Internet streaming services are taking over the need and reliance on the actual television screen as more and more companies bid for online viewers. Comcast is next in line to launch a new streaming service with hopes of giving existing Xfinity internet subscribers another option for viewing their favorite shows.
Stream, the new service from Comcast, will include HBO as well as broadcast networks ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and PBS for a monthly $15 fee. Subscribers will be able to access it from their smartphones, tablet and computers. And users will still have access to apps such as HBO Go.
Stream will hit Boston consumers first with Chicago and Seattle next on the list. By early 2016, Comcast plans to hit all territories.
“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,” said Mark Strauss, Comcast’s executive vice president and general manager of video services on the company’s blog.
By downloading the Stream app users will get access to the networks along with a cloud DVR to record shows and Xfinity’s TV anywhere service. Comcast is joining the ranks of Netflix, Sony, Amazon and Dish among others that cater to the viewer who is not as attracted to traditional TV packages. Just last week, Showtime launched a streaming service after HBO Now arrived in the Spring at $14.99.
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