Comcast Introduces New Streaming Service, How Does It Stack Up?

Brandon Snively
Brandon is a Pace University graduate and avid Philadelphia sports fan, but don't hate him because of it...please? He was a former intern at the Howard Stern Show as well as a reporter for the MTA program Transit Transit Newsmagazine. He likes to be in front of the camera or behind the mic, but he enjoys news writing just as much.

The Jistt:

  • Comcast contributes to the death of Cable TV by announcing its launch of a new streaming service, Stream (so meta), set to release in 2016.
  • Cable-less Americans with Comcast Internet services will be able to enjoy their wine while watching Monday night “Bachelor in Paradise” episodes on ABC, “True Detective” on HBO, and other TV shows for $15 per month.
  • Bostonians will be the first to experience Stream.

 

Comcast has stepped up their game and is now in the running to compete with other streaming services. In early 2016, Comcast will launch its new streaming service, ironically named Stream.

What Is It?

Comcast’s Stream is another alternative to cable TV, which has been slowly declining since the rise of internet streaming services, such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. Cable is still holding on to its customers mainly through its sports channels, where live sporting events are generally only reachable by paid cable holders.

Stream is only available to Comcast customers, and will be offered as an add on for $15 per month. You don’t need to have a cable subscription with Comcast to get the service–as long as you have Comcast’s high speed Internet service.

Stream will offer access to numerous networks such as NBC, ABC, FOX, CBS, HBO, PBS, Telemundo, and The CW. The company is still trying to decide what else they will include with “Stream,” but at least a dozen channels are expected to be included in the package.

Comcast also stated that the new service “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.”

Bostonians will get the first Stream viewing party this year, followed by Chicago and Seattle. By early 2016, Stream is expected to available for all customers nationwide.

The Battle of the Streaming Companies: Stream vs. its other Competitors

  • Comcast’s Stream: $15/month for 12+ channels
  • Netflix : $9.99 /month for many movies and shows
  • Hulu: $8/month for many movies and shows
  • Dish’s Sling: $20/ month for 20 channels
  • Sony’s Playstation Vue : $50-70/ month for 85 channels
  • Apple’s Service: $25-35/ month for 25 channels
  • Amazon Prime Instant Video: free with Prime membership
  • YouTube: free, but limited content

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