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Comcast unveils Android-based, Stream-enabled Xfinity TV App

Comcast released an Xfinity TV Player app for Android that adds streaming capabilities.

The cable provider promised access to "thousands" of Xfinity On Demand TV shows and movies anywhere your device has an Internet connection.

The free app is available now via Google Play and is available for Android phones and tablets running version 2.3 Gingerbread or higher.

Those who subscribe to premium channels like HBO, Starz, Showtime, and Cinemax can tap into their programming, while basic cable customers can access shows from channels like TNT, TBS, Cartoon Network, and BBC America.

Parental controls are available for those who want to block certain shows or movies.

To access, customers will need a Comcast ID or email address and password, Xfinity TV or Comcast digital voice service, and an Internet connection (Wi-Fi and/or 3G or 4G service).

TV and video on-demand listings, remote tuning, and remote DVR access are not included on this app, Comcast said, and the app will not work overseas.

In March 2011, Comcast released an Xfinity TV app for Android, but it did not include streaming capabilities. At the time, the provider said streaming would be enabled later that year.

The Comcast iPad app got on-demand streaming in Feb. 2011 and it was added for the iPhone in May 2011. In January, Comcast started rolling out AnyPlay, a service that let subscribers watch live TV on the iPad.