X1 updates: new program restart feature emerges from beta

Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) has announced a series of updates to its X1 video platform, most notably moving a feature that lets users "restart" a TV show they happen to join in mid-progress.

Comcast X1 restart

X1's restart notification. (Source: Comcast)

Previously available only through Comcast Labs, "Restart Notification" will now be part of X1's default settings. Viewers who join programs in progress will be notified if the show is available to be viewed from the beginning. Users can then access the restart selection via their remote control. 

Among other updates to X1, Comcast also launched Kids Zone, a new programming destination--announced two weeks ago at INTX--that includes only shows approved by Common Sense Media for kids age 12 and under. 

Also, the MSO debuted a feature called "Control Panel" in its Comcast Labs beta area. The feature allows users to access service info and frequently  used settings without interrupting their program. 

Yet another new X1 feature: a new audio enhancement to the programming guide called Descriptive Video Service (DVS), which plays an audio description of a show for the visually impaired. 

Speaking to the investment community Monday, Comcast executive VP and GM of video services, Matthew Strauss, said X1 is currently available in about 25 percent of Comcast's triple-play homes. The company is now deploying up to 25,000 X1 systems a day to customers.

For more:
- read this Comcast press release

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