Comcast subscribers just got an unexpected Groundhog Day present: the cable provider's Xfinity TV iPad app just got a 3,000 hour boost of on-demand shows and movies from HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, and more. Giddyup.
While the app itself is free, you'll need to be a premium subscriber to access all that premium content. It's open season, though, on the basic cable goods from the four networks—TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network, and BBC America—that are bundled into the feature. Also take note: it's Wi-Fi only for now, although a 3G version is apparently in the works, along with more content partners.
Let's hope so! Because while I love being able to enjoy the fruits of my pricey cable bill on multiple screens, I'm going to want to enjoy all of it. Except maybe Skins. That one I can do without.
COMCAST LAUNCHES VIDEO STREAMING ON XFINITY TV APP FOR IPAD
Nearly 3,000 Hours of Movies and TV Shows Including HBO, SHOWTIME®, Starz, Encore, Cinemax and MoviePlex Available For Free to Subscribers;
App Exceeds One Million Downloads
PHILADELPHIA – February 2, 2011 – Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) today announced its Xfinity® TV service now enables customers to watch many of their top favorite TV programs and movies On Demand directly on the iPad®mobile digital device either at home or on-the-go. This new feature is available as part of an updated version of the Xfinity TV app, which is offered for free to Xfinity TV digital customers, and has been downloaded more than one million times since its launch in mid-November. With it, hundreds of TV programs and movies are available for subscribers to stream directly to the iPad.
Content from premium cable networks including HBO, SHOWTIME, Starz, Encore, Cinemax and MoviePlex can be accessed free by Xfinity TV subscribers of those networks with the swipe of a fingertip, in addition to hit programming from TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network and BBC America. Today's selection of available programming and movies is just the beginning – Comcast plans to bring thousands more choices to the iPad in the weeks and months ahead.
"The Xfinity TV app with video streaming is part of our ongoing effort to deliver great entertainment experiences for our customers on all screens and devices," said Matt Strauss, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Comcast Interactive Media. "We have an aggressive development plan to introduce even more features in the coming months that enable customers to more richly watch, control, and personalize their entertainment experience."
Top entertainment available on the iPad today includes nearly 3,000 hours of hit TV shows or series like: HBO's True Blood(every episode from all three seasons), Boardwalk Empire and Big Love; Showtime's Dexter®, Weeds, Californication (every episode from first three seasons plus new episodes from season four); and Starz's Spartacus: Blood and Sand (season one) and Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (prequel). Top movies in a variety of categories include popular films Alice in Wonderlandand The Hangover; kids' movies including G-Force and Monsters vs. Aliens; Oscar® winners or nominees including An Education and The Blind Side; plus a variety of romantic comedies, dramas, thrillers and horror films.
The Xfinity TV app is a mobile video player and a TV guide all in one – it also enables customers to easily search and browse through their TV and On Demand listings, program their DVRs and change TV channels. Comcast's development team will continue to enhance the app with many new features and releases planned in the coming months on as many devices as possible.
The Xfinity TV app is another example of the Company's larger commitment to deliver more choice and control to its customers through its Xfinity services, which include 150,000 online entertainment choices through Xfinity TV (atwww.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 for iPad, please visit www.xfinity.com/tvapp.