Xbox 360 console owners who use Comcast's Xfinity app got some bad news over the weekend. Microsoft sent messages to those users stating that the app would be removed from the console on September 1.
Comcast first launched the Xfinity Xbox 360 app in March 2012, allowing users of the cable TV service to watch on demand TV shows and movie programming directly through Microsoft's console, if they also subscribe to its Internet service as well. It was the first time Comcast allowed access to its Xfinity service via a game console, and people who used the service also didn't have to worry about it impacting Comcast's 250GB cap on Internet services.
We contacted Comcast's Twitter support feed to find out why the Xfinity app was being discontinued, and received this very vague response:
"We are removing this to make way for new updates and improvements to our online experience for customers."
Comcast never launched an Xfinity app for the Xbox One, but other cable TV providers do have apps for Microsoft's console, including Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS TV, and AT&T's U-Verse. In addition, several cable TV networks have their own Xbox One and Xbox 360 apps, including HBO, Showtime, Epix and many more.
Thanks to John for the tip!