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Can You Watch Comcast On Roku?

Q. A pal from work says you can watch Comcast on a Roku box. I say that’s crazy because you need a Comcast cable box. Who’s right? — Tom, Greenbelt, Maryland. 

Tom, you’re both right, sort of. You can watch your complete Comcast video lineup on Roku, but you also need a Comcast/Xfinity video set-top.

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Confused? Okay, let me explain.

Comcast has an app on Roku called Xfinity Stream that allows you to watch the same channels that you subscribe to via your Xfinity X1 set-top. For example, if have the set-top connected to a living room TV, you could watch your Comcast programming lineup on another TV in a different room by simply connecting the Roku to the second set.

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This is a nice feature for Comcast subscribers who want TV in multiple rooms without paying for additional set-tops because, at least for now, the Xfinity app does not require an additional fee. (Note: The Xfinity Stream app is also available on smart phones and tablets.)

You can also watch Comcast’s Instant TV service on a Roku device without having any video set-top. But you do need Comcast’s Internet service, and a modem. For more information on Instant TV, click here.

By the way, Comcast’s video services are available on the following Roky devices:

Ultra (4660), Ultra (4640), Premiere + 4630, Premiere (4620), Express + (3710 and 3910), Express (3700, 3900), Roku TV (5XXX, 6XXX: Models within the 5000 and 6000 range), Streaming Stick + (3810), Streaming Stick (3600 and 3800), Roku 4 (4400), Roku 3 (4200, 4230), and Roku 2 (4210).

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— Phillip Swann

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The TV Answer Man is veteran journalist Phillip Swann who has covered the TV technology scene for more than two decades. He will report on the latest news and answer your questions regarding new devices and services that are changing the way you watch television.

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