Comcast Launches $18 Live Streaming TV Service


Cord-cutters keep leaving traditional cable providers at a high rate which has forced companies like Comcast to explore their own streaming services. The cable giant announced that it’s launching Xfinity Instant TV, an $18/month bundle of local broadcast networks.

According to the Xfinity website, the service will have the following features:

  • Enjoy local and national live sports, news and the most popular shows as they air.
  • Add premium channels and channel packs to make sure you get all your favorite programming.
  • Record up to 20 hours of your favorites and watch them at home or download them and take them on the go.
  • Access thousands of hours of XFINITY On Demand movies and shows anytime on your favorite device.
  • Stream content on any wireless or WiFi network anywhere in the U.S.

This service operates in a similar fashion as other live streaming services such as Sling TV or PlayStation Vue; however, the service will only be available to Xfinity Internet customers and is still considered to be in beta. Subscribers are able to choose from a variety of add-ons or tiered plans. The least expensive plan costs $18 per month. Comcast is offering a free 30-day trial.


According to their website (R), a few of the add-on packages include:

  • HBO ($15 per month)
  • Starz ($12 per month)
  • Kids and Family ($10 per month): Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, Freeform, MTV, National Geographic Channel, Nick Jr., Nickelodeon, NickToons, Universal Kids, TeenNick and TLC.
  • Entertainment ($15 per month): A&E, AMC, Animal Planet, BET, Bravo, Comedy Central, Discovery Channel, E!, Food Network, FX, FXX, Hallmark Channel, HISTORY, HGTV, Lifetime, OWN, Syfy, TBS, TNT, TV One, USA and VH1.
  • Sports and News ($30 per month): CNBC, CNN, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN News, ESPNU, Fox Business, Fox News, Fox Sports 1, Golf Channel, MSNBC, NBC Sports, NFL Network and Regional Sports Networks based on markets.

Xfinity Instant TV will be available on many popular cord cutting devices such as Roku, mobile devices, and even web browsers. The service also offers two Latino programming add-ons. One is sports focused and includes networks such as beIN, ESPN Deportes, and more. The other is a regular channel lineup that includes BabyFirst, CNN en Español, Cine Dinamita, Cine Latino, Cine Mexicano, Cine Sony Television, and more.

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