And the good news for cord-cutters just keeps on coming! In addition to offering their popular TV Everywhere service (which lets you watch your favorite shows whenever you’d like, provided you have a subscription to Xfinity TV) and Streampix (which offers popular movies and TV shows), Comcast will now offer their own version of a limited, cheap cable package for those who want to avoid the high cost of cable.
Stream by Xfinity
This new service, available only to users of Xfinity Internet for your cordcutters and cordnevers. It is called Stream by Xfinity.
For $15 a month, users will get access to shows from standard cable channels like NBC, ABC, Fox, CBS, the CW, Univision, and Telemundo, as well as a selection from everyone’s favorite premium channel, HBO. Better still, Comcast is sweetening the deal by tossing in TV Everywhere and Streampix, as well as a Cloud DVR service that allows you to record up to 20 hours of programming.
At the moment, Comcast is only getting this service up and running, so it will be only be available in certain cities for Xfinity streaming internet users until early 2016. But again, the tide is dramatically turning in favor of cord-cutters.
How To Use Xfinity Streaming While You Travel
As many of you are surely aware, Xfinity’s streaming services are not available just anywhere. If you’re traveling around the world outside the USA on business or for pleasure, you may be disappointed to find that you no longer have access to your favorite TV shows and movies without Xfinity streaming.
Of course, there’s an easy way around that issue. They’re called VPNs and they’re everything a Xfinity internet user needs to stay connected to their favorite streaming movies and TV.
The primary purpose of a VPN service, or Virtual Private Network service, is to secure your online data. When you log into a VPN, all of your activity is tunneled through encrypted servers set up all over the world, thus protecting all of your sensitive info (e-mails, credit card numbers, etc.) from the eyes of hackers, identity thieves, snooping governments, and so forth. In this day and age, VPNs couldn’t be a more vital necessity.
The secondary purpose (though the one that particularly applies here) is to allow you to access geographically restricted websites. When you log into your VPN, you’re allowed to pick the country that houses your encrypted server. When you pick your server, you’re given an IP address in that country, making your internet-capable device think it’s in that very country.
So if you’re in, say, China, and you want to access Streampix, all you have to do is log in to your VPN, pick a US-based server, and voila! You’re using Xfinity streaming in moments!
We’re affiliated with a great deal of top-notch VPN service providers (just check out our official supported VPN provider list if you don’t believe us), so getting started looking for the right one can be intimidating. With that in mind, we recommend taking a look at some of the most popular VPN service providers for using Comcast Xfinity while traveling.
- HideMyAss – Top overall US & UK server choices who just so happen to be running some amazing summer VPN deals.
- IPVanish – Offers some of the fastest L1 server speeds worldwide & popular in the Middle East.
- PrivateInternetAccess – Best budget VPN service.
- PureVPN – A time-tested, incredibly popular VPN.
Enjoy Xfinity Streaming with a VPN Ready FlashRouter
While you’re upgrading your online security with a VPN, you may want to do yourself a favor and get a FlashRouter.
After all, our devices are incredibly VPN-friendly. You can hold onto your old router for use as a local router, and use your new FlashRouter as a dedicated VPN router, making switching between your two networks a breeze. It’s called the dual router setup, and it makes life a great deal easier.
What’s more, if you’re subscribed to any VPN on our official supported VPN provider list, we can send your FlashRouter with your VPN subscription already installed, saving you a lot of hassle.
But really, as the video above explains, a FlashRouter’s greatest asset is that it simply revitalizes your wireless network. By flashing our devices with replacement firmwares like DD-WRT and Tomato, we give our users access to a whole slew of features that just aren’t available on your average routers. Enjoy advanced security options, an extendable wireless range, control how your bandwidth is allocated, and so much more with a FlashRouter on your side.
Best FlashRouters for Xfinity Streaming
There’s no going wrong with a FlashRouter, but we do have a lot of routers to look through, so perhaps you can use some help narrowing the list down. You can always peruse our best DD-WRT routers of 2015 list, or maybe it would help to have you take a look at our most recent best-selleing VPN ready wireless routers for premium HD streaming:
- Netgear R7000 AC1900 Nighthawk DD-WRT Router – Our highest powered Netgear router, and preferred as the top router for online console gaming.
- Asus RT-87U DD-WRT AC2400 – The ultimate Asus networking centerpiece with power and style for future-proofing your WiFi network to next-gen Wireless-AC standards.
- Asus RT-N66U N900 Dark Knight Tomato WiFi Router – Our most popular Tomato & Wireless-N VPN Router.
- Netgear R8000 Wireless-AC3200 DD-WRT FlashRouter – No surprise to us to see this Tri-Band Wireless-AC beauty makes its best-sellers list debut.
- Cisco Linksys E1200 V2 DD-WRT FlashRouter – An always popular affordable favorite always has a slot on the best-sellers list.