For the primary time since launching the service again in 2012, Comcast shared subscriber information for Xfinity Home, the corporate’s whole house safety and automation platform. According to Comcast, there at the moment are 957,000 Xfinity Home subscribers, which was up from 668,000 throughout the identical quarter a yr in the past.
“2017 is off to the quickest begin in 5 years,” Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and CEO of Comcast, mentioned within the earnings report press launch. “I’m enthusiastic about our momentum headed into the remainder of 2017 and past.”
Traditionally seen as a cable firm, Comcast has been making strikes of late to place itself as extra of a communications and whole-home answer supplier, primarily future-proofing itself. To bolster its Xfinity Home program, Comcast acquired Icontrol Networks, an organization that really helped Comcast launch the Xfinity Home platform. The deal, which was finalized final month, brings in home Icontrol’s “Converge” software program platform—the brains behind Xfinity Home contact panel and backend servers. The platform permits the tech to speak with and handle safety sensors inside the house and help house automation gadgets like thermostats, cameras, and extra.
In an interview with Dealerscope last month, Daniel Herscovici, SVP and GM of Xfinity Home, mentioned that having unique management over the Converge platform will “dramatically speed up innovation throughout the board and assist our clients carry extra IoT and automation” into the house.
New merchandise are at the moment in growth at Comcast, however the tempo of change is already obvious. Last yr, they redesigned the core Xfinity Home gear to present them a sleeker, extra trendy feel and appear. The X1 Voice Remote was additionally added to the lineup not way back, bringing voice management to the Xfinity Home platform. And these are only a few of the upgrades made.
“We additionally created a platform that permits different best-in-class good house gadgets to attach and speak to at least one one other,” Herscovici wrote in a blog post. “This means our clients can handle and management all of those good house gadgets from one platform and luxuriate in a extra helpful expertise quite than need to continuously juggle quite a few particular person apps.”
As Comcast dives deeper into the good house and automation area, Herscovici mentioned the last word aim is to supply the mass market with easy safety options that sometimes may be seen as one thing solely the elite may afford.
“I feel that we democratize these high-end house automation options, and by that I imply I feel options from Comcast are decrease out-of-pocket-cost,” Herscovici instructed Dealerscope. “You’re capable of create experiences that traditionally are left to the highest 1 % of households within the U.S. We perceive what it means to function at scale. For perspective, Comcast is 26-27 million web subscribers; we now have 25ish million video subscribers. … I feel we perceive easy methods to ship options at that scale even within the IoT and residential safety area.”
And now they’ve the Xfinity Home client base to to assist unfold that message for them.