Comcast to Launch Xcalibur Today in Boston?
(May 21, 2012)
-- Comcast today may announce at the 2012 Cable Show that it's
launching its new Internet-enabled 'Xcalibur' TV guide in
Boston, reports the Boston Globe.
The annual Cable Show, which regularly features new product
announcements, begins today in Boston and runs through
year's Cable Show in Chicago, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts
introduced the new 'Xcalibur' TV guide, which integrates several
Net features such as Facebook. The cable executive said the
guide would enable viewers to track TV shows by whether your
Facebook friends "liked" them as well as deliver Pandora's music
service, local weather and traffic reports and program
recommendations based on what you've watched previously.
Since that announcement, the cable operator has been testing
Xcalibur in Augusta, Georgia. But in an analyst conference call
this month, Comcast said it would launch the new program guide
in one major market in the second quarter of this year.
The Globe writes "that the event (the Cable Show) is the perfect
opportunity for Comcast to reveal, as is widely expected within
the cable industry, that Boston will be the first major city to
get the company's newest gee-whiz technology."
The web site Light Reading Cable also
reported earlier this month that Comcast would make Boston the
first city to get Xcalibur. After the Boston launch, if
successful, the cable operator would begin rolling out Xcalibur
to other markets this year. _____________________________________________________________________________