Comcast readying live TV streaming service for the iPad

Tue, Sep 27, 2011


Comcast, the nation’s largest cable provider is working on a new service which will allow iPad users to stream live TV onto their device. This initiative follows Comcast’s Xfinity TV iPad app which lets users manage their DVR remotely and watch 3,000 hours worth of on-Demand content from anywhere.

Comcast’s TV streaming service, called AnyPlay, will let subscribers watch TV streams on their iPad from their home network.¬†MacRumors points out that “users must have a special Motorola box which, apparently, takes the live cable stream and sends it directly to the¬†Xfinity TViPad app over a local wireless network.”

Consequently, the service doesn’t work over 3G and over alternative wi-fi connections. Indeed, the leaked flier above notes that the AnyPlay TV app lets you “view TV on select tablet devices from anywhere in your home.”

So with this service, think of your iPad as yet another TV in your house.

The service can support up to 10 registered tablets, but only one tablet at a time can take advantage of the streaming service.

A release date for the service remains unclear, but a limited rollout for a few select markets is on the horizon to be followed by a larger rollout soon thereafter.


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