Comcast’s Xfinity Stream app is coming to Apple TV


Comcast’s Xfinity Stream app replaced the old Xfinity TV lineup in 2017, allowing cable TV subscribers (who haven’t cut the cord yet) to access live channels, DVR content and on-demand video, and now it is available on the App Store on Apple TV boxes. Comcast and Apple announced a deal last October to make this possible, as well as an Apple TV Plus app for Comcast’s X1 platform, which launched in March for compatible cable boxes, Xfinity Flex and XClass Smart TVs. Other platforms with the Xfinity Stream app include Roku, Amazon Fire, LG smart TVs, and Samsung smart TVs.

Comcast Senior VP of Strategic Development Michael DelCiello said in a statement that “With the launch of the Stream app on Apple TV today, our customers now have a new device option to access their Xfinity TV subscription at home, and will be the first to enjoy a new, streamlined user interface that is designed to make it easier to find something to watch – whether that means going back to a favorite show or movie, or finding something new.” Whether that UI is streamlined enough is open to debate, and we’re always looking for a better way to binge watch.

This is what Comcast says you should be able to use the Xfinity Stream app:

To watch live or On Demand outdoors:

Xfinity TV service with any internet connection.

Note: Using a mobile wireless network may incur data charges. Consult your wireless carrier’s rate plan for more information.

To watch live TV or On Demand while connected to your Xfinity home network:

Xfinity TV and Internet service.

Note: Some content may only be available when you are connected to your home network. Learn more about Xfinity On Demand restrictions

To view your completed cloud-based DVR recordings inside or outside your home:

Xfinity X1, Choice TV with Xfinity Flex, Xfinity Instant TV or Xfinity On Campus service, or a customer-owned TV Box as your primary outlet.

Note: DVR customers with non-X1 TV Boxes cannot access the Cloud DVR service.

Set up Xfinity TV App on Apple TV DVR Recording
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It’s almost hard to think back to 2014, when rumors circulated of Comcast and Apple talking about an Internet TV service partnership, followed by rumors of a falling out where Apple itself could have launched a 25-channel bundle. And we can’t even get into Tru2way and the open cable box dream that never was. Now they both have their own smart TV streaming boxes, offer TV subscriptions over the internet and work together to promote them. Imagine that.

Disclosure: Comcast, owner of NBCUniversal, is also an investor in Vox Media, The edgethe parent company.


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