For me, an app has to be really cool or
useful AND easy to understand and use. Free helps, too. The
Xfinity app, which allows Comcast cable television customers to
access their DVR from their Android device, view their TV
listings and schedule DVR recordings on any of their DVR devices
in their home, technically fits this mold.
The Xfinity app for Droid is
available in the Market and will take up about 5 meg of space on
your device. Once you follow all of the instructions to set up
your account, you will be able to access your cable stations,
OnDemand listings and schedule a recording on any of your TV
sets which have a DVR attached. How well does it work? Very
well. Is it quick and hassle free? Nope.
Scrolling through your
available channels on the Xfinity app is nothing like searching
on your cable box. If you start on Channel Two and want to
record something on Channel 310, you need to scroll all the way
down to it, all the while waiting for the little icons and
programming info to load along the way. Very slow. Very
On the other hand, it does
work as promoted. My daughter called me and asked if I could
record a particular show. I wasn't at home, so I opened the
Xfinity app and scheduled to record the show on the DVR in her
room. What the hell? I didn't have a DVR in my room when I was
her age. Oh yeah, there wasn't even cable television when I was
I recommend downloading the
app and setting it up if you have room on your phone for it.
Odds are, while out gallivanting on a Sunday evening, you will
remember that you really wanted to see Gary Busey's antics on
Celebrity Apprentice. And now, with the Xfinity Droid app, you
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