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Old 01-19-2019, 09:21 AM
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My wife would like to have a tv outside so I decided to just give her what she wants.

I've already put the plug in but I'm trying to avoid having to run a cable wire outside.

What is the best way to stream Netflix, Amazon and most importantly X-finity to this TV without having to run a cable box to it? I know the X-finity app is not available on all devices so it seems to be the stumbling block. The Netflix and the Amazon seem to be no problem on just about everything.


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Old 01-19-2019, 09:34 AM
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Amazon Fire stick or Roku player. Both will work fine.I prefer the user interface(UI) on the Fire stick. I hope you have a dry environment, water and electronics don't go well together. You will need a very good internet(wi-fi) connection to do this. They make extenders to boost your signal strength. Easier than people think to do this. If you get confused, look it up on the web. Good luck!
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Old 01-19-2019, 09:41 AM
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Grab a small Android TV box that you can load up with the apps you need and will work off your wireless network.

My cable provider Altice One has an app and I no longer need to "rent" their cables boxes on all my TV's. Their app allows me to watch live TV, on demand, and my DVR, now you don't have the ease of a simple remote control like they supply so I suggest get a small blue tooth remote with keyboard that will work with the android TV box.

I have a few of these and very happy so far.

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I stream xfinity all the time through a smart TV and/or anything that hooks up to a "dumb" tv and has a browser. I have used a DVD player with a browser. streaming works fins as long as the WiFi is decent
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I just use roku sticks
Always hear firestick is good too

You actually get more content ditching the box because of all the channel apps
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Verizon had apps for a handful of devices but are doing away with them and forcing people who want to retain the service to once again rent a box. I am ready to dump all but internet and leverage off of my x finite account at my other place. My primary is over $200 a month with zero movie channels and 25/25 speed. Freaking taxes are almost $40, over 20% of my bill. On top of that another couple hundred for our wireless phones and a $100 at the second home we are talking $6-7 grand a year for a family of 4. That it out of hand.
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Old 01-19-2019, 12:07 PM
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To stream Xfinity to a TV, I think you’re stuck with using a Roku. Currently, it’s the only supported device as far as I know.

I haven’t tried the method mod 7 mentioned.
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So I have Direct-TV so I can use the app on the TV and watch it like I would on my phone?
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Old 01-19-2019, 07:13 PM
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we use the roku and it seems to work fine for xfinity
i think some tvs come with it now
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So the tv is up but a couple things.

the electrician didn’t put the plug where I asked him to so now I gotta figure out what to do there....kinda irritated and I assure you the way it is now is NOT going to work for me.

Secondly, I got a fire stick and while yes you can open most apps with your X-finity account, there is no X-finity app you can download at least not on apple or amazon. Apparently Roku and Samsung are the only partners that you can download that particular app. It would be fine the way it is if all the stations worked....but of course it’s not that easy. CBS is one of them....can’t open with your X-finity app so I had to go out and get an antenna lol.

why does all this shit have to be so GD complicated. I pay for a service, why can’t they just effing make it easy.

we did watch football last night on the patio with the heater going so that was fun but I gotta figure this shit out. I am NOT a techy kind of a fella.



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The latest Roku streaming sticks and Roku TV have the XFinity app. I have two Roku TV's and the rest streaming sticks in my house and use the XFinity app for all of them. It works great, IMO.
Go grab a streaming stick from Walmart for $45 and you're done. It will have all the other apps you need too.
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I tried both Fire Sick, and Roku Streaming Stick. I prefer the Roku. Easier, for me, to use, and Amazon does not play well with some other vendors that are out there. Regarding your setup, you are going to need some protection against rain on the right side of that TV. For those of you looking to set something like this up, and wish to check the wifi signal strength prior to install try Wifi Analyzer. You can see signal strength and which wifi channel will provide best reception. It is available for Android off the Playstore. Not sure about iPhones.
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Your going to get a kink in your neck with the TV mounted so high. I learned from experience.
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Originally Posted by freedbaby View Post
My wife would like to have a tv outside so I decided to just give her what she wants.

I've already put the plug in but I'm trying to avoid having to run a cable wire outside.

What is the best way to stream Netflix, Amazon and most importantly X-finity to this TV without having to run a cable box to it? I know the X-finity app is not available on all devices so it seems to be the stumbling block. The Netflix and the Amazon seem to be no problem on just about everything.


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Doesn't the TV have built in Wi-Fi?
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Old 01-21-2019, 11:06 AM
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Pretty sure that unless you go the Roku or new smart TV route, you're stuck with a $6.00/month fee for another xfinity remote box. I have a fire stick for mine outside, and get the games from Fox or ESPN streamed live via the apps. If it's only available on another "pay only" channel, I'm indoors.

Oh, and you're going to want a bigger TV anyway from what I see there (nice deck!), so might as well push the "easy" button now.
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Originally Posted by freedbaby View Post
So the tv is up but a couple things.

the electrician didnít put the plug where I asked him to so now I gotta figure out what to do there....kinda irritated and I assure you the way it is now is NOT going to work for me.

Secondly, I got a fire stick and while yes you can open most apps with your X-finity account, there is no X-finity app you can download at least not on apple or amazon. Apparently Roku and Samsung are the only partners that you can download that particular app. It would be fine the way it is if all the stations worked....but of course itís not that easy. CBS is one of them....canít open with your X-finity app so I had to go out and get an antenna lol.

why does all this shit have to be so GD complicated. I pay for a service, why canít they just effing make it easy.

we did watch football last night on the patio with the heater going so that was fun but I gotta figure this shit out. I am NOT a techy kind of a fella.



Did you download the Xfinity streaming app onto the firestick? That should work.
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Originally Posted by Smitty777 View Post
So I have Direct-TV so I can use the app on the TV and watch it like I would on my phone?
With DirectTV I log into my account and can stream about every channel that I have in my package. I spent the past couple years at the lake and that was how I watched TV there. Also many channels let you stream direct from their channel page with a provider login.. Motor Trend, HGTV, Fox Sports, NBC Sports..

The only pain was that I could not get local channels and sometimes a race or a game was only available on, say big Fox or big NBC. CBS broadcasts were always a pain and required a more creative approach.

Freedbaby, I am back in Texas now and looking to replace the three old TVs in the garage with one large one. Although not technically outside (Garage/Texas Redneck Rec Room), I wondered about TV selection in regards to environmental concerns. A 60" X 30" TV would replace two of the old TVs.

I am wondering what to consider in choosing a TV that suites the rec room purpose and survives the garage environment. Same kind of concerns a patio television presents.
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With DirectTV I log into my account and can stream about every channel that I have in my package. I spent the past couple years at the lake and that was how I watched TV there. Also many channels let you stream direct from their channel page with a provider login.. Motor Trend, HGTV, Fox Sports, NBC Sports..

The only pain was that I could not get local channels and sometimes a race or a game was only available on, say big Fox or big NBC. CBS broadcasts were always a pain and required a more creative approach.

Freedbaby, I am back in Texas now and looking to replace the three old TVs in the garage with one large one. Although not technically outside (Garage/Texas Redneck Rec Room), I wondered about TV selection in regards to environmental concerns. A 60" X 30" TV would replace two of the old TVs.

I am wondering what to consider in choosing a TV that suites the rec room purpose and survives the garage environment. Same kind of concerns a patio television presents.
The only problem I've ever had with outdoor TV's are those that are exposed to salt air.
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With DirectTV I log into my account and can stream about every channel that I have in my package. I spent the past couple years at the lake and that was how I watched TV there. Also many channels let you stream direct from their channel page with a provider login.. Motor Trend, HGTV, Fox Sports, NBC Sports..

The only pain was that I could not get local channels and sometimes a race or a game was only available on, say big Fox or big NBC. CBS broadcasts were always a pain and required a more creative approach.

Freedbaby, I am back in Texas now and looking to replace the three old TVs in the garage with one large one. Although not technically outside (Garage/Texas Redneck Rec Room), I wondered about TV selection in regards to environmental concerns. A 60" X 30" TV would replace two of the old TVs.

I am wondering what to consider in choosing a TV that suites the rec room purpose and survives the garage environment. Same kind of concerns a patio television presents.
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The only problem I've ever had with outdoor TV's are those that are exposed to salt air.


I figure dont spend a lot and just trash it when it craps out.
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IMO Roku is the best bet. All of the hardware devices are pretty great, but Roku seems to get all the 3rd party apps and app updates first.
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