Xfinity TV Player App From Comcast Now Enables Customers To Download TV Shows And Movies Onto Mobile Devices

In Addition to Thousands of On Demand Choices Available to Stream Through the App, New Download Capability Lets Xfinity TV Digital Customers Watch Select Content Offline and On-the-Go

PHILADELPHIA – December 13, 2012 – Xfinity TV customers have enjoyed the benefit of being among the first to stream thousands of On Demand video choices to their tablet or smartphone through an app – a great entertainment option while connected to the Internet. And now, Comcast has added a new capability to its Xfinity TV Player app that enables customers to download content from the Internet directly to their mobile device, so they can watch their favorite TV shows and movies in the palm of their hand – offline, wherever they are.

Beginning today, Xfinity TV digital customers can download thousands of premium TV and movie choices from SHOWTIME®, STARZ, ENCORE and MOVIEPLEX via the app onto their Apple or Android smartphones or tablets. Xfinity TV digital customers who subscribe to these premium networks can simply download an available movie or TV show over an Internet connection, then watch it wherever their travels take them. This feature is perfect for keeping entertained in places that generally don’t have an available or optimal Internet connection; in an airplane, on family car trips, or even on the subway.

“Millions of smartphone and tablet users in the U.S. watch video on their mobile devices. With that in mind, Comcast is continuously innovating the TV experience and developing new features and tools that provide our customers with more options for how, when and where they watch content,” said Charlie Herrin, Senior Vice President of Product Design and Development at Comcast Cable. “Today’s Xfinity TV Player enhancement underscores that commitment to our customers by adding more flexibility for them to watch entertainment on their terms – now without having to rely on an Internet connection to watch their favorite programming while on-the-go.”

Among the popular selections now available to download, subscribers can catch up on hit programming from SHOWTIME, including Homeland and Dexter, and STARZ, including Spartacus and Magic City. And to keep the younger generation entertained, popular kids’ movies on STARZ such as Cars 2 and The Muppets are available to download. Comcast plans to add many more downloadable choices from additional programming partners in the coming months. All customers will be able to download content over an available WiFi Internet connection. In addition, as part of their innovation technology joint venture, Comcast and Verizon Wireless have teamed up to offer Verizon Wireless customers the flexibility to download and stream content directly to mobile devices over its 4G LTE network.

Comcast offers its Xfinity TV digital customers two apps – the Xfinity TV Player app and the Xfinity TV app – for making viewing and managing entertainment easier than ever. The Xfinity TV Player app is designed for customers who simply want to watch video on their mobile devices – now with more than 18,500 streaming On Demand choices via Apple and Android devices, as well as the thousands of downloadable choices currently available. The company’s Xfinity TV app helps customers personalize and manage the TV viewing experience including scheduling your DVR, remote tuning and a queue where you can keep track of the latest TV shows and movie releases. Both apps can be downloaded free-of-charge on Google Play and Apple iTunes.

Information on the Xfinity TV Player app and the new download feature is available here.

About Comcast Cable
Comcast Cable is the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. Comcast has invested in technology to build an advanced network that delivers among the fastest broadband speeds, and brings customers personalized video, communications and home management offerings. Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company. Visit for more information.

WatchESPN Officially Launches in New Update for ESPN on Xbox

Live programming from ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3 and ESPN Goal Line/Buzzer Beater now available on the Xbox 360 console to Xbox LIVE Gold members with an affiliated video provider

ESPN and Microsoft today officially launched WatchESPN as part of their expanded service for ESPN on Xbox. With today’s launch, ESPN on Xbox will deliver live content from ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3 and ESPN Goal Line/Buzzer Beater through WatchESPN to Xbox LIVE Gold members who receive these networks through a video subscription from an affiliated provider.

Watch ESPNThe new ESPN on Xbox delivers HD-quality live programming and events through WatchESPN in a unique interactive sports viewing experience. Fans will be able to access popular shows like SportsCenter, PTI, First Take, NFL Live, Baseball Tonight, College GameDay, Mike & Mike in the Morning and others as well as live events from the NFL, MLB, NBA, soccer, tennis, golf, motor sports and more. ESPN on Xbox features include:

  • My Sports – by choosing favorite sports and teams, fans are able to find games and content most important to them.
  • Mini Guide – gives fans a preview and quick access to all live events and highlights right at the bottom of the screen.
  • Split Screen – watch two events at once. Watch live events on both screens or a live event on one and highlights on the other.
  • Kinect – allows fans to navigate through the entire experience all with the wave of a hand or through voice control.
  • ESPN BottomLine – provides breaking news and score updates from around the world of sports.

WatchESPN through ESPN on Xbox adds another platform for the authenticated networks service, which is also accessible online at and on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app to 40 million households that receive ESPN’s linear networks as part of their video subscription. Affiliated providers include Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Verizon FiOS TV, XFINITY® TV from Comcast, and Midcontinent Communications.

ESPN3 will continue to be available to Xbox LIVE Gold members who receive their Internet subscription from an affiliated provider. The live multi-screen sports network is available in 79 million households nationwide. A full list of affiliated Internet providers for ESPN3 can be found at:

All Xbox LIVE Gold members have access to customized video-on-demand clips and sports highlights.

Xfinity TV Celebrates Native American Heritage Month

Collection of Movies and TV Specials to Showcase the History and Contributions
of the Native American Community

PHILADELPHIA, PA – November 7, 2012 – This month, Comcast’s Xfinity TV recognizes Native American Heritage Month with a collection of award-winning movies, biographies and TV specials that celebrate the very first Americans. The collection will be available to all Xfinity TV customers on Xfinity On Demand and will include select programming also available on, Xfinity TV on Xbox 360 and the Xfinity TV Player app, throughout November.

“Xfinity TV is proud to celebrate the rich culture and history of the Native American community, and we encourage customers to take part in the celebration by watching all month long,” said Ruben Mendiola, Vice President and General Manager of Multicultural Video Services, Comcast Cable. “We look forward to bringing customers even more Native American movies, specials and educational programming designed to entertain, inform and inspire in the months to come.”

Xfinity TV’s Native American Heritage offering includes movie, biographies and TV specials from the Smithsonian Channel, Biography Channel and NBC, as well as Independent and Academy Award winning and nominated films from Buena Vista, Columbia Pictures, FOX, MGM, Miramax and Warner Brothers.

TV Series, Specials and Movies include:

  • Raven Tales: “Raven Tales” are a group of over 150 stories from Native American mythology. This multiple-award winning series delivers humorous and heartfelt stories from a wide variety of Native cultures across North America centering on themes of family, friendship, environmental stewardship and personal responsibility.
  • Skateboard Nation: Explore the underground movement that’s helping Native American youth throughout the U.S. soar above life’s challenges, one half-pipe at a time. Skateboarding is increasingly popular on Indian reservations, cultivating athletes, artists, entrepreneurs and mentors. From the streets of Albuquerque to New York City, from Washington, D.C. to Pine Ridge, S.D., the sport is fueling a new form of self-expression and pride.
  • Stories from the Vaults: No Place Like Home: Smithsonian showcases Native American teepees at the National Museum of the American Indian.
  • Garden Secrets: Horticulturists and landscape architects caring for the Smithsonian Gardens in Washington, D.C. help create bountiful vegetable gardens using time-tested tips, one of which employ ancient Native American Indian techniques to create “The Three Sisters” (squash, maize and climbing beans).
  • Biographies of Pocahontas, Crazy Horse: The Last Warrior, Sitting Bull: Chief of the Lakota Nation and Geronimo: The Last Renegade (Biography Channel)
  • Native American “Unplugged” (NBC): Special clips featuring Native Americans sharing their culture as they live it today.

Additional movies (only available on Xfinity On Demand) include:

  • Dances With Wolves (MGM)
  • The Last Of The Mohicans (Fox)
  • Smoke Signals (Miramax)
  • Windtalkers (MGM)
  • 29 Palms (Lionsgate)
  • Black Cloud (WB)
  • Pocahontas (Buena Vista)
  • Pocahontas II: Journey To A New World (Buena Vista)
  • Squanto: A Warriors Tale (Buena Vista)

Comcast has had a longstanding commitment to diversity since its founding nearly 50 years ago and focuses its efforts in five key areas: diversity in governance, attracting and retaining a multicultural workforce, developing a diverse supplier base, offering a wide selection of multicultural programming, and community investment in national, regional and local diverse organizations.

About Comcast Cable
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) ( is one of the nation’s leading providers of entertainment, information and communications products and services. Comcast is principally involved in the operation of cable systems through Comcast Cable and in the development, production and distribution of entertainment, news, sports and other content for global audiences through NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is one of the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone providers to residential and business customers. Comcast is the majority owner and manager of NBCUniversal, which owns and operates entertainment and news cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, local television station groups, television production operations, a major motion picture company and theme parks.

Xfinity TV Brings Customers NBCUniversal’s Coverage of 2012 London Summer Olympic Games

Video Subscribers Gain Access to Unprecedented Live Coverage on Multiple Platforms –
All 32 Sports and 302 Medal Events

PHILADELPHIA – July 24, 2012 – Comcast’s Xfinity TV, in agreement with NBCUniversal, today announced a multiplatform content offering for NBCUniversal’s coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games to commence on Wednesday, July 25 through Sunday, August 12. Designed to provide video subscribers with access to NBCUniversal’s more than 5,535 hours of unprecedented Olympic programming, this offering represents the largest number of total Olympics hours ever. Xfinity TV will offer NBCUniversal’s Olympic content live and on-demand, across multiple digital, mobile and tablet platforms, and for the first time ever, the Games will be available in 3D.

“We are excited to bring our Xfinity TV customers NBCUniversal’s coverage of every minute of every medal on every screen of the 2012 London Olympics,” said Matt Strauss, Senior Vice President, Digital and Emerging Platforms.  “Through multiplatform Olympic-themed search, tools and personalized features created to help our customers view and experience the events, we are providing a virtual passport to NBCUniversal’s comprehensive 2012 London Games programming.”

In addition to extensive coverage on the networks of NBCUniversal, including NBC, NBC Sports Network, MSNBC, CNBC, Bravo and Telemundo, two HD specialty channels for soccer and basketball and a 3D channel, subscribers can stay connected to the London Summer Olympic Games wherever they go exclusively via, and the NBC Olympics and NBC Olympics Live Extra apps available to mobile and tablet users.

As part of the vast majority of Xfinity TV customers’ video subscriptions, which include all Olympic television content, NBCUniversal is bringing Olympic content to subscribers live and on-demand, online, and on mobile and tablet devices via applications. This additional access to NBCUniversal’s Olympic programming extends Xfinity TV customers’ opportunities to watch the Games wherever they are.

Following are multiplatform offerings that will allow Xfinity TV customers to watch and be a part of the London 2012 Olympic Games, including live streaming, VOD, mobile and tablet apps and a 3D channel.

NBCUniversal’s Olympics Experience on Xfinity Includes:

  • NBC Olympics Live Extra, the exclusive home of Olympic live stream content at, is available now to the vast majority of customers who subscribe to the Digital Starter package and sign-in. will live stream more than 3,500 programming hours, including Olympic events and coverage from NBC Sports Network, MSNBC, CNBC and Bravo, for the first time ever, so that Xfinity TV customers can easily verify their subscriptions and watch Olympic coverage live online at no additional charge. Those subscribers who sign in and verify their subscriptions by Friday, July 27 can enter the NBC Olympics Live Extra Sweepstake for a chance to win prizes including a trip to the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, an HDTV, and other prizes, courtesy of NBCUniversal. Xfinity TV customers can also utilize the Xfinity website for the Ultimate Viewer’s Guide that gives users easy access to NBCUniversal’s live streaming events at

Xfinity TV customers should follow these verification procedures to access Olympic programming via

  • Go to
  • Click the “Click Here & Get Ready” button
  • Select Comcast
  • Enter the username and password that corresponds with your Comcast Xfinity TV account
  • You are signed in throughout the Games on that device!
  • Comcast Xfinity customers with both video and high-speed Internet service will automatically be verified when in their homes; when out of the home, customers that don’t have their account information can easily access that information through their phone numbers and other easy ways.

Additionally, will offer enhanced TV listing guides with filters to quickly find NBCUniversal’s Olympic events and view TV listings in 30-minute programming blocks. Xfinity TV customers can also utilize the Xfinity website to change the channel on live TV or tune to programming on Xfinity On Demand, record events on their DVR, and view the latest news, highlights and schedules. will offer special Spanish-language guides and tools to help users control and manage their Olympic viewing experience.

  • Mobile and Tablet Apps: NBCUniversal will offer two apps for mobile and tablet viewing. The NBC Olympics Live Extra app will be available to verified Xfinity TV customers and will offer the same live streaming and event replays available via Xfinity TV customers can verify their mobile and tablet devices when the NBC Olympics Live Extra App launches in mid-July. The NBC Olympics app will include short-form highlights, schedules, results, columns and more and will also link to the NBC Olympics Live Extra app. In addition, Xfinity TV customers can take advantage of the second screen experience through the Xfinity TV app, on iOS and Android devices, featuring similar tools like – in the convenience of a mobile app. Also, the Xfinity TV Sports Remote app includes similar features as the Xfinity TV app (with the exception of the “Watch” feature), including the ability to sort by Olympic sport on the guide, as well as link to to download both the NBC Olympics and NBC Olympics Live Extra apps.
  • On Demand: NBCUniversal is making Olympic highlights and full-event rewinds available via Xfinity TV’s Video-On-Demand service. Watch NBCUniversal’s more than 1,000 total Olympic pre-Games and in-Game entertainment choices, including all medal events and 240 full event replays, as well as Bob Costas’ daily recaps and highlights from the Games.
  • 3D: Panasonic Corporation of North America and the NBC Sports Group have partnered to make the London 2012 Olympic Games available in 3D to Xfinity TV customers. The effort will produce 242 hours of coverage and mark the first time that the Olympic Games will be distributed in the U.S. in 3D. The 3D broadcasts will be shown on next-day delay and will span multiple competitions throughout the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games.
  • Specialty Channels: Dedicated 24/7 basketball and soccer channels are available to Xfinity TV customers, and will total 770 hours of NBC’s HD coverage. Additionally, all men’s soccer matches and Team USA women’s soccer matches will be available in Spanish via SAP.
  • The 2012 London Olympic Summer Games will run throughout 19 unforgettable days and nights, covering every sport, medal, champion and riveting moment. For more information, visit or

About NBC Olympics
A division of the NBC Sports Group, NBC Olympics is responsible for producing, programming and promoting NBCUniversal’s Olympic coverage. It is renowned for its unsurpassed Olympic heritage, award-winning production, and ability to aggregate the largest audiences in U.S. television history.

Having produced every Summer Olympics since Seoul in 1988 and every Winter Olympics since Salt Lake City in 2002, the networks of NBCUniversal are synonymous with the Games in the United States. In 2011, NBCUniversal acquired the U.S. media rights on all platforms to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, and the 2020 Summer Olympics. At the conclusion of the 2020 Games, NBCUniversal will have presented 17 total Olympic Games and 11 consecutive, the most for a U.S. media company in both categories.

NBC has won an unprecedented 91 Emmy Awards for its Olympics coverage, as well as a prestigious Peabody Award for its presentation of the Beijing Opening Ceremony in 2008, which USA Today said was “the best overall Olympic experience ever provided by a U.S. network.”

In addition to its unsurpassed heritage and award-winning production, NBCUniversal is known for aggregating large Olympic audiences, as nine of the top 11 most-watched U.S. television events of all time are Olympic Games presented across the networks of NBCUniversal. The Beijing Summer Olympics rank No. 1 with 215 million viewers.

About Comcast Cable-
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) ( is one of the nation’s leading providers of entertainment, information and communications products and services. Comcast is principally involved in the operation of cable systems through Comcast Cable and in the development, production and distribution of entertainment, news, sports and other content for global audiences through NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is one of the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone providers to residential and business customers. Comcast is the majority owner and manager of NBCUniversal, which owns and operates entertainment and news cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, local television station groups, television production operations, a major motion picture company and theme parks.

Comcast Launches Business Class Ethernet Services in the Twin Cities

Superior Price-for-Performance and Scalable Bandwidth Support Mid-Sized Businesses Using Cloud Computing, Online Education, Telemedicine, Disaster Recovery and Other Applications

TWIN CITIES, MN – April 5, 2012 – Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), one of the nation’s leading providers of entertainment, information and communications products and services, today announced the launch of Comcast Business Class Ethernet services for mid-to-larger sized businesses in the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Designed for companies with 20-500 employees experiencing high bandwidth demands and operating in multiple locations, Comcast Ethernet will provide organizations throughout the Twin Cities with secure, high-performance network capacity to deliver voice, video and data applications.

The Twin Cities region, the nation’s 16th largest metropolitan area, has a thriving business economy in a number of industries, including booming healthcare and technology sectors. A recent Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) 2011 reported more than 120 industries in the state will experience double-digit job growth by 2019. Minnesota already has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation at 5.7%, according to DEED.

Comcast Ethernet services are delivered using the Company’s fiber-based IP network. Unlike competitive carriers that simply resell the phone company’s network, Comcast provides customers with a true facilities-based alternative to maximize the performance and reliability of their business communications and applications. Comcast delivers bandwidth from 1 Megabits per second (Mbps) up to 10 Gigabits per second (Gbps) that can be remotely scaled in increments of 1 Mbps, 10 Mbps, 100 Mbps or 1 Gbps, and offered with three different classes of service. Comcast is the first carrier to have all three certifications from the Ethernet Forum (MEF 9, 14 and 18), which are backed by strict service level agreements, and monitored around-the-clock from Comcast’s dedicated Network Operations Centers.

“Our fiber-based network has broad reach across the Twin Cities area,” said Chris Lyons, VP of Business Services, Twin Cities Region. “Local companies can utilize Comcast’s Ethernet services to enable cloud computing, business continuity/disaster recovery or other high-bandwidth applications for their business.” Lyons added, “Just as broadband supplanted dial-up in consumers’ homes, Ethernet is quickly surpassing T1s as the preferred method of connectivity for business.”

Sandra Palumbo, Research Fellow at Yankee Group, commented, “As mid-sized businesses increasingly operate within a virtualized IT environment of cloud and SaaS resources to improve productivity and reduce operational expenses, their demand for secure, reliable and high-performance connectivity will continue to grow. This market segment has high-bandwidth requirements across multiple sites and values the lower cost of ownership, simplicity and scalable capacity of Ethernet. Significant last mile networks and investments in advanced Carrier Ethernet network infrastructure are vital.”

Comcast offers a fully-owned advanced fiber optic network in the Twin Cities that is separate and diverse from leased or public facilities. The company currently serves 20 of the nation’s 25 largest markets with this same kind of fiber-based infrastructure,

Comcast offers four Ethernet Services, including:

  • Ethernet Private Line Service – point-to-point connectivity between two customer sites for bandwidth-intensive applications.
  • Ethernet Virtual Private Line Service – a point-to-multipoint connection that allows customers to tailor bandwidth, performance characteristics and cost to meet the needs of their applications.
  • Ethernet Network Service – multipoint-to-multipoint connectivity to connect organizations with high-bandwidth requirements and multiple locations across Comcast’s network.
  • Ethernet Dedicated Internet Access Service – continuous, high-bandwidth connectivity between customers’ LANs and the public Internet.

Comcast currently provides Business Class Ethernet services in the following markets as well: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Harrisburg (Pa.), Hartford, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Miami, Nashville, state of New Jersey, Oakland, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Portland, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Washington D.C. and western New England. Additional markets will be launched on an ongoing basis.

About Comcast Business Services
Comcast Business Services, a unit of Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), provides advanced communication solutions to help organizations of all sizes meet their business objectives. Through its advanced fiber-optic based network, Comcast delivers Business Class Internet, TV and Voice services for cost-effective, simplified communications management, backed by 24/7 technical support.

Launched in 2011, the Comcast Business Class Ethernet suite offers high-performance point-to-point and multi-point Ethernet services with the capacity to deliver cloud computing, software-as-a-service, business continuity/disaster recovery and other bandwidth-intensive applications. Comcast Ethernet services are significantly faster than standard T1 lines and other legacy technologies, providing scalable bandwidth from 1 Mbps up to 10 Gigabits-per-second (Gbps) in major markets across the U.S.

For more information, call 866-429-3085 or visit

Xfinity Voice Introduces Free Text Messaging Nationwide

Plus Free Text Messaging to China, Brazil, Canada and Soon Mexico Plus Nearly 40 Other Countries
Comcast Also Introduces Convenient Readable Voicemail Feature at No Additional Cost

PHILADELPHIA, PA – March 28, 2012 – Comcast, one of the nation’s leading providers of entertainment, information, and communications products and services, today announced two new, free Xfinity Voice features that will make it even easier for customers to communicate either at home or on the go. Now included with its ‘Xfinity Voice Unlimited Nationwide’ plan, customers can enjoy free text messaging from the Xfinity Mobile app for Apple®, Android™-powered smartphones and tablets, as well as the ability to receive transcribed voicemail messages that can be read instantly. Both features also can be accessed online via the Xfinity Connect web portal at

“Our customers are communicating in a variety of ways. We’re bringing millions of Xfinity Voice customers free access to innovative features that have typically been associated either with their wireless plans or with business use,” said Cathy Avgiris, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Data and Communications Services. “These new features make it easier for our customers to connect with friends and family on various mobile devices including smartphones, tablets and laptops. We’re evolving our service to go well beyond a traditional home phone experience, and, at the same time, save our customers money on their wireless bills.”

The Xfinity Mobile app makes it easy for Xfinity Voice customers to send and receive text messages for free using their home phone number. Text messaging also is available online via the Xfinity Connect web portal, which provides quick and easy access to email, voicemail, Twitter and Facebook, as well as Contacts, Calendar and DVR management. Alerts can be sent to customer devices so they’ll know when they’ve received a new text and can respond to it right away. Text messages can be sent to anyone, anywhere in the country, as well as more than three dozen countries including China, Brazil, Canada and, soon, Mexico, all for free as part of Xfinity Voice. Even more countries will be added in the future.

The readable voicemail feature provides a transcription of a customer’s voicemail that can be read in an email message and automatically sent to multiple email addresses. Messages can be viewed instantaneously and read in real time eliminating the need to log in to voicemail, listen to a message, take notes and delete it. Messages can be read on any Internet-enabled device and customers also can request to receive an audio file of the voicemail as an attachment, which can be a convenient way to share a message with a group.

Xfinity Voice is an innovative and reliable IP-enabled service that delivers all of the functions of traditional phone service, plus enhanced features that are integrated with other Comcast services like universal caller ID, which displays calls on your TV, PC, tablet, smartphone or cordless phone. Xfinity Voice offers digital-quality phone service with unlimited direct-dial local and domestic long-distance calling, Web access to voicemail, E911 service, and 12 popular calling features plus great rates on a variety of International calling plans.

For more information and to view demos of these new features, visit

About Comcast Cable
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) ( is one of the nation’s leading providers of entertainment, information and communications products and services. Comcast is principally involved in the operation of cable systems through Comcast Cable and in the development, production and distribution of entertainment, news, sports and other content for global audiences through NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is one of the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone providers to residential and business customers. Comcast is the majority owner and manager of NBCUniversal, which owns and operates entertainment and news cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, local television station groups, television production operations, a major motion picture company and theme parks.