Amazon Prime Video is now available through Comcast Xfinity X1 cable boxes

Comcast Xfinity customers with X1 set-top boxes can now stream Amazon Prime Video directly through your cable boxes. This partnership was announced a few months ago and is now starting to roll out to customers. This marks the first time that Prime Video has been available through a traditional cable television platform. This is especially significant because it means that Comcast Xfinity subscribers can now choose to get premium channels, such as HBO, Showtime, and Starz, through Amazon Prime Video Channels instead of through Comcast.

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Amazon Prime Video will soon be available through Comcast Xfinity X1 cable boxes

Comcast and Amazon have announced a partnership that will bring Amazon Prime Video access to Comcast’s Xfinity X1 cable boxes. This will be the first time that Prime Video has been available through a cable box in the US. Remember that Amazon recently rebranded Amazon Video into Prime Video, so this doesn’t just mean that free content included with a Prime membership will be accessible. It also means that all of the Amazon Channels, such as HBO, Showtime, and Starz will also be accessible. That’s significant because being able to get these channels without a traditional TV subscription is a huge reason why so many people are dropping cable subscriptions, like Comacast Xfinity. Prime Video will arrive on Comcast’s devices later this year.

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HBO and Showtime apps on Fire TV devices now work for Comcast Xfinity customers

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When HBO Go arrived on the Fire TV last december, the celebration for Comcast customers was short lived when they quickly learned that Comcast was not included in the approved list of cable service providers that granted access to the app. Amazon immediatly began negotiating with Comcast to allow Fire TV customers access, and now those talks have paid off. Comcast Xfinity customers who pay for HBO or Showtime can now activate the HBO Go or Showtime Anywhere apps on the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. With HBO Now, the stand-alone service that doesn’t require a cable subscription, just around the corner, it feels like this gesture from Comcast comes too little too late.

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Amazon negotiating with Comcast for HBO Go activation on the Fire TV

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The celebration yesterday for the arrival of HBO Go on the Amazon Fire TV was cut short for many when they launched the app to find that their cable television provider was not on the list of approved activation partners. It’s not enough for Amazon and HBO to cut a deal when cable providers like Comcast continue to act as gatekeepers. Now that Amazon has made good on their promise to bring HBO Go to the Fire TV, they begin a new battle with Comcast. A source tells Engadget that the two companies are in talks to allow HBO Go acces on the Fire TV. Read more ›

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