via DSL Reports
by Karl Bode
Jan 31 2017
Comcast and Roku have launched a beta that brings the company’s cable TV content, via app, to Roku devices. In a joint statement, the new Xfinity TV beta app will be available on Roku TV models and all Roku players “released in the last couple years,” including the Roku Express, Roku Express+, Roku Streaming Stick (model 3600), Roku Premiere, Roku Premiere+, Roku Ultra, Roku 4 (model 4400), Roku 3 (model 4230 and 4200), and Roku 2 (model 4210). The beta launch comes roughly nine months after Comcast initially announced the program.
“We will work to expand support to additional Roku players throughout the beta as part of the official launch,” the companies said.
Comcast’s plan to offer its content via third-party hardware features a rather limited number of hardware partners overall. In addition to Roku, Comcast began the effort by providing its content to select Samsung smart televisions. According to a company FAQ, users must subscribe to both Comcast TV and broadband service — a relatively obvious attempt to limit the impact of cord cutting.
Comcast’s FAQ also claims that the app won’t count against user usage caps, something the cable giant claims isn’t technically a net neutrality violation because the beta is “not an internet service” and “does not touch” the internet: