1 rolled out to all markets by the end of the year; rollouts of the X2 software upgrade, which will also clear the toward a new cloud DVR offering, is expected to begin sometime this fall.

Some of VIPER's handiwork is already tied to Comcast’s Xfinity.com/TV Web video hub and the Xfinity TV Player app for iOS- and Android-powered smartphones and tablets.

“We're reengineering how we do business, and have been evolving a software company inside our larger organization with a very simple goal: keep delivering better and better product experiences that help our customers enjoy all the content and services they want, faster than ever before,” Kotay wrote.

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Comcast Says X1 Box Distribution Limitations Are Temporary, Isolated
MSO Says It’s Looking To Boost Supply As It Continues to Manage Inventory In High-Demand Markets
By: Jeff Baumgartner Oct 11 2013 - 11:50am

Comcast said it is working to beef up its supply for boxes that run its IP-capable X1 platform amid recent complaints from existing consumers in some markets that the operator is holding back orders of the new devices temporarily so it can stay ahead of demand coming from new triple-play customers that are being put on the new platform.

Comcast said it has enough X1 boxes for new customers, but added that it has had to evaluate and tweak the management of that supply in markets where it is seeing high demand.

"X1 has been an incredibly popular product and there's a very high demand for our X1 DVR boxes. While we continue to install thousands of X1 boxes a day, we also are working to bolster our X1 DVR supply in this temporary situation,” Comcast said, in a statement to Multichannel News.

In recent days, existing Comcast customers, including some that take two Comcast services, have posted on message boards claiming that X1 service orders have been backordered recently so the company can keep up with demand for X1 boxes heading out to new customers who have signed up for the MSO’s bundle of video, voice and Internet services. The Consumerist, meanwhile, reports having an internal document that outlines a temporary X1 distribution policy shift for existing customers in the MSO’s Freedom Region, which includes greater Philadelphia, New Jersey and northern Delaware.

Customers on the boards write that Comcast has not given them an estimation on when it would be ready to resume orders for existing subscribers that want X1, a next-gen video service that features a cloud-based guide and a set of integrated applications. Comcast is expected to launch an upgraded, more personalized version, dubbed “X2,” later this fall.

From the start, Comcast has been using X1 as a customer acquisition tool, targeting it primarily to new triple play customers, but the company insisted that it will continue to make X1 available to existing customers. It also acknowledged that supplies of the boxes, particularly HD-DVRs that run the X1, are lower in some markets than others, requiring the operator to adjust its deployment policy temporarily in some cases as it looks to increase its inventory.

Comcast has not said how many customers are on X1. However, the platform has been rolled out to about 85% of its footprint, and is expected to be deployed in all markets by the end of 2013. Speaking at the Goldman Sachs Communcapia conference in New York late last month, Comcast vice chairman and chief financial officer Michael Angelakis said the operator is “connecting about 10,000 X1s every single day right now, and that number will ramp over time.”

Pace has been Comcast’s initial supplier for the X1 HD-DVR. Arris, one of the other vendors that will factor into X1, announced in an earnings call in August that it was preparing to launch the XG1, a QAM/IP hybrid HD-DVR gateway. Comcast has not said when it will add other X1 box suppliers to the deployment mix.

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I just got my latest Comcast Bill and a new channel guide in this guide it states "HDTV Broadcast signals are included in a subscription to Limited Basic." it also goes on to say that for the higher levels of service you are required to pay an HD Technology fee (which includes one programmable HD cable box).
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Comcast's Revamped ‘Xfinity TV Go’ App Goes Live
App For Android and iOS Devices Streams 35 Channels Out of the Subscriber’s Home
By: Jeff Baumgartner Nov 04 2013 - 04:05pm

Comcast on Monday launched Xfinity TV Go, an upgraded, rebranded version of the former Xfinity Player app, for Android and iOS devices.

As announced by Comcast last week, the app, a major update now available at Google Play and the Apple App Store, enables authenticated customers to stream up to 35 live TV channels outside the home, along with access to more than 25,000 on-demand titles and “thousands” of movies and TV shows that can be downloaded to tablets and smartphones for later viewing.

Out-of-home streaming, offered only to mobile devices connected to Wi-Fi networks is starting off with a live TV lineup of: BBC World News, beIN Sport, beIN Sport Español, Big Ten Network, CNBC, CNN, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPN Deportes, ESPNews, ESPNU, FOX Business Channel, FOX News Channel, FOX Sports 1, FX, FXX, Golf Channel, HLN, MSNBC, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild, NBC Sports Network and Pac-12 Networks.

Comcast said last week that it will add more linear channels to its out-of-home streaming lineup later.

According to the release notes for the new app, Comcast has “improved the video quality to HD.” Streaming and downloading of video is not available internationally, however.

Comcast’s TV Everywhere Web portal offers live streams of a smaller batch of channels: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, CNN, Disney Channel, HLN, Disney Junior, MSNBC, Disney XD, MSNBC, CNBC, Big Ten Network, Pac 10 Network, beIN Sport, and beIN Sport Español.

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Just downloaded the Xfinity TV Go onto my iPad 2, here at work. It works as advertised, although the video does seem to be a little soft on the boradcast network stuff. I have the HBO Go app & the HBO on the Xfinity app seems to be as sharp. More options are good options.

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It appears this new app will not stream through apple tv

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Just downloaded the Xfinity TV Go onto my iPad 2, here at work. It works as advertised, although the video does seem to be a little soft on the boradcast network stuff. I have the HBO Go app & the HBO on the Xfinity app seems to be as sharp. More options are good options.

You have HBO on your Xfinity Tv Go app? I don't see it on my app

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You have HBO on your Xfinity Tv Go app? I don't see it on my app

Yes if you hit the Network tab, HBO, Showtime, Cinemax & other pay channels are there.

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Yes if you hit the Network tab, HBO, Showtime, Cinemax & other pay channels are there.

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Not working at all on my Samsung Android 10.1 Tab. The old version worked well. On Comcast in Miami.
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No offense but I call BS on that, because if Comcast really wanted to keep everything uniform Boston wouldn't be recieving over 60 HD channels without the use of SDV while I only recieve 20, and all subs would be using the same brand of set top box instead of a mix of Motorola, Pace, Cisco, SA, and Arris.BcF6ID


You should probably post your complaints in your local thread. I find it very hard to believe you have only 20 HD channels though, but even if you do, SDV would help equalize all that out, as an example, Boston would probably get 100 channels through a combination of linear feeds and SDV, and so will you, maybe a bit more SDV than Boston. Some channel lineups are different from one market region to the other so you may not get every single channel that Boston has, but you'll likely get nearly all the national channels Boston has.

The reason for the different equipment is that Comcast purchased and swapped many of these systems from other cable companies. I have no doubt that Comcast would love to have their infrastructure uniform across the country, but that's just not going to happen due to the original equipment deployments and the huge cost to change it.

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U.S. Energy Department, Pay-Television Industry and Energy Efficiency Groups Announce Set-Top Box Energy Conservation Agreement; Will Cut Energy Use for 90 Million U.S. Households, Save Consumers Billions
December 23, 2013 - 11:35am



WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Energy Department, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), the Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP), the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) announced non-regulatory energy efficiency standards for pay-TV set-top boxes that will result in significant energy savings for more than 90 million U.S. homes. These new standards – developed through a non-regulatory agreement between the pay-TV industry, the consumer electronics industry and energy efficiency advocates – will improve set-top box efficiency by 10 to 45 percent (depending on box type) by 2017, and are expected to save more than $1 billion on consumer energy bills annually.

The set-top box efficiency standards announced today will ultimately save enough electricity each year to power 700,000 homes. The standards will also avoid more than five million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year. As consumer demand for digital video recorders and high-definition set-top boxes grows, actual consumer savings are likely to be even greater. The introduction of whole-home devices will also further reduce the overall energy footprint.

“These energy efficiency standards reflect a collaborative approach among the Energy Department, the pay-TV industry and energy efficiency groups – building on more than three decades of common-sense efficiency standards that are saving American families and businesses hundreds of billions of dollars,” said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. “The set-top box efficiency standards will save families money by saving energy, while delivering high quality appliances for consumers that keep pace with technological innovation.”

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said: “In 2011, I urged the CEOs of every major television service provider to work together to introduce more energy efficient set-top boxes. At the time, set-top boxes were costing Americans $3 billion in electricity charges each year—with $2 billion wasted when televisions were not being used. Today’s voluntary announcement demonstrates the television industry took this matter seriously, and I commend industry and efficiency advocates for agreeing to make 90 percent of all set-top boxes as efficient as today’s most energy efficient boxes by 2017. This will cut box energy consumption by 10-45 percent and save consumers $1 billion per year. To put that in perspective, this amount of energy savings would eliminate the need for three power plants and prevent 5 million tons of C02 emissions per year. This is a big win for nearly every American who pays a monthly television bill because experts tell me that federal standards could not have produced this much financial and energy savings by 2017. This agreement lasts until 2017, and I intend to monitor the situation carefully to ensure the industry remains committed to building on today’s substantial progress in future years.”

“This historic agreement promises to put $1 billion back in the pockets of U.S. consumers every year because the new set-top boxes will use less energy,” according to Noah Horowitz, Senior Scientist at the NRDC. “We appreciate the industry’s renewed commitment toward making the devices that bring pay TV into 90 million-plus U.S. homes more efficient and look forward to working together to reduce their future energy use.”

A set-top box is a device combining hardware components with software programming to receive television and related services from cable, satellite, broadband or local networks. The non-regulatory agreement provides a framework for the Energy Department, pay-TV industry and energy efficiency advocates to work together on efficient, high-performing set-top boxes that keep pace with technological improvements, achieving what would otherwise be done through regulatory standards and test procedures.

“As Americans increasingly rely on more electronic devices and gadgets, managing energy consumption is both an environmental and economic priority for consumers and industry alike,” said Michael Powell, President and CEO of NCTA. “The cable industry is working hard to improve the overall consumer experience and we are proud to develop solutions that will reduce our energy footprint and result in real energy savings for millions of consumers.”

“The set-top box is an integral part of the broad, diverse, and often-changing entertainment experience in most American households,” said Gary Shapiro, President and CEO of CEA. “The expanded voluntary set-top box energy conservation agreement accommodates both rapid evolution and energy efficiency for this product category and demonstrates our industry’s commitment in leading the way to provide consumers with products that reduce energy consumption and save money.”

The agreement, which runs through 2017, covers all types of set-top boxes from pay-TV providers, including cable, satellite and telephone companies. The agreement also requires the pay-TV industry to publicly report model-specific set-top box energy use and requires an annual audit of service providers by an independent auditor to ensure boxes are performing at the efficiency levels specified in the agreement. The Energy Department also retains its authority to test set-top boxes under the ENERGY STAR ® verification program, which provides another verification tool to measure the efficiency of set-top boxes.

Agreement signatories include pay-TV providers (listed according to number of customers) Comcast, DIRECTV, DISH Network, Time Warner Cable, AT&T, Verizon, Cox Communications, Charter Communications, Cablevision Systems Corp., Bright House Networks and CenturyLink; and manufacturers Cisco, ARRIS (including Motorola), and EchoStar Technologies. Energy efficiency advocates Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), and the Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP) are also signatories to the agreement.

This non-regulatory agreement between the pay-TV industry and energy efficiency advocates supports the Energy Department’s broader efforts to help families save money by increasing the energy efficiency of residential and commercial appliances and products. Under the Obama Administration, the Department has finalized new efficiency standards for more than 30 household and commercial products, which are estimated to save consumers a total of more than $400 billion through 2030.

To build on this progress, the Administration has set a new goal: Efficiency standards for appliances and federal buildings set in the first and second terms combined will reduce carbon pollution by at least three billion metric tons cumulatively by 2030 – equivalent to nearly one-half of the carbon pollution from the entire U.S. energy sector for one year.

The non-regulatory agreement announced today is available at http://www.ncta.com/energyagreement.

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Samsung Connects With Comcast, DirecTV, Amazon, Netflix and M-GO on 4K
CE Giant IDs Early Content And Distribution Partners For Ultra HD Pack That Will Grace New 4K Sets
By: Jeff Baumgartner Jan 06 2014 - 05:43pm

Las Vegas – International CES -- Samsung Electronics announced that Comcast, Netflix, DirecTV, M-GO and Amazon will be among the initial partners that will deliver a package of Ultra HD content to its new line of 4K TVs.

Comcast announced Monday that it has teamed with Samsung to deliver 4K content to 2014 Samsung UHD TVs later this year via an Xfinity TV 4K app that will be integrated with the set and allow users to stream, via the Internet, a menu of 4K movies and TV shows on-demand. Comcast said it also working with programmers, including NBCUniversal, to provide a library of 4K choices for the Xfinity TV 4K app.

“At Comcast, we continue to look for innovative ways to offer our subscribers the most high-quality choices. We will continue to push the boundaries of high-definition technology to deliver the best possible experience to our viewers; 4K UHD is no different,” said Matt Strauss, SVP and GM of video services for Comcast Cable, in a statement. “This partnership with Samsung is one way our customers can stream shows and movies in 4K UHD, offering subscribers a glimpse of the television viewing experience of the future. Later this year, our new X1 set-top boxes will deliver 4K UHD content to all 4K UHD capable televisions.”

Comcast demonstrated 4K delivered via both IP and QAM at last June’s Cable Show in Washington, D.C.

The 4K partnership continues an ongoing relationship between Comcast and Samsung. Comcast already offers the Xfinity TV app on 2012 Samsung Smart TV models and will “soon” be updated for the 2013 models.

Here at a press event, Samsung said it will offer an Ultra HD Video Pack from those companies, including native 4K content from M-GO and an upcoming 4K service from DirecTV.

Amazon, meanwhile, announced that Amazon Instant Video is working with Samsung, Warner Bros, Lionsgate, 20th Century Fox, Discovery and others to provide a “premium 4K Ultra HD experience.” That follows last month’s announcement that Amazon Studios plans to shoot all 2014 full original series, including comedies and dramas, in 4K format.

“Customers are excited about the future of 4K and the next evolution of high resolution video. We’re working with consumer electronics leaders and Hollywood studios to make that a reality,” said Bill Carr, VP of digital video and music for Amazon, in a statement . “There are a number of elements that need to work together to create a true 4K experience for customers—you need great content and compatible devices but you also need a service that can deliver that content to your devices so that it plays beautifully—we’re excited about making that a reality.”

Netflix, meanwhile, has already announced that it will launch a 4K streaming offering this year that will include season two of original hit series House of Cards.

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CES: Comcast Working On More 4K TV Deals]
‘We Are Keen On 4K,’ MSO CTO Tony Werner Says
By: Jeff Baumgartner Jan 07 2014 - 05:48pm

Las Vegas – International CES – Comcast is developing a 4K video app that will debut later this year on new Samsung 4K TV sets, but there’s much more of that sort of thing in the MSO's Ultra HD pipeline.

In addition to Samsung, Comcast is “working with several others” on apps that will allow the MSO to deliver 4K video on-demand directly to the TV over broadband, company executive vice president and chief technology officer Tony Werner said here on a panel dedicated to 4K/Ultra HD.

“We are keen on 4K,” he said.

Although Comcast’s initial foray into 4K will rely on public Internet connections, Werner is not overly concerned about the amount of bandwidth it will require to deliver. “We like bandwidth-intensive applications,” he said. “Bandwidth is our friend, and it’s the business that we’re in.”

Out on the show floor, Comcast and DirecTV are both demonstrating 4K delivery to Samsung’s new-generation 4K TVs, which use HEVC encoding and have the technical guts to decode Ultra HD video. Mark Francisco, fellow of premises technologies for Comcast Cable, who was here running the demo (see image above), said he expects that Comcast’s VOD 4K streams will require speeds of 15 Mbps to 20 Mbps.

“We’re still dialing that in. The last thing I want to do is be stingy on the bits,” Francisco said.

Although Comcast will start to offer native 4K directly to Samsung smart TVs, Werner said the MSO is working on a next-generation of boxes for its X1 platform that use HEVC and can decode native 4K signals. He said those boxes should be available sometime later this year. Comcast’s current-generation boxes for X1 will be capable of delivering 1080p HD that can be upcoverted by Ultra HD sets.

Werner said Comcast has conducted tests showing that upconverted 1080p video on 4K sets look “far superior” compared to how it looks on standard HD sets.

“Upconverted content absolutely looks better,” agreed Tom Cosgrove, president and CEO of 3net, programer that expects to produce up to 80 hours of Ultra HD content this year.

While that’s a positive that could cause consumers to buy 4K sets before much native 4K content is available, panelists warned that the visual benefits of upconverted HD could represent a double-edged sword.

The concern is that those improvements could give programmers and studios “reason to rest on their laurels” and perhaps slow down the production of native 4K movies and TV shows, Werner said.

“The real killer selling point for 4K is seeing native 4K,” Cosgrove added.

For that reason, it’s important for programmers to produce shows and movies in 4K so those titles can be delivered in that format down the road, said Chris Cookson, president of Sony Pictures Technologies.

As a point of emphasis, he said Sony shot hit series Breaking Bad on 35 millimeter film and originally scanned it for standard HD. It has since been rescanned and post-produced in 4K. Netflix will be offering Breaking Bad in that format sometime later this year.

“The difference between HD and the 4K version was substantial,” Cookson said, adding later that “future-proofing” content for future distribution windows such as syndication offers studios a strong incentive to produce most of their content in 4K today.

Despite those concerns, Werner believes upconverted HD on 4K will provide a “more seamless migration” than what was witnessed during the move to standard-def to HD. SD video on HD sets looks horrible, he said.

Werner said the ingredients for 4K to take off are coming together. Comcast, he said, has the distribution network to deliver 4K and will soon have access to more end-points that can decode 4K. What’s still lacking is lots of 4K content.

Comcast, he said, has some 4K plans in store for NBCUniversal’s coverage of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. He didn’t say exactly what the operator will offer, but noted that it will attempt to “stimulate the imagination” about the delivery of sporting events at high frame rates.

http://www.multichannel.com/distribution/ces-comcast-working-more-4k-tv-deals/147538
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CES: Comcast Working On More 4K TV Deals]
‘We Are Keen On 4K,’ MSO CTO Tony Werner Says
By: Jeff Baumgartner Jan 07 2014 - 05:48pm

Although Comcast’s initial foray into 4K will rely on public Internet connections, Werner is not overly concerned about the amount of bandwidth it will require to deliver. “We like bandwidth-intensive applications,” he said. “Bandwidth is our friend, and it’s the business that we’re in.”

I'm sure it is, but try telling that to all the HSI users like me that just got hit with the new 300GB cap that they're slow-rolling out (to avoid mass protest). Bandwidth is never an issue as long as you can extort more money from your customers for it.
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‘Home-Grown’ Video Infrastructure Designed to Accelerate Deployments Across IP-Connected Screens
By: Jeff Baumgartner Oct 08 2013 - 12:37pm

Comcast has been quietly plugging away on a platform designed to accelerate the company’s ability to deliver high-quality video to a wide range of screens.

That project, called VIPER, is a “home-grown video infrastructure…that streamlines the delivery of all professional content through the same broadcast-grade, programmable pipeline,” Comcast senior VP and chief software architect Sree Kotay explained this week in a blog post about the project. “This translates to a more consistent, cost effective, and high-quality viewing experience no matter where our customers watch – on TV, online, on mobile devices, on gaming consoles.”

FierceCable reported earlier this month that the Comcast has been highlighting VIPER, an acronym for Video IP Engineering and Research, in its recent hiring activities, including its seeking of a service delivery engineer to be based in Littleton, Colo. The heart of Comcast’s cloud-based X1 platform is based at its facility in Centennial, Colo.

Kotay referred to X1 as “the first IP, cloud-based entertainment operating system,” which is also the precursor to X2, an upgrade that will enable Comcast’s new interface to reach not just the TV, but also PCs and other mobile devices. Comcast expects to have X1 rolled out to all markets by the end of the year; rollouts of the X2 software upgrade, which will also clear the toward a new cloud DVR offering, is expected to begin sometime this fall.



Some of VIPER's handiwork is already tied to Comcast’s Xfinity.com/TV Web video hub and the Xfinity TV Player app for iOS- and Android-powered smartphones and tablets.

“We're reengineering how we do business, and have been evolving a software company inside our larger organization with a very simple goal: keep delivering better and better product experiences that help our customers enjoy all the content and services they want, faster than ever before,” Kotay wrote.

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Rovi Announces Guide Solution for Standard Definition and High Definition Digital Terminal Adapters in North America

Posted on January 7, 2013 - Las Vegas (Consumer Electronics Show 2014)
Enhances the User Experience on Basic Digital Set-Tops and Provides Solution for Cable Operators Switching to All-Digital

Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ: ROVI), a global leader in entertainment discovery, today announced the launch of a guide solution for standard definition (SD) and high definition (HD) digital terminal adapters (DTAs) devices for North American cable operators. With the addition of this new guide, Rovi now offers discovery solutions that span across the array of cable platforms - from basic DTAs and advanced digital video recorders (DVRs) to second screen devices - that can help cable-TV service providers improve the user experience across their entire subscriber footprint.

Frequently used for secondary televisions not connected to an advanced digital set-top and in homes that subscribe only to basic cable services, DTAs are basic cable boxes used to enable cable operators to upgrade their systems to an all-digital environment. In North America, cable companies are transitioning to all-digital in order to support bandwidth intensive services such as HD channels, multi-screen devices, and high speed data that are becoming increasing popular with subscribers. DTAs provide cable operators with opportunities to more easily expand their service offerings, optimize the use of bandwidth, and enhance the experience for consumers by introducing a guidance experience on more set tops across their subscriber-base in North America.

The capabilities included in the Rovi DTA Guide are the ability to find out what’s on TV, tune channels directly from the program grid, set parental controls, and set language options for the guide and audio. Rovi DTA Guide, anticipated to be broadly available to North American cable operators in early 2014, supports the growing market for DTA set-top boxes in this industry-wide transition to an all-digital environment. Rovi is currently working with many DTA providers, such as Cisco, Evolution Digital and Pace, to test and pre-port Rovi DTA guides.

“For many cable TV subscribers, the guide has been designated as ‘only for the advanced DVR.’ Now that it is available on lower-end devices in addition to the premium set top box, cable TV subscribers including Basic and Expanded Basic households, can enjoy a better experience on every TV in their home,” said Michael Buchheim, senior vice president of product management for Rovi. “The guide experience no longer limited to the premium digital subscribers, and cable operators will be able to use it to show the added value that they bring to their customers.”

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How to Use the DTA On-Screen Guide

Updated on January 10, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Note: The DTA On-Screen Guide is currently trialing in Bristol, CT, and Springfield, MA and Portland, OR. National deployment dates are TBD.


See the following link for pictures and instructions:

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Any pictures of the latest Comcast box? X1 HD box (front and rear panels)?

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Comcast Dropping ‘AnyPlay’
MSO To Discontinue In-Home Streaming Device On March 31 as Other Video Options Rise Up
By: Jeff Baumgartner Jan 16 2014 - 05:56pm

Comcast is discontinuing AnyPlay, a specialized video encoding device that delivers live TV to iOS and Android devices over the subscriber’s home network, on March 31.

Comcast developed the single-stream AnyPlay device in partnership with Motorola Home, a unit now part of Arris Group that had marketed the product under the Televation brand.

AnyPlay, which essentially amounted to a headless CableCARD set-top with on-board Wi-Fi and QAM-to-IP video transcoding capabilities, allowed Comcast customers to stream their full linear TV lineups to iOS and Android-powered tablets and smartphones over the home wireless network. AnyPlay did not support the Xfinity On Demand service, and limited access to the customer’s home network. Sources familiar with the project have said AnyPlay/Televation could enable out-of-home TV streaming with a firmware update, but that potential option apparently was not pursued.

The original concept behind the AnyPlay apparently became obsolete in the presence of other video streaming options available to Comcast customers.

“Since launching the AnyPlay in 2012 we have developed new, innovative technologies that provide customers with more choices and flexibility for streaming live and On Demadn programming without the need for additional equipment,” Comcast said on its AnyPlay app page for both Android and Apple iOS.

“Please download XFINITY TV Go,” Comcast added, in reference to a recently rebranded and upgraded version of its TV Everywhere app that now offers a subset of live TV channels both in and out of the home, as well as access to a library of VOD content.

Comcast is also nearing the launch of Xfinity TV, an in-home mobile app that will turn mobile devices into personalized TVs when they are paired with the MSO’s X1 platform. Comcast is testing that app, which delivers the full linear TV lineup, plus VOD and access to DVR recordings, in Boston. It’s expected to launch it in select markets later this month.

Comcast is also working with vendors such as Arris on a new class of headless gateways equipped with multiple tuners and integrated transcoders that will feature the capabilities offered by the single-purpose AnyPlay device.

Comcast has not revealed how many customers use the AnyPlay, which it leased out for $10 per month, and declined to comment beyond what was posted on the AnyPlay app pages. It also was not clear how the decision to discontinue the product would effect current AnyPlay customers, and if they could continue to use them or if they were expected to return the devices to Comcast.

Comcast, however, has previously used the AnyPlay in some promotional offers. In the fall of 2012, for example, it offered the AnyPlay device for free for 12 months to customers who purchased qualifying bundles that tied in services from Comcast and Verizon Wireless. At times, Comcast also offered AnyPlay for free for a year to new triple-play customers.

Hints of the demise of the AnyPlay were evident The Cable Show in Washington, D.C., last June. During a briefing with reporters and analysts, John Burke, a Motorola exec who stayed on with Arris until late last year, acknowledged that Comcast had no future plans for the Televation/AnyPlay hardware.

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Any pictures of the latest Comcast box? X1 HD box (front and rear panels)?

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Comcast Boosting Broadband Speeds For Some Bundled Customers
MSO’s Central Division Rolling Faster Speed Tiers Into Double- and Triple-Play Packages
By: Jeff Baumgartner Jan 21 2014 - 06:07pm

Comcast confirmed Tuesday that it is introducing new double- and triple-play packages in its Central Division that standardize on broadband service tiers that essentially double the speeds provided in its existing service bundles.

Under the new plan, Comcast will offer bundled customers the option to go with base packages that include a minimum of Comcast’s 50 Mbps (downstream) “Blast” high-speed Internet service, or its 105 Mbps “Extreme” service tier. Starting Tuesday (January 21), Comcast is promoting the updated, standardized speed options to new bundled customers in the Central Division, and expects to extend them to existing double- and triple-play customers in the division over the next several weeks, an MSO spokesman said.

The new packages will double the speeds offered with those bundled packages without boosting the price. Comcast historically has been selling double- and triple-play bundles in the Central Division with a minimum of the MSO’s “Performance” broadband tier (25 Mbps downstream) or its 50-Meg Blast service.

Comcast is presently limiting the new bundle packages to its Central Division, a region that operates in 15 states and covers markets such as Chicago; Detroit; Atlanta; Detroit; Miami; and Nashville, Tenn. Comcast has not announced when or if it will offer similar speed packages in its West and Northeast divisions.

Comcast’s Central Division, which has about 19 million combined video, broadband and voice customers, primarily competes with AT&T U-verse, which has been trying to make some noise with its new 45 Mbps “Power” tier. As part of AT&T’s Project Velocity IP (VIP), the company is also planning to offer top U-verse speeds of 100 Mbps. In Austin, Texas, where it competes with Time Warner Cable, AT&T is starting to deploy an all-fiber service called U-verse GigaPower that will start off with symmetrical speeds of 300 Mbps, and scale up to 1 Gbps by mid-2014, about the same time that Google Fiber is expected to begin connecting homes to its 1-Gig network there.

DSL Reports first reported Tuesday that Comcast was upgrading speeds for some bundled service customers. The report also said Comcast might upgrade customers on its 105 Mbps tier to a 305 Mbps service, but the MSO has not announced any such plans.

In its Northeast region, Comcast sells a high-speed Internet residential product called Extreme 505 that matches a 505 Mbps downstream with a 100 Mbps upstream. But rather than using the MSO’s DOCSIS architecture, Extreme 505 relies on a fiber-to-the-premises-based platform that Comcast uses to service business customers.

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Comcast To Trot Out New Tech, Features For Sochi Games
MSO to Test Start Over-Like ‘Instant On Demand’ Feature, Port TV Everywhere App To X1 Platform, Show Off 4K

Philadelphia -- Comcast and NBCUniversal plan to try out and break out some new technologies, services and features as part of their extensive multiscreen coverage of the Sochi Games, which are set to run from February 6 through February 24.

As part a demonstration here at the Comcast Center Thursday, execs said those plans include limited market trials of an emerging feature called “Instant On Demand,” the porting of the NBC Sports Live Extra app to the MSO’s new IP-capable X1 TV platform, and 4K viewing parties in select markets that will showcase clips and highlights from the games in the Ultra HD format.

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Comcast Gears Up for X2 Push


Comcast is planning a big deployment push for the next-generation version of its X1 IP video platform at the end of February.

While the scheduled mass deployment is fast approaching, it appears that the upgrade from X1 -- referred to as X2 internally -- won't arrive for most Comcast subscribers in time for the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, which open next week. A self-described Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) technician posted the rollout plans in a DSLReports online forum earlier this month. Light Reading has since confirmed the post-Sochi schedule with a Comcast source.

The X2 software update has been rolling out to select Comcast subscribers since the end of 2013, as first reported by Multichannel News,. However, Comcast, which has just about finished deploying X1 throughout the nation, hasn't said where the new platform has launched or how many customers have access to it.

Meanwhile, the cable company has also leaked a preview version of the new X2 program guide for current X1 subscribers. By entering a code on the remote control, customers can switch over to the preview interface for a trial run of X2. (See Comcast Offers Peek at X2 .)

When X2 launches on a broader scale, the Xfinity platform update will include not only new software, but also an IP-only Xi3 set-top box. The Xi3 box will support a cloud-based DVR service, but sources suggest the feature will be slightly delayed.

There is no confirmed date for when the cloud services will arrive, but it's conceivable that they could be timed to coincide with a platform upgrade fee that's scheduled to go into effect on March 15. According to a Comcast subscriber from New Jersey posting on the DSLReports boards, the company sent out a notice attached to his bill stating that it may apply a one-time $49.99 fee to existing customers looking to upgrade from traditional Xfinity service to the X1 platform, beginning March 15.

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Comcast’s Cloud DVR Rolls Into Boston
Updated X1 Service Also Enables In-Home Live TV Streaming To Mobile Devices

The video future of Comcast’s X1 platform got a bit cloudier Tuesday with the launch in Boston of a network-powered DVR service and in-home live video streaming apps for IP-connected mobile devices, set-tops and gateways -- capabilities that are rolling out roughly eight months after the MSO introduced them at The Cable Show.

Comcast has tacked those new components to its X1 DVR service, which already features a newly upgraded cloud-based interface that’s designed to run on set-tops, gateways, smartphones, tablets and PCs.

Although authenticated TV Everywhere services that can be accessed by customers outside the home have become central to Comcast’s video services strategy, access to most of these new cloud-powered features is limited to within the reach of subscribers’ home Wi-Fi networks.

The new “X1 DVR with Cloud Technology,” for example, lets customers access recorded shows and movies stored on Comcast’s network servers and play them back via the MSO’s managed IP video network to devices that are hanging off the customer’s home network. “The X1 DVR with cloud technology is part of your in-home DVR service and is limited to the range of your personal in-home XFINITY Network,” the FAQ on the product explains.

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DTAs Learn A New Language: IP
New Breed Of Hybrid DTAs Offers Future-Proofing, Conduit For IP Video
By: Jeff Baumgartner Feb 19 2014 - 08:49am

Tampa – NCTC Winter Educational Conference – An initial batch of IP-capable Digital Transport Adapters emerged here this week as the cable industry begins to pursue a new class of hybrid devices that provide some important future-proofing alongside a conduit to the broadband world.

These are early days, but hybrid DTAs are poised to succeed traditional QAM-only standard-definition and HD DTAs that have played a critical role in cable’s all-digital upgrades. Comcast alone has deployed more than 25 million of them. That has sped up cable’s ability to reclaim valuable analog spectrum, but the reliance on DTAs saturate the market with gobs of QAM devices, threatening to prolong IP video transitions.

Here at the show at least two suppliers – Evolution Digital and U.K.-based supplier Pace -- showed or demonstrated hybrid DTAs, which use QAM for traditional broadcast video services, including basic, expanded basic and even premium services, alongside an IP component that supports an HTML5 browser and a pipe for online content and apps.

Evolution had a live demo running TiVo’s user interface and cloud-based recommendation and search capabilities (see image at left). Even without a CableCARD the box “offers the full TiVo experience,” including a “universal search” function that’s technically capable of cross-indexing broadband content as well as apps like Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and even the Comcast-owned Streampix service, Brent Smith, Evolution’s president, explained.

Evolution’s demo featured the TiVo platform running as a native app on middleware from partner Cubiware. That means it doesn’t require TiVo’s full-on Hardware Porting Kit and can instead run on DTAs and other devices that rely on less horsepower.

Smith said Evolution expects its IP-DTA platform, which uses Broadcom chips, to be ready for U.S. trials later this year, noting that any operator that has upgraded systems to support DTA security are in position to support the new hybrid device. Evolution has sold DTAs to more than 50 U.S. cable operators. Some international MSOs have already begun to deploy Evolution's hybrid DTAs, Smith said.

On the topic of U.S. cable distribution, a lingering question is whether hybrid DTAs will require a special waiver from the FCC. The Commission has already granted a blanket waiver that allows MSOs to deploy QAM-only SD and HD DTAs with integrated security.

Smith said Evolution and operator partners are currently seeking clarification from the FCC on whether hybrid DTAs would also be covered by the existing waiver.

And Smith acknowledged that integrating apps like Netflix on MSO-leased DTAs are subject to separate business agreements between the operators and the content owners. “We’re the enabling tool. But our hardware can support it,” he said.

Pace didn’t have a live demo, but did show an early hybrid DTA that is “in development,” a Pace official said.

Integrated IP is just one of the ways suppliers and operators are looking to add mileage to the DTA platform. Denver-based aioTV also demonstrated an Android-powered “PassBox” that, when tethered via an HDMI cable, can offer a mix of OTT content alongside the operator’s linear TV feeds.

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I am in Oakland, Ca

When our cable bill jumped from $110 to $131 decided to call to see what could be cut.
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Here is our new estimated bill just in from Comcast. We lost a couple of channels we watch like AMC and MSNBC. A quick check indicates we lost sports channels like ESPN.
HOWEVER - We'll be able to watch them, because, after we made the cut yesterday - discovered we can watch MSNBC, various ESPN channels and some others "LIVE" by logging in to our account in our other home where the bundle (included in HOA dues) includes almost everything. Even can watch HBO and SHO. Making use of the "xfinitytvgo" feature via computer or phone or tablet we can (at least fm. laptop) make use of Chromecast and cast all those channels to our big plasma here in Okld. We are in Oakland about 50-60% of the time.
This is called "Blast Plus" as shown below. Our internet speed used to be about 15/20 down, 5 up. Now it is 50 down and 10 up.
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Your Order Summary
For self install kit orders, an additional email will be sent when your equipment ships.

Xfinity Bundled Services

Blast Plus
$79.95/mo.


Xfinity TV

HD/DVR Service (INCLUDES
$17.95/mo.

Digital Adapter
$1.99/mo.


Xfinity Internet

Docsis 3 Owned MDM
$0.00/mo.

Partial Monthly Charges and Credits
03/11-04/10
Blast Plus
$76.34/mo.
03/11-04/10
Starter/HSI
$-99.99/mo.

Monthly Package, Service and Equipment Fees $76.24
Taxes, Surcharges and Fees $3.05

Estimated Total $79.29
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Comcast just doubled my speed from 57mbs to 121mbs in Montgomery County, MD. I just needed to unplug my SB6141 modem. My upload speed so far has not change ti remains at 11.7mbs. I did not need to contact Comcast. I am on Double Play with Blast.



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MSO’s Central Division Rolling Faster Speed Tiers Into Double- and Triple-Play Packages
By: Jeff Baumgartner Jan 21 2014 - 06:07pm

Comcast confirmed Tuesday that it is introducing new double- and triple-play packages in its Central Division that standardize on broadband service tiers that essentially double the speeds provided in its existing service bundles.

Under the new plan, Comcast will offer bundled customers the option to go with base packages that include a minimum of Comcast’s 50 Mbps (downstream) “Blast” high-speed Internet service, or its 105 Mbps “Extreme” service tier. Starting Tuesday (January 21), Comcast is promoting the updated, standardized speed options to new bundled customers in the Central Division, and expects to extend them to existing double- and triple-play customers in the division over the next several weeks, an MSO spokesman said.

The new packages will double the speeds offered with those bundled packages without boosting the price. Comcast historically has been selling double- and triple-play bundles in the Central Division with a minimum of the MSO’s “Performance” broadband tier (25 Mbps downstream) or its 50-Meg Blast service.

Comcast is presently limiting the new bundle packages to its Central Division, a region that operates in 15 states and covers markets such as Chicago; Detroit; Atlanta; Detroit; Miami; and Nashville, Tenn. Comcast has not announced when or if it will offer similar speed packages in its West and Northeast divisions.

Comcast’s Central Division, which has about 19 million combined video, broadband and voice customers, primarily competes with AT&T U-verse, which has been trying to make some noise with its new 45 Mbps “Power” tier. As part of AT&T’s Project Velocity IP (VIP), the company is also planning to offer top U-verse speeds of 100 Mbps. In Austin, Texas, where it competes with Time Warner Cable, AT&T is starting to deploy an all-fiber service called U-verse GigaPower that will start off with symmetrical speeds of 300 Mbps, and scale up to 1 Gbps by mid-2014, about the same time that Google Fiber is expected to begin connecting homes to its 1-Gig network there.

DSL Reports first reported Tuesday that Comcast was upgrading speeds for some bundled service customers. The report also said Comcast might upgrade customers on its 105 Mbps tier to a 305 Mbps service, but the MSO has not announced any such plans.

In its Northeast region, Comcast sells a high-speed Internet residential product called Extreme 505 that matches a 505 Mbps downstream with a 100 Mbps upstream. But rather than using the MSO’s DOCSIS architecture, Extreme 505 relies on a fiber-to-the-premises-based platform that Comcast uses to service business customers.

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Comcast Tees Up New X1 Features


Comcast will tap the agility of its cloud-based X1 platform to usher in a slate of new features
Comcast said it will add several new features to its IP-capable, cloud-based X1 platform, leading off with an element that will allow triple-play subscribers to live stream personal video from their mobile devices to the TV via the Internet.
That feature, expected to become available by the “beginning of 2015,” will become a part of Xfinity Voice, the MSO’s digital voice service.
Comcast also unveiled a handful of other features that will be coming “soon” to X1, which has been deployed across the MSO’s footprint.

Enhanced guide additions:

-Spanish Guide & Navigation: a new in-language guide and menu labels for Spanish-speaking customers.

-Live Last 9: An enhancement to a current feature that shows static tiles from the last nine programs a customer has viewed, the new version will essentially generate a “live” picture-in-picture mosaic of the last nine channels viewed.

-Talking Guide: Designed for the blind and visually impaired, Comcast will launch “Voice Guidance,” a voice-guided TV interface, later this year.

-Personal, Prioritized Guide: This setting will allow subs to select their favorite networks that appear whenever the guide is launched.

-Kids Guide: Comcast will add Common Sense Media ratings to live TV listings, complementing its application to video-on-demand content.

On Demand additions:

-Instant On Demand: Similar to Time Warner Cable’s “Start Over” service, Instant On Demand will allow customers to begin watching select shows via the Xfinity On Demand menu immediately after the live broadcast begins.

-On Demand Notifications: “Badging” on the guide will let subscribers know when select shows are offered via Comcast’s Xfinity On Demand library, which currently offers about 55,000 “choices.”


Apps additions

-Xfinity Home App: Will allow Xfinity Home customers to adjust thermostats, manage lighting and watch home security camera footage via the TV.

-Family Point: Similar to the app Comcast offers on mobile devices, the TV-centric X1 version will enable families at home to see the most recent location of family members who are connected via their smartphones, and to leave “sticky notes” for each other that will appear on the TV screen.

-Xfinity Voicemail: Comcast is porting this capability to the X1 platform, allowing customers to playback and record voicemails on the TV, including readable voicemail.

Comcast will be demonstrating many of these new features Tuesday at The Cable Show in Los Angeles.


http://www.multichannel.com/news/technology/comcast-tees-new-x1-features/374201
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