Comcast provides an Android app for people with active cable subscriptions, but it's a supplementary product, and sometimes it really feels like one. Today I'm reporting on the arrival of a feature that you could reasonably have assumed was included from the beginning. The latest version of the Xfinity TV Player adds HD support for devices with resolutions high enough to handle it, and if you've bought a smartphone or tablet in the last two years, there's a good chance yours is one of them.

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The update also makes more content available for download. I know it's a bummer that you can't download all of the content, but this is a cable company we're talking about, so it's still somewhat surprising they're allowing users to download any TV shows at all. Just be aware that applying this update will erase any content that you may have already downloaded.

What's new:

  • Improved video quality including support for HD video on devices with 720p+ screens
  • More content available for download
  • Stability improvements
  • Improved monitoring of video issues for rapid response

Note: Applying this update will remove content that you have previously downloaded. We are sorry for the inconvenience, you will need to re-download the content.

If you're not a Comcast customer, there's nothing to see here. But if you are, then you might want to give the app a go. It's one of the few perks in your cable package that they're not billing you extra for, after all.