Today’s Bottom Line column:
The clunky, noisy, technologically dated cable box is finally getting a makeover. For area Comcast subscribers, it starts Tuesday with the official availability of the X1 video-service platform powered by an Internet-equipped set-top box.
Eligible subscribers to Comcast’s Triple Play bundle of television, Internet and phone service who elect the no-cost (except for the standard $90 installation of the new box) upgrade will barely recognize what’s on their screen.
“It’s like going from ‘The Flintstones’ to ‘The Jetsons,'” says Brian Ferney, Comcast’s director of marketing for Western New England.
The Bottom Line, after a sneak preview last week — some area households who have upgraded to Triple Play service since June have received the new boxes already — suspects subscribers will like the 21st-century on-screen look and functions. That’s assuming there are minimal bugs, freeze-ups and other new-technology calamities.