WASHINGTON — Comcast is gearing up to launch a fully Internet-enabled television service this year that will provide live TV and DVR recordings on tablets, smartphones and PCs — but in deference to programming suppliers, it’s mostly restricting the service to access within a subscriber’s home.
The Xfinity Cloud TV will be available for Apple iPads and iPhones, as well as Android devices, PCs and Macs. Users can access live TV channels only within their homes over Wi-Fi, but will be able to “check out” DVR content by downloading it to portable devices for viewing on the go.
The service is “ecosystem friendly,” Comcast chief technology officer Tony Werner said. In conjunction with programming partners, the operator will be able to dynamically insert ads in real time on different devices.
Comcast’s approach stands in contrast to the service from Aereo, the startup that is retransmitting local broadcast TV and DVR…
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