Comcast to Offer Live TV Streams on Tablets5 Jan, 2011 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Comcast Corp. Jan. 5 said it would later this year offer live streams of TV programs, news and movies on tablet computers, including the Apple iPad and Android-powered devices such as the Samsung Galaxy.
The tablet market worldwide is expected to grow from $16 billion in revenue last year to $46 billion in 2014, according to The Yankee Group. North America accounts for 37% of global tablet sales.
Philadelphia-based Comcast also expanded on-demand content selections and functionality for Xfinity TV, its broadband-enabled service that allows subscribers to watch repurposed programming from any connected device.
Comcast upgraded the Xfinity TV app to function as an all-in-one television guide, remote control and mobile video player. Users can change TV channels, and search and browse through TV and On Demand listings, in addition to programming their DVRs.
Future releases of the app will include access to social networking sites so users can share content with their friends in real time, as well as a MyTV feature that affords users the ability to send and receive personal recommendations with friends about what to watch.
“Live streaming and the play now feature on our Xfinity TV app are two important pieces of our strategy to deliver any content to any device, any time,” Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said in a statement.
The federal government is expected to rule shortly on Comcast's $30 billion majority acquisition of NBC-Universal.