Comcast adds live streaming to iPad and Android apps

Posted by Emma Woollacott

Comcast is promising in-home streaming this year on the iPad and Android devices, allowing users to watch live and on-demand content anywhere in the home.

"For example, you could watch the news to get weather and traffic updates in any room while you're getting ready for work. You could watch a program on the porch or in some quiet corner in your home," says the company's chief blogger, JT Ramsay, in a post.

"Or you could watch a cooking show in the kitchen with your pots and pans and spices handy. In other words, your tablet can be magically transformed into a personal TV set you can carry all around your home."

The company's also adding the ability to stream on-demand content to its Xfinity TV iPad app. It's got nearly 3,000 hours of content available already, with 'thousands' more programs and movies promised later this year.

And another new feature is the ability to use a tablet like a remote control to search for programs and to change channels via XfinityTV.com.

"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 and 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."
 
Future releases of the app will include 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 allowing users to send friends personal recommendations.