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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 “Boxes have different generations, they become outdated….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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Comcast's Roberts Pulls Out 'Xcalibur' TV, Gigabit DOCSIS, Facebook integration

Comcast's Roberts Pulls Out 'Xcalibur' TV, Gigabit DOCSIS, Facebook integration | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
Chicago — As promised, Comcast chairman and CEO Brian Roberts provided a look at the operator's Web-connected and personalized ‘Xcalibur' TV guide -- which is still in a testing phase -- and also rolled a video showing a cable modem downloading videos at more than 1 Gigabit per second over the MSO's Chicago coaxial plant. One of the highlights of the Tru2way-based Xcalibur guide as shown by Roberts was its integration with Facebook. The feature shows "friend trends," which tracks the shows your friends have "liked"; you can then click on the show title to go right to the show. "The guide becomes what your friends tell you to watch, not what the alphabet soup tells you to watch," Roberts said. Other apps in the Xcalibur guide include weather, traffic and the Pandora music-streaming service. The guide also features a quick search function with cellphone-style predictive text entry, so you can enter "426" and it pulls up "HBO" quick search. The search goes out over the network to a database in Denver, Roberts said, the results and metadata are returned in real time...
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