Comcast Xfinity adds home automation to X1 and xFi platforms

CES 2018: Comcast Extends Smart Home Capabilities To 15 Million Customers

CES 2018: Comcast Extends Smart Home Capabilities To 15 Million Customers

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Comcast said it's increasing the speeds of its Xfinity Internet service packages for existing customers in California, Colorado, Oregon/SW Washington and the Houston area at no additional cost.

Comcast's Dan Herscovici (senior VP of the home group) told Engadget that the notion is to expose home automation controls to people who otherwise might not have considered using them before.

This also is yet another move in the digital chess game of defining the hub of the connected home.

Comcast recently added voice capabilities to its TV remote, so consumers can control various smart home activities by speaking into the remote.

Xfinity users will be able to use any of their screens (on X1, xFi, Xfinity Home and Xfinity Mobile) to manage smart-home devices from a number of popular makers, including August, Honeywell, Kwikset, Lutron, Nest, Tile and many more.

Part of this new addition comes from Comcast's acquisition of Stringify in September.

Comcast also has a "Works with Xfinity" program to ease integration of other smart-home devices into its platform.

The new integration can facilitate new consumer behaviors.

The company said, for example, customers could say "Good night", into their X1 voice remote to set off a host of automated tasks including lock doors, turn off lights, adjust thermostats, and activate their home security system.

Meanwhile, many consumers may not be asking for, or even fully aware of, the capabilities of smart homes.

"We are offering property developers a simple solution to equip their communities of new construction with the advanced network and technologies needed to create a smart home", says Adrian Adriano, vice president of strategic initiatives, Xfinity Communities.

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