Comcast chief software architect explains VIPER project

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Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) recently deployed a "home-grown video infrastructure" called VIPER which it is using to deliver "broadcast-grade" programming to subscribers using TVs, Web browsers, mobile devices and gaming consoles, SVP Sree Kotay wrote in a blog post Monday.

FierceCable first reported last week that Comcast had formed an engineering team called VIPER, which stands for Video IP Engineering Research. The MSO has posted several job listings recently for positions that involve work on VIPER, which the MSO said is focused on helping it deliver content to devices from Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL), Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Samsung.

"We're reengineering how we do business, and have been evolving a software company inside our larger organization with a very simple goal: keep delivering better and better product experiences that help our customers enjoy all the content and services they want, faster than ever before," wrote Kotay, Comcast's chief software architect.

Kotay said Comcast is already seeing positive results from VIPER, noting that its Xfinity TV Player app is "one of the highest rated video applications" on Apple's iTunes app store.

Comcast may also be able to use VIPER to help it stave off threats from virtual cable providers such as Intel (Nasdaq: INTC), which is reportedly building a streaming video set-top aimed at delivering both linear and on-demand content.

Kotay also noted in his blog post that subscribers of the new X1 service can now see the battery level of their remote controls displayed on the TV. He said that feature, which was enabled through a software update from the cloud-based program guide, can be accessed through the settings menu on X1.

For more:
- see the blog post

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