Comcast to offer 4K set-top box this year

CNET.com reports that the nation’s largest cable provider has confirmed plans to deliver Ultra HD content to its subscribers via a new set-top box called the Xi4 later this year.

Apple and Roku might be eschewing 4K hardware for now, but Comcast is moving forward with its support for the format.

The cable and telecom giant today announced it would ship the new 4K-capable Xi4 box later this year, allowing more of its subscriber base to enjoy the company’s “Xfinity in UHD” catalog of 4K titles. Currently the only way for subscribers to watch content from that catalog is via an app exclusive to Samsung 4K TVs.

The Xi4 will allow “unlimited virtual 4K linear channels by creating personalized playlists from the Xfinity in UHD library,” the company said. The library will expand beyond its current meager offering — a few episodes of “Suits,” “Chicago Fire” and “Covert Affairs” — to “hundreds of titles.”

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