Comcast enters 21st century with new X1 DVR platform, remote control app

Summary:The more user-friendly, tablet-like interface also delivers apps for sports, weather, traffic, and music as well as social media features.

The prototype interface Comcast once dubbed Xcalibur has become the real interface Comcast now calls X1. It's a major upgrade to your current DVR, including a new remote control app, that is launching in the Boston market in a few weeks and other markets shortly thereafter.

As the screen above shows, this is a far more user-friendly, tablet-like interface than what most Comcast customers are used to. In addition to the usual channel guide, DVR, and video on demand features, the X1 platform delivers apps for sports, weather, traffic, and music as well as social media features. The more personalized experience is made possible by the new set-top box's tru2way and IP capabilities.

Accompanying the new DVR is an updated remote control app that provides motion and gesture controls to users, letting you swipe through pages of the program guide, and even lets you pause an on-demand recording by shaking your device. According to Engadget, the app will be available for the iPhone first.

The best news for customers is that the new X1 platform -- including set-top box and the new features -- will not cost you an extra penny if you are already an Xfinity Triple Play HD/DVR subscriber. Take it from one of those Xfinity users who isn't even eligible for a DVR that will let me watch live TV on my iPad -- the X1 can't reach my area fast enough.

Topics: Developer


Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.

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