Comcast Launching Online Video Streaming for $15 a Month
The new offering, called Comcast Stream, begins in Boston at the end of summer and then to Chicago and Seattle, before going nationwide in early 2016.Comcast is beta testing a new cable Internet service that will allow subscribers to pay about $15 a month for a package of live television stations, all over their cable Internet connections. "With Stream, Xfinity Internet customers can watch live TV from about a dozen networks—including all the major broadcast nets and HBO—on laptops, tablets and phones in their home," wrote Strauss. "It includes thousands of on demand movies and shows to watch home or away and even comes with access to TV Everywhere and a cloud DVR so you can record all your favorites and watch them later." The Boston beta tests have been going on for several weeks for no charge for customers who volunteered to participate in the beta, a Comcast spokesperson told eWEEK. The company plans to offer Stream for $15 per month. After the Boston service debut, the company plans to expand it to Chicago and Seattle, with the rest of the nation getting access by early 2016 wherever Comcast Xfinity is available. Interested customers can email Comcast to find out when Stream will be available where they live. Customers will be able to subscribe to the service when it becomes available by signing up online and downloading an app, without the need for a visit from a Comcast technician.
"It's an exciting time to be a TV fan—there is more quality content than ever and seemingly limitless ways to keep up with all the shows and movies people are talking about," wrote Strauss. "We'll continue to experiment by creating offerings like Stream, so that users can choose the service that works best for them. So if you love TV and spend most of your time with the screen in your lap as opposed to the one on the wall, Stream may just be the thing for you."