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The requirement for Triple-Play was only in the early days of X1, when the supplies were limited, and they wanted to give it to the highest margin subs (even at $10-$20/mo incremental, phone has ridiculously fat profit margins). They offer it now with Double-Play. Not sure why anyone would have Comcast TV and someone else for internet unless they had a muni fiber provider that didn't have TV or something. If you have FIOS internet, you're going to have FIOS TV.
People who have a landline are the minority in many areas.
As for internet, you are correct 99% of the time -- except there are some number of people that want to cut the cable cord and just buy internet so they can customize their their TV watching.
In home #1 , we have cable TV via the HOA (broad pkg. incl. HBO and SHO etc.) and internet via Comcast as well (which we pay for directly.
In home #2 , we are in the 1% that has internet from a high speed 3rd party. All residents get 100Mbps for $25 added to their HOA dues. (I was able to combine wiring to get 250+) Cable is from Comcast, but we are able to make use of Xfinity Go (poor quality), HBO, ESPN,etc. via their apps with perfect quality.
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People who have a landline are the minority in many areas.
As for internet, you are correct 99% of the time -- except there are some number of people that want to cut the cable cord and just buy internet so they can customize their their TV watching.
In home #1 , we have cable TV via the HOA (broad pkg. incl. HBO and SHO etc.) and internet via Comcast as well (which we pay for directly.
In home #2 , we are in the 1% that has internet from a high speed 3rd party. All residents get 100Mbps for $25 added to their HOA dues. (I was able to combine wiring to get 250+) Cable is from Comcast, but we are able to make use of Xfinity Go (poor quality), HBO, ESPN,etc. via their apps with perfect quality.
I know a lot of people have internet and not TV from their cable provider, either because they are cord-cutters/nevers, or they have satellite TV, but having TV and not internet from the cable provider wouldn't make any sense. If you have FIOS internet, you'd have FIOS TV.

Yeah, a situation where you have another internet option that doesn't do TV, or are in a FIOS town without a TV franchise would be the only situation I can think of, and that's a tiny part of the market. Comcast is keeping a lot of landlines alive that couldn't survive at a $30 or higher price point by offering it so cheap in their Triple Play packages, and offering incentives on Triple Play. I don't really have a need for a landline, but I might get one at some point if it's only an incremental $10 plus tax, just for the convenience. At that point, it's almost so cheap it's worth it.
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Comcast Introduces Voice-Controlled TV Remote

X1 Viewers Can Search, Set Recordings and Get Recommendations with Natural Speech


May 05, 2015 11:52 AM Eastern Daylight Time
PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Comcast today announced the consumer launch of its new remote control that allows customers to navigate tens of thousands of shows and movies on the X1 platform with their voice. The new Xfinity remote with voice control lets viewers search for networks, shows and movies; set DVR recordings; get recommendations; navigate Xfinity On Demand and more.
“Say it and see it. It’s that simple”
“Say it and see it. It’s that simple,” said Sree Kotay, Comcast Cable’s Chief Software Architect. “We want viewers to get to the shows and movies they love quickly, and we’ve built a remote control that’s smart, fast and intuitive. You don’t have to learn a new language or speak like a robot. Just press the blue button, say what you want to watch and it appears on screen. It’s easy, just like watching TV should be.”
The Xfinity Remote with voice control recognizes thousands of common commands including things like:
  • Changing the channel: “Watch ESPN”
  • Searching for movies or shows: “The Walking Dead
  • Browsing Xfinity On Demand: “Show me kids movies”
  • Setting a recording: “Record Saturday Night Live
  • Finding sports teams, games and events: “When do the Phillies play?”
  • Getting recommendations or seeing what’s popular on TV right now: “What’s trending?”
The remote even recognizes hundreds of popular movie quotes. As an example, saying “Life is like a box of chocolates” will find the movie Forrest Gump.
The voice remote is available to all eligible X1 customers. New customers will get the remote during their installation and existing customers can either go to an Xfinity Store to pick one up for free or order online at xfinity.com/voiceremote (shipping & handling charges may apply).
In addition to voice search, the new remote is backlit for nighttime viewing and uses radio frequency (RF4CE) transmission that lets users point anywhere when channel surfing and store their X1 set-top box in a cabinet or another room. It also is more ergonomic with contours that comfortably fit in the viewer’s hand. The setup is simple, and X1 customers can program it to control their TV and AV receiver or sound bar in just a few easy steps.
From a technology perspective, the remote records sound from a microphone when the Mic button is held down and then uses voice-over-RF4CE™ ZigBee® technology to compress and transmit that recording over a low bandwidth link to the X1 platform. Using natural language processing (NLP) coupled with advanced entertainment metadata and relevancy algorithms, X1 easily gets you to what you want.
This device is also another example of Comcast’s commitment to making its products and services more accessible. The company recently launched the industry’s first “talking guide” for customers with a visual disability, and with the availability of this new remote, Comcast has become the only company to elegantly combine “voice in” and “voice out” in one entertainment experience.
“Voice control is a solution for customers with a visual disability or a physical challenge like arthritis,” said Tom Wlodkowski, Vice President of Audience, Comcast, who focuses on the usability of the company’s products and services by people with disabilities. “But it’s also empowering for kids, seniors or anyone else who wants a new and easier way to discover content. Voice search is the great equalizer and a terrific complement to our talking guide.”
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Comcast Tees Up 4K Box, Bigger 4K Service

4K-Capable ‘Xi4’ Box to Launch Later This Year 5/06/2015 10:45 AM Eastern
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Diving more deeply into the 4K video pool, Comcast announced Wednesday that it will launch a 4K/Ultra HD set-top later this year alongside the launch of an expanded lineup of 4K content.

The box, called the Xi4, will run on Comcast’s cloud-based, IP-capable X1 platform, enabling customers to create “virtual 4K linear channels” via MSO’s UHD library. A version of the Xi4 (pictured) from Cisco Systems was spotted passing through the FCC in January.

Comcast said it also developing the Xi5, a device that will support high dynamic range (HDR), an emerging format that supports a wider palette of colors and more brighter pixels. HDR will apply to both HD and 4K content.

On the content end, Comcast said it will offer “hundreds” of titles via an Xfinity in UHD catalog/library that will feature films and other content produced for IMAX from K2 Communications and Havoc TV, full current seasons of TV shows such as SyFy’s Defiance, USA’s Playing House, Satisfaction and Suits, and original fare from Starz, including Outlander and Power. 4K content will be delivered to the Xi4 via Comcast's managed VOD service.

"With Xfinity in UHD, our customers can easily and seamlessly enjoy some of the best 4K programming available today as part of their subscription with no additional equipment or costs," said Matt Strauss, EVP and GM of video service for Comcast Cable, in a statement. "We are committed to providing the highest-quality entertainment experiences across platforms and our next-generation set-top boxes deliver on that promise—providing our customers with UHD and HDR programming on the biggest screen in the home."

Comcast entered the 4K era late last year with the launch of an on-demand streaming app that’s initially available on 2014 Samsung UHD TV and provides access to a small, free content library.

DirecTV was the first U.S. MVPD to launch a UHD service. Dish Network is expected to launch a 4K service later this year in tandem with the debut of the 4K Ultra HD Joey box, which was unveiled in January at the Consumer Electronics Show.

They are all getting into the 4K game amid UHD services from OTT players such as Netflix, M-GO and Amazon.








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HD broadcast question...
My community that I get free cable with(well maintenance fee) just upgraded to digital preferred. With HD channels & we got new HD receivers. The models I have are
Comcast branded RNG110
Arris branded RNG150N
Both boxes are only able to give me 1080I.
Does Comcast not give you 1080P? Or is that something extra you have to pay for? Better box? I found the menus to switch the resolutions for both boxes & the highest they go are 1080I. My Blu Rays will do 1080P so It's not the TV's.

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Comcast does not give you 1080p (at least none that I had discovered, though someone mentioned the possibility that there may be some VOD program that might be 1080p). All HD cable networks that I am aware of are either 1080i (70 to 75% of the HD networks) or 720p (25% to 30% of the HD networks); none are 1080p.

You can check this Wikipedia page, but note that AccuWeather, which is listed here as 1080p, is listed on its own WikiPedia page as 1080i.

I'm fortunate that the HD DVR that I am renting from Comcast allows NATIVE as one of the video format options, which takes whatever video format it is receiving from the channel (or from the recorded program) and uses that format to send it on to the TV, so the TV would do any rescaling that might be necessary. As I said, I had never observed the TV reporting 1080p for any Comcast channel. (I seldom do VOD, never had done PPV, and still I have never seen 1080p, though I have the HD DVR configured to pass through 1080p.)

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Some Comcast boxes are capable of upscaling to 1080p. All the X1 boxes have this capability plus some non-X1 DVRs. The Comcast boxes that are capable of 1080p did an excellent job of upscaling. For me the second best mode is native with the third best being 1080i on a 1080p set. The only problem with 1080i is not taking advantage of giving you the full benefits of 720p broadcasts.
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Some Comcast boxes are capable of upscaling to 1080p. All the X1 boxes have this capability plus some non-X1 DVRs. The Comcast boxes that are capable of 1080p did an excellent job of upscaling. For me the second best mode is native with the third best being 1080i on a 1080p set. The only problem with 1080i is not taking advantage of giving you the full benefits of 720p broadcasts.
The DCX-3501 that I rent from Comcast does both native and 1080p among other settings, and everything I just quoted from PaulGo holds true of it.  The additional advantage that setting the box to 1080p has over native mode is that there isn't the wait for the box to tell the television to switch resolutions whenever you change to a channel or a recording at a different resolution from what you were watching a moment ago.  On the other hand, the disadvantage of 1080p is that if the box is turned on (from standby) tuned to an SD station, at least with my television sometimes there will be no picture until I (a) change the box's resolution setting to something else [and then if I want, back to 1080p] or (b) switch to an HD station or play an HD recording still stored on the DVR and then go back to the SD content.
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Before I switched to X1 I had the DCX3501. I had this box in the 1080p mode and never had problems on the SD channels. In theory everything (including SD channels) should be in 1080p so all your TV should know is that it is viewing a 1080p source. Could be a bug in the DCX3501.
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Or it could be a bug in my television.
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5 Essentials From INTX

Speed, OTT, ‘Skinny Bundles,’ Title II Generate Buzz in Chicago

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Comcast Targets 6 New Gigabit Markets

In a series of rapid-fire announcements this morning, Comcast revealed half a dozen new regional targets for its Gigabit Pro broadband service.
Comcast's new Gigabit hit list includes the Twin Cities in Minnesota, the MSO's entire footprint in Utah, the Houston area, Oregon, parts of Washington and parts of Colorado. Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) also announced that it will launch a new Extreme 250 service tier in the same regions offering Internet speeds up to 250 Mbit/s. The rollouts are all expected to occur later this year.
The Gigabit Pro service beats out other Gigabit offerings by doubling symmetrical speeds to 2 Gbit/s. Using a fiber-to-the-home strategy, Comcast Corp. has previously said it will bring Gigabit Pro to Atlanta, parts of Florida, areas of California, the Greater Chicago region and parts of Tennessee, including Chattanooga. The company is aiming to extend availability of the service to 18 million homes by year's end. (See Comcast Preps 2-Gig Service… Over Fiber.)
Comcast VP of Network Architecture Rob Howald recently explained that the company's ability to deliver multi-gigabit speeds stems from the operator's fiber-deep strategy. With more than 145,000 route miles of fiber deployed across the country, Comcast has been able to shrink service group sizes in select markets down to only about 100 subscribers per fiber node. That gets customers very close to fiber termination and makes it relatively easy for Comcast to extend fiber to the home for households that want Gigabit Pro service. (See Comcast Goes N+0 in Gigabit Markets.)

Even as Comcast has accelerated its Gigabit rollout plans, it still faces competition on several fronts from the likes of AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), CenturyLink Inc. (NYSE: CTL) and Google Fiber Inc. Comcast hasn't announce pricing for its highest-speed services yet, but a promotional website discovered earlier this month suggested that Gigabit Pro would start at $299 per month. Comcast has since said the web pages were put up in error, and that no official price has been listed yet for the service. Several municipal and non-profit institutions are also driving delivery of high-speed Internet services across the country, including EPB Fiber Optics in Chattanooga and UC2B in Urbana-Champaign, Ill., through its partnership with private company iTV-3. (See Chattanooga Charts Killer Gigabit Apps and Taking a Different Path to 1 Gigabit.)
Starting in 2016, Comcast has said it will also introduce Gigabit services over hybrid fiber coax networks using DOCSIS 3.1. At the Internet & Television Expo, the company showed off a new gigabit gateway it will use for D3.1 deployments. (See Comcast Readies D3.1 & RDK-B.)
— Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, Light Reading


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Well good luck with it if they try to charge that price. Heard that Google was going to be 120 for a triple play like package with gig internet, we'll see.
I'm in Portland Oregon and would drop them in a second if Google offered a decent package for 120 that can use my HD HomeRun Prime and the phone modem I recently bought.
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So how does PQ compare between Comcast and Dish network satellite? I ask because they have pretty good deals right now, TV with all the channels I need plus 105mbps internet(thanks to the new fiber optic network their about to activate) for $99 a month for 12 months. With Dish alone I'm around $150 a month already. My only concern is HD PQ, traditionally cable isn't as good. Has it gotten better?

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So how does PQ compare between Comcast and Dish network satellite? I ask because they have pretty good deals right now, TV with all the channels I need plus 105mbps internet(thanks to the new fiber optic network their about to activate) for $99 a month for 12 months. With Dish alone I'm around $150 a month already. My only concern is HD PQ, traditionally cable isn't as good. Has it gotten better?
All I can tell you is that (it might be my imagination) HBO Go via our 100+ solid internet seems better than HBO from Comcast in our other location. The place w. the fast internet in a condo that made deal w. something called a peer-to-peer network for $25 for each unit. There's an antenna on the roof. No modem necessary. They use one of the pairs of phone wires (out of the 3 pairs to each units) and put an ethernet jack next to the phone jack. We used to have Comcast internet and, on occasion, Netflix would have to buffer.
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Well good luck with it if they try to charge that price. Heard that Google was going to be 120 for a triple play like package with gig internet, we'll see.
I'm in Portland Oregon and would drop them in a second if Google offered a decent package for 120 that can use my HD HomeRun Prime and the phone modem I recently bought.
Well the equipment is going to be different on a non-HFC provider. That's just how it goes. Of course the 2gbps service is going to be expensive. You should be surprised it's only $299 considering that it's MetroE based.

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So how does PQ compare between Comcast and Dish network satellite? I ask because they have pretty good deals right now, TV with all the channels I need plus 105mbps internet(thanks to the new fiber optic network their about to activate) for $99 a month for 12 months. With Dish alone I'm around $150 a month already. My only concern is HD PQ, traditionally cable isn't as good. Has it gotten better?
Neither one is very good. Probably Comcast has a slight edge, but it's hard to say. DirecTV and FIOS are better.
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Well the equipment is going to be different on a non-HFC provider. That's just how it goes. Of course the 2gbps service is going to be expensive. You should be surprised it's only $299 considering that it's MetroE based.



Neither one is very good. Probably Comcast has a slight edge, but it's hard to say. DirecTV and FIOS are better.
What's the big deal about having super high speed internet at home? At 50Mbps, you'd have no trouble dling anything Netflix has to offer. Our Oakland condo gives all the units 100Mbps up and down. It costs the HOA $25/mo. a unit from the provider. (I am getting about 280Mbps up/down because I got the installer to make use of all 3 pair of the cat 5 phone wires to the unit.)
I see NO DIFFERENCE in my day to day stuff, like accessing AVS. I don't upload or download gigantic files. I could see the advantage of more upload bandwidth than CCast gives you if you have a few security cameras that feed to a security service.

As for HD quality - It might be my imagination, but I think the HD pic we get in Okld. via HBO GO and the high speed internet (solid speed, not erratic like CC) is better than the direct HBO in Miami via CC.

What internet speed would you need to carry 4K video stream?
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So I have the X1 self install kit on the way to me right now, and yesterday after resetting my current non DVR HD box, (the guide wasn't working as I hadn't used the box at all in a while) I noticed that I had access to my upstairs DVR on it. I know this wasn't the case before, and it wasn't some sort of glitch, as I was able to playback one of the shows. So I guess you really don't need the X1 platform for the cloud DVR? Comcast just flips a switch on their end and you have it? Has anyone else had this happen?
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What's the big deal about having super high speed internet at home? At 50Mbps, you'd have no trouble dling anything Netflix has to offer. Our Oakland condo gives all the units 100Mbps up and down. It costs the HOA $25/mo. a unit from the provider. (I am getting about 280Mbps up/down because I got the installer to make use of all 3 pair of the cat 5 phone wires to the unit.)
Most users, even fairly advanced users don't need more than about 50/20 today. Even a big family of heavy bandwidth users would probably be fine with 100/20. I'd get gig for $70 just for the heck of it, but not more.

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Netflix and Amazon are both around 16mbps, so they need about 25mbps to handle buffering.

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So I have the X1 self install kit on the way to me right now, and yesterday after resetting my current non DVR HD box, (the guide wasn't working as I hadn't used the box at all in a while) I noticed that I had access to my upstairs DVR on it. I know this wasn't the case before, and it wasn't some sort of glitch, as I was able to playback one of the shows. So I guess you really don't need the X1 platform for the cloud DVR? Comcast just flips a switch on their end and you have it? Has anyone else had this happen?
Probably got flipped on because X1 is on your account.
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So how does PQ compare between Comcast and Dish network satellite? I ask because they have pretty good deals right now, TV with all the channels I need plus 105mbps internet(thanks to the new fiber optic network their about to activate) for $99 a month for 12 months. With Dish alone I'm around $150 a month already. My only concern is HD PQ, traditionally cable isn't as good. Has it gotten better?
plissken, I am in the same situation almost exactly. Did you make the switch to Comcast and if so, what do you think of the HD quality compared to Dish?
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I didn't make the switch, I simply don't trust cable.

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New in June On X1: Simplifying and Personalizing Entertainment

By Peter Nush, Vice President, Product Management, Comcast Cable in TV

This month, we’ve made updates to make it easier to discover new programming as well as simplify the process for setting up and pairing your remote controls. Check out a few highlights:
Improved Music Video Entity Pages
Here at Comcast, we’re passionate about music and we know our customers are too. You may have seen our recent sponsorship of Taylor Swift’s 1989 World Tour, which includes lots of unique opportunities for fans to experience her concert, music, programming and more. When it comes to enjoying music videos from all artists on X1, we want to provide an experience that’s intuitive and engaging. This month, we updated music video pages to help you discover more music you’ll like based on the videos you’ve already viewed. Music video pages now have two gallery rows featuring "More Like This" – which suggests new content you may be interested in, and "Artists," which lists all artists featured in the video you just watched.



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With the large volume of great content available today, it can be overwhelming to choose a new movie or TV show to check out. We’ve enhanced our Recommendations feature to expand the number of suggested programs you can see. Just click the OK button while on "Show Me Another" tile to refresh your recommendations and see new programs based on titles that you have previously watched.


Remote Control Pairing Improvements

Getting your remote to sync with your TV and audio receiver isn’t always simple. So we’ve rolled out new on-screen instructions that complement the paper instructions included with all remotes to make this process go smoothly.
To get to pairing instructions, simply press the Setup button for 3 seconds on your new remote, then the XFINITY button. The on-screen experience will guide you from there.


Kids Zone Graduates Out of Labs

Lastly, as you know, we recently launched Kids Zone in Comcast Labs, a new feature that gives parents extra peace of mind by offering a safe and secure experience for kids to independently explore their favorite content and discover new programming. After lots of positive feedback from our customers, we’re pleased to let you know Kids Zone is officially moving out of Comcast Labs, and will now be accessible through On Demand > Kids, a tune notification on kids programming, as well as via Search, and Voice Search.


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plissken, I am in the same situation almost exactly. Did you make the switch to Comcast and if so, what do you think of the HD quality compared to Dish?
I've never used Dish, but the current Comcast HD channels look very good. A few years ago they were having some problems when they first started "3 packing" the cable (non-broadcast) channels, but they got that figured out. The broadcast (ABC/NBC/CBS/FOX/PBS) and some sports channels have no compression beyond what the broadcaster originally sent out.
The non-HD channels look like crap. They are really compressing them.
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FCC Launches Downloadable Security Push

While net neutrality has seized the spotlight at the FCC, another lesser-known issue is working its way through the agency review process.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has named the members of a new Downloadable Security Technical Advisory Committee (DSTAC), which will hold its first meeting on February 17. The committee's job is to craft recommendations for an industry-wide downloadable security system geared toward creating retail competition for cable set-tops and other pay-TV-compatible devices.

The new downloadable security committee has until September 4 to file a report with its recommendations to the FCC.

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Sony presented it's Passage scheme to the FCC. Sony's Passage encrypts key frames with Cable's CA and duplicate key frames with WMDRM ND (DTCP-IP) and maybe in the near future with Playready ND instead of WMDRM ND. This allows for either Cable CA DRM or whatever DRM is used as the second duplicate key frame DRM. The scheme is DRM agnostic and different countries could adopt different DRM schemes for the second key frame. For the US the common DRM chosen (so a Vidipath cable box would work everywhere in the US) was Playready and the subset WMDRM10 for DTCP-IP.


For the PS3 a PDF on Passage was just released at the latest FCC DSTAC (Downloadable Security Technical Advisory Committee) meeting. Page 12 has a chart showing a PS3 being used as a Vidipath STB.

Second Sony Passage Paper to the FCC DSTAC has a picture of the PS3 labeled PS4 on page 11 using a Hauppauge USB Tuner. Also on that page is a HD Homerun network tuner feeding a home WiFi router to portables. The 2010 Leaked Xbox 720 powerpoint (XB1) has the HD Homerun listed third row down, third column from the left. These two tuners were chosen by the W3C's TV working group as standards and their control schemes will be used as the APIs for the Network and USB tuner control standards supported by W3C extensions to Javascript. .

Comcast just signed an agreement with Sony to use Passage.

After Jan 2015 Microsoft is not charging for the use of their Playready server. They would only do that if they think it would become a standard used by Cable TV.

What does this mean? The FCC DSTAC will likely recommend Sony's passage and Microsoft Playready on TEE level (2.5 or above) hardware for a downloadable Cable TV DRM able to be used by PS4, XB1, Phones, Tablets and TVs with ARM trustzone and maybe a PS3. When will we know; Sept 2015, when can it be used; Jan 2016. No cable boxes needed and the XB1 and PS4 will be used as DVRs. This is also in the Xbox 720 leaked powerpoint. DLNA and DLNA CVP2 = Vidipath

Overview REPORT OF WORKING GROUP 4 TO DSTAC, April 29, 2015

REPORT OF WORKING GROUP 2 TO DSTAC

Of interest in the report summary is the following, it's the alternative to Cable TV Boxes and notice it's only Vidipath or a subset called RVU and HTML5 <video> ME from a browser:

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I. CE Device Competitive Navigation Alternative Systems:
Preliminary list, to be addressed after Parts I and II
A. Home Networks
1. RVU (mentioned in Sony's Passage)
a) RVU Extensions
2. VidiPath (mentioned in Sony's passage)
a) VidiPath Extensions
B. Cloud Networks
1. VidiPath (this would be IPTV Vidipath direct from a cable modem also mentioned in Sony's passage)
a) MSE, EME
2. Open Internet
a) MSE, EME
C. End-to-End DRM
1. HTML5 EME (uses the same C-ENC format as Playready does and the proposed 4K blu-ray Digital bridge)
2. Passage Technology (Sony proposal I mention above which can use Playready in the US)
You see the convergence? Vidipath is essentially HTML5 <video> MSE, EME with W3C extensions like DLNA and adding Java for Apps, XTV and Blu-ray.
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Comcast Opens Up Set-Top Testing

Don't call it industry domination. Call it the beneficence of a successful cable company sharing its technology for the betterment of an entire industry.
In its latest bid to share the secrets of its success, Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) has opened up access to its cable set-top and software testing framework. The Open Cable Automated Test Solution (OCATS or Open CATS) gives engineers a way to simulate real-world environments, putting set-tops and new set-top features through their paces without risking instability in an actual field deployment.
Open CATS is based on the CATS framework that Comcast first developed in 2008. While the solution was built specifically for Comcast equipment, the company says it can be easily adapted to work with devices and software from other pay-TV providers, programmers and set-top manufacturers. OCATS also includes service APIs, making it interoperable with existing testing tools and programming languages. Sample test scenarios include stress testing applications, manipulating set-top configurations and testing the impact of different network protocols.
Comcast said in a blog post that the newly-available OCATS framework will "evolve to keep pace with industry changes because we made the code open. The licensing agreement allows users to modify and use OCATS without any restrictions. Users can also write applications and tests for OCATS and distribute them freely."


The nation's largest cable operator has made good use of open source technologies in recent years, running its X1 video service on a private OpenStack cloud as far back as early 2013. The company has also been aggressive about both promoting its own set-top technology throughout the cable industry and sharing code where appropriate to create a broad ecosystem for ongoing set-top development. Most recently, Comcast got a boost for its X1 licensing program, signing Shaw Communications Inc. as its second large MSO customer for the set-top operating system in June. Cox Communications Inc. has also licensed the X1 platform despite developing its own Contour TV multiscreen video solution.

Beyond the expansion of X1, Comcast has created a major role for itself in the set-top sector by furthering development of the Reference Design Kit (RDK). The RDK integrated stack offers a standard software foundation for set-tops that developers can use to build new IP video video products and services quickly. Comcast was the source of the original RDK stack, but it formed a joint venture in 2013 with Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) to open up the software to the entire industry. Liberty Global Inc. (Nasdaq: LBTY) joined the RDK Management LLC executive team in 2014, and today, the RDK community boasts more than 220 licensees, including more than two dozen service providers.

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Is this coming now for CE platforms that, after Dec 2015, will be Cable TV STBs with downloadable DRM like game consoles, TVs and all Vidipath certified? Comcast and Cable Labs RDK is used as a reference for Vidipath. Vidipath uses Playready as the common DRM required by the June 2015 FCC mandate; Cable TV DVRs have to support in home live and DVR streaming via Vidipath = DLNA CVP2 and a common DRM = Playready.

FYI the next to last meeting of DSTAC is 9 AM EST 7/7/2015 today and live streamed on http://FCC.GOV/live. On August 4, 2015 the committee must make the recommendation. One of the possibles is ARM Trustzone and Playready ND Porting 3 (4K max resolution) or WMDRM ND and Port 2.5 (1080i max resolution)... Vidipath currently is WMDRM ND

Sony Passage, ARM Trustzone and Microsoft Playready DRM? Is this the reason for Sony-Microsoft.com being registered by Microsoft July 2011 and Sony choosing to use Playready on all their platforms that same Month?

Sony passage examples have PCs as DVRs using clear QAM tuners with the PC performing the client DRM.

As a clue and from non-technical writers, Microsoft Windows 10 requires Playready 3 for 4k playback which I think is supposed to be Porting kit 3 to ?ARM trustzone? and has a Certificate Security Level of 3000. Other papers state that the implementation should not be hardware dependant.



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1.164 “PlayReady Restricted Functionality Portable Device” means a PlayReady Final Product that can Receive, Transmit, and/or decrypt and Pass only WMDRM Content saved locally on the device. WMDRM ND = WMDRM 10 and is only secure for 1080I or lower ?level 2000 porting kit 2.5?

1.170 “PlayReady Trusted Execution Environment” means a Trusted Execution Environment found on any computing device reporting a Certificate Security Level of 3000

1.173 “PRiTEE” means the PlayReady Interface for Trusted Execution Environments as defined by an implemented PlayReady Porting Kit.
For sure ARM trustzone TEE is security level 3000 but depending on the definition, which I haven't seen, Intel could have a version that complies.
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Comcast Increases Speeds for No Additional Cost for Majority of Its Xfinity Internet Customers from New England Through the Mid-Atlantic

Introduces New Performance Pro 75 Mbps Speed Tier and Increases Blast! to 150 Mbps Across Its Northeast Division



July 07, 2015 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time
PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Comcast today announced it is increasing the speed of its popular Blast! tier by almost 50 percent to 150 Mbps (formerly 105 Mbps) and introducing a new Performance Pro speed tier of 75 Mbps. New and existing customers who subscribe to many popular Xfinity Triple Play bundles will now receive Performance Pro, tripling their download speeds from 25 Mbps to 75 Mbps. These latest increases demonstrate Comcast’s ongoing commitment to continue to increase speeds for its customers, as it has virtually every year for more than the past decade, to support the increasing number of Internet connected devices in the home.
“We’ve invested tens of billions of dollars to create a network that makes broadband widely available to the most homes, and allows us to continually deliver the fastest, most reliable Internet and Wi-Fi speeds in and out of the home”
“Today, our customers simultaneously connect to the Internet through multiple smartphones, tablets and laptops, and whether it’s to stream, shop, video chat, upload photos or do homework, we’re committed to ensuring they get the best overall experience with blazing fast speeds and the most Wi-Fi coverage, all delivered over our state-of-the-art network,” said Kevin Casey, President of Comcast Cable’s Northeast Division, which includes 14 states from Maine to Virginia and the District of Columbia.
The new speeds and tiers will be available to the vast majority of new and existing customers starting later this month. Customers subscribing to eligible Triple Play bundles will receive the new, 3x faster Performance Pro speeds, and all new and existing customers with Blast! speed tiers will have their speeds go from 105 Mbps to 150 Mbps, an almost 50 percent increase. To get the new speeds, customers may need to re-start their modems. Comcast will also notify customers who may need to upgrade their modems to receive the increased speeds. Customers who lease modems from Comcast will be able to receive upgraded modems at no additional charge. A list of approved modems can be found online at http://mydeviceinfo.comcast.net/.
In addition to increasing speeds for its Northeast Division customers, Comcast continues to offer the fastest wireless gateway, and most Xfinity Internet customers can enjoy complimentary access to more than 8.5 million Xfinity WiFi hotspots nationwide by selecting "xfinitywifi" from the list of available networks on their laptops or mobile devices and entering their Xfinity ID or email and password. Hotspots can be found by either downloading the Xfinity WiFi App, available for free on iOS and Android devices, or by visiting the hotspot finder map on www.xfinity.com/wifi. Additionally, Comcast provides consumers with tips on how to create the best in-home Wi-Fi experience, out of home Wi-Fi experience and how to shop safely online.
“We’ve invested tens of billions of dollars to create a network that makes broadband widely available to the most homes, and allows us to continually deliver the fastest, most reliable Internet and Wi-Fi speeds in and out of the home,” continued Casey.
Comcast also takes its responsibility to provide a safe and secure online experience very seriously, offering a comprehensive security website at https://constantguard.xfinity.com/ that serves as an online resource to help customers protect themselves from spam, viruses and other online threats, and where they can learn about parental controls and ways to help protect children from cyber bullying, harassment and online predators. Comcast also provides Constant Guard, the most comprehensive online security suite, which includes Norton Security antivirus software, free to its Xfinity Internet customers.
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Desperately Seeking a CableCARD Replacement


With just two months to go until the FCC's September deadline, members of the Downloadable Security Technology Advisory Committee (DSTAC) are still at odds over what to recommend as a replacement for the outdated and largely ineffective CableCARD solution.
The US government passed a law late last year ending the separable security requirement -- the so-called CableCARD mandate -- for cable set-tops. The FCC immediately followed that action by forming the DSTAC and giving the committee the task of developing recommendations for a new downloadable security solution by September 4.
The goal in creating a far-reaching downloadable security solution is to make it easier for third-party devices like retail DVRs and other video equipment to access traditional pay-TV services. That same mandate was behind the development of the CableCARD, but now the industry is being asked to extend the scope of its vision even further. In addition to making the security solution downloadable -- a move designed to simplify installation for consumers -- DSTAC members are charged with including both satellite and telecom TV providers in their development of recommendations. CableCARD technology, in contrast, applies only to the cable industry. (See FCC Panel Debates CableCARD Successor and FCC Suffers Content Security's Growing Pains.)
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 's intent with the downloadable security initiative is a noble one. However, the latest DSTAC meeting this week proved that some of the challenges involved may simply be insurmountable.
For example, one working group within the DSTAC suggested that downloadable video security might need to be integrated into the embedded software system of a retail device. However, Matthew Chaboud, a senior software engineer at Amazon Lab126, which is a research and development subsidiary of Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN), pointed out in no uncertain terms that the consumer electronics (CE) industry won't allow third-party code to be downloaded into a retail device's trusted execution environment. Chaboud said that downloading security keys isn't a problem, but that CE companies simply won't allow service providers to download actual executable code into that environment for decrypting video signals.
"Presumably I would not be afforded the opportunity to fully inspect any code," said Chaboud, noting that the software would be proprietary. And he added that CE companies wouldn't be willing just to trust service providers and vendors who promise the security code won't cause any harm.
Dr. Joseph Weber, CTO for the service provider unit of TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO), pointed out that the industry avoided this particular issue with CableCARD because there were two trusted environments involved; one in the consumer device and one in the CableCARD security module.

In addition to complications on the retail hardware side, there are also difficulties that stem from a widely varying pay-TV provider landscape. The video delivery systems already deployed by providers make it difficult,if not impossible, to come up with a single security solution that fits everywhere. Bruce McClelland, president of network and cloud and global services for Arris Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ARRS), noted that "the objective is to find a uniform solution." But both he and Jay Rolls, CTO for Charter Communications Inc. , acknowledged that perfect uniformity would likely not be achieved. As an antidote to the problem of defining a single solution, Brad Love, chief technologist for Hauppauge Digital Inc. , recommended some kind of translation mechanism -- a "virtual headend or bridge device" -- that could output different conditional access technologies into a standardized format. That idea, reminiscent of the FCC's earlier AllVid initiative, could work, but it would be burdensome to service providers, and it also wouldn't be a clean answer for everyone. Some operators, like Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH) and AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), would likely still need additional external hardware to manage the television tuning function, which is handled differently in satellite and IPTV networks than it is in cable systems. (See All About the FCC's AllVid.)
For all of the technical complexity of the DSTAC's task, the business problems may prove even more intractable. After five months of debate, committee members are still arguing about how to define basic pay-TV service. Traditional operators contend that their service isn't just the video streams they provide, but also elements like the interactive program guide, interactive features like headline tickers and community service features like emergency alerts.
In reviewing the use cases for downloadable security technology, one DSTAC working group outlined the issues involved in the "tuning and viewing of a linear channel" and used the headline ticker feature as a sample component within that use case.
However, Amazon's Chaboud suggested that the inclusion of a headline ticker as part of the basic TV tuning function was ridiculous, calling it "way off the path" from what the group should be examining. Adding a little more color to the argument, Chaboud said the group might as well "put a baked potato" on the list.
Amazon is also one of the companies that sent a letter to the FCC in May stating that the agency shouldn't allow the advisory committee to develop recommendations in a way that would create a "walled-garden approach" to pay-TV services. In other words, retail companies should be able to develop their own added-value features on top of pay-TV content without having to include all of the elements -- like headline tickers -- that pay-TV providers would like to define as fundamental to their services.
Service providers counter that CE companies are trying to address issues outside the scope of the DSTAC's mission. In a letter to the FCC in April, all of the major US pay-TV providers and several critical vendors in the industry cautioned that the DSTAC was "veering into areas that are well outside its statutorily-defined charter."
The next and final DSTAC meeting is scheduled for August 4, at which time the committee should be ready to put the finishing touches on its recommendations. However, it's hard to believe that the group will reach a consensus by then. The different factions in the DSTAC are still worlds apart.



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PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Comcast today announced it is increasing the speed of its popular Blast! tier by almost 50 percent to 150 Mbps (formerly 105 Mbps) and introducing a new Performance Pro speed tier of 75 Mbps. New and existing customers who subscribe to many popular Xfinity Triple Play bundles will now receive Performance Pro, tripling their download speeds from 25 Mbps to 75 Mbps. These latest increases demonstrate Comcast’s ongoing commitment to continue to increase speeds for its customers, as it has virtually every year for more than the past decade, to support the increasing number of Internet connected devices in the home.[/QUOTE]

It appears the Performance Pro speed tier will also apply to many classes of Double Play customers as well. Where I live in Maryland as a Double Play customer I am scheduled to get the speed boost at the end of September.
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^ This happened a few months ago in the SF market.
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