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Comcast's new Chief Product Officer hails from Xbox, Nike

Richard Lawler, @Rjcc
June 2, 2015
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As Comcast keeps trying to turn around the negative reputation that it (and the rest of the pay-TV industry) has, it has a new Chief Product Officer to help. Enter Chris Satchell, who comes from Nike where he was the Consumer Technology Officer working on products like the FuelBand. According to Satchell, Nike ditched that gadget because sensors proliferated in other devices, and it chose to focus on building systems to track and handle its customers workout data. Other than the distinctive light up bangle, Satchell also previously worked at Microsoft where his work included leading its XNA game development program through the Xbox 360's early days, plus talking smack about Nintendo and Sony on the side.

He once said Sony should "copy Xbox Live a little more closely", advice he can now bring to Comcast's next-gen cable boxes and apps. They could probably use a dash of that style, not to mention the performance, although the X1 has some impressive features like cloud DVR and the talking guide it just rolled out. Now that Sony has a TV service of its own, he may find them as competitors once again -- to go along with Sling, Apple and the rest -- we can't wait to hear what he has to say then.

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