Comcast working on iPad TV streaming service called AnyPlay

“Comcast, the United States’ largest cable and internet provider, is working on a television streaming solution for iPads, to compete with Cablevision and Time Warner. The streaming product was announced earlier this year, but details haven’t been released until now,” Jordan Golson reports for MacRumors.

“The product, called AnyPlay, allows Comcast subscribers to view live television on their iPad as long as it’s connected to their home network; users must have a special Motorola box which, apparently, takes the live cable stream and sends it directly to the Xfinity TV iPad app over a local wireless network,” Golson reports. “The service won’t work over Wi-Fi from other locations, or via 3G.”

Golson reports, “Other solutions, like Time Warner’s, stream live video over an internet connection. Comcast’s AnyPlay appears to be a cable box that sends video to the iPad rather than to a television. Users can watch “most” channels included with their Xfinity TV service. Users can register up to 10 tablets, but only watch live TV on one tablet at a time.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Excrement by committee. If implemented as described, this horrible mess will be the very worst “solution” for iPad users offered by any major U.S. cable provider, by far.

iPad owners should hate Comcast.

Related articles:
Cablevision premieres iPad TV app for ‘optimum package’ customers – April 4, 2011
Time Warner Cable releases TWCable TV 2.0; now with over 100 channels – July 7, 2011

34 Comments

        1. Next time: Less reading, more using.

          I use the TWCable TV app everyday. So does my wife. So does my daughter. Three iPads watching whatever they want concurrently. Setting DVRs. Browsing the guides and changing channels. Works perfectly. No extra box required. No awful single iPad limit.

          Don’t bother typing any further about what you clearly do not understand.

  1. I call our Cable Op/IP CONcast. Our system was one of the many swapped between Time-Warner and CONcast a few years ago, and CONcast makes TW look good.
    Shitty digital TV, shitty Internet and extortion- range billing on packages arranged to make you buy the whole shot sandwich just to get the few decent channels.

  2. When will they cater to iPad users directly? I live in a rural town that has no cable provider. The only thong available is satellite (which I also don’t subscribe). But if they offered services to mobile devices, then it would open a whole demographic that no one has tapped yet. Hold outs like me might be enticed to do cable. But it has to be truly mobile and not tied to some anchor box.

    1. Yes they should do that. All they need is to put a TV receiver into the iPad. And they should add a huge hard drive so it can be a DVR. Oh and rabbit ears built in for good reception. And then Apple should build a 32″ iPad for HD reception. That would sell like hotcakes in the boondocks, wouldn’t it?

      1. Actually you just need every Network / Premium channel to wake up and realize they can sell their programming directly to you via an APP … like ABC Player, NBC Player, HBO GO, TNT, TNN, and MLB @ Bat.

        All I’m missing at this point as far as APPs goes is – HBO selling an iPad only subscription plan, CBS, Comedy Central, FX, ESPN and the local Fox Sports affiliate. I’d pay top dollar for an NFL and NHL APP that was the same caliber as MLB @ Bat. If I could get those, I’d drop cable in a second!

        Hopefully iOS 5 will end the hit and miss availability of AirPlay with HD Mirroring. Hopefully I’ll be able to beam any of the “Player” APPs to my AppleTV 2 and watch them on my HDTV. That would be the ultimate mobile entertainment / cable & dish destroyer.

        1. That’s my point. Either break the chains of cable and get premium channels or news streams via apps (without provider subscription), or the cable providers make an app for mobile customers that stream the channels. What? They can’t provide their content via the web? Or they can’t serve as a hub for the various channels that already have apps? Comcast, Time Warner and the rest bid for town contracts and therefore have no possibility to attract subscribers who live outside their area. A web-based gateway delivered to an iPad customer would give them access to customers outside their markets. And give customers choice and services. Win-win.

    1. How about so your kids can go sit in their rooms to watch whatever they want to watch on the iPad, while you watch the NFL game on the big screen?

      How about using an iPad on a nightstand as a substitute for buying another TV for a bedroom?

      How about mounting your iPad to the treadmill / bike / sauna so you can watch the News while working out?

      How about using the magnetic smart cover to mount the iPad to the fridge while you follow a recipe on a cooking show?

      More “I don’t want it, why would anyone else want it” thinking.

    2. well if you are like me… I GO OUTSIDE and sit on the deck and enjoy the nice breeze, and watch some Action flick or something. oh… at full blast at 11pm.

      yep I’ll just drag my 55″ HDTV outside, along with my home theater system… by the time i’m done setting everything back up outside.. I could have just watched the whole thing on the iPad.

      Or maybe people could watch the TV/Movie on their iPad in Bed and not wake up their spouse?…

      Oh and as iFan pointed out. I also have a mount in my kitchen while I cook… With my bluetooth stereo headset.
      Or should I drag everything in there as well?

      Many reasons to watch the stuff on your iPad, if you are not smart enough to think up any…. well there you go.

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