Comcast Xfinity demos 1Gbps cable connection, will show off next-generation set-top boxes, UI

Comcast Xfinity demos 1Gbps cable connection, will show off next-generation set-top boxes, UI

Summary: Its partnership with Skype to bring video calls to its subscribers isn't the only iron Comcast has in the fire at this week's Cable Show. Tomorrow, the cable giant will detail what it's calling its "next generation television experience" for Xfinity TV customers, including a new set-top box and a revamped and more interactive UI.

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Its partnership with Skype to bring video calls to its subscribers isn't the only iron Comcast has in the fire at this week's Cable Show. Tomorrow, the cable giant will detail what it's calling its "next generation television experience" for Xfinity TV customers, including a new set-top box and a revamped and more interactive UI.

The new boxes will be powered by an Intel system-on-a-chip and use tru2way and IP technology. Comcast claims the new interface will make it easier to search across all of the programming choices available to subscribers, featuring MyTV personalization that allows you to see your DVR recordings, favorite shows, and recommendations all together. There's also Facebook integration as well as traffic and weather apps included.

The new features are being tested in Augusta, GA, though no official roll-out has yet been announced. Perhaps Comcast Chairman and CEO Brian L. Roberts will provide that information during his demo tomorrow. He may also detail the new undefined faster broadband speeds the company is also promoting. Will it be the 1Gbps connection that PaidContent.org witnessed Roberts showing off last night?

During the demonstration, Roberts was able to download an entire season of 30 Rock -- conveniently part of the NBC stable that Comcast now owns -- in a mere minute and 40 seconds from a Comcast network 11 miles away. How long until 1Gbps becomes a real option for Xfinity subscribers? And how much more will you need to pony up for such incredible next-generation speeds?

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  • RE: Comcast Xfinity demos 1Gbps cable connection, will show off next-generation set-top boxes, UI

    Yes it's next generation but it's still disgustingly slow compared to what could be offered. Doped fiber optics can transmit 16 terabytes of data per second. One gbps doesn't seem like much compared to what is already technologically possible. I find it despicable that what is possible is not already being rolled out.
    josh92
    • You are looking at it all wrong!

      @josh92 Ah yes because an average home users needs speeds like that. Just because it is POSSIBLE doesn't make it financially sound for a company to start sinking millions and millions of dollars into it. Do you have any idea what a large scale 16 TB/s infrastructure for end users would cost to deploy, let alone what they would charge for monthly subscriptions? 1 GB/s is more then enough, for the average and above average user and gamer.
      Bates_
  • Forget 1Gbps, Comcast Needs To Go Fiber-Optics!

    I find it interesting because Comcast (along with all of the other ISP's out there) know that people are using the Internet more and more, and it is dragging down the speed; especially since Comcast has a 250GB data cap on home users, while business owners have unlimited data. I also think it's interesting that Comcast is not and WILL NOT upgrade their network to fiber optics because they publicly said that it will cost too much money. So Comcast pulls in millions and millions of dollars from their customers every year, but upgrading their network is too expensive?

    Here is also another piece of information; overseas, especially South Korea, every single household in South Korea is connected to the internet; not dial-up, not DSL, not cable, but every single home in South Korea has fiber-optics available all over the country; including the rural areas of South Korea. There are people that live on farms here in America that are still on DIAL-UP because DSL and cable is out of their area; they sometimes have to depend on Mi-Fi hotspots just to get online.

    I honestly think that Comcast NEEDS to upgrade their network to not only handle the data capacity, but also future-proof their network; if they have the money to buy MSNBC, than they have the money to upgrade their network for home and business users at a decent price. 1Gbps isn't bad, but it is not enough to handle the data hits that Comcast and other ISP's are having.
    onslaughtoner
    • RE: Comcast Xfinity demos 1Gbps cable connection, will show off next-generation set-top boxes, UI

      @onslaughtoner
      yugoigo@...
  • Move To Korea

    I hate when people compare the USA to a sub-standard country like South Korea. If you like it so much, move there.
    toughluck
    • RE: Comcast Xfinity demos 1Gbps cable connection, will show off next-generation set-top boxes, UI

      @toughluck Don't forget a much SMALLER country. It's about the size of Kentucky.
      jgm@...
      • The size argument again

        @jgm@...

        If size were the issue, then you should be able to point to an area of the United States of similar size that has similar infrastructure.

        If you claim it has to do with population density, then likewise.
        lonniemcclure
      • lonniemcclure: The size argument is always valid when it comes to brodaband

        In a small size country, it's a lot easier to build the infrastructure to service a sparsely populated area and a densely populated area at the same time.

        Plus, it's a heck of a lot simpler to lay out cable over a small country than it is in a country the size of the U.S.

        Also, in a country with the size and governmental/political structure of the U.S., there are also national and interstate and intrastate regulations to worry about. No other country is as burdened as the U.S. when it comes to constructing anything.
        adornoe
    • US claims to be the best.... So you expect the best!

      @toughluck
      It's not sub-standard with standards that are far superior to standards in the US.
      mschauber
  • RE: Comcast Xfinity demos 1Gbps cable connection, will show off next-generation set-top boxes, UI

    What is the upload speed? They always advertise blazingly fast downloads (and they are never as fast as they claim except 3 am sunday morning) but have 1GPS download and 2 or 3 mbps upload is getting to be a real pain. Real, Home Customers do have needs to upload and sometimes lots of data.
    mggardner
  • RE: Comcast Xfinity demos 1Gbps cable connection, will show off next-generation set-top boxes, UI

    "During the demonstration, Roberts was able to download an entire season of 30 Rock... in a mere minute and 40 seconds from a Comcast network 11 miles away."

    That's because it was propelled by hot air from Tracy Morgan.
    jgm@...
  • RE: Comcast Xfinity demos 1Gbps cable connection, will show off next-generation set-top boxes, UI

    The key issue is what speed Comcast actually delivers, not what they say they are delivering. We subscribe to their "High Speed" internet but it is unusual for our actual connection to test above 10Mb per second. On top of that, we have lots of momentary and non-so-momentary outages as well as frequents slowdowns when our connections tests less than 5Mb per second. (Tests done with Network Magic.)
    hnewsom