Comcast preparing AnyPlay live TV streaming service for the iPad

Summary:Comcast has been promising for some time now that it would bring live TV to the iPad, and the cable giant looks like it's getting closer to its goal. According to a story on MacRumors, the company is readying its AnyPlay service, which will use a special Motorola box to relay broadcasts to your iPad (and presumably Android tablets) over your wireless home network.

Comcast has been promising for some time now that it would bring live TV to the iPad, and the cable giant looks like it's getting closer to its goal. According to a story on MacRumors, the company is readying its AnyPlay service, which will use a special Motorola box to relay broadcasts to your iPad (and presumably Android tablets) over your wireless home network.

Apparently, you will be able to sign up a maximum of 10 tablets, though only one can run the AnyPlay service at one time. As with other services from competitors like Time Warner Cable, subscribers will only be able to watch live TV on a tablet within their home, not in the wild (a.k.a. the rest of the world). Engadget speculates the service may require the new Motorola Televation set-top box, which can convert broadcasts coming from your cable connection to MPEG-4 streams for tablet consumption. The existing Xfinity app would still provide access to Comcast's on-demand programming.

No doubt you will pay extra for this privilege, though there's no word whether that includes paying for the box separately. In fact, there's no official word on when AnyPlay will launch, where it will launch first, and how much it will cost subscribers. Two other questions: Will anyone want to pay for it, and, if so, how much will they be willing to tack onto their monthly bills?

[Image: MacRumors]

Topics: Hardware, iPad, Mobility

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Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.

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