Thursday, June 07, 2012

Comcast doesn’t go far enough with Xfinity X1 - - The Boston Globe

Apparently more like X0.5
"You may already own an even better remote: an Apple Inc. iPad tablet computer or iPhone. A free app for these devices lets you turn them into cable remotes, controlling the box through your home Wi-Fi service. You can search for shows and change channels by pecking at your touchscreen. However, the software is often confusing, counter-intuitive, and slow to respond to commands.
In fact, while it’s a substantial improvement over Comcast’s older system, the X1 experience already feels a little dated. It still leaves us pushing buttons, a sluggish, clumsy way to tune a TV, especially now that Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 has proven the power of voice controls. As for Internet integration, check out Microsoft’s upcoming SmartGlass technology, which will blend future TV shows with online data feeds in real time. Use the Xbox to watch “Game of Thrones,” and your tablet computer will show a map of the mythical land of Westeros, with the locations of the show’s main characters."
Comcast doesn’t go far enough with Xfinity X1 - - The Boston Globe
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