Comcast readies 4K STB

DetailsMichelle Clancy | 07 May 2015

Comcast is prepping a 4K Ultra HD set-top box later for launch this year, along with a fifth-generation offering after that.

The new X1 set-top box, the Xi4 will deliver Xfinity TV customers 4K Ultra HD content directly to the television.

In addition, the Xi5 STB that supports high dynamic range (HDR) programming with increased colour gamut, contrast and brightness will be coming next year.

"With Xfinity in UHD, our customers can easily and seamlessly enjoy some of the best 4K programming available today as part of their subscription with no additional equipment or costs," said Matt Strauss, EVP and GM of video service for Comcast Cable. "We are committed to providing the highest quality entertainment experiences across platforms and our next-generation set-top boxes deliver on that promise providing our customers with UHD and HDR programming on the biggest screen in the home."

Comcast said that it will add hundreds of titles to the Xfinity in UHD catalogue and library, including films originally produced for IMAX and other Giant Screen theatres from K2 Communications and Havoc TV, like The Ultimate Wave Tahiti, Antarctica, Rocky Mountain Express, Fighter Pilot and Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia. Other fare will include full current seasons of hit TV shows such as Syfy's Defiance; USA's Playing House, Satisfaction and Suits; and original programming from STARZ including Outlander and Power will also be included.