App: Download TV shows, movies to smartphone


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People tend to remember firsts, even with technology. First VHS video rented from a store? "Sixteen Candles." First e-book purchased? "A Dance With Dragons."

So it was with the Comcast Xfinity TV Player app, a free download for iOS and Android. Digital subscribers have been able to stream content over Wi-Fi for some time, but the recently released app lets them actually download movies or series episodes to their mobile devices.

Technically, it's not reinventing the wheel, but it is a welcome development.

Thousands of titles from Showtime, Starz, Encore and Movieplex are available for download. Other premium networks such as HBO have yet to join the bandwagon, but it's a good start.

"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," said Charlie Herrin, Comcast senior vice president of product design and development.

First program downloaded to my smartphone? The latest episode of "Homeland."

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