Comcast Launches 3,000 Hours of iPad Live Streaming Content

Comcast has unveiled plans to introduce a service that will deliver 3,000 hours of on-demand, streaming video content to the iPad. While specifics are limited, it’s confirmed that the offering will encompass a variety of TV programs, live news, and films. The exact timeline for launch remains vague, with a broad “later this year” as the only hint.

Further details were shared about the upcoming Play Now feature within the Xfinity TV iPad app. This feature will allow users to stream content over Wi-Fi. This would have been a great alternative to the subpar TV experience I endured at a hotel recently.

We will continue to monitor this development and provide updates as they become available.

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COMCAST CHAIRMAN AND CEO BRIAN L.

ROBERTS ANNOUNCES PLANS TO OFFER LIVE TV STREAMING ON TABLETS THIS YEAR AND NEARLY 3,000 HOURS OF ON DEMAND CONTENT ON THE IPAD
Enables Millions of Customers to Search and Discover Top Shows and Movies Online, TV or VOD, and
Change TV Channels or Record DVRs from www.XfinityTV.com
PHILADELPHIA ‚Äì January 5, 2011 ‚Äì Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), the nation’s leading provider of entertainment, information and communications, today announced plans to enable in-home streaming for live and On Demand content this year on Apple’s iPad¬Æ as well as Android‚Ñ¢ powered tablets. Later this year, customers will be able to watch live news, TV shows and movies in their homes whenever they want. Comcast also made two more announcements about its Xfinity TV service today. First, Comcast provided details about the play now capability that will be available on the iPad in the coming weeks and which will enable the viewing of On Demand programming on the iPad. Second, Xfinity TV online (www.xfinitytv.com) has added additional features that transform any computer into a powerful search engine and remote control.
Play Now Capability on Xfinity TV iPad App
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 popular 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.

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.
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 seamless 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.
“Live streaming and the play now feature on our Xfinity TV app are two important pieces of our strategy to deliver any content to any device, any time,” said Brian L. Roberts, Chairman & CEO of Comcast Corporation. “Comcast has a series of upcoming online enhancements and app releases that are part of a much larger effort to reinvent how customers interact with their entertainment on TV, online and on mobile devices.”
Changing Channels on a Television Set from a Computer on Xfinity TV Online
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.

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