“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.”
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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.
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