While regulators, cable operators and electronics companies are debating a replacement technology for CableCard, Comcast says it hasn't given up its support for the security standard.
NEW ORLEANS-- Vendors and operators alike have raved about the technological flexibility that the new DOCSIS 3.1 standard for cable networks affords cable operators. However, that level of control adds a level of complexity that could create challenges for engineers as they adapt to the new standard, said Ron Hranac, technical leader of Cisco Systems' cable access business unit.
NEW ORLEANS-- A Comcast executive told attendees at this year's SCTE 2015 event that what's driving the cable industry to rapidly develop the DOCSIS 3.1 technology specification is a wave of new broadband and video competitors.
Comcast said downloads of its Xfinity TV multiscreen app have nearly reached 18 million and have increased almost 60 percent in the past seven months.
Comcast announced it launched a "Web" section on its X1 video platform featuring short-form video content from 30 broadcast and cable networks. The move is part of Comcast's continued efforts to aggressively look for ways to reclaim TV audience share that is migrating to online video platforms like YouTube.
Comcast said it will begin offering professional installation services for its emerging Xfinity Home home-automation and security service.
Comcast said that the actual deployment of the FCC's "AllVid" proposal would cost consumers $1.6 billion each year in additional energy expenses.
Comcast said it is working to support HTML5 apps from third-party vendors on its X1 platform. The company currently supports a handful of third-party services on its X1-- such as games from EA-- but the company said that adding HTML5 support to X1 will allow it to "support a wider range of third-party apps."
Comcast has increased Internet speeds on select tiers in a dozen Western U.S. states.
Comcast said it is now selling products from third parties that work with its Xfinity Home security and home automation platform. The company announced its intent to integrate third-party products into the offering in May, and today the company said it is now selling its initial batch of integrated products.