That's just one of a number of initiatives to give consumers access to content and services anywhere, anytime. Comcast announced a new user interface called "Project Dayview" that taps into the fact that consumers are increasingly subscribing to both cable and Internet — it allows subscribers to manage data and information — from shows on Xfinity TV, to voice and Internet. The idea is for this one Interface to be a home screen for everything content or data related — both of which Comcast requires.
All of these services play into a larger initiative to give subscribers access to "TV Everywhere" — an initiative pioneered by Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes and Comcast CEO Brian Roberts. Though cable operators including Comcast and Time Warner Cable have been slowly rolling out 'TV Everywhere' access — with apps like HBO Go and "XFinity," a lot of investors and industry watchers have been complaining that three years after its launch TV everywhere is not everywhere yet. Why not? Bernstein analyst Craig Moffett tells me that the delays all come down to the negotiations between cable operators and content providers — they can't agree on the value of distributing that content to new places.
The other big topic I'm hearing a lot about here: the cloud. Glenn Britt, Time Warne Cable's CEO this morning said that we're moving to a set top box-less world. Comcast announced it's starting the national launch of X-1, its clou- based platform. The fact that the technology is now cloud-based enables companies to upgrade software with a click of a button, without needing to ship out new set top boxes. And all this new technology — and the access to content it affords — aims to keep people hooked on their cable subscription, to keep them from cutting the cord.
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