Light Reading
Comcast rolls out IP video guide throughout New England while TWC launches new Web portal

Comcast Spreads X1’s Wings

Alan Breznick
7/25/2013
50%
50%



Expanding its reach in New England, Comcast Corp. has rolled out its next-gen X1 IP video platform across Connecticut, Western Massachusetts and Vermont.

With the move, Comcast has now completed its deployment of X1, a cloud-based user interface and navigation guide with a growing array of video apps and other features, throughout its sprawling New England service region. The giant MSO, which has introduced X1 in more than 15 markets throughout the U.S., intends to introduce the service in all of its remaining markets by the end of the year.

As in its other launch markets, Comcast is initially promoting X1 to its triple-play customers in the New England region. But, without going into detail, the company said it will also target "additional customer segments in the future."

The rollout of the next-gen X1 platform is a key part of Comcast's broader strategy to shift towards cloud-based IP services and away from the cable industry's heavy reliance on traditional set-top boxes. As part of that shift, the MSO plans to introduce the X2, an upgraded, more personalized version of the X1 guide, sometime this fall. Among other things, the X2 will also help Comcast stream live TV programming to PCs, media tablets and smart phones in customers' homes. (See Comcast Tightens Its Cloud Embrace.)

Comcast also announced several new features for the X1 guide this week. For instance, it unveiled a new "Send to TV" feature that allows subscribers to send Web content to the X1 set-top box so they can view the content on their TV screens.

While Comcast is expanding its X1 platform, Time Warner Cable Inc. is focused on rolling out a new, expanded Web portal for its cable customers to use. The second largest U.S. MSO unveiled the new portal, known as TWC Central, earlier this week.

TWC Central, which replaces the company's old Road Runner Web portal for broadband customers, is designed to link all customers to news, entertainment and sports content, social networking sites, interactive TV listings and the MSO's products and services. The portal has also been redesigned to deliver a more seamless navigation experience to customers and make it more consistent with other TWC user interfaces.

Time Warner Cable said it will use the revamped Web portal to lure advertisers with "new opportunities," including photo galleries, new webmail and new banner ad positions. As part of its pitch to advertisers, the MSO estimates that its portal now generates more than 5.7 million visitors per month.

The two moves by the top two U.S. MSOs come as the nation's two top telcos continue to make strong inroads into the cable industry's pay TV customer base. In their latest earnings reports, both AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications revealed that they cracked the 5 million-customer mark for their respective video services, putting them right behind Time Warner Cable in subscriber counts. (See AT&T U-Verse Catches FiOS.)

— Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading

(1)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Cableco44
50%
50%
Cableco44,
User Rank: Light Bulb
7/25/2013 | 7:16:07 PM
re: Comcast Spreads X1’s Wings
Any report on the penetration of x1 yet? what % are taking the gateway and then subtending the guide off the GW?
Flash Poll
LRTV Custom TV
Driving the Network Transformation

7|23|14   |   4:29   |   (0) comments


Intel's Sandra Rivera discusses network transformation and how Intel technologies, programs, and standards body efforts have helped the industry migration to SDN and NFV.
LRTV Custom TV
Distributed NFV-Based Business Services by RAD

7|18|14   |   5:38   |   (0) comments


With the ETSI-approved Distributed NFV PoC running in the background, RAD's CEO, Dror Bin, talks about why D-NFV makes compelling sense for service providers, and about the dollars and cents RAD is putting behind D-NFV.
LRTV Custom TV
MRV Accelerating Packet Optical Convergence

7|15|14   |   6:06   |   (0) comments


Giving you network insight to make your network smarter.
LRTV Custom TV
NFV-Enabled Ethernet for Generating New Revenues

7|15|14   |   5:49   |   (0) comments


Cyan's Planet Orchestrate allows service providers and their end-customers to activate software-based capabilities such as firewalls and encryption on top of existing Ethernet services in just minutes.
LRTV Custom TV
Symkloud NVF-Ready Video Transcoding, Big Data

7|9|14   |   3:41   |   (0) comments


Kontron and ISV partner Vantrix demonstrate high-performance video transcoding and data analytic solutions on same 2U standard platform that is ready for SDN and NFV deployments made by mobile, cable and cloud operators.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
The Evolving Role of Hybrid Video for Competitive Success

7|4|14   |   4:09   |   (0) comments


At Huawei's Global Analysts Summit in Shenzhen, China, Steven C. Hawley from TV Strategies speaks to us about the evolving role of hybrid video for competitive success.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
How CSPs Leverage Big Data in the Digital Economy

7|4|14   |   4:48   |   (2) comments


Justin van der Lande from Analysys Mason shares with us his views on how telecom operators can leverage customer asset monetization with big data. His discusses the current status of big data applications and the challenges and opportunities for telecom operators in the digital economy era.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Accelerator for Digital Business Future Oriented BSS

7|4|14   |   3:08   |   (0) comments


Mobile and internet are becoming intertwined; IT and CT are integrating; and leading CSPs have begun to transform to information service and entertainment providers. How should the BSS system evolve to enable this transformation? Karl Whitelock, an analyst at Frost & Sullivan, shares his views.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Orange Tunisia Discusses Multi-Band Antenna With EasyRET Solution

7|4|14   |   2:45   |   (0) comments


As new site acquisition becomes more difficult, Orange Tunisia has requested multi-band antenna to support UMTS and LTE innovation. Some things considered include reducing the cost of antenna maintenance and having high reliability antenna and EasyRET solution.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
How Telefonica Spain Considers Antenna Selection for LTE Network Deployment

7|4|14   |   2:19   |   (0) comments


Tony Conlan, Global CTO of RAN, Telefonica, shares his opinion on antennas in LTE network deployment: Tower space is the premier requirement on antennas; reliability is important to reduce OPEX; and EasyRET solution will be helpful for antenna maintenance.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
dtac Thailand: Multi-band Antenna & Capacity Solution for a Better MBB Experience

7|3|14   |   3:45   |   (0) comments


With the development of LTE, tower space and load are limited for new antenna, but users' capacity requirements are growing fast. To provide a better MBB experience, Panya Vechbanyongratana from dtac Thailand shared his experiences and antenna requirements.
LRTV Documentaries
BTE Panel: Network of the Future

7|2|14   |   1:00:57   |   (0) comments


Full-length video of the ATIS Panel Discussion: 'How Far Away Is the Network of the Future & What Does It Look Like?' from the Big Telecom Event (BTE) in Chicago.
Upcoming Live Events!!
September 16, 2014, Santa Clara, CA
September 16, 2014, Santa Clara, CA
October 29, 2014, New York City
November 11, 2014, Atlanta, GA
December 9-10, 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland
Infographics
Allot's latest MobileTrends Charging Report shows that value-based pricing plans are up from 35% in 2011 to 85% in 2014.
Today's Cartoon
Vacation Special Caption Competition Click Here
Hot Topics
Microsoft to Axe 12,500 Ex-Nokia Employees
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 7/17/2014
The Municipal Menace?
Jason Meyers, Senior Editor, Utility Communications/IoT, 7/22/2014
GM: 10 Car Models on Road With AT&T's LTE
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 7/18/2014
Have IBM & Apple Partnered Their Way to Cloud Leadership?
Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 7/18/2014
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed