On Tuesday, Comcast announced the launch of its highly anticipated cloud-based DVR service in Boston (only). Since I was already an Xfinity X1 customer, upgrading to the cloud DVR was a somewhat simple phone call to Comcast and there’s no extra charge for it. See my 3-minute overview demo (below).
Within 24 hours, my DVR’d TV shows (as well as live TV) were available to watch on my iPad using the brand new (and super slick) Xfinity TV iOS app – as long as I’m within my home WiFi network. The exception to that (rule) is probably my favorite feature which is the ability to “take to go” recorded shows by downloading them to your mobile device.
Recorded playback works similar to a standard DVR – you can, essentially, fast forward and rewind and thus advance past commercials if you so choose (just like a regular DVR).
As I’ve mentioned in the past, it’s these kinds of features which adds tremendous value to one’s existing cable subscription and, ultimately, I believe will lead to even more TV consumption as television content becomes more and more portable and accessible. That was the promise of “TV everywhere” years ago and its vision is rapidly coming to fruition.