Comcast rolls out ‘AnyPlay,’ delivers live TV to Apple iPad

“With the proliferation of handheld devices, especially tablets, Comcast continues to develop more ways Xfinity TV customers can watch their favorite shows and movies on their terms. Today, Comcast is offering customers yet another choice as we begin to roll out AnyPlay, a device which enables live TV on a variety of Internet-enabled displays in the home,” Mark Hess blogs for Comcast.

“With AnyPlay, you can watch the channels that are included in your linear channel subscription through the Xfinity TV app on the iPad, and very soon the Motorola Xoom tablet,” Hess writes, presumably with a straight face. “This means that while someone else watches a program in the living room, for example, you can watch another show on your iPad from the backyard deck, kitchen or other places around the home.”

“Here’s how it works…the AnyPlay device works the same as any other set top box in the home, but instead of delivering the incoming channel lineup to a television, AnyPlay delivers the lineup to the Wi-Fi router on the home network,” Hess writes. “The router then distributes the secure video signal to the iPad or Xoom over your home’s wireless network. So as long as your tablet is within range of the home wireless router, you can turn it into another television screen.”

MacDailyNews Take: Dude, cut the shit. Nobody has a Xoom. You don’t have to include failed fake iPads or the generic “tablets” in your blog posting in order to appear balanced. You sound like Walt Fscking Mossberg. You can just write “iPad.” It’s okay. Really.

Hess continues, “Currently, we’re making AnyPlay available to Xfinity HD Triple Play customers in areas of Denver and Nashville at no additional charge. If you don’t live in Nashville or Denver, don’t worry, as we plan to add more markets in the coming months. And while AnyPlay is for around-the-home viewing, the Xfinity TV app offers 8,000 hours of On Demand movies and TV shows that can be watched for free, both inside and outside of the home.”

More info about AnyPlay here.


  1. New customer pricing: requires subscription to the XFINITY Triple Play package, with five tiers STARTING at $99.00 per month for 12 months, up to $199.99 per month for 2 years…you get unlimited nationwide calling with that, along with 75-150 useless channels and a prepaid Visa® card…

  2. forget Comcast, get a Slingbox, dummies. $300 total one time, watch your TV from most sources (not PS3 or XBox) you have anywhere anytime on any computer or mobile device. use Apple TV and AirPlay with another TV someplace else.

  3. Who cares your tied down to your WiFi network at your house. What good is that!

    Dish Network as sling and you can get your programming on any TCIP/IP device no matter where you are.

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