Sign Up for Weekly Blog Updates
* = required field

INTX: The Internet & Television Expo

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts Previews Slick New X1 Features [VIDEO]

@juliannetwin

May 5, 2015

Comcast’s Chairman and CEO Brian Roberts unveiled a slew of new experiences and services for its XFINITY X1 Platform at the INTX General Session this morning.

Roberts demonstrated the brand new voice controlled remote, showing the audience how you can find programming simply by speaking to your TV. You can search for fun facts or other things you would typically look up on another device while watching a show and get results instantaneously right on the screen as you watch. There’s also new features that easily segment out content suitable for children and another that sets a playlist based on a show you’re watching – all through voice-activated commands.

The XI interactive TV experience also now links to the XFINITY Home products. For example, one function allows users to be notified if someone is at their front door and can let them in, as the screen splits between the TV content and the home services. To help increase linkability between XFINITY Home products and Internet of Things manufacturers, Roberts also announced Comcast partnerships with various companies, including Lutron, Nest and August Lock. These partners’ devices will be directly linked into users’ Comcast X1 services.

Comcast also unveiled the Gigabit Home Gateway – a slick new device that will enable multi-gigabit speeds and support IP video technology. The package comes with a “mini me,” smaller device for extra Wi-Fi coverage throughout the house. This is a first of its kind for Comcast – integrating phone, Wi-Fi, and integrated home automation and security all in one device. Roberts said these will be available across the entire Comcast footprint by the end of 2016.

And wrapping it all up, Roberts gave attendees a sneak peak into Comcast’s brand new stores, called Studio XFINITY. Comcast is upgrading stores across the country, creating spaces for customers to come and play with Comcast’s new products in a fun and interactive environment.

Watch the full video of his presentation and demo below:

 

John Solit

@johnsolit

May 5, 2015


INTX: The Internet & Television Expo

INTX Intersections Offer an Immersive Digital Experience

@johnsolit

May 5, 2015

Something unique is happening on in the INTX Marketplace floor. Rather than having rows of exhibitors like a traditional trade show, the INTX floor is separated into boulevards, each capped with an intersection featuring the hottest topics in media, entertainment, and the Internet.

The first one you’ll see upon entering the show floor is NAVIGATION. Here, companies like Comcast, Espial, and TiVo are featuring their latest user interface tools. Not only that, but NAVIGATION serves as an interactive guide for the entire INTX experience.

DSC_1552

Head down the boulevard and come across GAMING where you can learn about the platforms and people behind the newest generation of interactive entertainment. See the latest offerings from Augur, Samsung VR, and Stream TV Networks.

DSC_1554

Continue through the INTX Marketplace and you’ll come across TV EVERYWHERE. In partnership with CTAM, the TV EVERYWHERE intersection explores the consumer choice, ease of sign-on, and new measurement and monetization models for the future of watching TV wherever you want, whenever you want, on what ever device you want.

DSC_1556

Next up is STREAMING MEDIA, the hottest topic in digital entertainment. Next-gen digital networks, platform providers, device makers, and the channels themselves are presenting an in-depth look into this incredible entertainment phenomenon. See the latest from ActiveVideo, SlingTV, Vimeo, and others.

DSC_1553

Finally, you’ll find the INTERNET OF THINGS intersection. An oft-referred to new trend, the INTERNET OF THINGS intersection features the latest for your connected home, your connected office, and for your connected life. It also hosts a showcase of some of 2015’s most interesting IoT products.

DSC_1555

These intersections serve as show focal points, offering an immersive way to experience promising technology and new, pivotal ideas. If you’re at INTX for the digital experience, these intersections are for you!

John Solit

@johnsolit

May 5, 2015


The Internet & Television Expo (INTX)

NCTA's Powell and Re/Code's Swisher Kick off INTX Chicago [VIDEO]

@johnsolit

May 5, 2015

After months of planning and hard work and in front of a crowd of thousand both in Chicago and around the world streaming live, Michael Powell, NCTA President and CEO kicked off the all-new INTX with a conversation with Re/Code Editor Kara Swisher.

For Cable Show veterans, seeing top digital news outlet Re/Code’s Swisher taking center stage with Powell to launch the show will be the first sign that INTX is a totally different kind of event. An interview like this is a fresh new approach to General Session presentations giving top industry leaders and agenda-shapers like Powell and Swisher the ability to deliver unfiltered intelligence about the future of media and technology.

Powell and Swisher discussed everything from Net Neutrality to the future of entertainment. Early on, Swisher noted the dramatic changes taking place in the industry. Powell noted that changes, especially the ones represented at INTX, are about “expanding our peripheral vision.” Powell went on to say, “Video has become so much more dimensional and textural. There’s this fascinating intersection of television and technology all brought about by Internet functionality.”

Later in the conversation Swisher asked how Powell felt about new technologies like Periscope and their ability to allow us to stream anything we want from wherever we are. Powell noted, “Disruptions tend to come with an enormous amount of good and an element of bad – like all things. The good is an amazing experience in which you can have dynamic, almost spontaneous experience with people all around the world.”

You can see the full conversation below:

If you’re in Chicago with us, be sure to join in on the conversation on Twitter and Instagram with #intx2015. And keep following our blog platform for the best INTX insider coverage of General Sessions, INTX Talks, Imagine Park, and the Marketplace floor.

John Solit

@johnsolit

May 4, 2015


The Internet & Television Expo (INTX)

What You Missed at INTXHACK!

@johnsolit

May 4, 2015

On Friday, 142 contestants joined at 1871, Chicago’s tech and entrepreneur startup space, to compete in the 24-hour INTXHACK hack-a-thon.  Developers were asked to create new, innovative ways to produce, present and experience TV, movies, games and other digital entertainment. In case you weren’t able to be there for all the action, check out our re-cap video.

And don’t forget, the six finalists will compete in Imagine Park May 6th at 4pm for a $10,000 prize. Hope to see you there!


INTX: The Internet & Television Expo

INTX is an Anywhere, Anytime Experience

@juliannetwin

May 4, 2015

Tomorrow, INTX: The Internet & Television Expo will swing its doors open in Chicago and debut as the digital economy’s must-attend event. It’s our first year of the new INTX and we are excited to see and hear your reaction to this new venture. We know that not everyone can make the trip to Chicago…

John Solit

@johnsolit

May 1, 2015


The Internet & Television Expo (INTX)

3…2…1…HACK!

@johnsolit

May 1, 2015

24 hours from now, INTX kicks of INTXHACK at 1871, Chicago’s entrepreneurial hub for digital start-ups. INTXHACK is a24-hour hack-a-thon where developers will be asked to create new, innovative ways to produce, present and experience TV, movies, games and other digital entertainment. Finalists will be chosen after the challenge and will advance to the INTXHACK…


INTX: The Internet & Television Expo

Everything You Need to Know About INTX 2015

@juliannetwin

April 30, 2015

With just five days before the launch of INTX, we wanted to share the important INTX 2015 links and reminders that’ll help you get the most out of The Internet & Television Expo. #INTX2015 MARKETPLACE The INTX Marketplace is a re-imagined show floor with new features and plenty of opportunity to experience the new services…