Comcast promises X1 experience on a smartphone with new Xfinity Stream app

Comcast Xfinity TV app
Comcast's new Xfinity Stream app will replace the existing Xfinity TV apps customers use on a variety of devices. Image: Comcast

Comcast will launch a replacement for its Xfinity TV app called Xfinity Stream on Feb. 28. 

The new multiscreen app will run on iOS and Android mobile devices, as well as laptop computers, letting Comcast video service customers access more than 200 channels, as well as DVR recordings and on-demand titles, both in and out of the home.

Comcast is promising customers an “X1-like” experience on mobile devices with the new app, which includes channel filtering, music networks and a Spanish Guide. 

“We’re focused on creating the best entertainment experiences across platforms and continuing to give Xfinity TV customers more choice in how, when and where they access their content,” said Matt Strauss, executive VP and general manager of video and entertainment services at Comcast Cable, in a statement. “With the Xfinity Stream app, we are giving customers access to the best content in and out of the home with a growing list of advanced features and capabilities that make the mobile experience nearly identical to the cable experience they enjoy at home.”

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The app is a separate initiative from Comcast’s Stream TV, an IPTV service that was put into beta last year in Boston and Chicago. A Comcast rep told Multichannel News that the Stream service—essentially a skinny bundle of broadcast networks packaged with HBO and aimed at cord cutters—will be rebranded to limit customer confusion. 

The Xfinity Stream app is free. Customers with existing Xfinity TV apps will see them transition into Xfinity Stream as part of the next upgrade cycle .