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Xumo Stream Box Review

The Xumo Stream Box is a decent, affordable cable TV box replacement.

photo of Xumo Stream Box and remote from above

Is the Xumo Stream Box right for you?

The Xumo Stream Box is an affordable media streamer you can use instead of your Spectrum or Xfinity cable TV box. It’s compatible with Spectrum TV and Xfinity Stream, plus it includes loads of free content from Xumo Play and similar platforms. Sure, you can find better media streamers with faster performance and more options, but there’s a lot to love here for the money.


  • 4K HDR support
  • Voice-controlled remote
  • Loads of free content


  • Xumo account requirement
  • Slow performance
  • No app store

The best plans for the Xumo Stream Box

We assume you can use the Xumo Stream Box with any internet service, but it’s designed with Spectrum and Xfinity customers in mind. Enter your zip code below to see if these two providers are available in your area.

If you can get Spectrum or Xfinity and you’re ready to switch or upgrade your current plan, here’s what you can expect from each. But keep in mind the Xumo Stream Box doesn’t fully support Spectrum Internet® Gig, Xfinity Gigabit, or Xfinity Gigabit Extra.

Spectrum Internet plans

PlanPriceSpeedTypeShop online
Spectrum Internet® Assist$24.99/mo.*Up to 50Mbps
(wireless speeds may vary)
CableView Plans for Spectrum
Spectrum Internet® 100$29.99/mo.*Up to 100Mbps
(wireless speeds may vary)
CableView Plans for Spectrum
Spectrum Internet®$39.99–$49.99/mo.
for 12 mos.
Up to 300Mbps
(wireless speeds may vary)
Cable, fiberView Plans for Spectrum
Spectrum Internet® Ultra$49.99–$69.99/mo.
for 24 mos.
Up to 500Mbps
(wireless speeds may vary)
Cable, fiberView Plans for Spectrum
Spectrum Internet® Gig$59.99–$79.99/mo.
for 24 mos.
Up to 1,000Mbps
(wireless speeds may vary)
Cable, fiberView Plans for Spectrum

Xfinity internet plans

PlanSpeedTypePriceShop online
Connect150MbpsCable$30.00/mo.*View Plans for Xfinity
Connect More200MbpsCable$35.00/mo.View Plans for Xfinity
Fast400MbpsCable$55.00/mo.View Plans for Xfinity
Superfast800MbpsCable$70.00/mo.View Plans for Xfinity
Gigabit1,000MbpsCable$80.00/mo.View Plans for Xfinity
Gigabit Extra1,200MbpsCable$85.00/mo.§View Plans for Xfinity

Xumo Stream Box standout features

close up of Xumo Stream Box logo

The Xumo Stream Box doesn’t have any major callout features. It feels pretty standard for a budget streamer.

The best features at a glance:

  • Support for voice commands
  • Playable games
  • TV and soundbar control
  • Loads of free content

Compare the Xumo Stream Box to the competition

ProductVoice controlsWirelessPrice*Get it
Xumo Stream BoxYesWi-Fi 6$60.00View on Xumo
Apple TV 4KYes (Siri)Wi-Fi 6$126.95View on Amazon
Amazon Fire TV CubeYes (Alexa)Wi-Fi 6E$139.99View on Amazon
Roku UltraYesWi-Fi 6$99.99View on Amazon

The Xumo Stream Player is the most affordable device on the list, but it lacks the Wi-Fi 6E connectivity and built-in mic and speakers of Amazon’s latest Fire TV Cube. It also lacks the processing power of all three competitors on the list, explaining the slow app-loading speeds we noticed during the review.

The Roku Ultra and Apple TV 4K include a rechargeable remote, whereas the included remote for the Xumo Stream Player and Amazon Fire TV Cube require batteries.

Our Xumo Stream Box scoring breakdown

Category Score* Summary
Performance 3 Loads apps slower than competing streamers like Apple TV.
Features 4 Includes voice control, games, and loads of free content.
Design 4 Packs Ethernet and HDMI ports into a compact, wallet-sized box.
Setup 2 Leads you through a long and annoying process.
Ease of use 4 Uses a ribbon design complemented by the remote’s voice commands.

* out of 5 points



Wireless configuration:

  • 2.4 GHz band: 574Mbps (2 x 287Mbps)
  • 5 GHz band: 1,200Mbps (2 x 600Mbps)
  • Bluetooth 5.0

We found the performance a little lackluster compared to the Apple TV 4K unit we had on hand. The Prime Video app took 12 seconds to load on the Xumo unit versus six seconds on Apple TV. Meanwhile, Disney+ took even longer to load on the Xumo at 20 seconds, whereas the same app opened on the Apple TV 4K unit in six seconds. We already installed both apps on both units, so there’s a clear difference in the speed between the two devices.

App loading aside, making changes to the settings felt near instantaneous. Loading pages like My List and Movies opened quickly, so our only real performance issues were with the app load times.

picture of Xumo Stream Box remote



Notable features:

  • Voice commands support
  • Playable games
  • Loads of free content

There’s enough going on with the Xumo Stream Box to give it a good score. You can use the remote to control your TV and speaker bar, play games, and search for apps and content using voice commands or text input.

The streamer doesn’t support user profiles, so you’ll need to set a PIN along with the parental controls supplied with each service. You can create up to five personal My Lists containing all the movies and shows you want to add, but you can’t pin specific apps.

picture of Xumo Stream Box ports




  • 1x Gigabit Ethernet LAN port (back)
  • 1x HDMI port (back)

The overall design is large enough to host a Gigabit Ethernet port, an HDMI port, and a power connector, so it’s relatively small compared to a cable TV box. It’s similar to the original XiOne launched in 2021, a joint venture between Comcast (NA) and Sky (Europe). In fact, it uses Sky’s Entertainment OS (v1.2) platform layered with the new “global” user interface Comcast revealed in its Q4 2022 earnings call. The casing and remote are different, but from what we can tell, the internal setup is similar.

Based on the specs we could gather, the Xumo Stream Box has everything you’d expect from a modern 4K streamer: Dolby Vision, support for HDR10 and HDR10+, Dolby Atmos, and more.



Inside the box:

  • 1x XiOne-SC (B) unit
  • 1x power adapter
  • 1x HDMI cable
  • 1x Advanced Voice Remote
  • 2x AAA batteries (already in the remote)
  • 1x Quick Start Guide

From plugging the Xumo Stream Box into our TV to finally reaching the home screen, we counted 24 steps to get this device up and running. Part of it is setting up the remote to control your TV and external speakers, which can be tedious if you don’t have the make and model of either one handy.

What’s surprising here is you can’t use this device without a Xumo account, which is free, even if you received the device from Xfinity or Spectrum. We tried to get around this roadblock, but you end up in a continuous, if not highly annoying, setup loop when you select Skip & Set Up Later. That option doesn’t mean you can go ahead and use this device—it means you can’t use the device until you log in or create a Xumo account.

All this also means Xfinity and Spectrum don’t pre-configure this streamer before it arrives on your doorstep. You must link the provider like any other streamer and sign in to all your premium channels, like Max and Paramount+ with Showtime, with your Spectrum or Xfinity account.

screenshot of Xumo Stream Box streaming home page

Ease of use


After using the Apple TV 4K media streamer for years, the Xumo interface was initially jarring.

For example, Apple’s streamer uses the familiar tablet presentation where apps are central to the user experience. Want to see what’s new on Paramount+ with Showtime? Just open the app. Apple also has its own standalone apps for getting more apps, purchasing and playing games, and accessing paid and free content curated from all your connected services, including Apple TV.

In contrast, the Xumo Stream Box uses a ribbon layout similar to Prime Video or Google TV, although it lacks tabs like Live TV and Apps. The highlights ribbon displays your recently used apps, what you should watch, and so on. Other ribbons divide content by category, popularity, and collections.

The Xumo Stream Box also doesn’t have an app store. Instead, you have an app ribbon listing all the available media and gaming apps you can install from the device’s internal storage. Any media you want to rent or purchase must be made through Amazon, Apple, or the other third-party platforms available on this device. You can add a credit card to your Xumo account, but we presume that’s only for subscribing to streaming services.

Finally, you can adjust your settings by pressing the “gear” button on the remote or scrolling down to the Settings button at the bottom of your screen. There you can change the video and audio settings, enable accessibility options, set a PIN, connect the device to Wi-Fi, and more.

Using the remote

While we aren’t a huge fan of the Apple TV remote, we’re also not keen on the Xumo remote.

Our beef is with the volume buttons placement. They need to swap places with the four media buttons (Netflix, Peacock, Xumo, and Prime Video), which are currently positioned in the thumb-friendly area. You’ll adjust the volume more often than you open Xumo, so it makes sense to place the volume buttons in the middle versus the top.

We like the rubberized navigation pad, though—it’s a far more controlled experience than that wacky touchpad on Apple’s 1st-gen Siri Remote we have in-house. And we like how you can open apps and media with voice commands. The number buttons are easy on the eyes for entering PINs and changing to a specific channel.

Are there any additional costs?

Your additional costs include the media you rent or purchase within each streaming platform and any monthly subscription payment you make to these platforms.

angled shot of Xumo Stream Box and remote

Our Xumo Stream Box review: The verdict

Look, we know what’s going on here. Comcast (Xfinity) and Charter (Spectrum) are teaming up to kick you off the traditional cable TV box, which ten years ago would have been a real eye-opening shocker because they made a good chunk of change from the rentals.

So, why the new change of heart? To give you more internet bandwidth (speed). As it stands now, your cable connection pipes cable TV channels and internet data channels to your modem. By moving TV services over to the digital internet lanes, more channels are open for internet use, and that means more speed.

Now, enter devices like the Xumo Stream Box that include apps for streaming the same channels you get through the old-school cable TV box. Technically, you can use any media streamer to access your provider’s standard and premium TV channels, like Apple TV and Roku Ultra, but you can get this through Spectrum and Xfinity by paying a monthly fee for 12 months or buying it outright.

Overall, it’s a decent media streamer, but you may find the interface a little jarring if you’ve spent a lot of time using Apple TV. The Xumo’s ribbon design can get a little overwhelming if you’re not used to it, and the lack of a properly organized app store is a little disappointing. Still, it’s not bad for what you pay for, and hopefully, future updates will improve your overall user experience.

FAQ about the Xumo Stream Box

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Author -

Kevin Parrish has more than a decade of experience working as a writer, editor, and product tester. He began writing about computer hardware and soon branched out to other devices and services such as networking equipment, phones and tablets, game consoles, and other internet-connected devices. His work has appeared in Tom’s Hardware, Tom's Guide, Maximum PC, Digital Trends, Android Authority, How-To Geek, Lifewire, and others. At, he focuses on network equipment testing and review.