Comcast discusses future features including phone-to-TV streaming

by: William Neilson JrApril 30, 2014


Since news broke that Comcast and Time Warner Cable were trying to merge, Comcast has been extremely busy trying to confuse convince Washington, D.C. that a merger would be somehow good for consumers. Knowing that every move they make at the moment is under the microscope, Comcast has been on a good-will mission of sorts by releasing information on upcoming new technology due out in 2014-2015.

Recently, Comcast announced that those customers on their  X1 platform would be receiving new features such as the ability to stream personal videos from their mobile devices over the web to the television screen. Comcast points out that an additional feature to this may be one’s ability to send personal videos to someone else’s TV. The feature isn’t due out until 2015.

Comcast released information detailing specific upgrades that they have planned:

  • Live video streams shown in tiles for the last nine channels that were viewed
  • Talking user interface called Voice Guidance
  • Personal, prioritized guide with individualized settings for which networks show up on screen first;
  • Instant-on-demand feature that allows viewers to watch select programs on demand immediately after the live program starts airing on broadcast, and notification badges on the program guide that show which content is available through VoD.
  • Tanner Hoyt

    Fuck Comcast. Fuck Netflix. Fuck any company who would go against net neutrality.

    • Blane Stroud

      Netflix is officially against this merger.

      You can’t get mad at them for trying to survive. Comcast leveraged the fact that it was legal to charge Netflix for access to their bandwidth, and Netflix didn’t have a choice, currently. It’s not Netflix’s fault the system is broken right now. They are simply trying to stay afloat while all this Net Neutrality stuff is figured out. Obviously a company that relies on ISPs giving them access to regular speeds would prefer not to pay for that right.

      • Tanner Hoyt

        Netflix is doing great financially. I think if they took the high ground and refused to pay Comcast, then they would have a much better image right now. In the end, this may come back to bite Netflix. If they truly are against it, then they should be consistent with it, even if it means another company taking the lead (which is unlikely anyway I think).

        • Blane Stroud

          They’re not going to endanger their business model just to prove a point. And “great” might not be the best word for their financial situation. They’re doing fine, but their profits are not that comparatively impressive.

          • Tanner Hoyt

            That’s the fundamental problem with companies. They put profit before principles. If they would take a stand, regardless of the financial effect, on what they believe, people would respect them more and companies wouldn’t have nearly the negative image that they do now. Unfortunately, I don’t think they will start doing that any time soon.

          • kanedog337

            Principles don’t pay the bills. Profits do.

          • Tanner Hoyt

            Like I said, that’s the problem with companies. Profit, profit, profit. They could give a shit about anything else.

      • John Doe

        In the end it will be the User that pays for these costs, it always is ..
        It is just another way for the Big Companies to screw us little people!!

        (Stupid) Question: Where does Google get their Internet access from? Do they need Comcast/Timewarner, etc for Internet access? Or are they a Big ISP themselves. Just want to know how they feed their Google Fiber users in Kansas, etc …?

    • I think we agree…..I just may not say it like that ;)

  • John Friend

    I love this feature! “viewers to watch select programs on demand immediately after the live program starts airing”

    Twc has had this for years. Great way to swap to on demand and fast forward thru commercials since it wasn’t recorded on dvr!

    My x1 system is far better than any previous interface by comcast. But there have been many kinks like access boxes being unable to play or schedule recordings. I’m happy to be an early adopter and report the bugs. It’s cheaper too. I pay $180 monthly with tax for xfinity triple play premier. With x1, 3 access boxes, and 1 dta. I was going to cut the cord, use Internet only but this winter was so horrible I’m glad we gave comcast a second chance.

    Make sure you get what you pay for. I pay $8 monthly for a modem. I drove one hour to get the elusive Wireless Gateway 2 Dpc3939. Dual band wireless router would cost me about what I pay yearly. I hope comcast continues to update and refresh hardware.

    I was trying to activate the cloud feature. Still having issues getting the terms and conditions to pop up. Can’t wait for x3 and it’s voice remote and fully cloud dependant system to come. Maybe then I can finally watch more of the shows I pay for.

  • John Friend

    Also send to tv beta is working now but it’s hit or miss. It’s on xfinity insider.