Originally Posted by todd1010
Questions regarding using the Roku and the Xfinity Stream app.
I've got three HD 4K Sony tv's in the house and 3 HD Comcast boxes. I'm paying about $25 per month for these rental boxes. I was considering getting rid of all of them and replacing them with the Roku Ultra and use the Xfinity Stream app instead.
Has any one been using this as a replacement like this? Is the app or the Roku menus fast enough (not that the Xfinity menus are all that fast).
Is there a way to power on the tv & Roku and have it go directly to the Xfinity app every time? Maybe never quitting the app within Roku? I use a Harmony Elite remote so I could probably program some sequences to get it started so that when my wife hits Watch TV, it would all boot up and go directly to the Xfinity service and she wouldn't know any difference.
The Xfinity app will close after several hours of inactivity when left in the menu/UI-leaving it on a live channel (if I can recall correctly), will keep it from closing. I haven't done that in a while though, so I'm not 100% certain.
You cannot dial to a specific channel, which makes old school channel hopping tedious. Pressing the right arrow, brings up a side channel list menu, which requires arrowing up or down to reach a desired channel. You can
set a Favorites list, featuring the channels you use the most.
The tv listings guide cannot be scrolled thru at a high speed, scrolling too fast has caused the app to freeze up with a reboot of the Roku required.
Finally, for me, the Xfinity app needed a wifi repeater to load reliably without issue (in the room where I'm using it, furthest away from the router). None of the other apps had a problem. Once I got a repeater, I've had no connectivity issues since. So you'll need to check how well your router can handle the distances to the other rooms you'll want to use a Roku in.