Comcast’s Xfinity Stream app arrives on LG smart TVs

The Xfinity Stream launch on LG TVs comes more than three years after Comcast launched the Xfinity TV Partner Program, of which LG is a member. (LG/Comcast)

Comcast’s Xfinity Stream, which provides access to live, on-demand and DVR content, is getting a beta launch on LG smart TVs from 2019, 2018 and 2017.

The Xfinity Stream app is available for customers with a Xfinity TV package, including Comcast’s Instant TV, which offers streaming access to broadcast networks along with add-on packages for kids, news and sports programming.

Xfinity Stream offers standard definition content along with features that include parental controls and access to most-recently-watched programs.

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The Xfinity Stream launch on LG TVs comes more than three years after Comcast launched the Xfinity TV Partner Program, of which LG is a member. Other members include Roku, Samsung and Sony.

The Xfinity Stream app is also available on Roku devices and several Samsung TV models. The app is not yet available on Sony TVs but Comcast said in a statement issued earlier this year that a beta launch for Sony was coming soon. Comcast said the gaps in device compatibility for Xfinity Stream comes down to technical hurdles.

“Not all device models meet the minimum hardware requirements for the Xfinity Stream app. We're working with equipment manufacturers to bring the Xfinity Stream app to more devices and models,” Comcast said on its website.

While the app offers mostly the same feature set across different devices, there are some differences. Movie and TV show rentals through Xfinity on Demand are available on Roku, Android and iOS devices but not Samsung or LG TVs (although they can be viewed on those devices).

A previous version of this article incorrectly said that Xfinity Stream offers access to 4K content.

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