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Elemental, My Dear Comcast

Comcast is providing some of the most advanced cloud DVR features on the market, thanks in part to Elemental Technologies.

Elemental Technologies Inc. (ETI) announced today that its video processing software is behind Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK)'s X1 DVR service with cloud technology. The company's encoding platform makes it possible for X1 subscribers to watch TV on a wide range of connected devices both in the home and while on the go.

After expanding throughout the Northeast and a number of other markets about a year ago, Comcast has not extended its cloud DVR reach into new regions for a while. As a result, the company's publicity around the cloud DVR service has trailed off as of late. (See Comcast Cloud DVR Storms Down East Coast.)

However, Elemental SVP Dan Marshall highlighted today that the company's software should make it easy for Comcast to launch the X1 DVR product in new regions.

"Video infrastructure is moving rapidly to IP and to software-defined video solutions running in virtualized environments on customer's own networks," said Marshall in a press release. "As Comcast continues to expand its X1 DVR service and sets a new bar for consumer experiences, Elemental software will enable rapid market launches."

Extending cloud-based TV services is critical particularly as consumers demand more and more access to content on multiple screens. A recent report from Adobe Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: ADBE) found that multiscreen video viewing nearly tripled between the start of 2013 and the end of 2014. (See TV Everywhere Nears Mainstream Adoption.)

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Cloud DVR expansion also fits with Comcast's accelerated push to deliver higher-capacity broadband services. The cable company recently announced that it would begin offering a symmetrical 2-Gigabit service in Atlanta next month, with a goal of making the multi-gigabit offering available to 18 million homes by the end of the year. Comcast is also focused heavily on getting DOCSIS 3.1 technology up and running for further gigabit deployments in 2016. (See Comcast Preps 2-Gig Service… Over Fiber.)

Elemental, which continues to expand rapidly, has been making moves into the traditional video infrastructure market as well. We'll have more on that in an upcoming story.

— Mari Silbey, special to Light Reading

nasimson 4/12/2015 | 11:47:13 PM
Symmetrical Symmetrical service? What does this exactly mean?
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