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

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.


  1. Itzme says:

    On my fire stick, HBO has a lip sync delay. SHO looks a little jittery and is only in stereo. I wonder if others are having better results. I wonder if the issues are in the app or my wifi connection.

  2. Colin says:

    Still a no-go for Charter. :(

  3. AFTVNews Fan says:

    Thanks for the news, but far from “too little, too late,” it’s a positive move forward for many tens, or hundreds, of thousands of Comcast HBO subscribers who were otherwise unable to access HBO GO on their Fire TVs. Quite frankly, for that same thousands of Comcast subscribers, it really doesn’t matter if they made the move offensively or defensively, but, rather, that they finally made the move.

    That said, it appears that the HBO GO interface itself, at least on the AFTV, has some work left before it’s ready for real prime time.

  4. Patrick says:

    I just can’t wrap my head around Charter not allowing it on the Fire TV, but being okay with every other device. It’s super annoying using the sideloaded tablet version.

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