Comcast launches X1 – A next-generation cloud Enabled television platform and X1 Remote control App

X1 Video Platform Transforms Traditional TV into Integrated Entertainment Experience – Complete with Apps, Sleek Navigation, Personalization and Social Media Tools

Saint Paul, MN – July 30, 2013 – Comcast today announced its next-generation television experience, Xfinity TV on the X1 Platform, and a new X1 remote control app is available across the company’s Twin Cities service area. This cloud-enabled platform, unlike any other video service, delivers the world’s largest collection of video, and transforms the TV into an entirely new integrated entertainment experience and will be available to new Xfinity Triple Play with HD/DVR service customers at no additional cost.

“X1’s cloud-enabled platform redefines the entertainment experience, making the TV smarter, richer and more personalized than ever before,” said Mary Beth Schubert, vice president of Corporate Affairs for Comcast – Twin Cities. “Utilizing the strength of our network, cutting-edge technologies and cloud flexibility, X1 transforms our video product from a hardware experience to a software-based fully interactive experience for customers, allowing us to innovate faster and with more flexibility.”

X1 VOD Recommended for You MenuThe X1 platform incorporates IP technology, using cloud servers on Comcast’s network to integrate interactive, customized apps and social media features with its traditional video services to create an entirely new television experience. The launch of X1 in the Twin Cities is part of Comcast’s ongoing and evolving effort to take advantage of IP technology to constantly bring new innovation and features to market.

Xfinity TV on the X1 Platform highlights include:

  • A main screen with a sleek new user interface that integrates a customer’s video experiences and enables one-click access to a highly visual display of entertainment options
  • Unified search and instant play, along with recommendations, with the ability to find entertainment content in seconds from TV listings, DVR recordings and Xfinity On Demand using a new smart remote
  • Specially tailored-for-TV features such as customized social networking and music, radio, sports, traffic and weather apps
  • A new DVR set-top-box that delivers an advanced, personalized TV viewing experience, including the ability to record four programs at once while watching another and an AnyRoom DVR option
  • An enhanced remote control that offers greater responsiveness without line-of-sight requirements

X1 Remote Control App
The new companion X1 remote control app enables customers to use motion, gesture and voice control to drive their TV experience through the touch screen of their handheld iPhone and iPod touch. For instance, customers can swipe their device to page through the interactive TV guides on their television screen, and program personalized short-cuts and favorites on the TV. In addition, customers can speak into their device to dictate what they’re looking for, and use their device’s virtual keyboard to search among and play tens of thousands of video choices on their TVs faster than ever before – even faster than using the traditional remote control.

To learn more, go to www.comcast.com/x1

About Comcast Cable

Comcast Cable is the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses.  Comcast has invested in technology to build an advanced network that delivers among the fastest broadband speeds, and brings customers personalized video, communications and home management offerings.  Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company.

Comcast Chairman and CEO Brian L. Roberts Previews X2: The Next Generation of The Company’s X1 Entertainment Operating System

X2 Adds New Customizable Dashboard and Unifies Multiplatform Content -in an Entirely Personalized Experience that Learns Preferences -and Becomes Smarter Over Time

WASHINGTON D.C. and PHILADELPHIA, PA – June 11, 2013 – Comcast, a global media and technology company, today unveiled the next generation of its cloud-enabled X1 Platform from Xfinity to further transform the TV into an interactive and integrated entertainment experience. This new platform release, known as X2, will be available to customers later this year. The technology was previewed today by Comcast Chairman and CEO Brian L. Roberts at NCTA’s The Cable Show 2013 in Washington, D.C. The company also showcased enhancements available today on its X1 Platform, including the addition of Web-based content.

“The X1 Platform is an incredible example of what’s possible with cloud innovation,” said Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and CEO at Comcast Corp. With the introduction of Web-based content to the platform today, and the promise of a faster and more integrated experience with X2, we’re adding more functionality to each screen in a customer’s home, and transforming our video product into a complete entertainment operating system.

The next generation of the X1 Platform will be even smarter and faster, providing more personalized recommendations on multiple screens, for a customized TV product that consumers can access on a TV, smartphone, tablet or PC. It is designed to integrate live and On Demand TV, web content, home control and a growing number of apps in one user interface. The cloud-based technology that powers this experience enables Comcast to accelerate innovation and launch new apps and services on the X1 Platform more easily, resulting in a richer, more dynamic and personalized experience for customers.

New capabilities and features demonstrated at NCTA include:

  • New Customizable Dashboard: Customers will be able to easily launch a new personalized home screen on TV and across mobile devices that will offer a single view into the information they care about. The display will feature a collection of tiles that a customer can customize as they see fit, including all of their favorite apps on one screen. It can be personalized to include information from within the TV experience, such as recently recorded DVR content; from a favorite app, such as traffic alerts weather forecasts, or news headlines; or from a customer’s other Xfinity services, such as calendar appointments, voicemails from Xfinity Voice, as well as their home thermostat and security status from Xfinity Home.
  • Uber-personalization: More recommendations throughout the experience will be surfaced so customers have additional ways to discover new movies and TV shows. The platform will recommend content that is currently on live TV based on the customer’s past viewing habits, and is engineered to become smarter over time. It includes a new six-guide carousel that filters TV listings by specific category, such as sports, kids programming and movies, and also filters by age to help ensure appropriate family viewing.
  • Integrated Multiplatform Content: With tens of thousands of Xfinity TV entertainment choices, the new platform is engineered to connect customers with the content they want quicker than ever before. A new, sleek user interface for TVs, PCs and mobile devices will enable customers to manage content from any screen so preferences, subscriptions, saved programs and parental controls stay consistent, wherever they watch. This integration also adds the flexibility to begin an On Demand program on one device, such as the TV, and then resume it where they left off on another device, such as a tablet or PC.
  • Social Integration: This new experience incorporates social media including viewer ratings from interactive services Rotten Tomatoes and Zeebox, so customers can find the TV shows people are buzzing about, and ratings from Common Sense Media for age-appropriate content. Through the dashboard, consumers can use tiles to track their social feeds or photos on Facebook and Twitter, among others.
  • Web Content and Second-Screen Integration: In advance of the new platform release, two new enhancements are available today on the X1 Platform that integrate Internet content. A new feature called “Send to TV” enables customers to easily fling a web page, like one that features streaming video, directly to their X1 set top box and view it on the big screen. After downloading a bookmarklet onto their computer, tablet or smartphone, a customer chooses the Web content they would like to see on their TV, clicks “Send to TV” in their bookmarks bar, and the content from their computer or device then appears on the television. In addition, for the first time, customers will soon be able to quickly access TV-optimized sites from a variety of third-party partners in an expanding app marketplace.

Comcast plans to begin the initial phase of the rollout for its next-generation experience later this year. The X1 Platform is currently available in 12 markets, and today has completed its launch throughout the Washington, D.C. metro area. More information can be found at www.xfinity.com/x1.

About Comcast Corporation:
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal.  Comcast Cable is the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses.  NBCUniversal operates 30 news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts.  Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

Comcast Harnesses The Power of Its Network To Demonstrate The Future of Broadband Speed and 4K Ultra HD Video

Chairman and CEO Brian L. Roberts Demonstrates 3+Gbps Broadband Connection;
Comcast Also Provides First Public U.S. Based Transmission of 4K Ultra HD Video

WASHINGTON D.C. and PHILADELPHIA, PA – June 11, 2013 – Today Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) Chairman and CEO Brian L. Roberts showed the first 3+Gbps broadband connection by opening an email and downloading a 4K Ultra HD video file to a PC in a matter of seconds at NCTA’s The Cable Show 2013 in Washington, D.C.

In addition to the 3+Gbps download, Mr. Roberts said that Comcast will demonstrate the first public U.S. based delivery of 4K Ultra HD video over its existing fiber/HFC network at the NCTA show (booth #3319). An emerging video standard, 4K Ultra HD video offers a display resolution four times greater than today’s 1080p high-definition standard and offers one of the highest quality pictures possible today.

“Comcast has one of the fastest networks in the world with tremendous flexibility, the greatest capacity, and the best economics to deliver America’s high-speed future to millions,” said Mr. Roberts. “These demonstrations reinforce the capability of our existing network while showing we are ready today to take consumers wherever the future of broadband speed and video technology may go.”

This is the fourth time that Mr. Roberts has demonstrated the industry’s speed leadership at the NCTA show, which illustrates the tremendous evolution of speed in the United States. In 1996, he showed a 10Mbps connection for the first time that quickly downloaded photos, and in 2007 he downloaded the Encyclopedia Britannica over a 160Mbps connection over a new DOCSIS 3.0 modem. In 2011, he demonstrated a 1Gbps broadband connection for the first time.

The American broadband industry has invested $1.2 trillion since 1996 to deliver the fastest speeds and latest innovation to consumers. Comcast alone has invested tens of billions of dollarsto create a network across the U.S. that makes broadband widely available. At the core of Comcast’s network is a fiber backbone that stretches across the country with about 140,000 route miles of fiber – enough to wrap the earth nearly six times. As the nation’s largest ISP with nearly 20 million customers, Comcast already provides the fastest speeds to more homes than any other provider and has increased Internet speeds for its customers 11 times in 11 years.

Demonstrating the delivery of 4K Ultra HD on its existing network is another milestone in Comcast’s long history of changing the way consumers experience TV – including being one of the first companies to offer VOD, HD and 3D. While 4K Ultra HD is in the early stages, Comcast is ready to deliver what could be the next-generation of video as the content and devices are developed and become more readily available for use in consumers’ homes.

A video replay of Mr. Roberts’ presentation will be available on http://corporate.comcast.com/ncta2013.

About Comcast Cable:
Comcast Cable is the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. Comcast has invested in technology to build an advanced network that delivers among the fastest broadband speeds, and brings customers personalized video, communications and home management offerings. Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company. Visit http://www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

Comcast Unveils Plans for Millions of Xfinity WiFi Hotspots

Comcast today announced plans to create millions of WiFi access points for its customers through a neighborhood hotspot initiative.

Comcast is beginning to give its Xfinity Internet customers an additional “xfinitywifi” signal (or SSID) in their home that is completely separate and distinct from the family’s private and secure home WiFi signal. Offered at no additional cost to Xfinity Internet residential customers, the additional WiFi hotspots will enable friends, relatives, visitors and other Xfinity Internet customers instant, easy access to fast and reliable WiFi.

“WiFi is at the center of our strategy to offer our customers the best online experience, whether it’s the fastest WiFi experience in the home, or a fast and reliable WiFi environment outside the home,” said Tom Nagel, Senior Vice President of Business Development, Comcast Cable. “WiFi is an important part of our strategy to be the place where customers connect all devices, anywhere and at any time.”

Comcast’s newest Wireless Gateway broadcasts two WiFi signals. By default, one is securely configured for the private use of the home subscriber. The second is a neighborhood “xfinitywifi” network signal that can be shared. This creates an extension of the Xfinity WiFi network and will allow visiting Xfinity Internet subscribers to sign in and connect using their own usernames and passwords.

As the nation’s largest ISP with nearly 20 million customers, Comcast started a neighborhood hotspot trial last year in parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Northern Virginia and the Greater Washington, D.C. metro area. Currently, more than 100,000 Xfinity Internet subscribers already enjoy these WiFi access points being offered by other Xfinity Internet subscribers.

WiFi is part of Comcast’s broader strategy to create the foundation our customers need to power their Internet-connected devices in and out of the home. Comcast recently introduced a new Wireless Gateway that gives customers the nation’s fastest wireless speeds with the most coverage throughout the connected home. By combining WiFi speeds with the latest Xfinity apps, home control technology and other Internet-enabled services, Comcast is giving customers new, simple and convenient ways to take advantage of the speed delivered on its broadband and WiFi networks.

Comcast’s WiFi strategy currently includes two approaches. The first is the inclusion of tens of thousands of Xfinity WiFi access points in the CableWiFi Alliance, which enables Xfinity Internet customers access to more than 150,000 indoor and outdoor WiFi hotspots on the go in more than a dozen major cities across the country through the “CableWiFi” SSID. The second is this launch of the new home-based, neighborhood hotspot initiative.

Comcast has invested tens of billions of dollars to create a network across the U.S. that makes broadband widely available. The company has changed the Internet experience for millions of customers by providing the nation’s fastest speeds, reliable service, trusted security and online content. Comcast has increased Internet speeds for its customers 11 times, most recently doubling two of its most popular Xfinity Internet speed plans, Blast! and Extreme 50, for no additional cost across the company’s entire footprint.

A coverage map and more information about Xfinity WiFi are both available at: www.xfinity.com/wifi.

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About Comcast Cable:

Comcast Cable is the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. Comcast has invested in technology to build an advanced network that delivers among the fastest broadband speeds, and brings customers personalized video, communications and home management offerings. Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

Fox and Comcast Announce Comprehensive Programming Agreement

New Accord Provides Entertainment, Sports and Local News to Comcast Xfinity TV Customers In and Out of the Home

Agreement includes FOX Broadcasting and FOX Television Stations Programming in Major Cities

Philadelphia, PA and Los Angeles, CA – Comcast Corporation and Fox Networks (FN) announced today that they have reached an agreement for a new distribution pact to deliver Fox Broadcasting’s (FOX) and Fox Television Stations’ (FTS) wide array of entertainment, sports and local news content to Comcast Xfinity TV customers across televisions, computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and internet-enabled televisions. The renewal supports the companies’ mutual goal to deliver the most popular video content to customers across multiple platforms.

The agreement provides video service to nearly 22 million Xfinity TV customers of both live and on demand programming from 20 FTS broadcast stations (13 Fox and 7 MyNet) as well as FX, FX Movie Channel, SPEED, FUEL TV, FOX Soccer, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild, MundoFox, Fox Deportes, and Fox Business Network.

Financial terms were not disclosed. However, the agreement also includes a framework for both companies to continue to collaborate on new multi-platform offerings so that the companies can take advantage of new technologies and programming through the life of the deal, including Comcast’s advanced advertising and ad systems integration services.

Key components of the agreement for Xfinity TV customers, available On Demand and online, include:

  • Episodes from key primetime series on FOX, FX, FX Movie Channel, National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild, SPEED and FUEL TV.
  • One of the largest On Demand offerings of episodes of current seasons available from FOX, FX, National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Wild, including such popular shows as Glee, Bones, The Simpsons, Sons of Anarchy, Justified, The Americans, Wicked Tuna, Diggers and Alpha Dog, among several others.
  • Dozens of hit movies from FX and the FX Movie Channel, including some of the biggest blockbusters airing on these networks.
  • Access to content on Fox’s websites and applications.

There are also longer-term plans to make available next-day full episode streaming of select Fox programming online to authenticated Xfinity TV customers for viewing whenever and however they wish to access them.

In addition to live and on demand streaming, authenticated Xfinity TV customers will soon be able to access long-form, full episodes on “FOX NOW” – a suite of TV apps across multiple digital platforms that are designed to provide Fox viewers with enhanced interactive and social capabilities around their favorite Fox shows.

“This unprecedented TV Everywhere agreement enables us to take advantage of the innovative technologies and platforms we’ve developed to deliver the best content to our customers,” said Greg Rigdon, EVP, Content Acquisition for Comcast Cable. “Together with Fox, thanks to the leadership of Peter Rice, Mike Hopkins and his team, for the first time we are unlocking the value of some of Fox’s best content by making it available to Xfinity TV customers through new applications and devices.”

Added Mike Hopkins, President, Distribution, Fox Networks, “Neil Smit, Greg Rigdon and their team are on the cutting edge of the burgeoning ‘TV Everywhere’ space and were great partners throughout this process. This agreement will bring Fox’s brands and content to Xfinity TV customers on all platforms and we are excited to begin this journey with Comcast.”

Comcast Becomes The First Internet Service Provider In The Nation To Offer An Internet Safety And Security Solution For Smartphones And Tablets

Constant Guard Mobile Helps Protect Xfinity Internet Customers
While They Browse, Shop and Bank Online On-The-Go

PHILADELPHIA, PA – February 7, 2013 – To address growing security threats to consumers’ mobile devices, today Comcast announced it has launched Constant Guard Mobile, an app that can be downloaded onto smartphones and tablets to help prevent online threats. Constant Guard Mobile helps to protect consumers from phishing attempts, identity theft and connecting to fraudulent Websites and is available to Xfinity Internet customers for no additional charge.

Mobile devices have increasingly become a primary way people access the Internet. To complete financial transactions like shopping and banking, the need for mobile security protection has never been greater. The frequency of mobile threats doubled between 2010 and 2011, according to Symantec, a global leader in security solutions, and 35 percent of online adults worldwide have either lost or had their mobile device stolen, thereby exposing them to identity and data theft.

“Cybercrime on mobile devices is a growing trend,” said Susan Jin Davis, Vice President of Strategic Services for Comcast Cable, “and we’re the first Internet service provider in the country to introduce online safety and security software to help protect our customers’ tablets and smartphones from cyber criminals. With Constant Guard, our goal is to make individuals and entire families safer online no matter what type of device they may be using.”

Constant Guard Mobile is an app that provides customers with a secure way to login to their banking, shopping, email and social networking accounts. The app also provides Constant Guard Safe Search, which proactively warns customers if a Website is considered risky, or unsafe, and could potentially be a source of malware. Constant Guard Mobile is currently available to Xfinity Internet customers and can be downloaded to iOS devices from the Apple iTunes Store. An Android version of the app is planned to launch in the coming months.

Key features include:

  • Secure Browsing: Proactively ensures a direct connection to banks and shopping sites to help protect against phishing attempts and identity loss.
  • Secure Banking & Shopping: Automatically and securely fills in login information for bank, email, shopping and social networking accounts to help prevent financial fraud.
  • Constant Guard Safe Search: Proactively provides safety ratings for search results to help identify dangerous and malicious Websites.
  • Safe Access to Accounts: Automatically comes preloaded with Xfinity email, and provides the ability to add financial and non-financial accounts for quick and safe access.
  • Secure eCart Checkout: Automatically completes payment authorization forms at checkout which eliminates the need to store credit card information on shopping sites.
  • Direct Link to Constant Guard for PC/Laptop: Easily syncs financial, email or social networking accounts setup in the full Constant Guard version for PC/laptop with the Constant Guard Mobile app. Also offers app add-ons exclusively for Xfinity Internet customers, including DeleteMe, a privacy service that searches the Web for personal information and deletes if from the host site.

Comcast is also working to developa version of the app that includes virus protection for Xfinity Internet customers who are interested in having additional layers of security for their mobile devices.

In addition, Comcast has enhanced the desktop version of Constant Guard by adding technology that helps to prevent an emerging cyber crime called screen logging which can unknowingly use a customer’s webcam to take pictures of their computer screen that may contain private data.

About Constant Guard-
Constant Guard is the most comprehensive online protection suite of any Internet provider, a $360 value, included at no additional cost for Xfinity Internet customers.It includes the top-rated Norton™ Security Suite as well as Identity Guard®to help protect personal information like passwords, user IDs, and credit cards so customers can enjoy greater peace of mind while surfing, shopping, banking or social networking online.For more information about Constant Guard, please visit http://xfinity.com/constantguard.

About Comcast Cable
Comcast Cable is the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses.  Comcast has invested in technology to build an advanced network that delivers among the fastest broadband speeds, and brings customers personalized video, communications and home management offerings.  Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company.  Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.