Comcast Releases Beta Version of Xfinity TV App for Roku

Comcast is releasing a beta version of the Xfinity TV app for Roku devices and TV sets — but the while users don’t have to lease a set-top box, the cable giant will still charge customers an additional monthly fee per once the app formally launches.

The U.S.’s No. 1 cable operator said it plans to officially launch the Xfinity TV app on Roku later this year, and is soliciting feedback from customers during the beta-test period. The Roku app can be used only in a Comcast subscriber’s home, over a broadband connection from the cable company (although the operator said it is working to make internet-gateway equipment available soon for subscribers who have another broadband provider).

During the beta program, Xfinity TV customers will not pay a fee to use the Roku app. However, Comcast will levy additional outlet charges for connected Roku devices once it the app officially launches. Currently the operator’s additional outlet service fees per set-top box are $9.95 per month; customers using their own substitute equipment, such as a TiVo, receive a $2.50 credit (resulting in a net charge of $7.45 per month). A Comcast rep said the company is currently “evaluating our additional outlet policies.”

While the Roku app is not available for use as a “primary outlet” during the beta, customers will be able to use the Xfinity TV app for Roku as their primary outlet once it is formally launched.

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SOURCE: Variety, Todd Spangler