Apple Watch will have Xfinity TV app at launch, Comcast says

Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) says its Xfinity TV app will be available for the Apple Watch when the device launches at retail Friday, April 24.

The app will automatically install itself on an Xfinity TV subscriber's Apple Watch, provided they already have the device on an iPhone. Users of the Apple Watch app will be able to control every X1 set-top in their home, turning channels, launching DVR recordings, browsing listings, and viewing content.

Most Comcast users won't get a chance to use the app for a few months.

As FierceWireless reported Friday, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) does not expect customers to be able to go into an Apple retail store and buy the firm's new Watch until June, according to a memo from the iPhone maker's retail chief.

In a memo to Apple employees first published by 9to5 Mac, Angela Arendts, Apple's senior VP of retail and online stores, wrote that "due to high global interest combined with our initial supply, we are only taking orders online right now. I'll have more updates as we get closer to in-store availability, but we expect this to continue through the month of May."

For more:
- read this Comcast blog post

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