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Comcast iPad app to serve as Xfinity DVR remote

updated 04:50 pm EDT, Wed May 12, 2010

Comcast Xfinity Remote for iPad previewed

Comcast at the Cable Show today demoed an upcoming Xfinity Remote app for the iPad (video below). The software will turn the Apple tablet into a control for the cable provider's set-top boxes and will show a TV-style guide for changing channels or recording shows to a DVR. Social links will play just as much of a role, the company added: users can either chat live while watching a show or invite friends to watch at the same time.

The feature will work with whatever channels the user has and appears to support on-demand movies as well as regular programming. No plans are currently known that would allow viewing directly from the iPad, and the web-based Xfinity streaming service currently requires Flash to work.

Development doesn't have a fixed schedule, but the company promises to have the Xfinity app available for the iPad before the end of the year.

by MacNN Staff



  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Too bad for Comcast that people smart enough to buy an iPad are unlikely to be dumb enough to use Comcast.

  1. mortie

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Oh, I would love it if Tivo had something like this. Comcast/Xfinity set-top boxes are painful to use.

  1. squirrellydw

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I hope Verizon comes out with something like this

  1. pottymouth

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Hey now, testudo

    I've got an iPad AND comcast. I hate Comcast as much as the next guy, but in my situation there is no alternative. The picture quality sucks, the interface sucks, and the service sucks, but the internet is fast and flawless.

    They can't even get their set-top hardware and software to play well together. I don't hold much hope for this app, but I guess I'd give it a shot.

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "but the internet is fast and flawless"

    yea.. until something craps out, you call tech support and they tell you they will be out in 5-7 days. Seriously.. This happened to me 13 times in the 4 years of Comcrap.

    over a year with Verizon and never a single issue.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: @pottymouth

    Yeah, my brother had comcast internet. It literally would go off line when the wind picked up. Friends who had it would be continuously having connection problems, calling Comcast to find out 'all's OK on our end" only to find out later there was maintenance or such c*** going on.

    Me, I had Earthlink DSL, which cost more for less 'speed' than deal with the idiots at Comcast.

    Oh, and pottymouth, you should just go the extra mile and buy a Tivo, dump the Comcast DVR and boxes, get cablecards instead, and save yourself a bunch of hassle and stupidity. That's what I did when I went to FiOS.

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