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Comcast Launches The X1 Platform From Xfinity® In Michigan

PLYMOUTH, Mich., July 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Comcast, a global media and technology company, today announced the Michigan launch of the X1 Platform from Xfinity. Using cloud-enabled technologies, X1 is a first of its kind entertainment platform that transforms the traditional cable box into an entertainment operating system that delivers a completely new TV experience. With easy-to-use navigation and search abilities, X1 delivers the world's largest library of video content, a new graphically pleasing guide, and customized apps that complement the service. DVR-enabled X1 boxes allow customers to record four shows and watch a fifth at the same time, and enjoy multi-room DVR functionality with AnyRoom DVR.

"Reflecting our standards of innovation, speed and utility, the X1 Platform essentially transforms our video product from a hardware experience to a software experience, and is part of Comcast's ongoing and evolving effort to take advantage of IP technology to constantly bring new innovation and features to our customers," said Tim Collins, Senior Vice President for Comcast in Michigan.  "Delivering content from different sources, including games, apps and social media, X1 makes the TV experience smarter, richer, and more personalized to redefine the entertainment experience for our customers."

X1 Platform key features include:
  • All-new easy-to-read main screen with a sleek user interface and search guide that enables fast, one-click access to a vast array of video content and entertainment options.
  • All-new, highly responsive smart-remote offers unified search, instant play and recommendations, finding entertainment content in seconds from TV listings, DVR recordings and XFINITY On Demand; new remote does not require a line-of-sight connection to the set-top box.
  • Ability to record four shows simultaneously and watch a fifth at the same time; DVR includes multi-room service, which lets customers watch recorded shows in any room in the house.
  • Customized apps including weather, sports, real-time traffic, Facebook and Pandora.
  • New remote control app with motion and voice control can filter content by genre and HD, control DVR, and interact with social media tools and apps.
  • Seamless content delivery from multiple sources (i.e., TV, games, apps, social media) to nearly all screens in the home (i.e., TV, IP connected devices, game consoles).
  • Cloud technology delivers regular, real-time updates and enables rapid web-like development, enhancements and continuous evolution.

New X1 remote app "drives" TV experience using motions, gestures and voice control; Virtual keypad delivers faster than ever search capabilityThe all-new companion X1 remote control app, available for free for iPhones and iPod Touch devices, delivers a new experience that changes the dynamic of the traditional remote control.  Providing a seamless experience between the TV and customers' devices, the X1 app lets customers use motions, gestures, and voice commands to control the X1. Customers can literally swipe their device to page through interactive guides, program personalized shortcuts and favorites ("Quick Links"), and even shake the device to pause On Demand content playing on the television. Voice commands can be used to navigate the guide and search for content.  

Customers can also use the IOS devices' virtual keyboard to search among and play tens of thousands of video choices faster than ever before – even faster than using the traditional remote control. The app also has the ability to filter content by genre, standard or high-definition programs, control the DVR, and interact with X1's social media tools and apps.

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