Comcast (http://www.comcast.net) has announced plans to enable in-home streaming for live and On-Demand content this year on Apple’s iPad, as well as Android powered tablets. Later this year, customers will be able to watch live news, TV shows and movies in their homes whenever they want, the company says.
Comcast plans to roll out its new play now feature, which will enable customers using the popular Xfinity TV iPad app to watch nearly 3,000 hours of On Demand content, including movies and hit TV shows, either in the home or on-the-go, including anywhere there is a wireless connection.
The initial selection of programs and movies is just the beginning, says Brian Roberts, Chairman & CEO of Comcast. Comcast plans to bring thousands of additional choices to the iPad in the weeks and months ahead and to add the same functionality and content to Android powered devices later this year, he adds.
Comcast’s Xfinity TV app functions as a television guide, remote control and mobile video player all in one. With it, customers can change TV channels, easily search and browse through their TV and On Demand listings, and program their DVRs. Future releases of the app will include access to social networking sites so customers can share what they’re watching with their friends in real time, as well as a “MyTV” feature that gives customers the ability to send and receive personal recommendations with friends on what to watch. To learn more about the iPad app, go to http://www.xfinity.com/tvapp .
Also, Comcast’s Xfinity TV online (http://www.xfinitytv.com) has added additional features that transform any computer into a search engine and remote control. Comcast has also launched a new feature that enables customers to search for their favorite programs and to change channels on a TV set from a computer via XfinityTV.com. The feature enables millions of customers with laptops or desktop computers to browse, search and find TV and On Demand content online and then select and watch it on their TVs or program their DVRs to record programs for later viewing. This feature also transforms any computer into a remote control.