Comcast’s multiplatform man sees devices “as just another screen to render video.” And he’s been busy practicing what he preaches since arriving at Comcast in 2004. He was behind such innovations as the X1 platform, cloud DVR, Comcast’s talking guide and the strategic growth of Xfinity On Demand. In the past year Comcast hit the milestone of 100 out-of-home live streaming channels and has had a near-complete rollout of cloud DVR. Not to mention, the company just posted its best quarterly TV performance for video sub growth in eight years.
What does the multiscreen experience look like in 3 years?
I think it’s going to look a lot more like TV. While we’ve made great progress as an industry, we’re still in a moment in time where there is different video on different devices in different Windows. I think in three years that experience is going to be more seamless, consistent and closer to parity across platforms. We see devices as just another screen to render video.
What are your 3 go-to apps?
*Waze – I won’t drive anywhere without this app!
*Instagram – my family is spread across the country and loves this app to share pictures and clips
*The Xfinity TV app (of course!) – it’s my go-to app for watching video at home or on the go.
If you had to spend a month in the virtual reality, what would your environment be?
At CES, I got to experience a virtual reality demo from FOX for The Martian. It was amazing – I got to travel to Mars, drive a Mars Rover and do other tasks in what felt like low-gravity. I think virtual reality presents a fascinating opportunity to explore new worlds or places.