Comcast is introducing live cable TV to the iPad for Xfinity TV customers with a new device service called AnyPlay, allowing you to tune into your favorite shows on your tablet while the rest of the family watches another channel on the television.
Comcast promises all the channels included in your linear channel subscription will be available on your iPad. In a post on its blog, the company explains how AnyPlay works:
Here’s how it works… the AnyPlay device works the same as any other set top box in the home, but instead of delivering the incoming channel lineup to a television, AnyPlay delivers the lineup to the Wi-Fi router on the home network. The router then distributes the secure video signal to the iPad or Xoom over your home’s wireless network. So as long as your tablet is within range of the home wireless router, you can turn it into another television screen.
While that unfortunately means you can’t use AnyPlay to watch live cable tv while you’re away from home, you can still access Xfinity’s 8,000 hours of on-demand content.
AnyPlay is currently available at no extra charge to Xfinity HD Triple Play customers in the Denver and Nashville areas, with further rollouts planned in the coming months.
[via Comcast Blog]