The first part of the presentation was very boring as Brian cycled through a traditional PowerPoint deck. He explained that at last year's CES, the cable companies realized that their world was changing:
- HDTV prices were going down
- Cable networks were advanced but operated as silos
- Cable boxes are closed
- Give consumer more choice as choice sells
- Improve customer service (at least he accepted their terrible record on this front). Time will tell if they can execute on this promise.
- Innovate by working with CE companies
Tru2Way - Comcast name forthe “OpenCable Applications Platform” (OCAP) , a cable box standard that he claimed to be OPEN. Let us see if what we define as open is what the cable industry defines as open. Panasonic announced the integration of Tru2Way within their televisions i.e. the set to box is in the TV. Engadget article on how we got to tru2way.
- DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem Standard developed by CableLabs (Industry ): provides a number of enhancements, most notably, channel bonding, support for IPv6, and support for IPTV. Channel bonding provides cable operators with a flexible way to significantly increase downstream speeds to a minimum of 160 Mbps, and upstream throughput up to a minimum rate of 120 Mbps to customers.
- Project Infinity - Comcast effort to deliver a large volume of movie and TV content on-demand
- Fancast: A website where customers can access on-demand content via PC. The site also has some social networking features and recommendation engines
Comcast / Flight of the Conchords at CES 2008
This is what made it worth sitting through the presentation!