Light Reading
Comcast brings X1 to its corporate backyard, marking the sixth market to get the IP-capable video platform

Comcast's X1 Flies Into Philly

Jeff Baumgartner
LR Cable News Analysis
Jeff Baumgartner
1/11/2013
50%
50%

New triple-play customers in Comcast Corp.'s corporate backyard will be among the first to get a taste of the operator's next-generation video platform following the debut of the X1 service in the Philadelphia area. Following a "soft-launch" last month, the more formal rollout of the service covers Comcast's Freedom Region, which also includes central New Jersey and the Northern Delaware Valley, a spokesman says. The Freedom region marks the sixth Comcast market to get X1, a service that features a new cloud-based interface, access to a touch-based remote app for iPhones, integrated Web apps from Pandora and Facebook alongside sports, news and weather widgets. Following its debut in Boston last May, X1 is now offered in Atlanta and Augusta, Ga.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; and several Comcast California systems (San Francisco Bay area, Sacramento, Stockton, Fresno and Santa Barbara). (See Comcast's X1 Rolls Into California.) The launch in Philly was expected and fulfills the X1 market commitments made by Comcast last year. The company hasn't disclosed its 2013 deployment plans, but X1 will be launched in additional markets this year, a Comcast spokesman said. (See Philly Next For Comcast's X1.) Comcast is expanding the IP-capable X1 service as the operator faces competition from traditional rivals as well as over-the-top competition. Comcast is still losing video subscribers, though losses have been slowing down in recent quarters. But rather than wielding X1 as a retention tool, Comcast is using the service in its campaign to acquire new triple-play customers. Early on, the whole-home DVR set-up for the X1 comprises the XG1, a multi-tuner DVR from Pace plc, that connects via MoCA to RNG150N client boxes. Comcast is currently deploying a Pace-made version of the RNG150N, but it has also approved models from Cisco Systems Inc., Motorola Mobility LLC and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. Further down the road, Comcast is expected to also offer the X1 service on a new class of "headless" gateways that can transcode video and ship it via MoCA or Wi-Fi to IP-connected tablets, smart TVs and its new IP-only Xi3 HD client box. (See Comcast's All-Service Gateways Go 'Headless' and Meet Comcast's IP-Only Set-Top.) The X1 product lineup is based on the Reference Design Kit (RDK), Comcast's integrated software platform for hybrid QAM/IP and IP-only set-tops and gateways. (See Comcast's Set-Top Accelerator Gains Traction.) — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable



(0)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Educational Resources
sponsor supplied content
Educational Resources Archive
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 Documentaries
Paul Bunyan's Giant Gigabit Plans

12|22|14   |   03:26   |   (0) comments


Gary Johnson, the CEO and GM of Minnesota rural operator Paul Bunyan Communications, discusses the company's 5,000-square-mile gigabit network rollout.
LRTV Interviews
CenturyLink: Building the Case for NFV

12|19|14   |   02:14   |   (0) comments


At the 2020 Vision Executive Summit, James Feger, VP, Network Strategy & Development at CenturyLink, talks about how the US operator is approaching virtual network functions from an operational and business case perspective.
LRTV Interviews
Liberty Global Sees Business Goldmine

12|18|14   |     |   (0) comments


Steen Sorensen, VP of business services for Liberty Global, explains where the giant international MSO sees growth potential.
LRTV Documentaries
EE: The Road to 5G

12|16|14   |   16:02   |   (1) comment


Andy Sutton, the principal network architect at UK mobile operator EE, explains how his company is using Wembley stadium as a wireless test bed and how that's helping EE to plan the evolution to 5G.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Highlights of Huawei's NFV Open Cloud Forum 2014

12|16|14   |     |   (0) comments


Huawei hosted its inaugural NFV Open Cloud Forum during the SDN & OpenFlow World Congress 2014 in Düsseldorf, Germany. The Forum brought together technology thought leaders, senior executives and telecom professionals from global carriers, industry associations, as well as other partner companies in the ecosystem, to exchange views on and collectively explore how ...
LRTV Custom TV
Realizing Operators' Digital Vision

12|16|14   |   5:23   |   (0) comments


Leveraging technology is fundamental to digital transformation but understanding customers and serving them really well is at the heart of digital businesses. TM Forum lists the following as the strategic pillars of the digital business: business agility and rapid innovation, operational agility and effectiveness, IT and data centricity, plus customer centricity. ...
LRTV Documentaries
US Cellular Injects Analytics Into LTE

12|16|14   |   2:57   |   (1) comment


US Cellular's Mario Vela explains how the operator uses analytics for network planning and what comes next as the carrier looks to eke more value out of its metrics.
LRTV Interviews
How Cox Biz Plans to Keep Growing

12|15|14   |     |   (2) comments


Steve Rowley, SVP of Cox Business, details how the third-biggest US MSO intends to boost its revenues to $2 billion and beyond over the rest of the decade
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Interview With Bill Zhang, Director of SoftCOM Product Management, Huawei

12|15|14   |   2:50   |   (0) comments


Bill Zhang elaborated on Huawei's open philosophy in NFV solution development and network architecture design at the SDN & OpenFlow World Congress 2014.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Event Highlights: Huawei at SDN & OpenFlow World Congress 2014

12|15|14   |   3:43   |   (0) comments


Huawei joined the 2014 SDN & OpenFlow Congress as one of the key sponsors and contributors. At the event, Huawei reinforced the openness and flexibility of its network infrastructure strategies, and provided updates on its SDN and NVF innovations. Through participations at the exhibitions, forums and speeches, Huawei encouraged the industry to "think bigger and ...
LRTV Interviews
How Cable Biz Services Hit $10B Mark

12|12|14   |     |   (1) comment


Cable operators reached $10 billion in annual business services revenues by delving deeper into their vertical markets and expanding beyond the smallest firms.
LRTV Documentaries
Mediacom Aims to Test Connected Tractors

12|11|14   |   05:07   |   (3) comments


Cable business service provider is taking its services to the 'agribusiness' sector in partnership with farm equipment specialist John Deere and is getting involved in Gigabit Cities developments.
Upcoming Live Events
February 10, 2015, The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA
March 17, 2015, The Cable Center, Denver, CO
April 14, 2015, The Westin Times Square, 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
Hot Topics
T-Mobile, BlackBerry Flirt With Reuniting
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 12/17/2014
1-Gig: Coming to a Small Town Near You
Jason Meyers, Senior Editor, Gigabit Cities/IoT, 12/17/2014
Comcast Launches 4K Streaming Service
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, 12/18/2014
US Carriers, You're Going to Cuba!
Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 12/18/2014
Google Steering Android Towards Cars – Report
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 12/19/2014
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
Webinar Archive