Soon some of subscribers can watch live TV without the cost of a cable box. Lucas Shaw reported on Bloomberg: “Comcast is making its Xfinity TV service available to subscribers with Roku set-top players via a new app, paving the way for customers of the nation’s largest cable provider to watch live programming without the cost or hassle of a cable box. Roku is the first set-stop box to offer the Xfinity TV service, Comcast said in a statement Tuesday. During a test period, subscribers will have to hang on to their cable devices. When the app formally rolls out later this year, they’ll be able sign up without renting a cable box. While Comcast expects the majority of its customers to opt for the typical setup, traditional pay-TV providers are trying to be more flexible about where and how people can watch TV given the popularity of streaming services like Netflix and Amazon and the boxes that offer them. Customers with Roku players will be able to watch live TV, browse on-demand libraries and record shows, just as they can with Comcast’s boxes. Those who use the Roku as their primary device instead of Comcast’s X1 device will receive a $2.50 monthly credit, the company said.”
Is there any way to get cable TV without the cable box?
You might wonder if there’s a way to just attaching the cable wire directly to the TV to see some channels. At the moment, you need a cable box for any live cable outlet in your home. Each additional cable box will cost extra monthly fee.
Once the new Xfinity TV service becomes available, you will be able to avoid paying the monthly for these extra cable boxes. Keep in mind that you still need some kind of streaming boxes such as Roku player to use with the new service.