I've just spent the last couple hours trying to find a way to get my xfinity streaming channels to stream on my smartTV using a chromecast, and this is what I've found. It is, of course a Comcast / Google issue.
Many channels and content creators(with a base subscription) DO allow their content to be streamed over the chromecast/other dongle device to a TV, over various smartTVs with cerrtain OSes, and using certain services, such as Rokhu and Sling. Comcast *can* work with google to make this work securely and reliably. I previously used Sling but *did not have a cable package at that time*, so it was not cost effective and I cancelled it. Comcast just offered me streaming Live/other/premiumn channels on "TVs, phones, tablets, and devices" for a fee, and I went ahead and paid for that new package. I went to try Sling again today and was going to connect it to my Comcast subscription, but they have totally changed their offerings. Now you can ONLY buy streaming channels/packages direct from Sling without an external cable subscription, so your existing comcast subscription is useless. (I may switch to this once I determine quality, reliability, library)
Rokhu wants you to buy their hardware and (last I checked) connect it to a physical cable box in the home, which then allows it to be streamed to various devices. This is costly and not an improvements, and the issue should be solved by Comcast not 3rd party vendors.
All Comcast/Xfinity needs to do is make their Xfinity Stream TV app work with the Chromecast, or with Samsung Smart TVs, etc.
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This seemed like a great idea, and so my family and I signed up for the month trial, but then we discovered streaming Xfinity to our TV is nonfunctional in its current form, which is a dealbreaker.Why isn't the problem with Chromecast not at the top of the order page where people can see it?
Customers should be made aware of the incompatibility with CHROMECAST devices in bold, on the top of the agreement, before they finish the order. The Google Chromecast is the most widely adopted stream/cast device today, and is in the hands of many customers.
Let us know when you have a functional xfinity app for chromecast to make this work for your customers. We will cancel our trial and wait until you straighten this out. We won't be paying Comcast one red cent more unless our channels show up on all our devices.
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