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Comcast Embraces WebRTC with Xfinity Share Livestreaming for TV

May 07, 2015

Thanks to the magic of WebRTC, Comcast has enabled livestreaming of user-generated content to televisions.

The No. 1 cable MSO has launched the feature for Xfinity TV customers that have the X1 Entertainment operating system, which is its IP- and cloud-based platform. Subscribers can now livestream content (or send photos and recorded videos) over the Internet from their smartphones to televisions across the Comcast footprint, via the Xfinity Share app.

WebRTC uses native open protocol APIs to make it easier for operators to run interoperable applications that communicate directly from browser to browser.

"WebRTC is a powerful technology that we're bringing to the TV," said Franklyn Athias, senior vice president at Comcast IP Communications Services. "WebRTC and X1 are a natural fit. The most advanced television entertainment operating system and the most flexible real-time communications tool combine to offer a cross-platform, multimedia experience like no other. We're connecting customers to whom and what they love in more ways than ever."

Customers can live-stream to their TV, or to the TV of another X1 customer, as well as live-stream and share content to mobile phones. For now, to use the service, both the sender and receiver must be Xfinity triple-play customers with X1 DVR-capable set-top boxes. Later this year, additional features will be added to Share including the ability to share content with virtually anyone by sending a URL via email, and the ability to send content to up to five people at the same time.

"We're giving our customers the power to share special moments in their lives as they happen," said Patti Loyack, vice president of communications at Comcast Cable. "Whether a child's baseball game, a graduation or just a beautiful sunset, Share lets users broadcast whatever they see in real time to the biggest screen in the home. So now a grandmother in San Francisco can watch along on her TV at the exact moment her grandson in Philadelphia blows out his birthday candles."

To stream to the TV, users open the Xfinity Share app, select "Stream Live" option, and accept the notification that appears on the TV.

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