Comcast is in the "sweet spot" of technology as it unveils a cloud-based cable broadband service that is faster and more extensive, Chief Executive Brian Roberts told CNBC Thursday.
What Comcast is doing with Xfinity is "taking most of the brains and the functionality out of the cable box and putting it into the cloud," he said during an interview at the annual Cable Show in Chicago.
"It’s not cloud storage as much as it is cloud computing" that provides more content, faster and over more platforms including television, computers and telephones, he added. That means being able to watch television and surf the Internet from anywhere in the house or download programs on the road through a laptop, tablet or phone.
Xfinity is currently being rolled out in Augusta, Ga., while it is being tested in 10 different markets. "I have it in my house in Philadelphia," Roberts said. The rest of Comcast's markets will have it "probably toward the end of the year."
At the cable show Comcast also planned to demonstrate faster broadband that puts "over a billion bits a second of speeds running real time on a cable system."
The plan is to download the entire fifth season of NBC program "30 Rock" in 90 seconds.
"This could’ve taken many minutes, maybe an hour on some of the older technologies," Roberts said. "It wouldn’t have been possible 10 years ago."