Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) said Thursday that subscribers can now use Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) Windows phones as remote controls for its Xfinity TV set-tops.
The MSO is one of the first pay TV providers to develop an app for Windows phones. DirecTV (Nasdaq: DTV) also offers its subscribers a Windows Phone app that can be used to control its satellite TV set-tops. Most cable and satellite TV distributors have focused on launching apps that allow subscribers to navigate programming and watch video on Apple's (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPhone and iPad as well as smartphones and tablets running Google's (Nasdaq: GOOG) Android platform. Last year, AT&T discontinued a Windows phone app it had offered U-verse TV subscribers.
"We believe our customers should have access to the tools to manage and personalize their Xfinity TV content from the device of their choosing," Charlie Herrin, Comcast's SVP of product development and design, wrote in a blog post Thursday.
Herrin said Comcast subscribers will also be able to use its Xfinity TV Remote app to schedule remote DVR recordings and create personalized channel lineups with Windows phones.
Earlier this month, Comcast added voice-recognition capabilities to the application it built for its X1 Remote app for the iPhone, which is only available to subscribers with its cloud-based X1 video service. The MSO doesn't offer voice controls on the Windows Phone app.
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