To say that Comcast hates their customers is an understatement. Like many major cable providers, they are looking to find any way to make money off you. Even if you are not going to use their equipment, they will charge you a smaller access fee to access their content through a free gateway. So, the plan of them charging you a fee to access their Xfinity TV app for Roku device should not come as a complete shock.
It was announced on Tuesday that Comcast wanted people to sign up for a beta to test the Xfinity TV app without a cable box. The only restriction was that you needed to be a paying subscriber to Comcast with both television and cable provider.
It was widely reported that during the beta program would not charge you a fee to use the Roku app. Unfortunately, after the beta period, if you want to continue using it, you will have to pay an additional charge. Now, Variety has noted that there is no price (as of yet) to use your Roku device after the beta period.
Traditionally, Comcast charges customers $9.95 per month for use of their cable boxes. However, if you have your own box (i.e. TiVo, etc,.) you would receive a $2.50 credit, which means you are still paying them $7.45 per month to access their content.
Comcast Xfinity customers can access the Xfinity TV beta app from the Roku Channel Store, according to the site. Initially, the app will be available on Roku TV models and all Roku players released over the last few years, including the Roku Express, Roku Express+, Roku Streaming Stick (model 3600), Roku Premiere, Roku Premiere+, Roku Ultra, Roku 4 (model 4400), Roku 3 (model 4230 and 4200), and Roku 2 (model 4210). Comcast said it will expand support for other Roku device but that would be close to its actual launch.