Comcast forms CoMPASS team to develop next generation user interfaces

Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) has created a team called CoMPASS that consists of software developers and engineers focused on developing next generation user interfaces for digital set-tops, mobile devices and Web applications.

X1 user interface

The Xfinity X1 user interface. (Image source: Comcast)

CoMPASS is an acronym for Comcast Metadata Products and Search Services. Comcast revealed the formation of the CoMPASS team in a job listing it posted earlier this month for the position of executive director of product management and executive director of CoMPASS product and planning.

"The Comcast Metadata Products and Search Services (CoMPASS) team builds the enterprise-wide cloud-based software platform which provides the core content navigation and discovery services that power Comcast's customer facing web, mobile and set top box applications," Comcast wrote in the job listing.  "These services include content metadata management, data quality, search, browse, recommendations and customer entitlements. Tightly coupled with Comcast's product and development groups, the CoMPASS organization is a stimulating yet casual work environment," the company added.

With the rollout of its Xfinity X1 advanced digital video service in Boston and Atlanta, Comcast is beginning to offer subscribers a cloud-based user interface and program guide. X1 also lets subscribers access Facebook, Pandora Internet Radio, and other applications. Comcast has said that it will expand the rollout of X1 to several other markets this year.

Recent patent applications from Comcast may shed some light on some of the new products the CoMPASS team may develop, including recommendation engines for program guides.

Comcast said in the job listing that it is looking for an executive who can help it "integrate Web, mobile and set-top box applications as one, cohesive IPTV product interface for all devices."

Officials at Comcast didn't respond to requests for comment about the CoMPASS project on Tuesday. The job listing was posted on Comcast's career site by Matt Taylor, a recruiter at Comcast Converged Products.

For more:
- see the job listing

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