Thursday in CE: Comcast Streaming Service is Only for Comcast Internet Customers
Yesterday we shared the news about a new video streaming service launched by Comcast. At quick glance, Xfinity Instant TV seemed like an excellent move for the company as a way to attract consumers who’d prefer to watch TV without the need for a set-top box and hundreds of channels that they’ll never watch.
Today, more details about the new service emerged, however. While Xfinity Instant TV still might be a beneficial offering for Comcast, it’s availability will not be as widespread as we first thought. That’s because, in order to sign up for the service you have to be a Comcast internet customer. The details emerged in a report on Recode this week. That trims the potential consumer base down to the 25.3 million broadband customers that Comcast currently has access to.
Aside from that, though, Xfinity Instant TV will operate much like other streaming services. Users will be able to stream at home, or anywhere else they have internet access. The service doesn’t require a set-top box, and you’ll be able to add extras like premium channels, or a sports/news package that includes ESPN, CNN, and Fox News.