Comcast selects Elemental to support DVR services

Cloud-based offering will be supported by Elemental video processing and Cisco UCS deployments
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Elemental Technologies, a supplier of software-defined video solutions for multiscreen content delivery, has announced that Comcast has selected its video processing software to power encoding for the X1 DVR with cloud technology.

Dan Marshall, senior vice president of worldwide sales for Elemental, said: “Video infrastructure is moving rapidly to IP and to software-defined video solutions running in virtualised environments on customer’s own networks. As Comcast continues to expand its X1 DVR service and sets a new bar for consumer experiences, Elemental software will enable rapid market launches.”

Xfinity on the X1 Entertainment Operating System is a cloud-based platform that transcends traditional TV to deliver an immersive and personalised entertainment experience across all devices. Last year, Comcast began offering customers the X1 DVR with cloud technology, which lets customers record TV shows and movies in the Comcast cloud to enjoy in the home or on-the-go across devices. While in the home, X1 DVR with cloud technology allows customers to turn every device into a TV, providing access to the program guide and nearly the entire channel lineup, as well as the entire Xfinity On Demand library.

Jason Press, senior vice president of software engineering and operations for Comcast, said: “Software-defined video processing solutions from Elemental have served us very well for On Demand applications. Elemental’s use of Linux OS, REST-based APIs, and its integration with Cisco UCS hardware, has improved our ability to quickly deploy our X1 DVR cloud-based services sourced from live channel lineups.”

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