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June 14, 2011
CHICAGO -- The Cable Show -- Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) revealed its partners for its Xfinity TV platform, code named Xcalibur, on Tuesday in Chicago. (See Xcalibur's Coming-Out Party? )
The MSO's initial partners include thePlatform Inc. for content management, Pace plc for hybrid set-top boxes, Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) for chips and Facebook for some social interaction.
Comcast is using its initial four partners to build a new guide and user interface designed to make the viewing experience more personal, interactive and social -- and more like the mobile experience. Xfinity TV improves search across all of a user's content, adds a personalized portal from which to access that content and includes interactive apps like Facebook, traffic and weather.
Comcast is currently trialing the service in Augusta, Ga., but didn't provide details on its deployment schedule.
Why this matters
Comcast's plans for its next-gen TV platform confirm that the MSO is trying to make an effort to change consumer TV and video entertainment.
Its partner selections are not a surprise but more details about the service will emerge later this week as Comcast CEO Brian Roberts will demo the new service here on Thursday.
Brush up on your Xcalibur knowledge with LR Cable's handy timeline here, along with the following stories:
Comcast Skypes to the TV
The Cable Show 2011: The Hot List
Comcast Tees Up IP Video Tests
Reviewer Sneaks A Peek at Comcast 'Xcalibur'
CES: Cisco to Unveil Internet Video Set-Top
What's Inside Comcast's Parker Box?
— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile
Director, Women in Comms
Sarah Thomas's love affair with communications began in 2003 when she bought her first cellphone, a pink RAZR, which she duly "bedazzled" with the help of superglue and her dad.
She joined the editorial staff at Light Reading in 2010 and has been covering mobile technologies ever since. Sarah got her start covering telecom in 2007 at Telephony, later Connected Planet, may it rest in peace. Her non-telecom work experience includes a brief foray into public relations at Fleishman-Hillard (her cussin' upset the clients) and a hodge-podge of internships, including spells at Ingram's (Kansas City's business magazine), American Spa magazine (where she was Chief Hot-Tub Correspondent), and the tweens' quiz bible, QuizFest, in NYC.
As Editorial Operations Director, a role she took on in January 2015, Sarah is responsible for the day-to-day management of the non-news content elements on Light Reading.
Sarah received her Bachelor's in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She lives in Chicago with her 3DTV, her iPad and a drawer full of smartphone cords.
Away from the world of telecom journalism, Sarah likes to dabble in monster truck racing, becoming part of Team Bigfoot in 2009.
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