Comcast Xfinity TV and Internet Review
Overall Customer Rating: 3.36 out of 5
Table of ContentsWhere Comcast is Available Comcast TV Ratings Pricing TV Channels Installation and Setup Reliability and Up-time Technical Support and Customer Service Equipment Contracts Apps and Additional Features Comcast Internet Ratings Pricing Internet Speed Installation and Setup Reliability and Up-time Technical Support and Customer Service Equipment Contracts Apps A Note on Ratings The ratings given throughout this article come from our 2016 customer satisfaction survey where an unbiased third party polled thousands of customers about their TV and Internet service. The results included over 500 Comcast customers. Comcast Phone, TV, and Internet Availability Wherever Comcast offers one service, it offers them all (TV, Internet, phone, and home security). However, not every location is created equal. Out of the 40 states that support Comcast services, none of them offer 100% coverage to every resident. Idaho for instance has Comcast service, but only 1% of households are within range of its services. In Maryland, it’s quite different. About 93% of all people in Maryland can get Comcast services. Depending on where you live in a state, you could also see a disparity between Internet speeds. Just keep that in mind while you’re checking to see if you can get Comcast services in your area because your service might be better or worse than what’s available to your neighbor. Comcast may be available in the following states, but availability and speeds depend on household: Alabama (24%), Arizona (9%), Arkansas (15%), California (34%), Colorado (83%), Connecticut (54%), Delaware (89%), Florida (67%), Georgia (7%), Idaho (1%), Illinois (8%), Indiana (74%), Kansas (6%), Kentucky (7%), Louisiana (13%), Maine (7%), Maryland (93%), Massachusetts (87%), Michigan (71%), Minnesota (47%), Mississippi (38%), Missouri (7%), New Hampshire (72%), New Jersey (61%), New Mexico (7%), New York (1%), North Carolina (1%), Ohio (2%), Oregon (63%), Pennsylvania (76%), Rhode Island (less than 1%), South Carolina (18%), Tennessee (69%), Texas (22%), Utah (84%), Vermont (85%), Virginia (58%), Washington (8%), Washington D.C. (99%), West Virginia (39%), Wisconsin (2%)
Comcast XFINITY TV Service
In order to keep yourself from getting whiplash when your bill totals to much more than you thought it would be, ask your sales rep to go over every little detail before you sign up.You normally only will get a bad impression if you feel misled, and by ironing out the details from the start, you’ll help prevent that from happening (even though this is something Comcast should be doing a better job at!). Comcast TV packages (post-promotion): Comcast doesn’t advertise this on the front page of its website, but the company does offer a number of cable packages that drastically vary in price and offerings. Here are the packages you can ask about—from cheapest and most sparse, to most expensive and chalk-full of channels:
Limited Basic Package / $11.99 per month This comes with a free standard box and 10+ channels. However, it won’t have any DVR capabilities or HD channels. It’s pretty rudimentary as far as technology and cable goes, but it’ll allow you to watch the news and stay up-to-date with major network shows.
Digital Economy Cable Package / $49.99 per month You’ll get 40+ basic channels with this bare minimum cable package. This comes with a free standard box without any DVR capabilities.
Digital Starter Cable Package / $70.99 per month This includes 140+ channels, but no premium networks and a limited number of sports channels. It’ll give you a good sampling of channels like HGTV and Discovery, but not the whole kitchen sink when it comes to entertainment.
Digital Preferred Package / $88.99 per month Opt into this package for 220+ channels, including some special sports networks, but no premium channels.
Digital Preferred Plus Package / $123.99 per month Get 230+ channels, including HBO and other popular premium networks with this loaded package.
Digital Premier Package / $148.99 per month This is the best option Comcast has if you want it all. You’ll be able to tune into 260+ channels and practically everything under the sun. All of the premium networks like Showtime and HBO come included and so do sports channels and more.
Premium Channels If your package doesn’t include premium channels and you’d like to be able to watch movies and shows on Encore, HBO, and Showtime (there are others too), you can expect to pay an additional $9.99-$19.99 per month for each channel you add. It’s not cheap, but Comcast does run promotions that offer three to 12 months of free HBO, Showtime, or Encore. This is definitely something you should ask about when you call to set up service since you’ll more than likely be able to try out some good channels for free.
Promotions Comcast almost always has a promotion going on for TV service and bundles too. If you’re a new customer, you can bank on this. If you’re a persistent existing customer, you might be able to negotiate a promotion when your contract is up for renewal. Just remember that promotions aren’t forever, and you’ll see a big increase in your bill once they end. You can definitely do yourself a favor and get more for your money for the time being though.Channel Selection Customer Rating: 3.5 out of 5 There are hundreds of digital channels to choose from when you get cable from Comcast. Depending on what’s important to you, you could go basic and just stick to the major news networks or throw on all the bells and whistles. Comcast offers three tiers of channels on most packages:
|Channel level||Channels||Stand-alone promotional pricing||Post-promotional stand-alone pricing|
Comcast has an outage tracker that reports on any issues with cable in your area. You can check in on that to see if others are experiencing the same problem and get updates about when service will be back up and running.You can do this by logging into your account or checking the XFINITY website. Note that Comcast’s cable boxes are also quite finicky and prone to breaking. To avoid most problems, keep it in a cool spot with at least 8 inches around it, and avoid locking the box in an enclosed space with no airflow. Programming schedules will take a while to populate, but you should also make sure you can turn it on and watch a show before your installer leaves. Technical Support and Customer Service Customer Rating: 3.3 out of 5 Customer satisfaction scores in our survey indicate a serious problem with customer service and technical support. One major complain is that it’s hard to find contact information online. Once logged into your Comcast account, you cannot quickly find any customer service number even when clicking on the “contact us” button at the bottom of the page. Instead, you’re presented with forums to find answers to your own questions. There is no email listed. No telephone number. There is an option to chat with an agent, but that’s buried at the bottom of the page. Perhaps the customer gripes with customer service begin here? Other common customer service complaints include the following:
- Incorrect charges and fees on a statement.
- Long hold times and tedious calls to fix cable TV and/or Internet
- Charges for unreturned equipment after cancelling, often for equipment the customer never had or already returned
Non-X1 Set-Top Box This is about as basic as it gets. You don’t have to pay extra for this box, but all it does is connect you to channels. There isn’t any DVR capability, HD compatibility, or special tricks. If you have the Limited Basic Package, this is what you can expect to get.
X1 DVR / TV Box Combo This DVR does everything you’ve come to expect from this type of equipment. You can pause and rewind live TV, record programs, and fast forward through recordings. You can also access the OnDemand network of movies and shows. Read the X1 review here.
X1 DVR Cloud This is Comcast’s newest and most advanced cable box. You can record TV and movies like a normal DVR, but enjoy amazing added bonus features. One of these perks is the voice-activated remote control that allows you to talk to it to change channels and search for shows.
AnyRoom DVR is another function that’s made headlines. With this capability, you can sync your cable boxes in your home for futuristic TV viewing. For instance, if you’re watching TV in the living room but want to crawl into bed to finish a show, you can pause it on one TV and pick up where you left off on another. The fact that it’s a cloud device also allows for Comcast to keep it up-to-date with new program features and bug fixes. It’s the ultimate luxury and convenience in TV watching that you can get right now.Contract Cancellation Comcast often offers better deals for customers to sign contracts. The savings tend to be $10 per month or more. Guess how much the fee is for cancelling a contract? $10 per month remaining. That means if you expect to stay with Comcast for more than half of the contract’s duration, the contract will save you money.
If you don’t want to guess or like to avoid commitment, then make sure you’re not purchasing a plan that has a contract tied to it.Comcast offers both, so clarify which type you’re paying for before you sign on the dotted line. Most customers do actually save money with contracts, but it’s your call on how long you think you’ll stay around. Apps/Additional Features
XFINITY My Account App You can download this app to schedule appointments with technicians, track your service appointments, pay your bill, find service centers, and check for service outages. It’s like most account management apps and provides you with easy access to your account from anywhere. Based on iTunes customer reviews, it’s only gotten two out of five stars, but it’s still something you can use to streamline your interaction with the company.
TV Remote App Turn your smart device into your remote with this app and much more. You can browse showtimes of your favorite movies and TV series, see what’s OnDemand, and even schedule recordings. It’s like a magic wand and has received an average of 3.3 stars from over 25,000 customers on Google Play.
XFINITY TV Go App This app makes it possible for you to watch TV from anywhere. You can stream live TV, OnDemand programs, and your recorded shows directly to your smart device. You can even download programs onto your phone to eliminate the need for a wifi or data connection. Based on over 160,000 user reviews on Google Play, this app has four out of five stars.
XFINITY TV Website Log into your Comcast account and you’ll be able to access the portion of its website where you can watch TV shows. If you’ve ever heard of HBO Go or Hulu, it’s a lot like that. It makes sure you can watch your shows from anywhere and get the most bang for your cable bill.
Voice Activated Remote If you have a cable plan with the X1 DVR Cloud, you can use this voice activated remote. It’ll make it easier to change the channel and search for shows or movies since you won’t need to lift a finger.
Streampix Streampix is Comcast’s arsenal of free movies that comes with some cable packages and promotions.
Mover’s Edge Current customers who switch up where they live can use this feature to seamlessly transfer their services to another address. If you’re moving across state lines, it’s a bit tricky, but for small moves you should be able to get set up in your new home quickly. This isn’t a free service, so make sure you ask how much you’ll be paying for this convenience.
Easy Customizations For Hearing Impaired Comcast XFINITY has a number of videos that show users with hearing loss how to set up closed captioning on their devices. Once on that portion of the website, Comcast also is quick to offer a connection to chat with an agent live. Special attention to customers of all needs is a definite bonus for Comcast as a company.Depending on your needs you may find yourself wishing Comcast had consolidated some of these features into fewer apps, but all XFINITY apps ended up scoring above average on both Itunes and Google Play.
Comcast Internet Service
Performance Starter / $49.95 per month This is a tiny little package that comes with 10 Mbps and can handle a little bit of video streaming and more Internet browsing. For kids in college, this is actually a pretty good option since it’s cheap-ish and will provide the speed necessary for studying, but not enough for the distracting stuff like videos and movie downloads.
Performance 25 / $59.95 per month For a bit more money, you can choose this Internet service if you’re looking for a solid wifi connection with the ability to have two to four users on at one time. You’ll get 25 Mbps of speed and will have the ability to stream video, download, and browse pages. This also comes with the Comcast Customer Guarantee™ so you can enjoy the convenience of two-hour appointment windows for installation or service appointments and a $20 credit if the technician is late.
Performance Pro / $79.95 per month If you need a bit more throttle behind your Internet speed than the lower tier options, this package will allow for fast streaming of HD content at 75 Mpbs. For those who are social or have a bunch of roommates, this Internet package seems to be a solid choice. Four to six users can use wifi at the same time without interruptions to speed. It’s also backed by the Comcast Customer Guarantee™ that allows you to book two-hour appointment windows for service and guarantees a $20 credit if the XFINITY rep is late.
Blast!® Pro / $89.95 per month Share Internet with six to eight people all at the same time without overloading your wifi. This plan from XFINITY has 150 Mbps of Internet speed, the Comcast Customer Guarantee for two-hour appointment windows, and can download TV shows in seconds and support gaming.
Extreme 250 / $149.95 per month A big jump in price means a big jump in offerings. You can get 250 Mbps of Internet speed with this plan and a ton of perks. Surf the Internet, game, or download simultaneously with eight or more people without slowing down. This is by far the best option for households—albeit, the most expensive.
XI Gigabit Pro / $299.95 per month Supe up your Internet speed even more with a Gigabit plan from Comcast. You can get up to 2GB/second with this plan. If you own a small business or are powering a large operation, this is where you might consider this type of package. You’ll be able to have a multitude of users online at once, download, upload, stream, and more without a problem.Internet Speed Customer Rating: 3.6 out of 5 Speed is what it’s all about when it comes to the Internet. This is the commodity that companies use to price plans and what you’ll pay more for if you use the Internet vigorously. The prices below are for service with no contract. Pricing may be cheaper if you agree to a year or two.
|Internet Level||Download Speed||Stand-alone promotional pricing||Post-promotional stand-alone pricing|
|Performance Starter||10 Mbps||$39.99 for 12 months||$49.95|
|Performance 25||25 Mbps||$49.99/mo for 12 months||$59.95|
|Performance Pro||75 Mbps||$59.99/mo for 12 months||$79.95|
|Blast! Pro||150 Mbps||$69.99/mo for 12 months||$89.95|
|Extreme 250||250 Mbps||$79.99/mo for 12 months||$149.95|
People might be upset with the installation of the Internet if they run into problems with connectivity and need to spend time calling into customer service to troubleshoot. Or, if they have technicians install modems, they could be mad about the service fees.If you do use your own modem, make sure to call Comcast to register it on Comcast’s network. It’s unclear why this step is necessary, but if you skip it you may find yourself losing Internet service for no reason at the beginning of the next month. If the modem previously belonged to another Comcast customer you may have problems de-registering it and adding it to your account. For this reason we generally recommend buying a cable modem new. Reliability and Up-Time Customer Rating: 3.6 out of 5 The Internet can actually break without the help of a famous person’s derriere. Although, when outages happen due to glitches and weather, Comcast does its darnedest to tell you what’s going on. With the company’s outage tracker, you can sign onto your account to see if people in your area are suffering from a break in Internet connection. The XFINITY My Account App even allows you to check the connection status from your smart device. Cable networks like Comcast’s are particularly prone to losing speed or connectivity during peak hours due to strain on the network. Getting a 3.6 out of 5 shows that Comcast’s connection isn’t always dependable, but it’s about average for Internet providers. Technical Support and Customer Service Customer Rating: 3.3 out of 5 The tech support for Comcast’s Internet service is even lower than its cable score. There’s no real way to sugarcoat that. It’s bad. Out of 22 companies, Comcast scored 18th. Internet tech support can be particularly brutal with Comcast as you’re told to restart your modem a couple dozen times as your call is slowly escalated. Just hope your call isn’t disconnected before you reach someone who knows what they’re doing. Losing Internet connectivity is all kinds of frustrating. You can’t go online to find support for customers with similar problems like you’re used to, and you can’t take advantage of Comcast’s chat support agents.
Just remember, customer service experts generally agree that staying calm is the fastest way to get your call taken care of quickly.If you’re tech-savvy, this shouldn’t scare you off. However, if you know you need a lot of assistance with the Internet, this poor score is something to ponder before you buy Comcast Internet. Equipment You can use your own modem and routers with Comcast Internet, but you need to make sure it’ll work with your Internet speed first. You can check compatibility on Comcast’s website based on your Internet package. That way, you’ll know for sure if your modem/router will work and you’ll be able to avoid paying a rental fee to use equipment from Comcast. If you do decide to go the rental route, here are the types of modems Comcast offers:
D3 Modem This modem connects through a cable to one computer to give it Internet access. It doesn’t put out a wifi signal, so it’s not ideal for people who want to share Internet. In this day and age, it’s kind of shocking that this still exists since everyone seems to be wireless, but it’s a basic option that people can still purchase. This costs $10/month to rent on top of your regular Internet bill.
XB3 Wireless Gateway Modem A more modern version, this modem includes a router that puts out a wifi signal to allow multiple users or devices to connect to the Internet at once. It will also cost you $10 a month to rent this modem too.Contract/Cancellation Comcast isn’t overly crazy with its fees for cancelling early. It only charges customers $10 for every month left in your contract. If you have two months, this will be a small $20 fee. However, if you have more like 12 months, that will amount to $120 in fees. That said, the monthly savings for signing a contract is usually about $10, so you’re not really losing anything but flexibility by signing a contract. If you want to avoid a large payment all at once and think you might cancel, avoid service that requires a contract. Internet from Comcast can be purchased on its own or bundled with TV and home phone services, so determine what kind of contract you have before you sign up to avoid cancellation fees down the line. Generally, though, the 1-year contract does actually make financial sense, even if you think you might cancel part-way through. Enter your zip to find XFINITY availability in your area.