Comcast officially launches next-gen X1 DVR platform and iPhone remote app
As expected, Comcast is kicking off the rollout of its new X1 (previously beta tested under the name Xcalibur) DVR platform. The announcement was made at the Cable Show in Boston, and that’s where it will be available first, some time in “the coming weeks” with a few other major markets following soon after. We’ve had a few peeks at the new UI over the last year or so but now we have a full gallery of shots of both the DVR software and accompanying X1 remote app that will be available first on the iPhone. The new guide looks very similar to the existing Xfinity TV remote apps for phones and tablets, formatted for HD screens and with support for recommendations from your social network and support for apps like weather, TV, traffic, Facebook and Pandora to start. The new set-top boxes it runs on have built-in tru2way and internet support, as well as RF remotes instead of IR.
Meanwhile, the X1 remote control app adds motion and gesture control to the current set of features, as well as more direct interaction with what’s on screen, since it can be used to swipe through pages, type into menus and pause currently video with a shake. As far as pricing, Comcast says it will be available to new Triple Play customers with HD/DVR service at no additional cost — no word yet on what that means for everyone else. Check the gallery below for a look at the new software, and check the press release after the break for more info.
Gallery: Comcast X1 DVR and iPhone remote app