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Comcast’s thePlatform Nails Up ‘Virtual TV Framework’

Comcast’s thePlatform Nails Up ‘Virtual TV Framework’ | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
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"The company said it is implementing the update, which envisions a blending of TV and the Web, because decreasing delivery costs coupled with the inexorable shift to IP and cloud-based video delivery systems are expected to alter the distribution model dramatically over the next five years.

Today, TV Everywhere is disjointed in that only part of a customer’s set-top-based video service experience is typically available on other screens in or out of the home. Some MSO-developed TV Everywhere apps offer a subset of the live TV lineup or just a portion of the pay TV provider’s VOD service, while others offer only access to an authenticated, multiscreen VOD library. Several programmers, meanwhile, have developed their own TV Everywhere apps that tend to vary in terms of capability and function..."

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Did the cloud just kill the set-top box?

Did the cloud just kill the set-top box? | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
Behind Xcalibur is a cloud-based platform that moves the intelligence out of the set-top box and into the network. For consumers, the move to a cloud-based system will largely be seamless. But for Comcast, moving to the cloud means it will be able to build new features, improve the user interface and iterate on its product more quickly and easily than if was building for individual set-top boxes. “What the cloud allows you to do is to have faster innovation,” Roberts said. “Boxes have different generations, they become outdated…. That doesn’t happen in the cloud.” Not just that, but it allows Comcast to deliver TV and on-demand feeds to multiple devices with little extra work put into it. Comcast’s plan, essentially, is to make the same user interface available across multiple screens and devices within and outside of the homes. Already it has an iPad app, which lets users navigate their channel listings, on-demand video assets and Xfinity online streaming videos. And it announced a partnership with Samsung at CES to build an app for connected TVs that will be available later this year...
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7 Things to Know About Your Future TV

7 Things to Know About Your Future TV | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
Panelists at Connections put some temperance on predictions about clouds, new interfaces and operators' money-making prospects...
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Comcast Taking Video Delivery Into the Cloud

Comcast Taking Video Delivery Into the Cloud | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
Comcast could soon make its video services over IP, EVP of Strategy & Development Sam Schwartz wrote in a blog post. The Xcalibur initiative, as it's called, could revolutionize the way that Comcast customers browse, search and discover content...
...delivering its programming over IP could enable Comcast to create a better user experience for browsing and searching for content. New IP set-top boxes that Comcast is testing in Augusta, Ga. will include a universal search engine that will help users find content whether it’s on live TV, on Comcast’s video-on-demand service or recorded on their DVRs. Those set-top boxes will also have interactive apps available, including Internet applications like Facebook, Pandora and links to local traffic and weather. In other words, extending services over IP will not only open up a whole new range of connected devices that Comcast could potentially reach, but the initiative could improve the user experience of its existing electronic programming guide and navigation system.
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