Light Reading
By connecting three X1 DVRs together, Comcast users can get 'Super DVR' service with the ability to watch and record up to 15 shows at once.

Comcast Trials Its 'Super DVR'

Mari Silbey
7/9/2014
50%
50%

There's a new DVR service in town.

Not content to let Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) and Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) soak up all the DVR glory, Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is now trialing a "Super DVR" service that lets users record and watch up to 15 programs at the same time. TV ads for the service were spotted in select cities back in May and reported by users on the DSLReports forums.

Since then Multichannel News has confirmed (subscription required) that Comcast is piloting its Super DVR in the northeastern regions of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, Connecticut, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C.

While Comcast is marketing the Super DVR as something new, it appears that the branded service is really only a way of highlighting to consumers that they can hook three X1 set-tops together to maximize tuning and recording capacity. A source within Comcast noted that it's actually possible for X1 users to combine set-tops in any Xfinity market, and that the service should work with both Arris Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ARRS) and Pace plc DVRs. Comcast leases DVRs for $20 per month each. (See Comcast Cloud DVR Storms Down East Coast.)

Touting the recording capacity of a DVR service -- like promoting the number of HD channels in an earlier year -- is the new marketing measure for pay-TV providers. However, it's not clear that subscribers actually care about being able to watch and record more than a handful of shows at once.

On the marketing score sheet, Comcast now ties Cablevision, which also enables recording of up to 15 shows with its network-based DVR. Verizon supports 12 concurrent shows with its Quantum TV service.

— Mari Silbey, special to Light Reading

(17)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Page 1 / 2   >   >>
Joe Stanganelli
50%
50%
Joe Stanganelli,
User Rank: Light Sabre
7/10/2014 | 7:23:59 AM
ALL THE SPORTS!
Back when I had a fancy cable package, I thought DVR was AWESOME.  It was a guilty pleasure to pause live shows.  Sometimes I'd do it for the heck of it.  It was my favorite feature by far.

But there were definitely some times that being limited to recording one show while watching another was a limit that hampered my ability to watch all the shows I wanted.  I don't imagine hitting that 15 mark, but 3-5 would certainly be reasonable I think for many consumers.

15 would be great for mega-sports fans, I suppose, who want to watch ALL the Major League Baseball games.  ;)
mhhf1ve
50%
50%
mhhf1ve,
User Rank: Light Sabre
7/9/2014 | 4:24:27 PM
DVR vs On-Demand?
It seems strange to tout an ever-increasing number of simultaneous TV shows able to be recorded when more and more shows are available a la carte and on-demand and streaming... What is the point of recording a show if you can just stream or download it whenever you want to later? I suppose if you want to watch every event in the Olympics...?
Ariella
50%
50%
Ariella,
User Rank: Light Sabre
7/9/2014 | 3:20:10 PM
Re: Way too much TV
@mendyk that seems to defeat the purpose of lunch for some people. I'm not on Instagram myself but am subjected to food pictures every time one of my FB connections feels the urge to show off what she's cooked. It's not even artfully arranged -- usually just rows of stuff in aluminum pans -- but she feels a need to share it with the world. 
Ariella
50%
50%
Ariella,
User Rank: Light Sabre
7/9/2014 | 3:20:09 PM
Re: Way too much TV
@mendyk that seems to defeat the purpose of lunch for some people. I'm not on Instagram myself but am subjected to food pictures every time one of my FB connections feels the urge to show off what she's cooked. It's not even artfully arranged -- usually just rows of stuff in aluminum pans -- but she feels a need to share it with the world. 
mendyk
50%
50%
mendyk,
User Rank: Light Sabre
7/9/2014 | 3:13:47 PM
Re: Way too much TV
Yes -- I read that in the dead-tree version at lunch today. The lunch itself was not photogenic.
Ariella
50%
50%
Ariella,
User Rank: Light Sabre
7/9/2014 | 3:10:20 PM
Re: Way too much TV
@mendyk that's terrific. You may also enjoy this: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/09/dining/dishes-worthy-of-instagram-but-not-your-appetite.html?_r=0 " A side effect of the digital age in food photography, camera cuisine is any dish that was inspired by a picture or aspires to be one. Like any genre of cooking, camera cuisine varies widely in quality, but in its purest form it is both exquisitely photogenic and peculiarly bland and lifeless. "
mendyk
50%
50%
mendyk,
User Rank: Light Sabre
7/9/2014 | 2:57:23 PM
Re: Way too much TV
My favorite sign this year was displayed in a pub in Camdentown: Post a photo of your meal on Instagram and win a FREE CONCUSSION!
Ariella
50%
50%
Ariella,
User Rank: Light Sabre
7/9/2014 | 2:53:39 PM
Re: Way too much TV
@mendyK ah, a way for them to self-destruct like the secret messages in Mission Impossible. 
mendyk
50%
50%
mendyk,
User Rank: Light Sabre
7/9/2014 | 2:50:43 PM
Re: Way too much TV
Exploding selfies -- now that's a concept I can get behind.
Ariella
50%
50%
Ariella,
User Rank: Light Sabre
7/9/2014 | 2:46:09 PM
Re: Way too much TV
@mendyk since you asked, I looked it up and found an estimate here, "Number of photos taken in 2014 will approach 1 trillion thanks to selfie explosion"

 


 
Page 1 / 2   >   >>
Flash Poll
From The Founder
It's clear to me that the communications industry is divided into two types of people, and only one is living in the real world.
LRTV Interviews
The New Wave of IP + Optical Integration

11|21|14   |   04:29   |   (7) comments


At the Alcatel-Lucent Technology Symposium, Heavy Reading senior analyst Sterling Perrin talks about how SDN has reshaped the discussion around packet and optical integration.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei Highlights at BBWF 2014

11|20|14   |   3:40   |   (1) comment


Broadband World Forum is one of the world's largest telecoms, media and technology events with over 7,800 senior executives from across the globe converging on Amsterdam every year to identify the Next Big Thing. BBWF is an exciting place to meet the entire industry under one roof and identify the latest in network innovation, service optimization and customer ...
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
How Will BCMS Stimulate Margin for Broadband Operators?

11|19|14   |   6:52   |   (0) comments


In BBWF 2014, Liu Shuqing emphasizes the value of FMC 2.0 based full service experience by throwing light on the BCMS solution. The underlying principle of this innovative technique is to create network robustness and driving network from connection oriented to ACE – BAND oriented infrastructure, in which applications, cloud, and user experiences will be an asset ...
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
SingleFAN3.0: Better Connected Experience

11|19|14   |   3:06   |   (1) comment


At the BBWF 2014, David Hu, the VP of Huawei Access Network Product Line, talked about the future of access networks – SingleFAN3.0: faster broadband, wider coverage, and smarter connection.
LRTV Interviews
Basil Alwan Interview: The Road to Cloud

11|19|14   |   09:09   |   (0) comments


Alcatel-Lucent's head of IP and Transport talks about the migration towards a web-like networking environment, the impact of the cloud, SDN and NFV, and the yet-to-be-announced FP4 chip.
LRTV Documentaries
FairPoint Makes a Fair Point About Analytics

11|19|14   |   1:56   |   (1) comment


The US-based communication service provider gets to grips with advanced analytics, tackling data and breaking down the silos within its own business.
LRTV Documentaries
Analytics Lets C Spire Get to Know Subs

11|19|14   |   3:01   |   (2) comments


It's all about the data for US operator C Spire as it uses analytics to personalize its customer service down to individual subscribers.
LRTV Interviews
Nuage Branches Out With SDN: CEO Interview

11|17|14   |   9:32   |   (0) comments


Sunil Khandekar, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent's SDN-focused unit Nuage Networks, talks about the opportunities and challenges of breaking out of the data center into wide-area networks.
Light Reedy
Telecom Analytics Grows Up

11|14|14   |   1:15   |   (4) comments


The big data analytics debate has moved on from a year ago, with some experts suggesting it's no longer a technology challenge.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei Compass

11|14|14   |   3:17   |   (1) comment


At OpenStack Summit 2014, Shuo Yang, Huawei Principal Cloud Infrastructure Architect introduced Huawei Compass, the software tool for solving customers' problems on the journey of OpenStack Cloud.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei's Cloud Strategy in European Region

11|14|14   |   2:56   |   (1) comment


At OpenStack Summit 2014, Dr. Gotz, CTO of Huawei IT in European Region introduced Huawei's cloud strategy in European region.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei's Contribution on OpenStack

11|14|14   |   5:58   |   (0) comments


At OpenStack Summit 2014, Dennis Gu, Huawei Chief Architect of Cloud Computing introduced the relationship between OpenStack and cloud computing, and Huawei's contribution on OpenStack.
Upcoming Live Events
December 2, 2014, New York City
December 3, 2014, New York City
December 8-10, 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland
February 12, 2015, Atlanta, GA
April 14, 2015, New York City, NY
May 6, 2015, McCormick Convention Center, Chicago, IL
May 13-14, 2015, The Westin Peachtree, Atlanta, GA
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
Infographics
Irish Telecom outlines the rise of VoIP technology, including its adoption within businesses and their perception of its quality.
Hot Topics
Bell Labs Chief Slams 'Toy' Networks
Robert Clark, 11/19/2014
$38.3M: Ain't That a Kik in the SMS
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 11/20/2014
Do You Have a 2020 Vision?
Dennis Mendyk, Vice President of Research, Heavy Reading, 11/21/2014
Google, AT&T, BT Unite on Network Data Models
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 11/20/2014
The New Wave of IP + Optical Integration
Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-chief, 11/21/2014
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed