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Xfinity Customers Will Be Able to Manage Smart Home Devices – From August, Honeywell, Kwikset, Lutron, Nest, Tile, and Dozens of Others – At Home, On the Go, and On Every Screen

Comcast to Launch ‘Works with Xfinity’ Program to Add More Devices to Its Rapidly Growing Digital Home Ecosystem

By expanding its home automation capabilities, Comcast is putting access to smart home controls into the hands of more than 15 million Xfinity customers at no additional cost. (Photo: Business Wire)
By expanding its home automation capabilities, Comcast is putting access to smart home controls into the hands of more than 15 million Xfinity customers at no additional cost. (Photo: Business Wire)

By expanding its home automation capabilities, Comcast is putting access to smart home controls into the hands of more than 15 million Xfinity customers at no additional cost. (Photo: Business Wire)


January 10, 2018 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Comcast today announced plans to significantly expand its home automation capabilities across its entire Xfinity services product portfolio, which includes X1 (TV and voice remote), xFi (WiFi), Xfinity Home (home security), and Xfinity Mobile. The move will enable Comcast to put access to smart home controls into the hands of more than 15 million Xfinity customers at no additional cost. It also will make the adoption of digital home technologies and innovative Internet of Things (IoT) experiences much more accessible to many more people by democratizing and simplifying home automation.

“Xfinity will be the home operating system that integrates every IoT device and transforms a connected home into an intelligent home”

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For example, controlling a home could be as simple as having customers use their X1 voice remote to say, “Good Night,” and automatically lock doors, turn off lights, adjust thermostats, and arm their home security system. Alternatively, a customer could receive a notification when her daughter returns home from school by integrating geo-location technology in a smartphone with a connection to the home xFi Wireless Gateway.

“Xfinity will be the home operating system that integrates every IoT device and transforms a connected home into an intelligent home,” said Chris Satchell, EVP and Chief Product Officer. “Our engineers are working to enable our customers to easily control their connected devices, making full use of our Xfinity platforms, such as Voice Control, X1, xFi and Xfinity Home. We also will add value to that experience by giving customers contextual suggestions for automation that will help them take full advantage of their digital home, making it more useful, fun, and enjoyable.”

Americans are expected to have an average of 50 WiFi connected devices in their homes by 2020. The challenges of connecting and managing all those devices will only grow more frustrating and complicated without a seamless and integrated way to manage and control them all. Xfinity, as the home operating system, will continue to integrate and simplify the digital home for its customers with several key efforts:

Stringify Acquisition

In September 2017, Comcast acquired Stringify, an award-winning tech startup that today provides a cloud-powered automation service for more than 500 IoT products and digital services. Stringify’s technology will soon be integrated into Xfinity’s products and services, significantly expanding the capabilities of Xfinity automation. With the Stringify integration, Xfinity customers will be able to create and utilize a huge number of valuable rules and controls for a growing ecosystem of popular brands like August, Carrier, Chamberlain, ecobee, GE, Honeywell, Kwikset, Liftmaster, LIFX, Lutron, Nest, Netgear Arlo, Philips Hue, Danalock, Sengled, SkyBell, Tile, Yale, Zen Ecosystems and more for no additional charge.

‘Works with Xfinity’ Program

Comcast’s ‘Works with Xfinity’ program facilitates the integration of smart home devices into its single, unified Xfinity platform and provides increased choice and flexibility to Xfinity customers. The company plans to expand its partner ecosystem to include new product categories such as: wearables, automotive, voice assistants, email, social media platforms, and more. New partners will help improve an Xfinity customer’s lifestyle, whether for convenience, entertainment, peace of mind, or to help run their home more efficiently. Interested partners can access more information here.

xFi is a New Way to WiFi

WiFi is critical for the digital home, and, in May 2017, Comcast launched xFi to provide customers with a simple digital dashboard to set up their home WiFi network, find their password, see what devices are connected, troubleshoot issues, set parental controls and even pause WiFi access on their home network during dinner or bedtime. The xFi experience is currently available to nearly 15 million Xfinity Internet customers with a compatible device – the xFi Wireless Gateway or the xFi Advanced Gateway – and can be controlled via a mobile app, website and on the TV with the X1 voice remote. In the first eight months, more than four million customers have utilized this new service.

Mesh WiFi with xFi Pods

Comcast recently announced that customers in Boston and Chicago can now purchase xFi Pods, which are mesh WiFi extenders. xFi Pods cost $119 for a three-pack and $199 for a six-pack. With a focus on simplicity, these zero-configuration xFi Pods deliver great whole-home WiFi coverage by using Machine Learning to constantly adapt to each customer’s unique environment. Availability will rapidly expand to a full national rollout in the coming months.

X1 Voice Phone Finder

Phone Finder is a new feature that enables Xfinity Mobile customers to search for and locate their mobile phone in their home using the X1 voice remote. There’s no set up required – customers just say “Xfinity Mobile, find my phone” into their X1 voice remote, and the phone rings. Click here for a video explainer.

Xfinity Cameras Deliver Intelligent Peace of Mind

Comcast recently added enhanced features to Xfinity Home Security Cameras to help consumers monitor their front doors. Its new AI-powered platform identifies movement, centers on the subject, and delivers a crystal-clear thumbnail image to customers so they can always know what’s happening with just a glance in our app. Click here for more details.

About Comcast

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is one of the nation’s largest video, high-speed internet, and phone providers to residential customers under the XFINITY brand, and also provides these services to businesses. It also provides wireless and security and automation services to residential customers under the XFINITY brand. NBCUniversal operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

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Qlik Announces New CEO Mike Capone Appointed to Accelerate Market Leadership

Qlik Announces New CEO
Mike Capone Appointed to Accelerate Market Leadership

January 11, 2018 11:00 AM Eastern Standard Time
RADNOR, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Qlik®, a leader in data analytics, today announced that its board appointed Mike Capone, former COO of Medidata Solutions (NASDAQ:MDSO), as Qlik’s new CEO. Capone brings a valuable combination of customer perspective, operational expertise, and market focus to Qlik. In addition to his extensive experience in high-growth SaaS companies, Capone possesses first-hand experience in leveraging the power of data through analytics to transform businesses and entire industries, giving him the unique background to lead Qlik’s mission to be a leader in the analytics economy.

“I’ve seen how the smart use of data and analytics can have transformative effects on an industry, and I am excited to join a company that enables customers in every industry to re-think what’s possible”

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“I’ve seen how the smart use of data and analytics can have transformative effects on an industry, and I am excited to join a company that enables customers in every industry to re-think what’s possible,” said Mike Capone, CEO, Qlik. “Data is the currency of the future and companies who harness it best will differentiate and excel. With an ongoing investment in augmented intelligence, big data and the internet of things, coupled with its hybrid-cloud platform approach, Qlik is uniquely positioned to lead this new era.”

David Murphy, Qlik’s interim CEO, will return to his prior role as a board member of Qlik. “I have been fortunate enough to meet with many of Qlik’s customers during my tenure, and have been struck by how many talk about the complete transformation that was enabled through Qlik’s platform,” said Murphy. “I know that Mike truly understands that, and is the person that can take Qlik to the next level of leadership.”

“We are excited to have Mike join us on this mission to accelerate transformation through modern business intelligence solutions,” said Seth Boro, Qlik board member and a Thoma Bravo managing partner. “We also want to thank David Murphy for his interim leadership at the company, his continued service as a board member, and for acting as a special advisor to Mike in the near term.”

Most recently, Capone was the COO of Medidata Solutions, a publicly-traded provider of SaaS analytics solutions to the healthcare, life sciences and pharma markets. At Medidata he played a significant role in its product development, data science, professional services and go-to-market operations. Capone was instrumental in accelerating Medidata’s strategy to provide a comprehensive cloud platform that leverages data and analytics to transform clinical trials.

Prior to Medidata, Capone held multiple senior leadership positions at ADP, one of the world’s largest B2B cloud services providers, delivering critical services to over 600,000 companies and 39 million of their staff members worldwide. These roles included CIO, Corporate Vice President of Product Development and SVP & General Manager of ADP’s global outsourcing business. Capone brings this unique customer perspective to Qlik, along with the expertise in scaling the IT operations of a major cloud business.

Capone was also very attracted to the deeply rooted culture of Corporate Social Responsibility at Qlik. He is on the board of the New Jersey Chapter of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and had previously chaired charitable foundations at both ADP and Medidata.

About Qlik

Qlik® is the leading data analytics platform and the pioneer of user-driven business intelligence. Its portfolio of cloud-based and on-premise solutions meets customers’ growing needs from reporting and self-service visual analysis to guided, embedded and custom analytics, regardless of where data is located. Customers using Qlik Sense®, QlikView® and Qlik® Cloud, gain meaning out of information from multiple sources, exploring the hidden relationships within data that lead to insights that ignite good ideas. Headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania, Qlik does business in more than 100 countries with over 45,000 customers globally.

© 2017 QlikTech International AB. All rights reserved. Qlik®, Qlik Sense®, QlikView®, QlikTech®, Qlik Cloud®, Qlik DataMarket®, Qlik Analytics Platform®, Qlik NPrinting™, Qlik Connectors™, Qlik GeoAnalytics™ and the QlikTech logos are trademarks of QlikTech International AB which have been registered in multiple countries. Other marks and logos mentioned herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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Liberty Interactive Completes Acquisition of HSN, Inc.

Liberty Interactive Completes Acquisition of HSN, Inc.
December 29, 2017 04:30 PM Eastern Standard Time
ENGLEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Liberty Interactive Corporation (“Liberty Interactive”) (Nasdaq: QVCA, QVCB, LVNTA, LVNTB) announced today that it has completed the acquisition of the 62% of HSN, Inc. (“HSNi”) it did not already own in an all-stock transaction. As a result, shares of HSNi common stock no longer trade on Nasdaq.

“We also look forward to the first quarter of 2018 when QVC Group is expected to become an asset-backed stock which should further highlight value.”

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“We’re excited HSNi is joining the QVC family. The combination will enhance QVC’s position as the leading global video eCommerce retailer and provide meaningful synergies,” said Greg Maffei, Liberty Interactive President and CEO. “We also look forward to the first quarter of 2018 when QVC Group is expected to become an asset-backed stock which should further highlight value.”

“We welcome the HSNi team to our company, creating the leader in discovery-based shopping. The combination of QVC, HSNi and zulily will enhance the customer experience, accelerate innovation, strengthen our brands and allow us to leverage our resources and talents,” said Mike George, QVC President and CEO. “We thank the HSNi and QVC teams that have worked tirelessly on the integration, and we look forward to continuing to implement these plans in 2018.”

HSNi shareholders (excluding Liberty Interactive) received fixed consideration of 1.650 shares of Series A QVC Group common stock for every share of HSNi common stock held (as well as cash in lieu of any fractional shares of Series A QVC Group common stock). Liberty Interactive issued 53.6 million shares of Series A QVC Group common stock to HSNi shareholders. Pro forma, QVC Group total undiluted share count is approximately 483.9 million, comprised of approximately 454.7 million shares of Series A QVC Group common stock and approximately 29.2 million shares of Series B QVC Group common stock, with former HSNi shareholders, excluding Liberty Interactive, owning 11.1% of QVC Group’s undiluted equity and 7.2% of the undiluted voting power, based on the number of QVC Group shares outstanding as of October 31, 2017.

HSNi will remain based in St. Petersburg, FL, and HSN and the Cornerstone portfolio will continue to operate as separate brands. Effective as of close, Mike Fitzharris, formerly Representative Director and Chairman, QVC Japan, has been named President of HSN and Claire Spofford, formerly President, Garnet Hill, has been named President of Cornerstone. Both Mike and Claire report to Mike George. In addition, the Liberty Interactive Board of Directors has been expanded by one to include Fiona Dias, previously a director of HSNi. The previously announced transaction between Liberty Interactive and General Communication, Inc. (“GCI”) and subsequent split-off of Liberty Ventures is expected to close in the first quarter of 2018. Following that closing, QVC Group, including wholly-owned subsidiaries QVC, Inc., zulily and HSNi, will become an asset-backed stock and Liberty Interactive will be renamed QVC Group, Inc. For information regarding the potential impact of the recent tax reform legislation on the pending transaction with GCI, please refer to the Form 8-K filed by Liberty Interactive on December 26, 2017.

About Liberty Interactive Corporation

Liberty Interactive Corporation operates and owns interests in a broad range of digital commerce businesses. Those businesses are currently attributed to two tracking stock groups: the QVC Group and the Liberty Ventures Group. The businesses and assets attributed to the QVC Group (Nasdaq: QVCA, QVCB) consist of Liberty Interactive Corporation's subsidiaries, QVC, Inc., HSN, Inc. and zulily, llc, and the businesses and assets attributed to the Liberty Ventures Group (Nasdaq: LVNTA, LVNTB) consist of all of Liberty Interactive Corporation's businesses and assets other than those attributed to the QVC Group, including its subsidiary Evite and interests in Liberty Broadband Corporation, FTD, Lending Tree, ILG and Charter Communications.

This press release includes certain forward-looking statements, including statements about the expected benefits of the HSNi acquisition, statements about the proposed acquisition of GCI by Liberty Interactive and the proposed split-off of GCI and certain Liberty Ventures Group assets and liabilities (the “proposed split-off” and together with the proposed acquisition of GCI, the “proposed transactions”), the timing of the proposed transactions, the renaming of Liberty Interactive and other matters that are not historical facts. These forward-looking statements involve many risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements, including, without limitation, the satisfaction of conditions to complete the proposed transactions. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release, and Liberty Interactive expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to disseminate any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement contained herein to reflect any change in Liberty Interactive's expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based. Please refer to the publicly filed documents of Liberty Interactive, including the most recent Forms 10-K and 10-Q, for additional information about Liberty Interactive and about the risks and uncertainties related to Liberty Interactive's business which may affect the statements made in this press release.

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Courtnee Chun, 720-875-5420




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