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X1 could break shackles via Comcast broadband strategy

When Comcast divulged its vision to take Sky’s Now TV streaming service global by 2020, it was clear the X1 technology would soon be coming to Europe, likely in convergence with Sky Q. Still, the announcement from the world’s largest cable TV company that X1 could be making the switch from exclusive premium product to readily available offering came as an unexpected move. Remember the X1 was one of the first US hybrid set tops able to accept QAM-delivered TV as well as DOCSIS-delivered IP video, and merge them into a single UI – so the burning question then is one of whether Comcast plans to massively increase the scale of its X1 licensing business on a pay TV basis,…

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