Comcast Xfinity app now lets you download movies for offline viewing

Comcast's updated Xfinity TV Player app makes it a snap to download select movies and TV shows for offline viewing.

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There are plenty of apps that can stream movies and TV shows to your tablet or smartphone — Amazon Instant Video, Crackle, HBO Go, Hulu Plus, Netflix… shall I go on? — but very few that let you download content for offline viewing.

That’s kind of a bummer, because it means if you want to watch something on, say, an airplane, you have little choice but to buy from iTunes or rip from DVDs.

If you’re a Comcast subscriber, now you have another option. The newly updated Comcast Xfinity TV Player app (Android|iOS) now offers the enviable ability to download movies and TV shows from four networks: Encore, MoviePlex, Showtime, and Starz.

That’s kind of a big deal. And it works, too, at least on the iPad and Samsung Galaxy S III that I used for testing. As long as you already have those channels as part of your Comcast subscription, you’ll see a Download button alongside the Play button that appears when you browse the app’s on-demand content.

The app gives you a choice between “medium” and “highest” quality for your downloads, the latter potentially chewing … [Read more]

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