Comcast Nets Emmy for X1 Voice Remote Technology  

MSO has deployed almost 17 million voice remotes
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Comcast has won an Emmy Award for Technology and Engineering for its Xfinity X1 Voice Remote, marking the third Emmy the company has won related to technology that runs the operator’s X1 platform.

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The Emmy for "Contextual Voice Navigation for Discovering and Interacting with TV Content" will be awarded at the Technology and Engineering Emmy Awards in Las Vegas on April 8, 2018, held in partnership with the National Association of Broadcasters and the NAB Show.  

Comcast launched the X1 Voice Remote in 2015, and said customers gave more than 3.4 billion voice commands using it during 2016. Comcast said it has deployed nearly 17 million X1 Voice Remotes.

"Our customers love the voice remote because it is simple, powerful and fun to use," Tony Werner, president of technology and product for Comcast Cable, said in a statement. "But behind the scenes, our engineering and artificial intelligence teams have worked tirelessly to build and refine the powerful, cloud-based platform that delivers those seemingly effortless experiences. I’m proud to work with these world-class technologists and congratulate them on their well-deserved honor."

Comcast’s X1 team won an Emmy in 2014 for "Outstanding Achievement in Interactive Media Program: User Experience and Visual Design,” and one for "Personalized Recommendation Engines for Video Discovery for MVPDs."

According to The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Universal Electronics, Apple TV and Nuance Dragon TV are also being recognized in the category.

By category, the following individuals and companies will also be honored at the event:

Low Latency Remote Controlled Airborne Video Platforms (non-military) for Television

-John McGraw

-PictorVision Inc.

-Aerial MOB LLC

-Astraeus Aerial

-Flying Cam Inc.

-Vortex Aerial

-Helivideo Productions LLC

-Snaproll Media LLC


Pioneering and Productization of Supporting Digital Video Using SDI Over Fiber-Optic


-British Telecom

Pioneering Development of a Computerized Hard-Disk Storage Based Digital Non-Linear, Multi-Stream Multi-Camera System

-Avid Technology

-Heavyworks (Edit Share)

Pioneering Development of a Portable, Battery Powered Audio/Video Test Signal Generator


Development of Integrated Consumer Video Conferencing Service into Broadcast Production Environments and Workflows

-Skype (Microsoft)

Video Identification Technology to Protect Content Value and Copyright

-Audible Magic



-Friend MTS



Expanding-Side Television Production Mobile Units

-CBS Television Network

-The Gerstenslager Company

A Three Dimensional Doppler Radar System to Track and Display Fast Moving Pitched and Hit Balls


-MLB Advanced Media


Additionally, Robert Ross, senior vice president, CBS Broadcasting; and Richard Friedel, executive vice president and GM, Fox Networks Engineering and Operations, will receive the Academy’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.

Comcast’s Tony Werner was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Emmy in 2016.