Comcast’s Xfinity Stream app replaced the old Xfinity TV setup in 2017, giving cable TV subscribers (who haven’t cut the cord yet) access to live channels, DVR content, and video on demand, and now it is available in the App Store on Apple TV boxes. Comcast and Apple announced an agreement last October to achieve this, along with an Apple TV Plus app for Comcast’s X1 platform, which launched in March for compatible set-top boxes, Xfinity Flex and XClass Smart TV. Other platforms with the Xfinity Stream app include Roku, Amazon Fire, LG Smart TVs, and Samsung Smart TVs.
Michael DelCiello, senior vice president of strategic development at Comcast said in a press release 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 they will be the first to enjoy a new streamlined user interface designed to make it easier to find something to watch – whether that means returning to a favorite show or movie, or finding something new. Whether or not this UI is sufficiently streamlined is up for debate, and we’re still looking for a better way to binge-watch.
This is what Comcast says you must be able to use the Xfinity Stream application:
To watch live or on demand away from home:
Xfinity TV service with any internet connection.
Note: Using a mobile wireless network may incur data charges. Check your wireless service provider’s rate plan for details.
To watch live or on-demand TV while connected to your home Xfinity network:
Xfinity TV and internet service.
Note: Some content may only be available when connected to your home network. Learn more about Xfinity On Demand restrictions.
To watch your DVR recordings made in the cloud inside or outside your home:
Xfinity X1, Choice TV with Xfinity Flex, Xfinity Instant TV, or the Xfinity On Campus service, or a customer-owned TV Box as the primary point of sale.
Note: DVR customers with TV boxes other than X1 do not have access to Cloud DVR service.
It’s almost hard to remember 2014 when rumors swirled about Comcast and Apple talking about an Internet TV service partnership, followed by rumors of a falling out that could have seen Apple launch a 25-channel package on its own. And we can’t even get into Tru2way and the open decoder dream that never was. Now the two have their own smart TV streaming boxes, offer internet subscription TV services and work together to promote them. Imagine that.
Disclosure: Comcast, owner of NBCUniversal, is also an investor in Vox Media, The edgemother Society.