Getting started with Comcast Xfinity TV Player for Android

Comcast TV customers can now stream on-demand videos on Android phones and tablets running Android 2.3 and higher.

Xfinity TV Player for Android

If you're a Comcast TV customer, you can finally stream videos to your Android tablet and smartphone. The Xfinity TV Player app allows Comcast TV subscribers to watch TV shows and movies from networks like Showtime, Starz, HBO, and more. Here's how to get started with Comcast's Xfinity TV Player for Android:

Download and install the Xfinity TV Player for Android, then launch the app and log in using your Comcast account credentials.

On tablets, you'll see the app toolbar on the left-hand side. On Android smartphones, you'll need to press the menu key to bring up Browse, Search, and Settings.

Xfinity TV Player for Android toolbar
Xfinity TV Player on Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Screenshot by Ed Rhee/CNET

The app doesn't support a queue, but you can filter listings to make it easier to find shows or movies that you want to watch. While browsing titles, you can filter by genres, networks, and by the first letter of the name of the show or movie. You can also hide locked items, so you don't waste your time looking at titles you can't watch.

Xfinity TV Player for Android parental controls
Screenshot by Ed Rhee/CNET

You can also set up parental controls, which allow you to set a PIN and set restrictions based on TV ratings, movie ratings, and networks. When you select parental controls from the Android app, you'll be taken to Comcast's Xfinity Web site to set up and manage the settings.

That's it. Now you've got another alternative to Netflix on your Android tablet and smartphone. What's your favorite way to watch videos on your Android device? Let us know in the comments.

About the author

Ed Rhee, a freelance writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area, is an IT veteran turned stay-at-home-dad of two girls. He focuses on Android devices and applications while maintaining a review blog at techdadreview.com.

 

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