Comcast Xfinity App Launches on Roku Players and TVs

If you're both a Comcast Xfinity TV subscriber and an owner of one or more Roku devices, you'll soon be able to use one less remote.

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Rather than being a set-top box replacement, it's basically another way you can log in to your existing Comcast cable account and view content, just like the website or mobile device apps.

For households with multiple cable-connected TVs, Comcast says, returning those extras set-top boxes and using the Roku app instead will save you $2.50 per TV per month.

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There's a bit of confusion over how cable operator Comcast will treat Roku devices on its network, in terms of the pricing. And they'll need either a Comcast modem or IP gateway: The service will run over Comcast's TV line, not the public internet - which means it won't be available outside the home.

Meanwhile, getting the app successfully tested and launched does open up a future possibility: Why not install it on any Roku, or other similar device, in the country?

Comcast now charges $9.95 per month as an "additional outlet fee" for set-top boxes, leading us to believe that the monthly cost of using a Roku for watching Xfinity TV will likely be similar.

Comcast now includes one "primary outlet" with its Xfinity TV subscription.

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Comcast now charges $9.95 per month in service fees for each cable box they rent, with a $2.50 credit applied to those who use alternative equipment such as a TiVo.

The cable box overhaul is nearly certainly not going to happen now that Democrats have lost control of the FCC, which means Comcast is free to continue adding fees for using your own equipment. This is also how a secondary outlet that connects to Comcast's network via a TiVo would be charged and credited. His reform would've forced cable companies to make their services available through apps on major streaming platforms, Roku included, for free.

Planning to participate in the Xfinity TV App beta testing? It "will not include the ability to rent or buy programming or play back previously purchased programs", the cable company said. In addition to live TV and VOD, viewers can store DVR recordings in the cloud and stream them any time.

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