Comcast Xfinity Roku App Comes With Monthly Fee

Janis ColeFeb 03, 2017

Comcast plans to charge an additional fee for Roku users who use its app, according to a report from Variety. The move on the part of Comcast to get a place on Roku comes as customers are increasingly embracing the idea of cutting the cord and no longer needing a set-top box or satellite dish to access content. If you can see the Xfinity app there, you can download and install it. Xfinity TV for Roku requires firmware version 7.5 or greater.

The Roku-Comcast beta app release provides further illustration of the alternately competitive, collaborative relationship between OTT tech-driven video services providers and incumbent cable pay-TV companies. "On conclusion of the trial, you will be informed of the charges that will apply for connecting this device with your XFINITY TV service and will have the opportunity to opt in". As Variety notes, Comcast now charges $9.95 per month for additional devices, but offers a $2.50 credit for users who already have equipment like a TiVo set-top box.

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During the beta phase, however, at least one Comcast cable box must be in the customer's home somewhere.

Comcast is yet to say what it'll charge Roku users.

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Roku and Comcast have announced a beta release of the Xfinity TV App for select Roku devices. "You do not have to connect the Comcast-provided TV box and Roku to the same TV". They can access the content via the Comcast Xfinity TV app on Roku using a customer's Xfinity login information.

For starters, it won't be as fully functional as a standard Comcast box since the Roku uses the internet to access your cloud-based DVR recordings but not those gems you've stored on the set-top box's built-in hard drive. But customers who use the app after the beta trial ends will have to pay an extra fee. 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. "Rather, it is a Title VI cable service delivered exclusively over Comcast's private, managed cable network, so it will not count toward your Xfinity Internet Data Usage Plan".

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Comcast's FAQ also spells out other limitations. Most of the Xfinity features you're used to will be present, but there are a few restrictions while the app is still in beta. It "will not include the ability to rent or buy programming or play back previously purchased programs", the cable company said.

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