Light Reading

Comcast Cloud DVR Launches in Philly, Chicago Next

Mari Silbey
3/27/2014
50%
50%

DENVER -- Cable Next-Gen Strategies & Technologies -- Alan Broome, vice president of IP video engineering for Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), confirmed the MSO's next two cloud DVR launch markets at today's Light Reading Cable Next-Gen Strategies & Technologies event. According to Broome, Comcast debuted service in Philadelphia on March 25 and will bring cloud DVR to the Chicago market next week.

A Comcast representative said in a post in the company's user forum that the Philadelphia launch includes market in New Jersey.

When Comcast launched its cloud DVR service in Boston in early February, it said more markets would follow soon after. Beyond Philadelphia and Chicago, there are rumors that Washington, DC is on Comcast's list of near-term launch cities, but that information has not been confirmed. (See Comcast Launches Cloud DVR.)

The new cloud DVR service is part of Comcast's migration to IP video delivery and the X1 video platform. Broome said Comcast is delivering cloud services using an IP unicast model today, but he also said that the company is rolling out an IP multicast infrastructure. Multicast will come in handy as Comcast streams more linear television over IP. Broome said the company will begin testing multicast IP television in the third quarter.

The transition to IP video also has implications for Comcast's set-top strategy. Broome said the company will launch its all-IP video set-top at the end of this month. That box will get video-on-demand programing streamed directly over IP, but linear content will initially have to be converted to IP using a residential gateway device.

— Mari Silbey, special to Light Reading

(4)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
MarkC73
50%
50%
MarkC73,
User Rank: Light Sabre
3/30/2014 | 6:11:21 AM
Re: Nice to see.
Scary for cable co competitors, cable isn't using the sell it and build it as they come mentality anymore.  Anyone think this will have a positive impact on the network gear equipment manufacturers if Comcast starts rolling more IP video services.
Phil_Britt
50%
50%
Phil_Britt,
User Rank: Light Sabre
3/28/2014 | 11:19:23 AM
Re: Nice to see.
It probably made sense for Comcast to roll this out slowly, not only for the first test market, but then take time to open other markets from there. Putting out a subpar service would turn people off, and would likely make it more expensive to recapture them than to wait until many of the bugs have been worked out (assuming that they have).

This could also force competitors in those few markets where Comcast has them to offer similar services.
DOShea
50%
50%
DOShea,
User Rank: Blogger
3/27/2014 | 8:51:20 PM
Re: Nice to see.
Agree on the long wait. Seems like Comcast has been actively talking about rolling out cloud DVR for more than a year, and it's just getting scheduled for its second and third markets now.
KBode
50%
50%
KBode,
User Rank: Light Sabre
3/27/2014 | 6:26:05 PM
Nice to see.
Such an unnecessarily long trek to get this stuff to market, after Cablevision spent years fighting broadcaster claims that this technology violated copyright.

The one, sole benefit to the Comcast Time Warner Cable merger would be that Time Warner Cable customers would get access to a set top box and DVR GUI that doesn't seem like it was developed in 1999.
From The Founder
Against the odds, Huawei is growing its telecoms networking equipment business in the US -- that should be ringing some alarm bells for domestic vendors.
Flash Poll
Live Streaming Video
CLOUD / MANAGED SERVICES: Prepping Ethernet for the Cloud
Moderator: Ray LeMaistre Panelists: Jeremy Bye, Leonard Sheahan
Between the CEOs
CEO Chat With Jeff Miller, ActiveVideo

8|28|15   |   19:05   |   (0) comments


Jeff Miller, President and CEO of ActiveVideo, talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the impact of virtualization on the TV and video distribution market.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Vodafone: Mobile Money Is About Customer Trust

8|27|15   |   06.36   |   (0) comments


Light Reading spoke with Vodafone's Ian Ravenscroft about the unique responsibilities and opportunities facing operators handling customers' financial transactions over the network.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Palo Alto Networks on Expanding in the Carrier/Service Provider Market

8|26|15   |   07:54   |   (0) comments


Alfred Lee from Palo Alto Networks tells Steve Saunders about their new chassis-based system, the PA-7080, and how it can benefit service providers compared to legacy firewalls.
LRTV Custom TV
Global Services Forum Preview

8|25|15   |   02:36   |   (0) comments


Light Reading's CEO and Founder Steve Saunders talks about Huawei's upcoming Global Services Forum with the help of Heavy Reading's Patrick Donegan and Teresa Mastrangelo.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Infoblox on DNS Threat Index

8|19|15   |   04:39   |   (0) comments


Dilip Pillaipakam from Infoblox talks to Steve Saunders about his company's core network services.
Between the CEOs
CEO Chat With Ihab Tarazi, Equinix

8|14|15   |   20:18   |   (1) comment


Equinix CTO Ihab Tarazi talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the dramatic changes in the data center, cloud and interconnect markets and discusses the impact of SDN and NFV in the coming years.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
The Netformx Ecosystem

8|14|15   |   09:39   |   (1) comment


Ittai Bareket, CEO of Netformx, talks with Steve Saunders about the Netformx Ecosystem, which employs cutting-edge prescriptive analytics to help solution providers maximize profits.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Versa Networks on Leveraging VNFs

8|12|15   |   07:37   |   (0) comments


Kumar Mehta, founder and CEO of stealth mode startup Versa Networks, talks with Steve Saunders about how providers can best leverage virtualized network functions (VNFs).
LRTV Custom TV
Transforming the Network Through OPNFV

8|5|15   |   7:09   |   (0) comments


Sandra Rivera, VP Data Center Group; GM Network Platforms Group, Intel Corporation, on OPNFV Arno and how the industry is coming together to accelerate the deployment of NFV and transform the network.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei ONS Product Demo

8|3|15   |   6:01   |   (0) comments


Huawei shows at Open Networking Summit 2015 in Santa Clara how its SDN and NFV solutions embrace openness.
LRTV Custom TV
End-User or Enterprise Benefits to the New IP

7|30|15   |   04:27   |   (1) comment


Andrew Coward discusses what the New IP means to end users or enterprise customers. He explains compelling reasons, including how every customer can get their own network, from the transformation to the New IP.
LRTV Custom TV
Network Visibility & the New IP

7|30|15   |   02:23   |   (0) comments


Mukund Srigopal provides an explanation of what network visibility is and how it is essential as service providers transition to the New IP. In addition, the importance of the network packet broker is discussed.
Upcoming Live Events
September 16-17, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
September 16, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
September 16, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
September 29-30, 2015, The Westin Grand Müchen, Munich, Germany
October 14-15, 2015, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA
November 5, 2015, Hilton Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA
November 17, 2015, Santa Clara, California
December 1, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
December 2, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
Cisco's cloud and virtualization portfolio can increase business agility and innovation by building a more flexible network architecture.
Hot Topics
T-Mobile CEO Plays Data Traffic Cop
Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 8/31/2015
Verizon Hums a Driving Tune
Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 8/26/2015
CEO Chat With Bill Gates
Steve Saunders, CEO and founder, Light Reading, 8/31/2015
Time to Monetize Cable WiFi
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, 8/31/2015
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
September 22, 2015
Media Begins With “Me”
Webinar Archive
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
The scene: Last Saturday, lunchtime, the interior of a shi-shi-foo-foo eatery in Manhattan's SoHo district.
Jeff Miller, President and CEO of ActiveVideo, talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the impact of virtualization on the TV and video distribution market.
Cats with Phones
Cats Are a Smartphone's Best Friend Click Here
Whoever said cats didn't live to please their humans?