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    Comcast Previews X2 TV/Web Platform - Peter Kafka - Media - AllThingsD (click for full article)

    by Peter Kafka - June 12, 2013

    "We still don't know what the "real" Apple TV will look like, but by now we've seen a lot of other people's versions of Apple TV: Everyone from heavyweights like Microsoft to upstarts like Roku are pushing boxes and software that meld traditional TV with Web video.

    And Comcast, the country's biggest pay TV provider, says it will do the same thing, along with lots of other ideas you've seen elsewhere: Voice control, integration with third-party apps like Pandora, "social TV" features, etc.

    Here's Comcast CEO Brian Roberts previewing his company's upcoming "X2" platform yesterday at the cable industry's annual convention. If you want to save time, you can skip the preamble and move ahead to the 3:48 mark. And if you're in a real rush, you can skip the video entirely and skim the press release.


    Brian Robert's Comcast X2 Tech Demo:



    The one thing that X2 won't do, of course, is give customers the ability to watch TV without paying for a TV subscription, or let them break the TV bundle into smaller chunks, so that people who don't care about sports don't need to pay for ESPN, etc.

    But then again, none of the pay TV outsiders who want to wrest control of your living room from Comcast have done that, either - not even Google.

    Improving the TV's interface is an engineering problem that you can solve with time and talent; remaking the TV business is the truly difficult task."
     
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    Introducing X2: The Next Generation of Comcast's X1 Entertainment Operating System <---(click for the full official Comcast press release about their new X2 set-top box)

    X2 adds a new customizable dashboard and unifies multiplatform content in an entirely personalized experience that learns preferences and becomes smarter over time.


    WASHINGTON, D.C. and PHILADELPHIA, PA

    Comcast, a global media and technology company, today unveiled the next generation of its cloud-enabled X1 Platform from Xfinity to further transform the TV into an interactive and integrated entertainment experience. This new platform release, known as X2, will be available to customers later this year. The technology was previewed today by Comcast Chairman and CEO Brian L. Roberts at NCTA's The Cable Show 2013 in Washington, D.C. The company also showcased enhancements available today on its X1 Platform, including the addition of Web-based content.
     
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    Comcast's new set-top box moves DVR to the cloud | Internet & Media - CNET News (click for full article)

    by Steven Musil - June 11, 2013

    "In its battle against the growing trend of cutting the cord, Comcast instead wants TV viewers to ditch the DVR.

    The cable TV giant on Tuesday took the wraps off X2, an upgrade to its X1 entertainment platform, which includes a new compact set-top box that will store recorded programs in the cloud. The box doesn't even have a hard drive for local storage, resulting in a form factor three times smaller than conventional boxes, and 50 percent less power consumption.

    Expected to be available to consumers later this year, the new set-top box also includes voice-activated control, allowing users to change TV channels or search for programming with spoken commands."
     
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    The demo looks really good but I still can't grasp the cloud DVR concept, moving everything except live TV to the cloud. Local storage for DVR recordings works great, why record a cable signal and have to use internet bandwidth to watch it?
     
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    Because Comcast is trying to deceive people with a marketing blitz of pretending that they're "hip" and integrating with the internet. It's a publicity scam like everything they do. They're (Comcast) is getting heavy competition from FiOS (in the areas where "into-house" fiber is available) and FiOS has three-programs- at-the-same-time DVR capability. The "X2," with four-program DVR capability, is merely keeping-up with the competition and, at the same time, trying to give the appearance of having more advanced technology by using the Cloud. It's just smoke and mirrors: Comcast won't be developing integration with the internet in any meaningful way, by any stretch of the imagination.
     
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    I would love to see this box paired with a GTV box in my home and I hope this sort of thing comes to Canada soon. I have visions of my GTV universal remote being able to control this cable box as well (including the voice search). So IMHO if Google TV can't bring Primetime to Canada then this combo can still be a winner for non-cord cutters outside the USA.
     

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