Comcast Readies Xi4 Ultra HD Set-Top Box with 4K Content from Starz, Syfy, USA and More

Posted Wed May 6, 2015 at 01:00 PM PDT by

The cable giant will release a 4K set-top box later this year.

Comcast has announced plans to expand its Ultra HD support to include a 4K set-top box. The Xi4 will allow Comcast customers to access the Xfinity in UHD catalog on their 4K TVs.

"With Xfinity in UHD, our customers can easily and seamlessly enjoy some of the best 4K programming available today as part of their subscription with no additional equipment or costs," said Matt Strauss, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Video Service for Comcast Cable. "We are committed to providing the highest-quality entertainment experiences across platforms and our next-generation set-top boxes deliver on that promise—providing our customers with UHD and HDR programming on the biggest screen in the home."

The Xi4 will feature the company's growing Xfinity in UHD library of 4K content, including upcoming IMAX film additions like 'The Ultimate Wave Tahiti,' 'Antarctica,' 'Rocky Mountain Express,' 'Fighter Pilot' and 'Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia.' Full current seasons of popular TV series like Syfy’s 'Defiance,' USA's 'Suits,' STARZ shows like 'Outlander' and 'Power' will also be available. Customers will also be able to watch unlimited virtual 4K linear channels by creating personalized playlists from the Xfinity in UHD catalog. In addition to the Xi4, Comcast is also planning to release the Xi5 set-top box with HDR (high dynamic range) support next year.

An exact release date has not been announced, but Comcast's Xi4 Ultra HD set-top box will be available later this year. Meanwhile, Xfinity subscribers with select Samsung 4K TVs can currently enjoy the Xfinity in UHD library through the Xfinity in UHD app.

Source: Comcast

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