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Xfinity Streaming and Chromecast

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Xfinity Streaming and Chromecast

Considering dropping our traditional Comcast service and going with the streaming service...much more economical...but my TV isn't 'smart'.  Can I 'cast' the streaming service to my TV?  Question #2: does the streaming service offer HD?  

Thanks! 

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@dnl wrote:

Considering dropping our traditional Comcast service and going with the streaming service...much more economical...but my TV isn't 'smart'.  Can I 'cast' the streaming service to my TV?  Question #2: does the streaming service offer HD?  

Thanks! 


If you use a pc you can cast using devices like chrome cast or just use an hdmi cable.

 

Yes some channels are in HD -

 

"Does XFINITY Stream package include HD channels?
Yes, most channels included in your XFINITY Stream package lineup are available in HD."

 

Source - https://www.xfinity.com/support/cable-tv/stream-faqs/

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Re: Xfinity Streaming and Chromecast

I know I can use a PC, but can I cast to the TV from a phone or tablet using Chromecast or Viziocast (from my soundbar)?
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@dnl wrote:
I know I can use a PC, but can I cast to the TV from a phone or tablet using Chromecast or Viziocast (from my soundbar)?

***Validated Best Answer as of 04/2019***

 

 

Casting or mirroring of any kind the screen of a mobile device is blocked when using the app to stream also Xfinity Stream does offer content in HD.

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I just had an agent tell me you can cast from a phone but you say you cannot. I believe you because it does not work. <Edited for violating forum guidelines>

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I would suggest giving YouTubeTV a try. Lower price/channel lineup and Chromecast support.

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We must have had the same sales rep. <Edited for violating forum guidelines>

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It is a national problem but seems to affect the northeastern states area more often. Comcast has not give an estimated time of repair.



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I have the same problem. I can Chromecast from my PC, but cannot on my Samsung Tablet.

 

CAN SOMEONE HELP????!!!!!!!!!!!

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@JP717 wrote:

I have the same problem. I can Chromecast from my PC, but cannot on my Samsung Tablet.

 

CAN SOMEONE HELP????!!!!!!!!!!!


the tablet is not allowed to chromecast to your TV. PCs are grandfathered in to the rules (allowed).



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Shucks, guess that's right answer. Appreciate it.

Trying to rebroadcaste on TV in a garage, while exercising with full control.

Guess that ain't gonna happen ^^

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@JP717 wrote:

Shucks, guess that's right answer. Appreciate it.

Trying to rebroadcaste on TV in a garage, while exercising with full control.

Guess that ain't gonna happen ^^


there is a wifi set top box (Xi5) that also can connect via ethernet that might work for you. Possible to pull a coax cable under 200 feet to the garage?



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YIPES, I am an engineer but too much headache ^^

Thanks for the concern.

Much blessings,

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Really silly. What’s the diff between tablet and pc? <Edited for violating forum guidelines>

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@CapeFrank wrote:
Really silly. What’s the diff between tablet and pc? <Edited for violating forum guidelines>.

pc's use of a tv as a second screen monitor precede DMCA HDCP regulations. and the use is grandfathered into the rules/laws/regulations. Not so for tablets and other smart devices.



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Thanks for last comment. Too complicated..

may mean Xfinity does not want to help Chromecast? Not,,

Oh well, less TV maybe better for a peace of mind, LOL

 

Cheers,

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thus the reason they launched the app replacing the web version --- always wondered why not both .. now we know ... horrendous even if it is because of regulations and not XFINITY's fault (jury is still out I think) - <Edited for violating forum guidelines> In my case I pay for the TV service that includes content, then I pay for Internet to be able to stream such content to all devices including tablets and phones, and I pay for an X1 DVR to be able to record such content - yet I am not able to stream such content to all of the devices .. hmmm I wonder how long before they allow streaming on devices as long as they just happen to be on XFINITY Mobile (I have AT&T) ? Or perhaps they already allow that :-)


@mvenanzi

 

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@Anon1003785 wrote:

thus the reason they launched the app replacing the web version --- always wondered why not both .. now we know ... horrendous even if it is because of regulations and not XFINITY's fault (jury is still out I think) -<Edited for violating forum guidelines> In my case I pay for the TV service that includes content, then I pay for Internet to be able to stream such content to all devices including tablets and phones, and I pay for an X1 DVR to be able to record such content - yet I am not able to stream such content to all of the devices .. hmmm I wonder how long before they allow streaming on devices as long as they just happen to be on XFINITY Mobile (I have AT&T) ? Or perhaps they already allow that :-)


@mvenanzi 

subscription pays for home TV and internet service and gives you access to other unbilled benefits. the App for smart devices did not replace the streaming website it is just another way to access many of the items in the subscription. If you have a TV with HDMI port open you can use a TiVo or a Roku (in public beta), or chromecast device to stream from a PC. you can play your linear and ondemand and cloud DVR recordings in your home on any smart device, desk/laptop for supported secure operating systems.



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still looking for additional information in the reply here

 

i believe the app indeed replaced the site, for the reasons already stated = most importantly, to keep customers from streaming content they already pay for over devices they already own without going through devices that will ultimatley result in additional monthly charges

 

with all of the multiple prior responses here, you can see that the issue is clearly not how to stream to the TV using a PC ..

it is about streaming to the TV using a device such as a smartphone or tablet, which you used to be able to do usiong the web version as I recall - not with the app

 

Roku sounds great until you do the research and buy a Roku enabled TV or a stick .. only to find that by "beta" Xfinity really means "soon to become an additional outlet monthly fee"

From what I have found, the plan is to charge customers for yet another an additional outlet (10 bucks/mo) or if you can prove that the Roku is the "primary" way you access xfinity,

then you might save a couple of bucks and pay around 8 bucks instead

 

again, to be fair, the banning of streaming over devices may really just be about recent regulations or standards related to copyright issues - <Edited for violating forum guidelines>

 

complaint remains intact. Figure out how to allow users to stream without paying for the content a third or fourth time.

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Get a Roku! They have a free Xfinity Beta App that works great! It is basically like having an additional box.

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The Roku streaming of Xfinity only works without a fee until they finish the beta. After that it will be $10 a month, EVEN THOUGH YOU OWN THE ROKU. Better to stream via one of Comcast's devices. At least if it breaks, they owe you a new one.
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exactly ... amd good point about just keeping a Comcast device if they are going to charge you $10 anyway

 

OR ... they could let us stream like we always did through URL not App

 

starting to weigh the merits of streaming subscriptions only and extremely limited Comcast service ..... not there yet though


@Wkand1977 wrote:
The Roku streaming of Xfinity only works without a fee until they finish the beta. After that it will be $10 a month, EVEN THOUGH YOU OWN THE ROKU. Better to stream via one of Comcast's devices. At least if it breaks, they owe you a new one.

 

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sort of - it will be $10 a month unless you can convince COmcast that your primary device is the Roku in which case you might save ... wait for it ...   about $2 per month ... what a deal for content we've already paid for through devices we already own over Internet service we are already paying Comcast for ..

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use of a chromecast device with a desk/laptop is grandfathered in and free. it does use the streaming TV website. there is no charge for using the chromecast with a lap/desktop computer



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Comcast. <Edited for violating forum guidelines>

 

I exclusively watch netflix and amazon everywhere else in the house and in our outdoor theater because of this. <Edited for violating forum guidelines>

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I'll just keep using the Playstation Vue app which casts from all devices to TVs, even phones and tablets.  I highly recommend their service, and you don't even need a Playstation to use it.  <Edited for violating forum guidelines>, Playstation does flawlessly and without any ramifications.  Price is solid too, in my opinion.  Shame I can't switch ISPs.   :/

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The idea that casting has been grandfathered only from laptops and PCs doesn’t make sense when you see that Hulu and YouTube are able to cast live TV from phones and tablets.
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@User3925 wrote:
The idea that casting has been grandfathered only from laptops and PCs doesn’t make sense when you see that Hulu and YouTube are able to cast live TV from phones and tablets.

providers of the entertainment  are able to block use of any kind of streaming except desk/laptop use (can stream or use HDMI to the TV). The reason they have to allow this is that before DRM it was accepted that TVs (even HD) can use one as a second screen monitor. If DRM restricts the stream HDCP enforces it by turning off the stream.



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How do you hook the xfinity stream to the chrome cast
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@Momadukes-1 wrote:
How do you hook the xfinity stream to the chrome cast

it is allowed to use a PC with Chrome browser. navigate to the page and touch the chromecast link on the PC and switch your TV input to the Chromecast connected video port on the TV.



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I just moved to Philadelphia from New York. In NY our FiOS service let us cast anything from our phones to our smart TV (without using a chromecast) and allowed our Google Home speaker to play videos on our TV. How can any of that be illegal if FiOS is doing it automatically? If it is not illegal, then why doesn't xfinity support the same type of casting?
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You can't stream from your phone or tablet but you can stream from your computer.

If you stream from the chrome web browser ay the top right corner is 3 does. Click on that and then click on cast.
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Need setup instructions for my laptop
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Chromecast live streaming devices can u use it on the tv tomorrow morning
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Can I stream tv from phone and cast to television on same wifi network? I got rid of HD tech fee and now my television channels are of course not in HD. Seems like I could stream from phone to television, right?
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@Pweasel wrote:
Can I stream tv from phone and cast to television on same wifi network? I got rid of HD tech fee and now my television channels are of course not in HD. Seems like I could stream from phone to television, right?

no, however you can use a PC or chromebook and connect via HDMI as a second monitor, or if using a windows PC and Chrome browser and a Chromecast dongle.



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Youtube TV did work with android cast function from my Note 8 but the jacked the rates from 35 a month to 50 a month so I bailed.  Went with Xfinity because it is cheaper. But now Xfinity stream won't work on my smart tv from the web browser and I cant use screen mirroring from my note8 to cast Xfinity content either!  So frustrating guys... <Edited>... maybe SLing tv works???