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Comcast Introduces XFINITY TV App to Android

Back in December, Comcast released their XFINITY Mobile app which allowed users to access their accounts, check and respond to email, and set up DVRs.  Now today, they’ve introduced the new XFINITY TV app to Android which eventually will allow you to watch On Demand movies and shows directly on your device.  I’m still trying to decide why we needed two separate apps, but you’ve got to like the direction this new one is headed.  Aside from the “coming soon” On Demand watching, the app lets you control your DVR, browser/filter TV listings, and even change to a particular channel using your device.

Free in the market.  

COMCAST BRINGS XFINITY TV APP TO ANDROID-POWERED MOBILE DEVICES

Find What to Watch Faster and Easier than Ever Before – Browse On Demand, Change Channels and Program DVRs – Free for Comcast Digital Customers

PHILADELPHIA – March 1, 2011 – Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) today announced it has made available its popular Xfinity TV® app to an even broader audience, officially launching it on Android Market. The Xfinity TV app, which is free to Comcast digital subscribers, enables customers to search and instantly find what to watch among thousands of choices — including top movies and premium cable shows — on TV, On Demand, online or on a smartphone.

The Xfinity TV app originally debuted on the Apple iOS in November, and since then it has been downloaded more than 1.3 million times. Now, customers with Android-powered mobile devices can also enjoy its many entertainment controls and features, including:

  • Browse and discover video content from either TV listings or selections from the On Demand library in a rich user interface with colorful poster art and details.
  • Use it as a TV guide so, in just a few finger taps, users can find what to watch by reviewing their TV listings and change the channel in real time.
  • Program their DVRs to record TV shows, series and movies so they never miss their favorites.
  • Sort content based on different filters like HD, New, Networks, or type such as Movies, Kids, or Sports.
  • Search by keyword or by title A-Z in TV listings or On Demand.
  • Coming soon, customers will also be able to watch On Demand TV shows, movies and other video content directly on an Android-powered device.

“Android has a passionate, loyal and growing fan base who we believe will enjoy managing their Xfinity TV experience in the palm of their hand,” said Matt Strauss, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Comcast Interactive Media. “This important launch is another key milestone in Comcast’s ongoing effort to provide Xfinity TV service on as many devices as possible including smartphones, tablets, laptops and PCs.”

Through a series of regular development updates, the Xfinity TV app for Android will continue to expand its features and functionality. Soon, customers will be able to access even morepersonalization features that enable them to create and manage a watchlist, customize their favorite TV listings and receive recommendations, plus other shortcuts and controls.  Later this year, Comcast plans to enable live TV streaming in the home, so customers can turn their tablet into an additional TV screen.

The Xfinity TV app, along with the Xfinity Mobile app, are both examples of Comcast’s ongoing commitment to deliver more choice and control to its customers through its Xfinity services, which include 100+ HD channels, 50 to 70 foreign-language channels, On Demand video choices increasing to 25,000 and increased broadband speeds of up to 105 Mbps. Xfinity also offers thousands of online entertainment choices (at www.xfinitytv.com) as well as other applications that enable customers to program a DVR from the Internet or a mobile device, and cross-platform features like Caller ID to the TV and PC.

To learn more about the Xfinity TV app, please visit www.xfinity.com/tvapp

About Comcast Corporation

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) (www.comcast.com) is one of the nation’s leading providers of entertainment, information and communications products and services. Comcast is principally involved in the operation of cable systems through Comcast Cable and in the development, production and distribution of entertainment, news, sports and other content for global audiences through NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is one of the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone providers to residential and business customers. Comcast is the majority owner and manager of NBCUniversal, which owns and operates entertainment and news cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, local television station groups, television production operations, a major motion picture company and theme parks.

  • Mr.Lahey309

    Its gone help I lost it

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nathaniel-Richmond/100002012931097 Nathaniel Richmond

    Why would you need two apps that is unnecessary? With DISH Networks android app I am able to manage may DVR recordings and watch them, watch live TV and if I need to check and respond to emails I can go online at DISH Networks website there response team and quick and to the point that’s just one reason why I got service with them and will continue to. DISH Network is the only TV provider to offer all of your channels and DVR content you do at home on the go! I work for DISH Network and can tell you DISH’s TV everywhere works on Tablets, Smartphone’s, and Laptops.

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  • http://dylandersen.tumblr.com/ dylandersen

    It’s unfortunate it’s not “compatible” with my Galaxy Tab.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ThornfullessRose Devin Jones

    works like a charm! been waiting for this! lol
    cant wait to watch OD content straight from my droid!

  • Ed5275

    Works great for me.

  • Anonymous

    Here’s the apk i extracted from my 2.2. device, it works a little on my 2.3 device but i keep getting fc’s. so try it out for yourself, because it won’t let you download it from the market if you have 2.3.

    http://www.mediafire.com/?219ui3j59cbnby1

  • Jroc869

    i work for comcast and couldnt tell you why the hell they do half of the things they do.

  • slvrbullet

    Am I missing something? What I want is to watch movies and shows and I’ve been doing that for months by going to the Fancast (now Xfinity) website , full (not mobile) using Dolphin HD. I’m not interested in changing channels.dvr,etc.

  • ArgyleGargoye85

    It says it’s not compatible with my Droid X running Liberty 1.5

  • Anonymous

    do you need extra hardware for streaming from your DVR?

    i have the Dish Network app where I can control my DVR’s, but to watch the programs on my phone I need a Slingbox or one of the new DVR’s with built in Sling

  • Jeremy

    Apparently doesn’t work on 2.2 either. Found the app installed it, saw the 2 cable boxes and confirmed i renamed them but after choosing which one to control when going to the channel page it just sits there saying “loading”. Also the app doesn’t have multitasking support cause as soon as you say…..answer a text message and go back to the Xfinity app it restarts it all over again and you have to re-login as there isn’t a way to save your info. This is a pretty terrible app…i think ill stick to my on screen guide.

    • FlipWilson

      I have the same issue on my HTC Inspire running 2.2. AT&T and Comcast just stink at making things work easy.

  • Anonymous

    If only it didn’t force close on my Droid with Sapphire. Oh, and tell me I have no compatible devices. Um, really? Cause they more or less work in the mobile app. Comcast….bringing you more bugs than an amazon rainforest. sigh.

  • http://twitter.com/RudeBoyWardie Olatunji

    Aww man its not compatible with Gingerbread (OG Droid)

  • ChuckDz3

    Not compatible with any 2.3 devices, only 2.1 and 2.2… bummer

  • Anonymous

    Not compatible with D1, apparently.

    http://i.imgur.com/C7YOp.jpg

  • Anonymous

    Not compatible with D1, apparently.

    http://i.imgur.com/C7YOp.jpg

    • Anonymous

      Yes. Silly, as it ought to be backwards compatible (if it runs on 2.2, it ought to run on 2.3, 2.4, 3.0, etc.). Probably just shoddy programming by Comcast.

      • lvond600

        In the context of telecommunications and computing a device or technology is said to be backward or downward compatible if it can work with input generated by an older device.[1] If products designed for the new standard can receive, read, view or play older standards or formats, then the product is said to be backward-compatible; examples of such a standard include data formats and communication protocols. Jocularly referred to as “hysterical raisins” i.e., a homophone like phrase for “historical reasons”.
        The reverse is forward compatibility, which implies that old devices allow (or are expected to allow) data formats generated by new (or future) devices, perhaps without supporting all new features. A standard supports forward compatibility if older product versions can receive, read, view or play the new standard.

      • http://twitter.com/ajrieck Alex Rieck

        It’s more likely that they were only currently programming to to work on widespread released OSes, and haven’t done full testing on 2.3 devices to allow it to be listed as compatible.

        That being said, if you try hard enough, you can get it on a 2.3 device, as I have it running on my OG droid running Project Elite 5

  • http://twitter.com/vdefender Taylor A.

    It’s not showing up in my market?

  • Jdenman03

    Can anybody post the apk? It doesn’t show up in the market on the xoom.

    • Lwvyruz

      It isnt compatible with xoom :(

      • Jdenman03

        I work for comcast and they said it will still work.

        • Lwvyruz

          I tried to download/install it using the link and in the market it says it iesnt compatible

  • Anonymous

    Okay, now time for TWC to step up to the plate…

  • http://iamandroid.co/profile/rocktoonz Rocktoonz

    I hope it works better than the first Xfinity app. There’s no way to tell it not to check your email and send a notification in it, and I have mine coming in through the standard Mail app, so that feature was both useless and annoying.

  • Tcal

    A bit late in reporting…eh?

    • Anonymous

      Better late then never. It was still news to me ;)

  • http://twitter.com/TonyG916 Tony Garza

    rockets are destroying the blazers, son

    • Anonymous

      Kellex is pissed then

  • Phelanjosh

    Not compatable with droid incredible running CM7 CR1.5

    • http://twitter.com/djstarion Francisco Rodriguez

      Currently it’s not compatible with Gingerbread

      • http://twitter.com/ajrieck Alex Rieck

        However, if you go to a backup/install a 2.2 os, download it from the market, backup the app using titanium backup, then restore your 2.3 os and restore the app using titanium backup it will run. Though when I was testing it it did close a lot, but I’m not sure if that is because my phone was running pretty hot from the backup/restore operations.

  • Anonymous

    Its about freaking time! Now ipad users can STFU :)

  • Anonymous

    Its about freaking time! Now ipad users can STFU :)

  • Anonymous

    Its about freaking time! Now ipad users can STFU :)