Apple iPad users who subscribe to Comcast’s cable service will be able to use their tablet PCs to program their DVRs, change TV channels and browse TV listings by downloading a new iPad application that was introduced by Comcast on Monday. Announced at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, Comcast’s new Xfinity Remote application will be offered free of charge to Comcast customers who desire the ability to control their cable TV programming through their iPads. Matt Strauss, the senior vice president and general manager for Comcast Interactive Media, told reporters that Xfinity Remote users will be able to download and view shows, films and other content from “the top premium networks” starting next month. In addition to adding “thousands of additional entertainment choices” in the months to come, Strauss also indicated that the Xfinity Remote application “will soon integrate access to social media so you can share what you’re watching with others in real time.” Comcast’s Xfinity application follows on the introduction of a similar iPad offering last June for customers of Verizon’s FiOS IPTV service. Sources also report that Time Warner Cable—a partner with Comcast in the “TV Everywhere” initiative that seeks to extend cable subscriber offerings to PCs, smart phones and other devices—has launched a prototype iPad application for its customers although a final release date is yet to be determined. Noting that plans are in the works to roll out Xfinity applications for Android-powered cell phones, the BlackBerry and other mobile devices later this year, Strauss described Comcast’s announcement as “the first in a series of innovations that our development team will deliver for devices across a variety of operating systems.”