), the largest cable MSO in the U.S., has decided to deploy its
next-generation X1 pay-TV platform in Washington, D.C. Although
the date for the launch is yet to be disclosed, Washington will
be the company's eight operating zone after Boston, Colorado,
Atlanta, Augusta, Chattanooga, San Francisco and
Comcast is offering several innovative products, such as the
nationwide rollout of X1 services, various home security services
like remote controlled heating and cooling patterns, expansion of
Wi-Fi network and introduction of new contents for multi-platform
on-demand services. The next-generation Web-capable platform
called X1, offers a hybrid IP/QAM video gateway with an advanced
user interface and the ability to port third-party apps that tie
into a cloud-based infrastructure.
Earlier, Comcast launched its major innovative product called
Xfinity Streampix, a subscription based on-demand video streaming
service. This enhanced the company's pay-TV offerings, which
currently provides traditional TV shows and Xfinity on-demand
shows for TV sets and broadband enabled devices. Xfinity
Streampix offers instant movie viewing both in and outside homes
on multiple platforms like TV sets, computers, and mobile
devices, such as smartphones and tablets.
Nevertheless, the U.S. cable operators are facing fierce
competition from telecom service providers including
Verizon Communications Inc.
) and online video streaming service providers. During 2012,
Comcast lost around 336,000 video subscribers such as,
), Hulu.com, YouTube etc. However, on the positive side, though
Comcast is still losing basic video subscribers, it has reduced
its churn rate even in the sluggish U.S. economy.
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