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Comcast's XFINITY app has undergone a name change with its latest update, and it now only answers when referred to as XFINITY TV Go. Does the latest version, in fact, make TV go? If we're referring to live content, then the answer's yes. Comcast customers with an Android device or two lying around can now stream the news, sports, kids shows, and other content live.

Live streaming works on both cellular and Wi-Fi data, which means you are not tied to your own home network as was the case with some apps in the past. Here are the live channels available on our devices: CNN, FOX, HLN, MSNBC, CNBC, FOX Business, BBC World News, Watch ESPN, NBC Sports, FOX Sports 1, Golf Channel, BTN, PAC 12, beIN Sport, Willow, FX, FXX, Nat Geo, and Nat Geo Wild. Close-captioning support is included and looks exactly like it does on your cable box, which is a nice touch.

However, the update isn't without issues. The channel selector lacks landscape support, so every time you flip between it and live video, you'll have to rotate your phone back and forth, which is absurd. We also found constant hiccups in the video stream which make it unwatchable at the moment. Switching between Comcast's own 50 Mbps cable connection and LTE didn't seem to help.

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If you're willing to pay the relatively high price for a cable subscription, there's a decent chance you aren't relying on an Android device as your primary means of digesting TV shows. Yet this does nothing to diminish just how convenient it is not to have to fight over the television come game time, so when given the choice to have a free Android app thrown in as part of a cable package, it's a no-brainer. Comcast customers, just hit up the widget below.

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Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

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

    Love this update - the video is high-quality, and the channel selection isn't bad at all for the first release.

    However, at least on my Note 3, the video freezes every 10-20 seconds or so for about a second, no matter if I'm on LTE or Wi-Fi. It gets better sometimes, then starts doing it again. Looks like there's a lot of optimization still left to do, but good first effort.

    • MrLockOut

      N5 on Wifi playing an HBO show looks GREAT no stutter or freezing. CNN Live same thing for the 3-4 minutes I played it! No Tmobile LTE support as mentioned. BTW this is probably not the place but I tested 30.3 Mbps on Tmobile LTE this morning (San Francisco) which gave me a huge data boner... :)

      • thomas

        I'm actually able to stream live tv via my lg g2 on tmobile with the app. You have to enable cellular data. There is a screenshot of the settings options at the bottom of the article.

  • Robert Willis

    How about some Chromecast support next Comcast? :)

    • Mr E

      I wanted to laugh at first, but this would be a great way to get around having to rent/buy another set-top box, not to mention accessing your subscription while away from home.

      • Robert Willis

        Yep. Exactly. I can use the MHL output on my GNex to mirror the screen but that's a pain in the butt when I already have a chromecast setup.

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  • Stephen

    Is this live content available through a normal browser? That would be... nice as well.

  • Kesey

    On T-Mobile/Nexus 4 and it's telling me: "You must be on Wi-Fi to stream video content."

    The article states: "Live streaming works on both cellular and Wi-Fi data, which means you are not tied to your own home network as was the case with some apps in the past."

    What gives?

    • Passer byer

      3G/4G streaming is exclusive to Verizon customers

      • Kesey

        Lame! And misleading article.
        On the bright side, I can go back to hating Comcast now.

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

          I'm on AT&T and I was streaming fine.

      • thomas

        Not true, I am able to stream the live channels fine with my lg g2 with tmobile. Try going into settings. You have to acknowledge that you are ok streaming via your wireless network.

        • Kesey

          Where is that in settings? I don't see it.

          Parental Controls - No
          Manage Download Devices - No
          Playback Options - No
          Help + Support - No
          Rate Xfinity - No
          Terms and Policies - No

          • thomas

            Whoa, thats wierd. I have a Cellular Data option between parental controls and manage download devices. Version 2.0.0.003. What version of the app are you running. You are also missing a few other settings I have.

          • Almeuit

            I believe it is a 4.2 issue vs. a 4.3 or higher issue. Reason being is the N4 and Note 3 (I have the Note 3) run 4.3 (or higher) and we do NOT have the "Cellular Data" option under settings. Friends with 4.2 DO have this option. So 4.3 must be preventing it unless you are a Verzion customer (I am a T-Mobile customer).

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

            I have the Note 3 on AT&T with 4.3, and I do have it (in fact, I've updated the post with the Cellular Data option screenshot now), so your theory is a bust. I have no idea what the deciding factor is.

          • Almeuit

            I could show you what mine has so ... it doesn't have it. I am not sure what causes it to choose ... but it does not work that is for sure on the T-Mobile Note 3.

          • Almeuit

            If you have a way to contact you I could show you what I see.

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

            I contacted Comcast to ask, let's see if they respond.

          • Kesey

            Same app version, tried it on a N5 that just arrived and still no Cellular Data option. Very strange.

          • thomas

            Just realized there is a screenshot at the end of the article of what exactly what my settings options look like.

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

        That's just not true.

        • Almeuit

          It is. You lucky folks with 4.2 Android are good to go. 4.3 has issues (a.k.a it doesn't give you Cellular Data option).

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

            My Note 3 runs 4.3, and it has the option and streamed fine on LTE.

          • Almeuit

            Then once again you are lucky. T-Mobile 4.3 does NOT have this option.

        • Kesey

          No Cellular Data option in 4.4 (N5) either.

  • Eli Shirk

    It's a decent start, but what took so long for Comcast to bring this to their overcharged customers? I would love if this could some how work with chromecast.

  • Jonny Applseed

    I bet this is their way of getting away from all the bad reviews of the first attempt at providing service to the android community, trying to clear the slate so to speak.

    • Jeremy Powers

      You give them too much credit the Product team seems to rename stuff at random for no reason.

  • Brian Radcliffe

    channel selection sucks, no major networks 1 secondary network, nat geo and news and sports.... no abc, cbs, nbc, fox, usa, tnt, syfy, tbs..... if you spend your whole day watching either fox news cnn or fx your in good shape though

  • KRS_Won

    I was able to stream at home using my N7, but when I left the house and use my phone for a hotspot, I keep getting an error.

  • Steven

    This app still sucks. I watch a bunch of shows on my phone and tablet on this and netflix. For some reason since about 2 updates ago they broke there streaming. I have an ASUS TF300 and a Samsung S4. Both have issues with episodes not being found and I get ERROR 404 messages all the time! What a load of CRAP!

  • ddh819

    i think on my n7 the channel selection worked in landscape

  • ddh819

    did monday night football work on it?

  • MrLockOut

    Did anyone figure out how to get streaming for N5 on Tmobile ?

  • harleyman

    I get Fox News on the app for my iPhone, but not on the android version for my tablet. What gives?

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