updated 12:15 pm EST, Mon November 15, 2010
Comcast Xfinity TV hits iOS, video streams in 2011
Comcast started off the week by launching Xfinity TV (free, App Store) for the iPad and iPhone. The app currently serves as a remote control and lets users steer live TV, on demand videos and the DVR to either change stations or schedule recordings for later. Unlike some options, it doesn't need Wi-Fi and will work on 3G as long as the owner has a Comcast ID or e-mail sign-in.
The app is universal and works with "compatible" Comcast set-top boxes, though the cable provider hasn't said what those might be.
An update in 2011 should give Xfinity TV the option of streaming the videos themselves as a plus for cable use. Android users will get their equivalent of the remote control app before the end of 2010, with a BlackBerry app coming sometime afterwards.