Comcast Corp. to launch cloud-based DVR service

Posted: April 02, 2014

Comcast Corp. will announce Tuesday the launch of cloud-based digital-video recorder services in the Philadelphia area, New Jersey, and northern Delaware.

Cloud-based DVR service places more of Xfinity cable onto distant computer servers as compared with residing on set-top boxes inside the home.

Comcast says it will introduce the additional cloud-based Xfinity features to other U.S. markets through 2014.

The new DVR services come with Comcast's X1 platform, which Comcast has said it will license to other cable companies and which blurs the line between cable TV and the Internet.

With the new services, Xfinity customers will be able to store video on Comcast's computer servers and download the video over Comcast's network directly onto tablets or smartphones.

Comcast also says that as part of the upgrade it will expand the streaming of live television channels to mobile devices inside the home.

To deliver these new streaming and download features, Comcast has launched new Xfinity TV apps for tablets and smartphones and a dedicated portal for viewing on computers.


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