MacRumors has stumbled on another hot piece of information. It looks like they have on their hands a leaked guide that showcases Comcastâ€™s long-referenced plans for the live iPad TV. This new feature has been named AnyPlay and will stream live TV on the iPad and hopefully other tablets as well, as long as thereâ€™s a Wi-Fi in the house.
But hold on a second and donâ€™t get over yourselves. Users will be needing a special Motorola set-top box to do the watching, that will be limited to one tablet at a time for a max of ten registered tablets. But whatâ€™s the device actually good for? Well the Motorola router will just do the shifting of the video in order to offer the best TV-like experience. Auch!
AnyPly isnâ€™t alone in its quest to offer television to iPad junkies, as other rival companies offer pretty much the same services, think of Cablevision or Time Warner. But supposedly AnyPlay is a separate service that doesnâ€™t replace the Comcastâ€™s Xfinity TV streaming service. Nevertheless some content providers have complained that tablet TV streaming can be interpreted as a second play and have demanded extra rights, even if the feed is the exact same one used for regular TV.
Comcast is the largest U.S. cable provider, with 24 million subscribers. The exact date for the beginning of the trails is not yet known, or in which cities it will take place, or how much the feature will cost. The current version of the iPad app, which provides on-demand video available anywhere, includes a remote control for cable boxes who are free to subscribers.
by Radu Tyrsina