Comcast’s X1 Touches Down in Two More Markets

IP-Capable Video Platform Reaches Utah and the Twin Cities

The Comcast X1 deployment tour continued this week with stops in Utah and Minneapolis/St. Paul, according to local market reports.

They’re the next markets to light up the MSO’s next-gen capable video platform, which features a fancy cloud-based user interface and a handful of IP-fed apps, including Facebook, Pandora and sports and weather widgets, and a new “Send to TV” feature (still in beta) that lets customers fling Web content to the X1 box and view it on the big screen.

The current version of X1 centers on the XG1, a Pace-made hybrid QAM/IP HD-DVR outfitted with six tuners that can share recorded content over the home's coax network with the RNG150N, a non-DVR HD client set-top. Comcast is in the process of deploying the Xi3, an all-IP HD client device that can work in tandem with a home gateway.

Comcast competes with incumbent telco CenturyLink in Utah, the fiber-based UTOPIA consortium, and will also be facing off with Google Fiber, which just closed its acquisition of the iProvo network from the city of Provo. CenturyLink also competes with Comcast in Minnesota.

X2, an upgraded version of the platform that's set for a fall debut, will integrate more personalized elements and enable a cloud DVR service tailored for set-tops, tablets, smartphones and PCs.

Comcast recently completed the rollout of X1 in New England. Comcast, which have X1 rolled out across its footprint by year’s end, has already deployed it in several systems serving Maryland; Delaware; Boston; Colorado; Washington, D.C.; Baltimore; Illinois; northwest Indiana; southwest Michigan; Independence, Mo.; Washington, D.C.; Atlanta and Augusta, Ga.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Philadelphia; New Jersey; and California.

Comcast expects to have X1 deployed in most markets by the end of 2013. 

The MSO is targeting X1 primarily to new triple play customers. According to the Salt Lake City Tribune, Comcast will soon market X1 to existing customers as well. 

Comcast lost 60,000 video subs in the first quarter, and is scheduled to release second quarter results on Wednesday, July 31.