Comcast is set to become the first major American cable company to voluntarily comply with the FCC’s ‘unlock the box’ initiative that seeks to end the cable monopoly on set-top boxes.
Last week, President Obama threw his support behind the the initiative that seeks to give consumers more power to find the box that suits their needs.
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Now Comcast has seen the writing on the wall and decided to voluntarily make its Xfinity app available on smart TVs and third part set-top boxes. Samsung Smart TVs will be the first to get the Xfinity app, and others — like Roku — are set to follow shortly after.
For the average American, dropping their set-top box lease will save them an average of $231 per year, while allowing them to purchase a third-party solution that they’ll own outright. The Roku 4, for example, will only set you back about $120.
The Xfinity TV Partner Program will allow TV and set-top box manufacturers to access Comcast’s complete cable lineup, as well as a guide and cloud DVR recordings.
via The Verge