Comcast launches AnyPlay WiFi Live TV streaming for iPad users

Comcast has announced that it is now rolling outs its AnyPlay service which is a small device that will allow you to watch your home Comcast TV channels on your iPad and other WiFi enabled displays.

With AnyPlay, you can watch the channels that are included in your linear channel subscription through the Xfinity TV app on the iPad, and very soon the Motorola Xoom™ tablet. This means that while someone else watches a program in the living room, for example, you can watch another show on your iPad from the backyard deck, kitchen or other places around the home.

The AnyPlay device works like any other setup box however instead of delivering the available channels via a cable to your TV, it delivers them to your WiFi router which can then distribute the secure video to your iPad. Your iPad has to be connected to your home network to view the stream; no access is available from outside your home. Comcast's existing Xfinity TV app is used to view the Live TV channels.

AnyPlay is available free of charge for Xfinity HD Triple Play customers but only in Denver and Nashville at the moment; Comcast plan to add more markets in the coming months.

Source: Comcast

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Comcast launches AnyPlay WiFi Live TV streaming for iPad users

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No, it won't work with AppleTV because you won't be able to load the Xfinity TV app on that device via normal process. So, this streaming is only available through that app and requires a Motorola streaming box with a CableCard in it. (This is the device they left out of the details on this article). Think of it like a SlingBox, but since it's locked down to your Xfinity app and the local WIFI network only (due to place shifting licensing terms that the broadcasters cried about it), all it is is a glorified remote monitor setup if you will. I guess if you value an overpriced solution which lacks place shifting OUTSIDE of your home, you'll like this solution.

This is pointless. Why do I have to be in my home network? I already have 3 large TVs in my house. Now make this to where I can watch from anywhere...anytime? Would be worth using!!!

Licensing issues with all the broadcasters (channel owners) complaining about place shifting issues and not getting extra money for that. Basically just BS gold digging reasons.

Actually not... Comcast's app like Directv and TWC and cablevision are not palce shifting devices. The only place shifting device that is out in mass right not is the sling adapter/box.

I watch all my television channels and recorded anywhere I want on my Android (if you have iPhone or iPad you can as well)easily. I have DISH so I got bought their sling adapter. Now instead of dreaming about leaving the house to watch television I do, with 3G. 4G, or wifi. I am just glad I have sprint because I don't have to worry about overages on data.

Triple play customers only? Come on Comcast... that's a freakin joke. I hate to tell you, but many people don't need home phones. No way your forcing me into that. Also, talk about a "limited audience" for initial roll out.

Comcast... customers want any time, anywhere access. I have multiple TVs in my house for a reason.

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