Home Video Asylum

TVs, VCRs, DVD players, Home Theater systems and more.

Not all TVs include the Xfinity app. My new 4K Vizio did not, and it also doesn't allow downloading of apps.

I picked up Xfinity streaming specifically because one of their packages offers NBC Sport California without an additional charge and I didn't feel like dealing with a box. Since the Vizio doesn't carry the App I simply "cast" programming from either my computer or use a firestick.

Interestingly, I can't get more than 720p when casting from computer, but the picture isn't bad at all and quick movement, (baseball, basketball, horse racing, auto racing) is very fluid.

When watching from the Xfinity app (which I downloaded into the firestick), my TV reports that it's in 1080P and Dolby Vision but picture doesn't look good to me at all: images are too sharp and etched, and quick physical movement is "blocky". On my downstairs TV 1080P looks great, possibly because the set tops-out at 1080?

Some claim that Xfinity limits all live streaming to 720, though prerecorded material and news programs are 1080 and look great.

Of course, the one reason I got the TV and the xfinity service was live sports, and that's where I'm having the only issue!

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