Comcast extends Xfinity TV Partner app to Sony Android TVs

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The Partner app delivers content over managed IP network using HTML5 technology.

Comcast has announced the availability of its Xfinity TV Partner app for Sony Android TV-powered television sets, enabling customers with these devices to access their X1 video service without a set-top.

The Partner app allows customers to view both live and VOD programming on X1, as well as use a cloud DVR.

The Partner app delivers content over managed IP network using HTML5 technology and requires Comcast broadband service and a gateway device. 


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Sony joins fellow smart TV makers LG and Samsung in enabling Comcast’s Partner app, which debuted in the spring of 2016—way back when the FCC was still under Democratic majority and strongly encouraging the pay-TV industry to ditch proprietary set-tops.

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Roku also has a Partner agreement for certain devices. Sony, however, is the first company to debut an Android TV device with Comcast Partner app support.

"We remain focused on providing our customers with more choice and flexibility in how, when and where they access the content included with their Xfinity TV subscription,” Comcast VP of Subscription Services Mike Gatzke said in a statement. “Providing our customers with the highest quality entertainment experiences across devices remains a top priority, so we are thrilled to partner with Sony to give our customers access to the Xfinity TV app directly on Sony Smart TVs.”


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