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Comcast Launches X1 DVR Interface, Tips Next-Gen 'Dayview'

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    Comcast Launches X1 DVR Interface, Tips Next-Gen 'Dayview' | News & Opinion | PCMag.com (click for full article)

    "Comcast said Monday that it will soon launch its X1 cloud-based DVR user interface in Boston for Xfinity, and tipped its next-generation "Dayview" UI, which will provide a Metro-inspired look at all of the services Comcast offers.


    Monday's announcement gives more details on the X1 service that Comcast has been promising Xfinity customers for months. The new UI will only be available to Triple Play customers - those who get voice, TV, and Internet. The X1 interface will roll out to other markets later this year, Comcast said.


    Comcast will also integrate X1 into an iPhone app, it said, which will replace the slow virtual keyboard Comcast currently integrates into its current DVR UI.


    Comcast designed the X1 UI to be a cleaner, more organized look at the content it offers. It also takes advantage of the cloud, providing up-to-date information to its subscribers and recommending shows it thinks the viewer would like to watch.


    For example, the X1 UI integrates traffic and sports applications: the first provides live traffic information, apparently sourced in part from Google; while the sports app places related information, including live scores, in a box to the right of the action. Other integrated apps include Pandora, while Facebook and Twitter support have also been included."
     
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    Comcast Joins 21st Century with 'X1' and 'Project Dayview' TV Interfaces | Techland | TIME.com (click for full article)

    "I live in a mystical, mysterious section of the world referred to simply as "Boston" by the townspeople. In this strange land, we have but one option for cable TV - we call it "Comcast" - yet whispers of newfangled fusions of technology and entertainment from the likes of Verizon ("the FiOS") and AT&T ("the U-verse") have been relayed to us by outsiders brave enough to visit our homes, temporarily blinded by the bright blue and yellow hues emanating from our old-timey cable box interfaces. I have, for years, assumed that said interface was designed as an end-of-the-year project at one of America's fine technical schools and gifted to Comcast on a whim.


    Yet the years passed by, and still the old-timey, bright yellow and blue interface never changed.


    In late 2010, we heard whispers that newfangled fusions of technology and entertainment were being tested by none other than Comcast itself: Xcalibur was its name.


    And today, Comcast has officially announced "X1" - formerly known as Xcalibur - a system "using cloud servers on Comcast's network that allow Comcast to integrate interactive, customized apps and social media features with its traditional video services to create an entirely new television experience," says the company.


    The short version is that it finally looks like an interface you'd expect in 2012. Here's a peek:



    I'm getting a whiff of the latest Google TV interface design, which may have to do with the heavy reliance on blacks and grays, but I'm happy with anything as long as it's not what we lowly Comcast subscribers have been dealing with for what feels like forever."
     
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    Comcast Announces an Apple TV Clone | WebProNews (click for full article)

    "The Cable Show a yearly trade show for the cable industry, is being held in Boston this week. There, cable companies showcase their latest technologies and developments. What's the trend in cable technology for this year? Copying Apple, of course.


    Comcast is touting its new X1 video platform for its DVRs. The platform sports an Apple TV-like interface (seen above) and allows customers to use their iPhone or iPod as a remote control. Users will be able to access TV, DVR recordings, and Comcast Xfinity On Demand programming. The company will launch Xfinity TV on the new X1 platform soon, starting in Boston and rolling out to other major markets throughout the year.


    To be fair, Comcast hasn't actually succeeded in cloning the Apple TV. For example, though it claims that X1 will deliver the world's largest collection of video, there is no mention of a YouTube app. There is no mention of Netflix, Hulu, a browser, or internet access of any sort aside from the weather, traffic, radio, "social networking" and a couple of other apps. Comcast uses buzz-phrases such as "IP enabled" and "cloud-enabled" in a very odd manner. Speaking of "cloud-enabled," there is also no mention of customers being able to store video, or anything, remotely.


    "The X1 platform makes the TV smarter, richer and more personalized - and that's only the beginning. Our goal is to leverage this platform to redefine the entertainment experience for our customers," said Marcien Jenckes, senior vice president and general manager of video services for comcast cable. "X1 is a giant leap forward, essentially transforming our video product from a hardware experience to a software experience, allowing us to innovate faster and more aggressively."


    Will Comcast innovate faster and more aggressively? All of the innovation in the cable industry has come from outside of it and was then absorbed in a less-functional incarnation. Take TiVo, for example. The company innovated and brought DVR to the market. Cable companies, unable to ignore consumer demand for the technology, built DVRs of their own that had just enough functionality to make them passably usable. Comcast's X1, a watered-down version of Apple TV or Google TV, is more of the same, giving customers "just enough" to keep them from fleeing cable altogether. This sort of begrudging change is why more Americans than ever are finally abandoning cable."
     

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