Comcast adds out-of-home streaming to X1 cloud DVR, extends it to San Francisco, Boston

Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) has expanded its X1 network DVR service, allowing subscribers to access their personal recordings on Android and iOS device from anywhere they can get Internet access.

The new addition to the "X1 DVR with cloud technology" comes as Comcast also expands the rollout of the product to include San Francisco and Boston.

"Now, just load up the Xfinity TV app on your phone or tablet, tap over to your list of DVR recordings and start streaming any content straight to your device. It's that simple," blogs Matt Strauss, senior VP and general manager, video services, Comcast Cable.

Previous iterations of the cloud DVR service allowed users only to stream content inside the home via Wi-Fi network. To view recorded content outside the home, subscribers had to "side load" it onto their mobile devices. The current feature set allows X1 subscribers to view one recorded program at a time on a single IP device.

In 2006, Cablevision (NYSE: CVC) faced lawsuits from programming networks when it launched one of the first cloud-based DVR services. Currently, Dish Network (NASDAQ: DISH) has incorporated Sling Media technology to offer multiscreen viewing of its Hopper DVRs.

For more:
- read this Comcast blog post
- read this Variety story
- read this GigaOm story

Related links:
Streampix lives: Comcast SVOD service only downsized, not decommissioned
Comcast to launch X1 next generation video service in 'major markets'
Comcast says merger foes guided by self-interest, not consumer benefit

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