Comcast turns on the stream with OTT TV

DetailsJoseph O'Halloran | 13 July 2015

If you can't beat them, join them; responding to the threat to its business from over-the-top (OTT) services, Comcast has launched its own OTT offering, Stream.

comcast streamingThe US cable giant has announced the immediate commencement of a beta test of the new streaming cable service in a move designed to furthers its stated goal to provide increased TV choices. Stream allows Comcast Xfinity Internet customers to watch live TV from about a dozen networks - including all the major broadcast nets and HBO - on laptops, tablets and smartphones. It will offer access to a library containing on-demand films and shows, and supports TV everywhere and a cloud DVR.

The service will initially be available for $15 per month to Xfinity Internet customers in Boston at the end of the summer and subsequently to Chicago and Seattle followed by everywhere in the firm's footprint by early 2016.

"The way we watch TV has become more personal than ever ... It's an exciting time to be a TV fan there is more quality content than ever and seemingly limitless ways to keep up with all the shows and movies people are talking about," said Comcast executive vice president and general manager video services Matt Strauss. "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."