Comcast extends cloud DVR availability

DetailsMichelle Clancy | 08 July 2015

No 1 US cable MSO Comcast has extended its cloud DVR service to central California, allowing its X1 customers to stream their TV line-up on any screen in the home, or to download recorded programmes to view on various devices.

The company has launched an Xfinity app for iOS and Android as well as a dedicated portal for viewing on computers.

The new offerings are launching on Comcast systems in the Chico, Fresno, Marysville/Yuba City, Merced, Modesto, Sacramento, Santa Barbara County, Stockton and Visalia.

"These new features live in-home streaming and X1 DVR with cloud technology give our customers more flexibility for watching their favourite shows and movies in and out of their home," said Hank Fore, regional vice president of the California region at Comcast. "Now, any screen in the house can become a personal TV, and recorded programmes can be accessed anytime, anywhere."

According to the Consumer Electronics Association, nearly 46% of all TV households watch video on a laptop, notebook or netbook, and 43% view videos on a smartphone. That's up from 38% and 33%, respectively, from the year prior.

Meanwhile, the cableco also said that it's upgrading speeds at no cost for most Xfinity Internet customers in the Eastern US, moving speed for its 'Blast' tier to 150Mbps, and launching a new tier at 75 Mbps. It has also launched more than 1,800 new Wi-Fi hotspots in its "Keystone Region" in Pennsylvania.