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Xfinity App Coming to TiVo?

10:45 AM -- Some folks over at the ZatzNotFunny blog are lamenting (but are apparently not all that surprised) that Comcast's new Xfinity TV app, which turns the Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPad into a remote control with some video streaming potential, doesn't work on Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) boxes outfitted with TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO) software. (See Comcast Invades the iPad .)

Some are reasoning that it's because the Enhanced TV Binary Interchange Format (EBIF) app that supports it is currently linked to a feature in the A28 version of the Comcast i-Guide, which is offered in several Moto and Pace plc digital box models.

When asked about whether the app would eventually support the TiVo port (limited to the MSO's New England region) or perhaps the TiVo Premiere boxes that use CableCARDs, Comcast wasn't that specific, but acknowledged that support for more box types is on its way.

"As with many of our product introductions, we will be rolling out the functionality to additional types of boxes in the months ahead," Comcast spokesman Charlie Douglas said via email in response to questions.

But support for legacy TiVo devices high on the list? Hard to say, but I'd guess that set-top side support for the new app would take a higher priority for Comcast's still sizable Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO)-based digital footprint.

TiVo, by the way, is also developing a tru2way-based version of its Premiere interface, but nothing's launched yet. But you can probably expect that the Xfinity TV app will support that guide too. (See TiVo Building tru2way Version of New Interface.)

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

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