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.