Comcast launches Xfinity TV app for iPad; Watch TV shows and movies anytime, anywhere

Comcast Corporation today unveiled its new Xfinity TV app, which will enable Xfinity TV digital customers to watch TV shows and movies directly on the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad either at home or on-the-go in the coming weeks.

The Xfinity TV app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad and requires iOS 3.2 or later.

The Xfinity TV app is a TV guide and a mobile video player all in one. It enables customers to change TV channels from the iPad and helps them to search and instantly find what to watch among thousands of choices – including top movies and premium cable shows – on TV, On Demand, online or on the iPad.

Demonstrated today at the Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco, the first version of the app will be available on the iTunes Store this week and is free to Comcast digital customers. With it, customers will be able to:

• Browse and discover video content from either TV listings or selections from the On Demand library in a rich user interface with colorful poster art and details.
• Use it as a TV guide so, in just a few finger taps, users can find what to watch by reviewing their TV listings and change the channel in real time.
• Program their DVRs to record TV shows, series and movies so they never miss their favorites.
• Sort content based on different filters like Networks and Genres such as Movies, Kids, Sports, or by HD content.
• Search by keyword or by title A-Z in TV listings or On Demand.
• Watch movies and TV shows directly on the iPad anytime, anywhere (coming in December).
• Personalize viewing with a “MyTV” feature to create a “Watchlist” of favorite TV shows and movies (coming soon).
• Seamlessly access social networking sites to share what they’re watching with others (coming soon).

“This Xfinity TV app is part of a much larger effort to reinvent the way consumers interact with their televisions by transforming the way they search, navigate, discover and share entertainment,” said Neil Smit, President of Comcast Cable, in the press release. “The remote control hasn’t changed in years and this app will enable millions of consumers to instantly search thousands of live TV and On Demand choices and also watch the best content whenever and wherever they want.”

Initially, Comcast will offer hit shows and blockbuster movies from the top premium networks on the app. In the coming weeks and months, the app will continue to expand its content and functionality through a series of regular development updates. It will include thousands of additional entertainment choices, added remote control features, and enhanced search across platforms.

More info and download link via Apple’s iTunes App Store here.

Source: Comcast Corporation

22 Comments

  1. Now THIS is big news (if executed correctly). Not only can you watch TV anywhere (that you have bandwidth, anyways), but you can use your iPad or iPhone to browse channels without (or before) changing channels on the TV. Or even turning it on. And then use the device as a remote control as well. For those without DVR’s, you can even continue watching while you run to the kitchen to get some food (or the loo to get rid of some).

  2. OK…you will need to buy a package of channels that you will never watch, to watch the one channel that you do. Plus that channel is in the third tier, so you will need to buy the first two tiers…Total cost to watch comcash on your iPad $150/month….such a bargain to watch dancing with the stars…total crap.

  3. Cable and satellite operators offer these bloated packages that are 80 % crap channels that no one wants. Why not just have a menu, you select the channels you will actually watch and there is a set fee per month per channel. I only watch maybe 10 channels out of the hundreds they carry. Why should I have to pay for them all? Total BS. I hope they price themselves right out of the market.

  4. @Yimmie
    One person’s favorite is another person’s crap. How about you just set up a farorite list on your DVR and only access those. To you it will be just like only non crap on your TV. Just pretend you are only paying for those and you will sleep better my sad little friend.

  5. @HughB, you said it!

    It’s all fine and good to criticize the cable company because of their tiers and pricing, but so effin’ what? This app is a good thing for the iPad ecosystem, and for those of us who actually get value from Comcast, it is a really good thing.Everyone is entitled to their opinion, just like their own arsehole, but seriously, does your opinion about a cable company and its financial model have ANYTHING to do with this app? I have had ATT Uverse, DirecTV and Dish, Time-Warner and Comcast, some tied in with multiple Tivo units. Of all of them DirecTV had the best picture, but so far, Comcast has the most reliable AND economical combo of Internet/digitalTV and digital voice. I still get plenty pissed off at them, but what do you really want? All this stuff for free?

  6. installed on multiple iDevices and worked great across my all of my cable boxes! only criticism would be that you have to use the Comcast remote still to continue the selection process for viewing On Demand content. Probably being worked on though. Nice work Comcast (never thought I’d say that!).

  7. @comcastBlows

    The providers can advertise that they have hundreds of channels to watch.  It would be very difficult and expensive to have to program each persons box to only a few channels and do separate billing and payments.  They buy the packages from the networks, and there are only a few of them.  On 9/11 you could tell who owned what.  If they had a news network they played that (MTV had CBS news).  If not they had a disclaimer that was the same on the channels they owned.  I could count less than 10 content providers.  Al-la-cart will not happen, it would be to expensive.  

    As far as Comcast, it does blow.  They will ruin NBC.  That is why I have FiOS.   

  8. “I like the part about the remote. Now I can have a remote all to myself: take that Mrs. silverhawk!”

    Nahhh. It has a 10 second delay switching channels. PLUS, you still need the Comcast remote to hit Play for anything on OnDemand. I’m hoping this gets improved in Dec.

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