I appreciate the comments from the employees about requesting everyone's patience, but this problem is one brought on by Xfinity marketing. When they announced that the app was going to be delivered in the fall, they set expectations. And there was one clear reason for doing so - they wanted to associate the brand with Roku to get the goodwill that goes along with it.
The problem is that companies routinely have individuals in them who make decisions like this in order to further their careers, increase sales, and other more nefarious reasons, but they don't really care about their ability to execute. If they hit the target, great. If not... who cares.
But the customers do! And even a piece of new code written from scratch to tie into existing APIs should not have taken more than maybe 90 days to get into beta. Here we are 6 months after the initial announcement. The assumption I would make is there have been a ton of delays like:
- The people inking the Roku deal didn't have development resources allocated to actually carry though, so had to go hunt those down after they did it
- The resources they wanted to use had other development on their plate, probably higher priority, and basically told them to go pound sand. They'll get to it when they get to it.
- When they did finally get to it (assuming there is actually some demo code as some have stated) most likely the developers have had all kinds of micromanagement dragging down their efforts on every nitpicky little thing.
I'm just getting started, but suffice it to say that I wouldn't expect to see something until well into next year because of the incredible beauracracy in organizations like this.
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