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Overall, Xfinity’s mobile viewing app, Xfinity Stream, is a good streaming app. It has a massive amount of content available to view in or out of the home on various mobile devices and web browsers.
It also has multiple simultaneous streams (five at home, three away), content filtering, device management options, offline viewing, and parental controls.
There are cons to accompany those pros—but they’re minor. In fact, there’s only one worth mentioning outside of the box below: some content is unavailable for mobile viewing.
Xfinity TV customers will love the app—and even Xfinity internet-only customers can use it to watch a select variety of free content.
If you’re currently thinking of switching TV providers, we think the Xfinity Stream app is a nice perk that could sway your choice.
Naturally, Xfinity Stream’s reason for existing is to help you watch TV—but it does other stuff, too. Roll up your pants legs and we’ll wade deeper into Xfinity Stream.
|On the go|
|Xfinity channel package||Local channels||Xfinity On Demand||DVR Recordings||X1, pay-per-view, adult channels||Downloading/offline viewing||Streams|
|Up to 200+ TV Go channels||
ABC, NBC, FOX, Univision, Unimás, and Telemundo
Sure, Xfinity Stream is a mobile app. But what happens when someone in your house is hogging the good TV and the crappy backup? That’s right: you sit in the corner, plug in your earbuds, and stream to your mobile device.
Since Xfinity Stream gives you five simultaneous streams at home, it accommodates up to four more disappointed family members/roommates. And everybody can watch every live, local, X1, pay-per-view, and adult channel—plus Xfinity On Demand titles and DVR recordings.
You can also cast to a TV at home with a Google Chromecast—assuming there’s a free TV in the house. And even then, you may not need to cast if you already have Xfinity on that TV. So could casting be a better on-the-go option? Hmm . . . .
Xfinity Stream doesn’t let you watch quite as much content when you’re away from home—but it’s still overflowing with content. The main differences:
That’s still a ton of content to watch on the go, and a healthy amount of ways to watch it. And if you take all of those movies and shows to a friend’s house along with a Google Chromecast, you can still watch it on a big screen.
Xfinity Stream also allows you to download titles for offline viewing, so you can watch anywhere, even if you don’t have access to Wi-Fi or mobile data. Watching offline can come in handy at home too, since it saves bandwidth when everyone is home and online.
But one warning about downloads: if you sign out of Xfinity Stream, the app deletes all of your mobile downloads. Fortunately, it’ll warn you before this happens.
There’s so much content on Xfinity Stream that you need filters. Otherwise, you’re gonna spend your precious couch time browsing instead of watching. We wish Xfinity Steam would allow you to filter by genre, but no streaming app is perfect, right?
Stream allows you to filter for the following criteria:
Kids are smart. They can get into trouble when left to their own devices.
Plenty of kids have phones or tablets nowadays, and the accompanying internet access. And the internet’s just flooded with nefarious content and bad influences (probably TikTok, jk).
Stream helps you protect your brood by allowing you to restrict content based on ratings, channels, and titles. That’s an excellent way to supplement good ole parental supervision.
So Xfinity Stream allows five simultaneous streams at home and three outside of the house. What happens when your account has reached its device limit and you wanna watch Mystery Science Theater 3000? If you’re the boss of your Xfinity account, you give someone else the boot right from the app.
The same goes for your downloaded content. Xfinity Stream allows only one downloaded copy of a title at a time. It must be “returned” before someone else in your household can download it on their device. So if somebody’s bogarting Revenge of the Bridesmaids, you can “return” it for them—and then check it out yourself.
|Device(s)||Operating system (OS)||Xfinity Stream version|
Amazon Fire HD 6 and newer, but no Fire TV
4.11.0 or later
All except Android TV
Android 5 or later
|5.2.0 or later|
|iPhone 4s or later, iPad 2 or later, iPad Air, iPad Mini, iPod Touch 4th gen. or later, AirPlay is NOT supported||
iOS 12 or later
4.11.2 or later
Xfinity Stream supports a variety of mobile devices. There’s also an online portal that you can access through your web browser. Here’s what you need to get started:
Xfinity Stream has a ton of content, multiple ways to watch, and only one mentionable drawback (minor content restrictions on mobile viewing). If you have Xfinity TV service and you’re not using this app, you’re missing out.
If you’re thinking of switching TV providers, the Xfinity Stream app is definitely a perk worth considering, especially if you have a large household or travel a lot.
Xfinity Stream supports the following devices:
The Xfinity Stream app is free to Xfinity (both TV and internet-only) customers. To get the most entertainment options you will need to have a TV plan.
Yes, Xfinity Stream does use up your mobile data allowance if you use it without a Wi-Fi connection (and if you’re not watching previously downloaded content). The amount of data Stream uses depends on the length and resolution of the programs you stream.
Xfinity Stream is free to users who already have Xfinity internet and TV service. But if you have only Xfinity internet, you can watch selected channels and on-demand content free.