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May 20, 2011

New Version of Comcast's Xfinity App Can Be Used with IPhone, iPod

By Ed Silverstein, TMCnet Contributor

The iOS Xfinity TV app from Comcast has been improved to version 1.5, which lets the app be used on iPhones and iPods – not just Apple’s (News - Alert) iPad.

The app can be downloaded for free from the App Store – if someone subscribes to Comcast, according to MacRumors.

“iPhone and iPod Touch users can now stream over 4,500 hours of content from Comcast’s Xfinity On-Demand video service with the app over WiFi (News - Alert),” reports Ubergizmo.

On the downside, MacRumors says some users may be crashing when using the newer version and the site recommends having a backup of the older version.

But on the upside, Ubergizmo says it “works over any WiFi connection and not just the one in your home – which gives the app a leg up over offerings from its competitors such as Time Warner (News - Alert) Cable and Cablevision.”

CNET also points out that the app is a “remote control and DVR controller for supported cable boxes.”

So far, Android (News - Alert) users cannot access streaming video when using the Xfinity app, CNET said.

In other recent news about Comcast’s Xfinity, TMCnet reported that Comcast (News - Alert) updated the Xfinity TV app for iOS with several new features and offerings. There is streaming content from IFC, Adult Swim and the BBC, TMCnet says. It can sync with the Xfinity TV website; it has a channel keypad allowing for quick changes if it is being used as a remote; and it can jump to specific dates in the TV listings, according to TMCnet. The update has also changed the iPhone version, and it now has a "flip through previous channels" feature which was previously just on the iPad version, TMCnet reports.

The app lets users search and select what they want to watch, says TMCnet. Users have thousands of choices, such as movies and premium cable shows, as well as On Demand, TMCnet adds.

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Ed Silverstein is a TMCnet contributor. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell