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Free xfinity flex 4K Streaming Device for internet Service Customers

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I just got an email from Comcast/xfinity about free leasing/renting of a streaming device called "flex". But it looks to be for all internet service customers.

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"Xfinity Flex is your personalized streaming dashboard, powered by our 4K streaming device + Voice Remote. Search less. Watch more. For no extra cost.

Search across apps like Netflix, Prime Video, HBO®, and more — without switching apps or inputs on your TV. Plus watch your favorites in stunning 4K Ultra HD.

Binge on Netflix, Prime Video, HBO, YouTube, ESPN3, EPIX, and SHOWTIME®

Keep up with music, news, and weather on Pandora, iHeartRadio, XITE, NPR One, and Cheddar News

More apps added all the time!"

This beats buying a new streaming device just for 4K. I hope I'll be able to install Kodi.

https://www.xfinity.com/learn/flex
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Got the same email, went ahead and added it to my account. It says free but you never know !
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Is this for Internet-only customers, or for all customers with Internet?
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Also, any Internet-only customers, do you still pay Comcast's crappy tacked-on fees since they're making TV channels available to you via streaming?


$15 TV Recording Web Service
$5 BROADCAST TV FEE
$1 FCC REGULATORY FEE
$1 Service Fees
$1 PEG FEES
$1 FRANCHISE FEES
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Also, any Internet-only customers, do you still pay Comcast's crappy tacked-on fees since they're making TV channels available to you via streaming?


$15 TV Recording Web Service
$5 BROADCAST TV FEE
$1 FCC REGULATORY FEE
$1 Service Fees
$1 PEG FEES
$1 FRANCHISE FEES
If you're internet only what recording capabilities are they providing?
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Also, any Internet-only customers, do you still pay Comcast's crappy tacked-on fees since they're making TV channels available to you via streaming?


$15 TV Recording Web Service
$5 BROADCAST TV FEE
$1 FCC REGULATORY FEE
$1 Service Fees
$1 PEG FEES
$1 FRANCHISE FEES

I do not have any of those fees on my bill. Just the internet package price plus state tax.
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Thanks. I only have internet, so I'll have to call Comcast to figure out why they're charging me those fees – the Broadcast TV Fee went up to $14.95 this month.
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They give it to you for free so you'll hit your 1TB cap faster and they can charge you for additional bandwidth
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Don't waste your time even when free. Thing devise sucks
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I know Comcast isn't a popular company, and in particular has been a bad experience for some people on the TV end of things, but I honestly haven't had any issues as an internet only service (better than AT&T which isn't saying much).

You just need to know what Flex is and isn't. It's not a Roku, it's not trying to be either. It's a vehicle for Comcast to deliver their content to you, namely their new Peacock network coming in April.

When I got the Flex there was an Epix preview on, and it was really great to have an easier way to access the content. The big feature for me is their combination of content into a free to me section. So when Epix was free, it was automatically placed in that section for me to browse.

This should combine with Peacock (for the record Comcast customers should automatically be in the second of three tiers) as well, and currently works with Tubi by default. I don't mind having Tubi there, as I almost never use the app by itself, but having the content sortable a few ways (popular, newest, etc...) makes it easier to access stuff. I even noticed one show on Prime that only had the later seasons on Tubi.

This free to me feature really works well if you can pair it with an existing Prime and/or Netflix sub. That content shows up as well, and in particular with Prime, I find it tedious to dig through their crap to find a gem. Having it alongside my Netflix viewing options is a nice touch, so looking for a movie isn't clicking through different apps.

This isn't better than most options at the moment though. Without a free preview going on, it's just an alternative. But once Peacock starts, or if there's a preview going on, it could move to the top of the list for me (at least in terms of streaming). I have a Fire TV, Roku, etc... it's a solid option.

Now, to the cons which some people seem to think there's all there is. You don't technically own it. So keep your box handy and pay attention to the bill. I have had to unplug it a few times. It does seem to freeze up periodically. It doesn't have an open ecosystem, it's not a Roku. It reminds me a bit of how Amazon Fire products are when you browse around, and I imagine they are making some of their money on the data and selling placement.

Having said that, there's no good reason to hate it just because it's Comcast. I can easily imagine this competing with my DVR for most used device. The idea of having a combination of Peacock/Tubi/Netflix/Amazon content I can sort and browse at one time is pretty enticing.
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I got this it is an easy install i was impressed maybe a big no for some is it doesn't have huge cache of apps like expected with a Roku but for free well worth it
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They give it to you for free so you'll hit your 1TB cap faster and they can charge you for additional bandwidth
A better reason is bc with a 'roku like' product that is provided to you free you are more to stay with their internet service than pay for a Roku to use with another internet service
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A better reason is bc with a 'roku like' product that is provided to you free you are more to stay with their internet service than pay for a Roku to use with another internet service
They are launching Peacock and now they bought Xumo.

The Flex will be an easier way to boost numbers on both.
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Can the device do Android apps? Thank you sd. Tu
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Also, any Internet-only customers, do you still pay Comcast's crappy tacked-on fees since they're making TV channels available to you via streaming?


$15 TV Recording Web Service
$5 BROADCAST TV FEE
$1 FCC REGULATORY FEE
$1 Service Fees
$1 PEG FEES
$1 FRANCHISE FEES
This is what my bill looks like. I am curious if anyone is seeing better discounts/pricing for similar speed..
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