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Apple TV+ will be coming to Comcast devices, expanding the range of devices that Apple's streaming service is available on and expanding its audience to even more customers, Comcast's CEO announced today during the company's earnings call.

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The news was broken by Comcast CEO Brian Roberts, who said during the company's quarterly earnings call that Apple and Comcast have agreed on a deal that will see Apple TV+ come to Comcast devices and Comcast's own Xfinity Stream app come to the Apple TV.

With the Apple TV+ app, Comcast devices will soon be capable of tapping into Apple's growing library of original shows and movies, such as the Emmy-award-winning "Ted Lasso" and "The Morning Show." When exactly the Apple TV+ app will be available on Comcast devices remains unknown, and we'll update this article when we have more information.

Update: British TV provider Sky today announced that Apple TV+ will be available on its Sky Glass and Sky Q devices later this year. Sky customers in the UK will also be able to access Sky Go on the Apple TV starting in mid-2022.

Article Link: Apple TV+ Coming to Comcast and Sky Devices [Updated]
 
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Very happy to hear the Xfininty Stream app will be coming to Apple TV. It is a notable omission and the reason many (including me) have had to forego Apple TVs for Rokus or other streaming sticks (or even worse, have both).
 

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Xfinity Stream app on Apple TV is fantastic. No more scrunching around an iPad to watch sports.
 

JeffPerrin

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Very happy to hear the Xfininty Stream app will be coming to Apple TV. It is a notable omission and the reason many (including me) have had to forego Apple TVs for Rokus or other streaming sticks (or even worse, have both).
Why? Is the Xfinity Stream app not available on tvOS?
 

JeffPerrin

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How about AirPlay 2? ?

(Makes no difference to me, though. We "cut the cord" years ago.)
 

mrat93

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As somebody who just switched their mom to YouTube TV and Android TV only — phew. Do people really prefer to use their Comcast box for streaming?

When they added Netflix to Comcast, it further complicated my mom’s confusion with how streaming works. It didn’t compute to her that Netflix was available through the Comcast box, via the Smart TV interface (which is trash and unused), and also through her Fire Stick (which she never mastered the art of switching inputs to even use.)

Now with Android TV and Google TV, she can just say any live channel or app to Google Assistant, and it just works.

Apple really needs to get in on the streaming cable market, IMO, or at least work with streaming cable providers to be able to use Siri to access TV channels.
 

matthew23

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We have been using the Xfinity Stream app with Rokus on all of our TVs for about 2 years. It is fantastic. Its really nice where it would be difficult to have a wired cable box such as above the fireplace or where you have your mounted TV. We just plug in a Roku (you can use a stick but we mounted the Roku Ultra to the back of the TV) and use the Stream app to watch cable...so great. I have actually come to like Roku more than Apple TV because of it, especially because you can get Roku devices for so cheap compared to an AppleTV.
 

mnsportsgeek

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Stream app to Apple TV is huge news. Now I can get rid of the stupid antenna in my bedroom since I refused to pay for another cable box.
 

matts_ego

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This is good news, although, I'm also wondering if this change in business relationship between the two companies means we'll see a Single Sign-On option for Comcast/Xfinity on the Apple TV in the near future as well.
 

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As somebody who just switched their mom to YouTube TV and Android TV only — phew. Do people really prefer to use their Comcast box for streaming?

My parents have a TCL with integrated Roku in the main room and while they can use the Roku, they prefer using the xFinity X1 box because they can just speak into the remote and access the various services - and it supports a significant number of streaming and movie services. So now with AppleTV+ coming, that is one less need to use the Roku integration.

Having all these services on the xFinity box also saves them from having to buy a separate Roku for their bedroom TV, which is an older Samsung model that only has integrated Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.
 

frifra

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Nice Blooming in the logo.

When using Apple TV+ it appears as if the developers of the app never used Netflix or Amazon Prime Video or any other streaming service. I have to say the interface is the worst of all of them.
 

orbital~debris

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Bad of MacRumors to omit the related news about Comcast saying the Apple TV app will be coming to Sky Q boxes in the UK.

But what I'd really love is a Sky/Sky Q app for tvOS, as it would enable me to drop the subscription I pay to have a Sky Q mini box on a second TV so I can access my Sky channels there.
 
Not to rain too much on this parade but other than Apple computing devices, every other device I have that can run the Xfinity Stream app can only display SD-quality channels... including top of the line, very expensive Samsung QLED TV purchased only last year and a ROKU TV. Both have the app but both apps show SD quality only.

HD channels ARE available on Apple mobile devices but HD quality will not airplay or HDMI-connection to bigger screens. I've tried just about everything.

The one success I have is hooking MBpro up via HDMI but the audio sounds like something is wrong/weak... maybe only 2-channel stereo.

I've chatted with Comcast support about this and- best I can surmise- there's no interest in facilitating Xfinity box-less households. If you want higher quality, you must lease the Xfinity box.

On little screens, SD quality can look "good enough"... but on big screens, it's as blurry/messy as you probably remember.

If someone knows of a workaround, I'm all ears.
 

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Not to rain too much on this parade but other than Apple computing devices, every other device I have that can run the Xfinity Stream app can only display SD-quality channels... including top of the line, very expensive Samsung QLED TV purchased only last year and a ROKU TV. Both have the app but both apps show SD quality only.

HD channels ARE available on Apple mobile devices but HD quality will not airplay or HDMI-connection to bigger screens. I've tried just about everything.

The one success I have is hooking MBpro up via HDMI but the audio sounds like something is wrong/weak... maybe only 2-channel stereo.

I've chatted with Comcast support about this and- best I can surmise- there's no interest in facilitating Xfinity box-less households. If you want higher quality, you must lease the Xfinity box.

On little screens, SD quality can look "good enough"... but on big screens, it's as blurry/messy as you probably remember.

If someone knows of a workaround, I'm all ears.
I am getting HD output through the Stream app on my Roku. Picture looks great. I wish the interface were better, and the Roku loaded faster, but he image quality looks good on my end once things get going.
 

jimimac71

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I am getting HD output through the Stream app on my Roku. Picture looks great. I wish the interface were better, and the Roku loaded faster, but he image quality looks good on my end once things get going.
My brother has TiVo as his cable box. For that reason, he can't use the Xfinity app on Roku. So you must have the X1 box, even if you don't use it.
The Xfinity app is slow on Roku because of Xfinity. I use the Xfinity app on my tablet as a TV guide and it is very slow.
 
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