新2会员登录ComcastwantstotakeonGoogleandAmazonasmart-homehub

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  新2会员登录Comcast wants to take on Google and Amazon as a smart-home hubComcast wants to take on Google and Amazon as a smart-home hub Cable giant Comcast may be taking on Amazon and Google to be the commander of your smart home.Comcast is testing a program that would allow its broadband-only customers to turn their TVs into smart-home hubs, according to a person familiar with the matter. The program uses Comcasts existing hardware as well as the software powering its X1 video service to make the TV a place where internet-only households can control things like connected light bulbs or security cameras with voice commands.Comcasts move would be a first shot at taking on Amazon and Google, which have so far dominated the battle to be your go-to system for consolidating smart-home devices and making them simple to control. Connected locks and thermostats are still niche for most homeowners, but companies like Google and Amazon have been investing aggressively in the hope of becoming the standard system when smart homes becomes the norm.Comcasts test program also streams internet video from apps like Netflix, YouTube and Amazon, the person said, but it isnt meant to compete with the streaming-media boxes like Roku, Apple TV or Amazons Fire TV. Comcast could charge a monthly fee for the program, but business model and the price havent been decided, the person added.Earlier Wednesday,CNBC reported that Comcast is developing a product thatll let its broadband-only customers aggregate streaming apps like Netflix and YouTube using a voice remote and could also serve as a hub for the connected home.So far, smart speakers have been the main catalyst behind the burgeoning smart-home device market, and Google and Amazon have emerged as the two leaders: Amazons Echo speaker holds 70 percent of smart-speaker market, with Google Home chasing it with 25 percent. But more recently, companies have been jockeying to offer smart-home hubs with video displays. Amazon unveiled its Echo Show display last year, which it revamped in September. Andlast month, Google introduced a countertop display calledHome Hub.But the rest of the competitors in the home-hub display race rely on Amazon and Google. Facebooks Portal, for example, uses Amazons Alexa, and products like Lenovo Smart Display or JBL Link View are powered by Google Assistant.Comcast, however, has already built a platform that supports smart-home devices like connected door locks, thermostats and lights though the biggest screen in every house: the TV. Its X1 system primarily serves as way for Comcasts cable video subscribers to watch their TV programming, but it also supports smart-home devices already. X1 has also already integrating streaming video services like Netflix and YouTube, and it has a remote that responds to voice commands.Comcast detailed itssmart-home ambitions for its traditional X1 service earlier this year at CES. By extending the home-hub concept to Comcasts broadband-only subscribers, the company would also introduce on-ramps for broadband-only customers to upgrade to Comcasts cable video service or its home security offerings, the person familiar with the matter said.There werent details about which smart-home device makers would be supported by the broadband-only program, but Comcasts Xfinity partner program already includes August, Carrier, Chamberlain, Ecobee, GE, Honeywell, Kwikset, Nest, Philips Hue, Singled, Tile and Zen.Originally published at 4:24 p.m. PT.Corrected at 7 p.m. PT: Clarifies that the broadband-only programs business model hasnt been decided.CNETs Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2020.CNET Magazine: Check out a sampling of the stories youll find in CNETs newsstand edition.

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