Can Roku Stream Comcast Xfinity?
Xfinity is an internet and television cable brand formed in 2010 as a part of Comcast conglomerate. It’s one of the most popular services offering various cable plans (some that include phone or internet, too) with many subscribers.
It was only a matter of time before Xfinity decided to dip its toes into the world of streaming service providers. Recently, the beta version of the Xfinity channel became available for Roku, allowing users of this streaming platform to link their cable subscription.
If you’re wondering whether Roku can stream Xfinity content – the answer is clearly yes. This article will explain how to set everything up.
Things to Know Before Getting Xfinity
The Xfinity Beta app isn’t available for all Roku devices. Before you start looking for Xfinity channel on your Roku (or getting an Xfinity subscription) see if your device is compatible with it. If you have a Roku TV, Xfinity is compatible with C000X and A000X models, as well as models from 5000X to 8000X.
When it comes to Roku streaming media players, you can get Xfinity on:
- Roku 2 (4210X), 3 and 4.
- Roku Premiere (4620X and 3920X) and Premiere+
- Roku Express (3700X and 3900X) and Express+
- Roku Ultra (4660X and 4340X).
You may also install Xfinity on Roku Streaming Stick and Streaming Stick + and a Roku Sound Bar (9100X). Furthermore, you need to have at least 8.1 b1 firmware version of your Roku system for the channel to work.
Moreover, you’ll need a Comcast account, active Xfinity subscription (Xfinity TV, Xfinity on Campus, or Instant TV), as well as web access to a web browser so you can log in to your Xfinity account.
How to Set Up Xfinity on Roku
Once you have everything required, you can start setting up your Xfinity Beta account.
Get Xfinity Beta
Before you set up the Xfinity channel, you should get it from the channel store first. Do the following:
- Launch your Roku player.
- Tap the ‘Home’ button on your Roku remote.
- Navigate to the ‘Channel Store’ tab using your remote control keys.
- Hit ‘OK’ on your remote.
- Go to ‘Search Channels’.’
- Type ‘Xfinity’ on the search bar and enter the channel when it appears.
- Select ‘Add Channel’.
The Xfinity Beta channel should appear on your channel list. If you can’t find Xfinity with the ‘Search Channel’ option it means your Roku isn’t compatible with the channel.
Set Up Xfinity on Roku
Once you get the Xfinity channel on your Roku device, you’ll need to set it up and link it with your account. Just follow the instructions below:
- Launch the Xfinity Beta channel from your Roku channel list.
- Select ‘Get Started’ from the Xfinity screen. The system will display an activation code.
- Note the activation code and go to the http://www.xfinity.com/authorize on another device (mobile phone or PC).
- Enter the code via your web browser.
- Enter your Xfinity credentials.
- Select ‘Sign in’.
You should see a message informing you that the installation was a success. Your Roku will display a Terms of Service screen that you should read carefully and accept (if you want). Afterward, you’ll be able to access Xfinity Beta and use it normally.
What Can You Do with Xfinity on Roku?
When you install the Xfinity Beta app, you’ll access a bunch of features that you may not have on a regular cable TV.
First of all, you may see all your recently watched channels, TV shows, movies, and other content on your home screen. Also, the app makes it easy to purchase or rent movies and TV shows from a substantial media library.
Furthermore, the Roku app allows you to subscribe to premium content with just one press of the subscribe button. This content includes sports packs, international and local channels, channels with specialized content, etc.
Finally, those who require additional support to navigate the channel can use the Roku voice guide and voice description features as well as closed captions. Thanks to Roku, you can increase the size and adjust the position of closed captions and enhance your experience.
Remember –It’s Still in Beta
While it contains a bunch of great features, the Xfinity channel for Roku is still in the beta version. This means that it’s prone to glitches and bugs, so you shouldn’t be surprised if some features aren’t working properly or suddenly stop.
On the other hand, the app is also prone to good improvements. Therefore, if you like it already, the chances are it will only get better. All this considered, if you have both Xfinity subscription and a compatible Roku device, there’s no reason not to set up the channel.
Do you enjoy additional Xfinity features on your Roku? Have you noticed improvements in screen resolution and audio? Share your thoughts with the TechJunkie community in the comments section below.