Comcast launches streaming TV service for broadband customers

Comcast has launched the beta version of its new streaming service Xfinity Instant TV, a “skinny bundle” available only for its broadband customers in select areas, for USD 18 a month. The company said it will roll out the new service across its footprint over the next weeks.

The USD 18 basic package include popular broadcast channels like ABC, CBS, The CW, FOX, NBC, and PBS as well as public, educational, and government channels. Univision and Telemundo are included in most markets.

Customers can add extra packages with more pay TV channels. The USD 30 per month “Sports & News” add-on includes CNN, ESPN, Fox News, Fox Sports 1, NBC Sports and NFL Network, among others. The USD 15 monthly “Entertainment” pack includes A&E, AMC, Comedy Central, Discovery, Food Network, TBS and TNT, among other, while the USD 10 “Kids and Family” option includes Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, MTV, Nickelodeon and TLC. Premium channels HBO and Starz are also available for USD 15 and USD 12 respectively.

There are also offers with channels for the Hispanic community. The Latino package (for USD 5 monthly) includes CNN en Español, Discovery en Español, Galavisión, Pasiones and Latino Cinema, among others, while the Deportes package (for USD 7) includes ESPN Deportes, Fox Deportes and Univision, among others. 

The new service does not require a set-top box and it is available through the website, apps for smartphone and tablet and Roku devices.