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January 05, 2011

Comcast Offering Live Streaming to iPad

By Charles West, TMCnet Web Editor

Comcast announced that users of the Apple Inc. tablet device called the iPad, will soon be able to stream almost everything Comcast (News - Alert) systems are showing live on television, along with 3,000 hours of on-demand content, wherever there is a wireless Internet connection.

Comcast along with other cable operators are trying to add as much value as possible to its services in the face of slowing subscription growth and stiffer competition from the likes of major Telco providers like AT&T and Verizon (News - Alert).  

Adding such a feature allows Comcast to incorporate as much value as possible to its services, making it a relevant option when put up against video services such as Hulu (News - Alert) with Netflix’s rental offerings.

In November, Comcast announced that it was rolling out its Xfinity iPad app that allows users to both watch videos and program their digital video recorders. These features are in an effort to catch the attention of a new generation of consumers, looking for content they can stream from the Internet to their new portable media devices.

In addition, Comcast Corporation introduced XFINITY Internet 2go, high-speed wireless data service in the Sacramento, Calif. area. Three different data cards and service plans are being sold by Comcast. Some of them are:

XFINITY Internet 2go Metro service uses a 4G-only data card, giving customers super-fast wireless service within the 4G metro coverage area. The 4G device operates only in a 4G network footprint.

XFINITY Internet 2go nationwide service uses a 3G-only data card, giving customers nationwide wireless service. The 3G-only device operates on Sprint's (News - Alert) national 3G network.

XFINITY Internet 2go Nationwide Preferred service delivers fast metro 4G service plus coast-to-coast access on Sprint's national 3G network. The 4G/3G device operates by switching between available 4G and 3G networks.

Charles West is a Web Editor for TMCnet. A self described music snob, realist and wreck-loose, Charles enjoys great Mexican food and even better technology. Prior to joining TMC (News - Alert) Charles worked with many gadget oriented sites that included running his own blog (TheTrendaholic.com) and Smartphone column for examiner.com. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.