The internet has led to a large variety of development and innovations in the world of technology. What would have been considered miracles once are actual products today, all held in our hands. Xfinity by Comcast is one of the pioneers of internet broadband in the industry, bringing us some of the choicest internet and TV services available. Xfinity takes entertainment to a whole new level with its novel additions to TV and streaming. One such innovation is the Xfinity Stream beta app, which you can get and use as soon as you sign up for an Xfinity internet and TV plan.
While the Xfinity Stream app in its beta version is usually quite straightforward to set up, it might be a bit more of a challenge on a Roku. However, most Rokus do support the application and once you can get it to work, it’s worth the effort. This article discusses how to activate the Xfinity Stream Beta app on Roku, so you don’t have to wait too long to enjoy it once you get the Xfinity internet and TV service.
First things first. What exactly is a Roku and how does it function? If you have one, you probably already know. But if you are thinking to invest in one, here are the basics. Roku is a company that is dedicated to elevating your streaming experience by bringing you a set of specific devices, the Roku. This makes Roku a web-based streaming and app-driven device solely created for entertainment. From Roku Streambar, and Soundbar, to Streaming media players and Roku TV, there are quite a few Roku devices that you can find in the industry.
Roku comes with a device and specific software tool, that helps run the system on the hardware. You do need an internet connection to work the device, which can be via an Ethernet cable for some devices. However, almost all devices do work on the Wi-Fi network so you are always wirelessly connected. Roku does not require a subscription to use, however since it is essentially a library of streaming services, you would need a subscription if you access these subscription-driven services. These include Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, HBO Max, and more of the kind.
Roku also offers a large variety of free content and 24/7 live channels for you to enjoy if you don’t have a subscription. However, free viewing is often supported by commercials that are required to keep the content on the platform financially viable.
The Xfinity Stream App is a little feature that you get free with your Xfinity Internet or Xfinity TV plan. The Xfinity App is a portable solution for all your entertainment needs and you can download it on multiple devices. The Xfinity Stream app allows you to access live TV, cable channels, recordings, video on demand (VOD), and more without having to rent a TV box from Xfinity.
Although the Xfinity Stream app is available for partner device streaming and TV devices such as Roku, Samsung, and LG TV, it only exists in a beta version. This means that the app does not include the full set of features as available on the original Xfinity app or the Xfinity portal. This is largely why the app is called the Xfinity Stream Beta app on Roku and other such devices.
While the Xfinity Stream Beta App does run on Roku, it does have to fulfill certain prerequisites. For instance, only if you have a qualifying internet and TV plan with Xfinity will your Xfinity Stream App work. Also, all your Roku devices must have firmware of at least 8.1 b1 or preferably higher for this arrangement to work.
Xfinity has a list of devices that are compatible with the Xfinity Stream Beta App. The application will only work on these device versions, including;
Roku Streambar: 9102X
Roku Soundbar: 9100X
Roku Streaming Sticks:
Roku Streaming Stick (3600X, 3800X), Streaming Stick 4K (3820X), Streaming Stick+ (3810X), and Streaming Stick 4K+ (3821X)
Roku Streaming Media Players:
Roku Ultra LT (4662X) and Roku Ultra (4340X, 4640X, 4660X, 4670X, 4800X)
Roku Express (3700X, 3900X, 3930X), Express+ (3710X, 3910X, 3931X), Express 4K (3940X) and Express 4K+ (3941X)
Roku Premiere (3920X, 4620X) and Premiere+ (3921X, 4630X)
Roku 4 (4400X), Roku 3 (4200X, 4230X), and Roku 2 (4210X)
Roku TVs: A000X, C000X, 8000X, G000X, 5000X, 6000X, D000X 7000X, E000X,
If you find your Roku on the list above, it means Xfinity Stream App can function on your device. The rest of the setup is pretty simple and does not take too long.
Once you have established that your Roku supports the Xfinity Stream Beta App, it is time to activate the service. The process is straightforward and we have summarized it in a few easy pointers in the following passage.
To activate the Xfinity Stream on your Roku device you need to work on the following steps.
If you have two or more linked Xfinity accounts, you may face issues signing into your Roku. If this happens, you would have to visit the Xfinity customer service, select the account you want on your Roku, and make it your Primary account.
Starting out with Xfinity Stream beta on Roku can be unnerving sometimes. However, once you get the hang of it, it is quite easy to make sense of. Some of the sections that will form an important part of your navigation on Xfinity Stream on Roku include:
You may also sign out of your Xfinity Stream App on your Roku at any time. However, if you do so, you will be required to sign in and activate the device all over again as aforementioned.
The Xfinity Stream app is a great add-on that Xfinity internet and TV users can enjoy. It ensures that your entertainment, like you, stays mobile. No matter where you may go. Xfinity stream may only function as a beta version on partner devices such as other TVs and Roku, but it is worth it nonetheless.
Activating and navigating the Xfinity Stream app on a Roku device can be done in all the ways mentioned in this article. For more information or help with this process, visit the Xfinity customer service or call 844-207-8721.
Yes, Xfinity Stream Beta App can be used on Xfinity TV Partner devices, but only if you have an internet and TV plan with Xfinity. It is available for all speed tiers. You will also need an Xfinity compatible modem or the Xfinity Wireless Gateway for this to work.
You can start using the Xfinity Stream app as soon as you sign up with Xfinity, even before the service is officially installed at your address.
The Xfinity Stream app for Partner Devices is different from the one on X1, mainly because it is a beta version. It has limited functionality and does not support all functions. For example, the Xfinity voice remote does not work on them, and Movies, TV shows, and other on-demand content are only available on certain devices.
Partner Devices on Xfinity Stream also do not support pay-per-view event rentals at the moment.
Xfinity TV customers are allowed to stream on up to five (5) devices simultaneously. This includes mobile devices, tablets, and other partner devices.
There is no additional charge for using the Xfinity Stream app on any Partner Device. All other fees associated with the service still apply, however, during the beta trial, Xfinity waives off the "additional outlet" service charge. This is helpful especially if you use the Xfinity Stream app on a Partner Device.
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