Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Xfinity TV for iPad now streaming VOD for 'select networks' including HBO and Showtime (update: hands-on)

"A few weeks"? "Later this year"? Don't worry about Comcast's recent meddling with the fine print, Xfinity TV's latest update for the iPad allows you to "play movies and TV shows anywhere and anytime on your iPad using a Wi-Fi Internet connection." The deal is for select networks (aka not everyone's on board to start) including HBO, Starz, Showtime, and Cinemax. Version 1.1.1 is now available; we're downloading now and will let ya know exactly what we find.

Update: We've taken it for a brief spin, and it looks like only ten networks are currently available, but there's still a hefty selection of content to choose from: BBC America, Cartoon Network, Cinemax, Starz Encore, HBO, MoviePlex, Showtime, Starz, TBS, and TNT. All are VOD only at the moment, but we hope that live streaming could theoretically be around the corner. Video starts streaming pretty quickly, and while quality probably won't be as good as your 1080p TV, it more than suffices for the iPad's 10-inch screen -- especially the HD stuff. Check it out in the gallery below!

Xfinity TV for iPad now streaming VOD for 'select networks' including HBO and Showtime (update: hands-on) originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 01 Feb 2011 22:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  1. This is a step in the right direction for Comcast, but it still falls short of what I already experience as a DISH Network customer. With my DISH HD DVR and Sling Adapter I'm able to watch my live TV and DVR recordings on the go, without any restrictions. The Xfinity TV App does not allow users to watch live TV. As an employee of DISH I can also say there is no additional monthly fee or package restrictions, so it's totally worth it!