Comcast Launches X1 – A Next-Generation Cloud Enabled Television Platform And X1 Remote Control App

Comcast today announced its next-generation television experience, Xfinity TV on the X1 Platform, and a new X1 remote control app is available across the company’s Twin Cities service area. This cloud-enabled platform, unlike any other video service, delivers the world’s largest collection of video, and transforms the TV into an entirely new integrated entertainment experience and will be available to new Xfinity Triple Play with HD/DVR service customers at no additional cost.

“X1’s cloud-enabled platform redefines the entertainment experience, making the TV smarter, richer and more personalized than ever before,” said Mary Beth Schubert, vice president of Corporate Affairs for Comcast – Twin Cities. “Utilizing the strength of our network, cutting-edge technologies and cloud flexibility, X1 transforms our video product from a hardware experience to a software-based fully interactive experience for customers, allowing us to innovate faster and with more flexibility.”

The X1 platform incorporates IP technology, using cloud servers on Comcast’s network to integrate interactive, customized apps and social media features with its traditional video services to create an entirely new television experience. The launch of X1 in the Twin Cities is part of Comcast’s ongoing and evolving effort to take advantage of IP technology to constantly bring new innovation and features to market.

Xfinity TV on the X1 Platform highlights include:
  • A main screen with a sleek new user interface that integrates a customer’s video experiences and enables one-click access to a highly visual display of entertainment options
  • Unified search and instant play, along with recommendations, with the ability to find entertainment content in seconds from TV listings, DVR recordings and Xfinity On Demand using a new smart remote
  • Specially tailored-for-TV features such as customized social networking and music, radio, sports, traffic and weather apps
  • A new DVR set-top-box that delivers an advanced, personalized TV viewing experience, including the ability to record four programs at once while watching another and an AnyRoom DVR option
  • An enhanced remote control that offers greater responsiveness without line-of-sight requirements

X1 Remote Control App

The new companion X1 remote control app enables customers to use motion, gesture and voice control to drive their TV experience through the touch screen of their handheld iPhone and iPod touch. For instance, customers can swipe their device to page through the interactive TV guides on their television screen, and program personalized short-cuts and favorites on the TV. In addition, customers can speak into their device to dictate what they’re looking for, and use their device’s virtual keyboard to search among and play tens of thousands of video choices on their TVs faster than ever before – even faster than using the traditional remote control.

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