Comcast announced plans to trial the award-winning X1 video platform to Comcast Business customers for the first time. The company will begin with a hospitality industry trial this summer with Philadelphia hotels. Comcast made the announcement and previewed the product offering at The Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition & Conference (HITEC).
The following X1 features will be trialed with hotels:
Voice Control: The X1 voice remote lets customers quickly and easily find the shows they’re looking for – with just the sound of their voice.
Pause/Rewind Live TV: X1 for Business will allow guests to pause or rewind live television.
Free-to-Guest On Demand: A growing selection of on demand TV shows and movies – easy to find and discover through the advanced X1 guide.
Sports: The X1 Sports app brings real-time scores and statistics for sports like baseball, football, basketball and NASCAR, alongside the in-game action.
Accessibility: The X1 talking guide is the industry’s first and only voice-enabled television user interface that reads aloud selections like program titles, network names and time slots, serving as a solution for TV fans who have a visual disability.
Language of Choice: Bicultural customers can quickly change the guide and channel listings from English to Spanish and find Spanish-language and SAP-enabled programming through advanced filtering directly within the experience.
X1 is a cloud-based platform that lets users search and navigate live TV as well as select free on demand movies and TV shows in a simple, fast and intuitive way. First launched in 2012, Comcast is now aggressively installing X1 in customers’ homes at a rate of 40,000 per day. About 35 percent of video customers already have X1 and the company plans to increase that number to 50 percent by the end of 2016.