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November 27, 2012

Comcast Updating Xfinity TV Everywhere App

By Shankar Pandiath, TMCnet Contributor

Comcast (News - Alert) Corporation recently announced that it has updated its Xfinity TV Everywhere app for iOS and Android users with the ability to download TV shows and movies from its four premium cable networks. This will initiate and boost the concept of off-line watching.

As reported by the users of this advanced TV Everywhere app, the download option is now available to subscribers of MoviePlex, Encore, Starz, and Showtime. For the subscribers of these premium cable networks, the download button appears next to the play button, also offering users a choice to select between highest quality and medium quality, helping them manage their storage locations and bandwidth accordingly.

 However, according to Engadget, the quality of such downloaded TV shows and movies from the Xfinity TV Everywhere app is not HD. However, it is certainly a good watch on a flight or subway.

Comcast Xfinity TV Everywhere app provides video on demand to subscribers. However, unlike other cable companies, Xfinity allows access to the app from anywhere in the world, through a reliable and faster Internet connection. The company entered into a content deal with Disney earlier this year, which includes online access to 70 channels like Disney, ABC, and ESPN (News - Alert).

Comcast also has data caps on its comprehensive broadband services and advanced video streaming counts against monthly allotments. As reported in the month of May 2012, the company announced that it is working for an advanced app for Android (News - Alert) support. And now, Comcast introduces its TV Everywhere app for both iOS and Android devices.

The Xfinity TV Everywhere app allows viewers to watch their favorite movies, TV shows, sports and other programs anywhere on their mobile devices. It is a free app that needs to be downloaded and installed on a smartphone or other Web-enabled devices to enjoy TV anywhere without spending time and money on streaming videos from multiple sources. With the new enhancement in the app, viewers may not only watch TV on their smartphone or Web-enabled devices from anywhere in the world, but can also download the same for off-line watching. However, for downloading TV programs and movies via the app, it is important to subscribe to the four premium cable networks as mentioned by Comcast.

“Broadcasters and TV providers are giving customers more ways to view the content they’re already paying for, rather than forking over more money to streaming video services such as Amazon Instant Video and Netflix—or even cutting the cord to traditional TV and using only those alternative services,” as stated by consumerreports.org.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman

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