Comcast announced last year the company was working on an Xfinity app for Android TV. The plan was a result of the Xfinity TV Partner Program, which is designed to bring content to smart TVs and internet streaming set-top boxes. This would allow customers to save money by not having to lease a cable box, but just install an application and start watching.
Comcast announced the application is almost ready for primetime, but will only release for Sony smart TV's initially. Users will have access to live and on-demand programming, including local broadcast and Public Educational/Governmental channels, and cloud DVR recordings.
"We're pleased to partner with Comcast in bringing their Xfinity TV application to Sony Android TVs, allowing our customers to directly access great content on Sony 4K HDR (High Dynamic Range) TVs," said Kevin Brinkman, Director, Product Marketing, TV & Projector.
"We look forward to working closely with Comcast to deliver consistently high-quality programming to our best in class smart TVs, combining Android TV streaming with the immersion of 4K HDR experiences via their advanced managed network."
The Xfinity TV Partner Program utilizes HTML5 technology, providing a common framework for smart TV, TV-connected and IP-enabled retail device manufacturers to develop a Xfinity TV Partner App for their devices.
Currently, the Xfinity app is available on Roku TVs and boxes but it is still in the beta phase. Comcast expects to release the app for Sony Android TVs in 2018 with support for other Android TVs and devices soon to follow.
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