Light Reading
Comcast announced new X1 features including the ability to stream video from mobile devices over the Internet to a TV screen.

Comcast: Stream Phone Videos to Grandma's TV

Mari Silbey
4/29/2014
50%
50%

LOS ANGELES -- The Cable Show -- Comcast has announced a slew of new features coming to the X1 platform, but at the top of the highlight reel is a new service that will allow subscribers to stream personal videos from their mobile devices over the web to the television screen. That's an interesting proposition at home, but as Comcast points out, it may be even more compelling when you consider the possibility of sending personal videos to someone else's TV. Think streaming video of a grandchild's soccer game directly to a grandparent's living-room television.

The feature isn't due out until 2015, but Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is demonstrating the new X1 offering -- which will officially be part of Xfinity Voice -- at The Cable Show this week.

Comcast has listed several other enhancements that will be introduced into X1 in the coming year. On the guide front, the operator plans to add: Spanish language support; live video streams shown in tiles for the last nine channels that were viewed; a talking user interface called Voice Guidance; a personal, prioritized guide with individualized settings for which networks show up on screen first; and a kids guide displaying appropriate content for children based on Common Sense Media ratings.

For on-demand viewing, Comcast plans to start incorporating an instant-on-demand feature that allows viewers to watch select programs on demand immediately after the live program starts airing on broadcast, and notification badges on the program guide that show which content is available through VoD.

The X1 platform will also add new apps including an Xfinity Home app for controlling home appliances and home video feeds on the television screen, a Family Point app for geo-tracking and messaging with family members, and a new Xfinity Voicemail app enabling users to listen to and record voicemails from the TV.

— Mari Silbey, special to Light Reading

(4)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
FakeMitchWagner
50%
50%
FakeMitchWagner,
User Rank: Lightning
4/30/2014 | 2:40:41 PM
Re: The latest version of Grandma-cam
Grandma is brutal at Grand Theft Auto. 
MarkC73
50%
50%
MarkC73,
User Rank: Light Sabre
4/30/2014 | 4:59:23 AM
Re: The latest version of Grandma-cam
Maybe it's time to get Grandma an XBOX?
FakeMitchWagner
50%
50%
FakeMitchWagner,
User Rank: Lightning
4/29/2014 | 7:07:09 PM
Re: The latest version of Grandma-cam
Anecdotally, I've heard videoconferencing through Skype is popular in American immigrant cultures. Have Easter dinner with the familia back in Mexico, and so forth.  Just get a cheap laptop, put it on the table and you're good to go. 

This feature seems like an extension of something that peopel are already doing: Sharing home videos. I can smell the Super 8 projector now. 
Carol Wilson
50%
50%
Carol Wilson,
User Rank: Blogger
4/29/2014 | 4:11:49 PM
The latest version of Grandma-cam
At one point, videoconferencing with Grandma was going to be done through the home TV set, also, but that didn't take off. 

This sounds interesting - if it happens. 
Flash Poll
LRTV Custom TV
VeEX – Live from the Show

8|21|14   |   5:58   |   (0) comments


An overview of VeEX Test and Measurement solutions including TX300S multi-service test set with VeExpress cloud-based management system, UX400 universal modular platform supporting 100G testing, and the redesigned RXT modular platform.
LRTV Custom TV
Transitioning CE 2.0 Networks Into the SDN & NFV Era With Telco Systems

8|19|14   |   5:19   |   (0) comments


Telco Systems' Ariel Efrati (CEO) and Moshe Shimon (VP of Product Management) discuss virtualization and how the company's new Open Metro Edge solution utilizes the SDN and NFV concepts to accelerate and orchestrate service delivery through its innovative product portfolio and software applications.
LRTV Custom TV
NFV Myths: Is NFV Still Several Years Away?

8|11|14   |   1:13   |   (0) comments


Some say that NFV (network functions virtualization) is still several years away from being implemented on mobile operator networks. This isn't the case. Operators can get started on their paths to NFV now, as this short video from Skyfire shows.
LRTV Custom TV
A New Security Paradigm in SDN/NFV

7|28|14   |   02:54   |   (0) comments


Paul Shaneck, Global Director Network Solutions for Symantec, discusses the evolving virtualized network, explaining how Symantec is leading the security discussion as it relates to SDN and NFV, and helping to ensure the network is protected and compliant.
LRTV Documentaries
Sprint's Network Evolution

7|24|14   |   14:59   |   (0) comments


Sprint's Jay Bluhm gives a keynote speech at the Big Telecom Event (BTE) about Sprint's network and services evolution strategy, including Spark.
LRTV Documentaries
BTE Keynote: The Software-Defined Operator

7|24|14   |   18:43   |   (1) comment


Deutsche Telekom's Axel Clauberg explains the concept of the software-defined operator to the Big Telecom Event (BTE) crowd.
Light Reedy
Numbers Are In: LR's 2014 Salary Survey

7|24|14   |   1:25   |   (7) comments


Our fourth annual Salary Survey paints a picture of who's hiring, firing, earning, and yearning for a change in the telecom industry.
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.
Upcoming Live Events!!
September 16, 2014, Santa Clara, CA
September 16, 2014, Santa Clara, CA
September 23, 2014, Denver, CO
October 29, 2014, New York City
November 6, 2014, Santa Clara
November 11, 2014, Atlanta, GA
December 9-10, 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
Infographics
Today's Cartoon
Hot Topics
Level 3 Does Big Data Differently
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 8/21/2014
Comcast Streams Back to School
Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 8/21/2014
Sprint Drops Prices, But Also Speeds?
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 8/21/2014
Line-Powered Phone Lines: A Hot Topic Again
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 8/20/2014
A New Verizon App Store? Say It Ain't So
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 8/20/2014
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed