National Public Radio and Comcast are bringing the NPR One app to the telecom giant's Xfinity X1 cloud DVR service, the companies announced Wednesday. The service will provide Xfinity X1 subscribers with NPR's programming which can be accessed by simply saying "NPR One" or just "NPR" into the X1 Voice Remote. No specific release date has been attached to the announcement, with the duo only saying the NPR One app will be rolling out to compatible Xfinity X1 set-top boxes over the coming weeks. Besides voice integration, all content hosted by the app will also be featured as part of the "Xfinity on Demand" section of the platform, being promoted alongside other related content.
Comcast said the addition of NPR to Xfinity X1 will make its solution even more diversified in terms of content, providing its subscribers with additional music programming, talk shows, and news. Much like the rest of the cloud DVR service, NPR One promises robust customization capabilities so as to allow users to personalize their experience as much as possible. NPR One previously rolled out to the Google Play Store, Amazon Appstore, Microsoft Store, and the iOS App Store. The service is said to be one of the most popular news-oriented Internet radio platforms in the country, with Comcast hoping its status will help ennoble the overall portfolio of Xfinity X1. While the initial version of the app won't support advanced voice commands, the duo is already planning to allow users to stream particular NPR One programming by only relying on their voice, whether by saying the name of a specific show or just searching through the radio's content library based on individual topics.
NPR Member Station integration will also be part of the package, delivering voice-enabled access to one's local outlets, the companies confirmed. Originally introduced in mid-2012, Xfinity X1 promises to revamp the traditional TV experience by allowing for personalized content recommendations and a wide variety of other features, with Comcast recently being hard at work bringing more popular apps to such set-top boxes so as to fight back against the cord-cutting trend.