Comcast is launching a $15 a month Internet-based programming service – which will include HBO – but just inside its own service area.
“For an extra $15 a month added to a Comcast Internet subscription, viewers will have access to live and on-demand programming on computers and mobile devices from about a dozen networks, along with cloud DVR storage and Streampix, Comcast’s movie offering,” writes Emily Steel in The New York Times.
The story continues, “Called Stream, the new service will be available in Boston, Chicago and Seattle later this year and across the company’s coverage areas in the United States in 2016.”
However, the Times notes two important caveats about the new service: it will “will not include any cable networks beyond HBO” and “Subscribers to the Comcast app will not be able to stream the service to their television sets, an option for most other rival streaming services. (There is a workaround. Customers could use their account details to unlock access to network apps, like HBO Go, that are available for streaming to television sets.)”
Multichannel News, in its story about Stream, notes that besides HBO, Stream will include NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS, Fox, The CW, Telemundo and Univision.
To learn more about Stream from its sign-up page, please click here.