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Today, we move yet another teeny tiny step forward to the truly digital future of television. Xfinity has launched the XFINITY TV Player which, aside from a name that's needlessly yelling, gives Comcast/Xfinity subscribers access to a host of television and movies on their Android 2.3+ devices. Both phones and tablets are supported.

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The app supports Streampix, so for those of you who sprung for the extra $5/month service, this will give you access to that content, consolidated with all of the other available content on the service, including XFINITY On Demand. The app also looks great, with a proper separate phone and tablet UI, as you can see above.

We gave the app a spin and root users will notice, the app asks for root. We're unsure why Comcast would have a need for root access to your device. We tested it by both approving and denying it and got the same results. In general, it's good practice not to give root access to something that you don't know needs it, but in the event you do, streaming works just fine. Where "fine" means "playback is great, but the app is still a little buggy."

While searching and filtering worked really well, we noticed on more than one occasion that episode lists would include repeat entries for a single episode. It also had a little trouble saving our position in the list of TV episodes. These are nitpicks, though, on an otherwise fantastic app. We're still a little annoyed that the streaming video services are tied to a cable subscription, but that's how the system works. For now, anyway.

The app is available on the Play Store via the widget below. Have your Comcast ID ready.

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    And it's brilliant. Love, love, love everything about it. There are very minor issues, like duplicate episodes, but overall this is an extremely well made app.

    The video quality is bad-ass, looks HD to me and streams really fast, even if you jump around a video.

    And the best part - it's available on every single phone and tablet I've ever had, so it looks like compatibility = Android 2.3+ on all devices.

    A+, Comcast. I really hope the root issue is going to get sorted out though and won't be taken away in the future (right now you can deny the root prompt and it'll work).

    • VinMessina

      What device are you using it on? Everything looks great to me except when I actually play a movie --- quality isn't that great (really pixelated) on my Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. Gonna give it a shot on my GNEX see if it's any better. 

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        I tested on my Epic Touch, didn't use it on a tablet yet.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Just tested on a TF300 - the video quality isn't crystal clear, and there are some artifacts during lots of movement, but overall this is not bad at all.

        Here's a screencap: http://i.imgur.com/lHNnN.jpg

  • Aaron Berlin

    Somebody quickly tell me if this will sideload onto a Google TV!  I can't check until I get home from work!

    • http://ajileo.com/ David Ramirez

       Yep

    • Jimmy_Pancakes

      Yea... Can't get videos to play tho...

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Hrm, as Derek Ross noticed here https://plus.google.com/107538503004482952974/posts/4iWtNfzJyRx Fox, NBC, AMC are all missing. I wonder why, since an AMC show is clearly present in the Play Store screenshots.

  • RandomRant

    The app is requests SU access before it opens.

    I'm I right in assuming it's a trap?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      It's in the article - right now it doesn't seem to do anything, but maybe it will in the future :S

      • RandomRant

        Woops, and I always rag on people for not reading the article before posting.

        Seeing the app finally being update just had me too excited.

  • Jimmy_Pancakes

    They need to bring it to GoogleTV, so that Google can integrate it to the " TV and Movies " app... Also would love to see a new UI to OnDemand... :)

  • Guillermo

    does it only run on the local wifi network or will it work while i am traveling?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Cell networks too, not just Wi-Fi.

      • Nope

        NOPE! AT&T has xfinity blocked. You have to use wifi.

  • Bcbg001

    so have a t-mobile g2 root with CyanogenMod cm7 and when i try playing anything i get "unexpected error during integrity verification" 

  • DJA

    Seems the Kindle Fire HD is not on the list of supported devices. If this is the case, is there a work-around?

  • Mike Thaler

    Plays perfectly on our Android tablet. However, streaming from tablet to the HDTV in our 2nd home is blocked. Get a msg. "disconnect secondary connection before watching video". Don't know a way around that. Can stream everything else (eg. Youtube) to HDTV.