Comcast testing cloud DVR app for iPad and iPhone

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Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) has started testing a new iPad and iPhone application which allows subscribers to access programming from a cloud-based DVR.

Source: Comcast/iTunes

Consumers with an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch will discover the application when searching Apple's (Nasdaq: AAPL) iTunes app store for the term Comcast. According to the description the MSO's Comcast Labs division posted on iTunes, the app is optimized for the iPhone 5.

"This app is intended for customers of our new DVR Service enabling our new best in class DVR service," reads the description. "With this app, customers will have access to their Comcast video services on an iPad or iPhone while in their home behind a Comcast cable modem."

The app appears to be designed for Comcast's new X2 platform. In June, the MSO announced that its X2 product, which is scheduled to debut later this year, would allow subscribers to access content from a cloud-based DVR. The company's X1 service, which Comcast said recently is available on more than half of its cable systems, relies on a cloud-based interactive program guide.

The mobile application allows subscribers to download content to iOS devices for offline viewing, according to Comcast. The MSO hasn't announced where it is testing X2, or how many subscribers have access to the cloud-based DVR.

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