Xfinity TV Streaming Now Available on iPhone, iPod via Wi-Fi

The latest iteration, version 1.5, of the Xfinity TV application for iPhone and iPod touch was released on the App Store yesterday. This update grants Comcast subscribers the capability to stream TV shows and movies on their devices via any Wi-Fi connection.

Earlier in February, Comcast enhanced the Xfinity TV application for iPads by introducing on-demand video streaming. Since its introduction, the Comcast streaming library has expanded, now offering over 6,000 hours of video content from 25 different networks.

Additionally, the app provides functionalities such as DVR control and the ability to schedule recordings. Since its debut in November of the previous year, it has been downloaded over 1.5 million times.

The updated Xfinity app now aims to deliver entertainment across all digital screens – from TVs and PCs to tablets and smartphones.

However, the rollout of this eagerly anticipated feature for Apple mobile devices was not without its hitches. Some users experienced issues when trying to launch the updated app.

Comcast has advised those affected to uninstall any previous versions of the Xfinity TV app before installing the new update. Furthermore, Christopher MacManus from CNET noted some problems with video playback lasting more than 15 seconds, suggesting that the simultaneous access by numerous users to the new features might have caused the disruption. It’s also important to note that, similar to the iPad version, the on-demand video streaming is only accessible through Wi-Fi and does not support 3G streaming or offline downloads.

On a positive note, unlike its competitors Cablevision and Time Warner, Comcast does not restrict video streaming to just the home Wi-Fi network.

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