Xfinity Stream app for Apple TV makes cable box (mostly) superfluous

Xfinity Stream app for Apple TV makes cable box (mostly) superfluous


Xfinity Stream app for Apple TV makes cable box (mostly) superfluous
Your Apple TV can be your cable box with the new Xfinity Stream app.
Photo: Comcast/Apple

An Apple TV can now be used to watch all of Comcast’s live, on demand and DVR programming. The cable behemoth’s subscribers just need to install the newly-released Xfinity Stream app on Apple’s streaming box.

Thursday’s release makes it simple for Apple TV users to add Xfinity access to additional rooms. No traditional cable box necessary.

Simplify viewing with Xfinity Stream app for Apple TV

Comcast used to tightly lock its cable TV service to its settop boxes, no matter how much that inconvenienced viewers. But over the years it’s loosened up. Now, all it takes is an Apple TV 4K or an Apple TV HD and an app. Plus a monthly cable TV subscription fee, of course.

“We are always looking for ways to enhance our entertainment experiences as the needs of our customers evolve – whether that’s expanding to new platforms, launching new features, or adding more programming options,” said Michael DelCiello, a Comcast SVP. “With today’s launch of the Stream app on Apple TV, our customers now have a new device option for accessing their Xfinity TV subscription in the home.”

The new application gives customers access to the programming that is included in their Xfinity TV subscription through Apple’s streaming box. Just download the Xfinity Stream app from the App Store on the Apple TV.

Use ‘within the home’

Comcast’s announcement on Thursday makes it clear that the new service is only available “within the home.”

There are versions of the Xfinity Stream app for other streaming devices, and they have the same restriction. The Roku version says, “This device can only access Xfinity Stream on your in-home Xfinity WiFi.”

So an extended family can’t share a single cable subscription with everyone accessing it via Apple TVs from wherever they live.

However, Comcast does offer a version of the app for iPhone and iPad. This can be used to watch live TV on a a mobile device. And the video can be played on a large TV through a Chromecast.

Source: Comcast


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