Comcast (s CMCSA) is adding a new wrinkle to its Xfinity mobile application: Future versions of the app will not only deliver thousands of hours of on-demand video to mobile and tablet devices, but will also give users access to live TV programming as well, according to a post on the Comcast blog today. Comcast CEO Brian Roberts will be demoing new features of the Xfinity iPad app (s AAPL) at the Citi Conference for Media, Entertainment and Telecommunications today (audio link here, requires free registration).
Comcast first demoed its iPad app last spring, showing off integration with its program guide and DVR that enabled users to browse, search for and record content. When the company finally launched the first iteration of the app a few months ago, it also previewed an upcoming feature that would allow subscribers to watch video on demand titles from the mobile device.
Adding live streaming into the mix will be a huge upgrade for its mobile app users. But before Comcast subscribers get too excited, it’s worth noting that live streaming will only be available for users when connected to their Comcast wireless router. In other words, the live streaming will only work while subscribers are at their own homes, which takes a little bit of fun out of the “mobile” aspect of it.
Comcast isn’t the only video service provider that has announced this type of feature; Verizon (s VZ) showed off a version of its iPad app last summer that would also enable live streaming to the iPad. And like Comcast, its live streaming only works in the home when connected to a wireless router from Verizon.
Comcast hasn’t said when the live features will be available on the iPad, but the latest version of the app, which includes the Play Now on demand feature, has been submitted to Apple for approval and should be available in the coming weeks. According to a Comcast spokesperson, a version of the mobile app is also being developed for Android and should be coming soon.
For a look at the Comcast Xfinity iPad app’s search and on-demand features, check out our hands-on video below:
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