Comcast Corporations® that is one of the best internet providers in the US has commenced the deployment of a new DVR the XG4 for its X1 platform. The initiative incorporates a new set of features that includes 4K and High Dynamic Range (HDR) video support.
Arris Group, a major telecom equipment manufacturing company, has joined hands with the Telco giant to develop the new XG4 DVR system. Reports say that Comcast® has already begun offering the new device on a limited basis to the customers in select markets. This new addition by Comcast® is the other major upgrade by the company to its Xfinity X1 cloud DVR platform.
The XG4 is an HD DVR incorporates a whole lot of features and clearly accommodates the needs of future television streaming services. It consists of six tuners along with an inbuilt DVR feature. With the XG4, customers can schedule and manage DVR recordings along with voice remote support. The support for HDR10 and 4K video is one of the best offerings of the XG4 along with added Bluetooth 4.2 capability. However, the Bluetooth connectivity option will only be available later this year. For new X1 customers, it is available via professional installation.
The inclusion of Bluetooth support allows customers in linking numerous Bluetooth devices such as headphones and speakers along with the ability to stream audio as well. The device comes with a 500 GB hard drive that enables storage of large amounts of streaming content for later viewing. The ability to stream 4K content is unavailable during the launch. However, the device will offer support to such high-quality format offered from major streaming services like Netflix®.
Currently, Comcast® provides the sampling of 4K content through an OTT app, especially for Samsung Smart TVs. This new introduction of 4K DVR will enable the company to compete with some of the best internet providers offering streaming television in 4K such as DirecTV®, Layer3 TV®, and Dish Network®. In addition, Comcast® is also in the process of testing its Xi6 IP companion box that provides support for 4K content.
For its X1 video service, the company is also installing the wireless companion box Xi5. Comcast’s switch to 4K content is a great improvement over the existing HDTV and HDR formats used for capturing and broadcast of television content. With 4K, Comcast® customers will be able to view their favorite television shows in exceptional clarity and vividness.