Comcast has launched new features to its DVR service, including AnyRoom DVR, as well as an on-screen program guide for Digital Cable customers in Oregon and SW Washington. The additions, which will improve the overall customer experience and make future enhancements – like interactive television – possible, are part of Comcast’s recent launch of XFinity TV. Customers do not need to add equipment to take advantage of these enhancements, which are free of charge.
This new DVR service allows a customer to view DVR recordings on any networked set-top box in the home, and to finish watching a saved recording in one room that was started in another.
AnyRoom DVR is comprised of one HD/DVR set-top box as the primary outlet and up to three additional HD set-top boxes that can play back content recorded on the DVR on the primary outlet. The primary DVR controls all DVR recording functions – scheduling, deleting and recording settings. The networked set-top boxes can be used to view, sort, play, fast-forward, rewind, pause, skip ahead or skip back within DVR recordings.
The new Watch in HD button feature allows customers to quickly switch to the HD version of the program they are watching and eliminates searching for the HD version of the channel. The Watch in HD Button cuts scroll times and allows customers to jump from the SD channel to the corresponding HD channel faster.
On Demand Skip Ahead and Skip Back enables customers to skip ahead or skip back in five minute-increments while watching On Demand programming by using the Page Up (skip ahead) and Page Down (skip back) arrows on the remote control.