Comcast rolls out a brand new Stream TV app for its cable and web TV prospects
Comcast is launching a brand new app referred to as Xfinity Stream, which is able to exchange its older Xfinity TV app on cellular units, in addition to ship a bunch of options for cable subscribers, together with entry to stay TV, on-demand programming, DVR recordings and extra. However the app serves one other objective, as nicely: Just like the TV app it replaces, it would even be dwelling to Comcast’s web TV service geared toward twine cutters, Stream TV. This IPTV service is anticipated to roll out nationally later this 12 months below new branding.
Stream TV hasn’t had a lot consideration since its launch in mid-2015, primarily as a result of it’s nonetheless solely accessible in choose markets. At the moment, these in Boston and Chicago metros can subscribe to the stay tv streaming service, which is being geared toward those that now not need to pay for cable TV, or have chosen not to enroll in cable within the first place.
In all areas, Stream TV contains entry to the native broadcast stations (ABC, CBS, CW, FOX, NBC, PBS, Univision and Telemundo), in addition to HBO. The service has been criticized for not being on par with Sling TV or PlayStation Vue, but it surely’s probably not aimed on the true twine cutter. As a substitute, Stream TV is supposed to enchantment to those that typically watch TV at dwelling, the place a laptop computer or cellular gadget is used as their first display.
In different phrases, Stream TV is just not an “over-the-top” service, like Sling TV. The Stream TV package deal requires prospects to be on their in-home Xfinity Wi-Fi community in an effort to use the service. Outdoors of the house, customers need to depend on “TV In every single place”-powered apps, like HBO GO, FOXNow, NBC and WatchABC.
Comcast plans to roll out Stream TV nationwide later this 12 months to all of the markets the place Comcast is offered. Right this moment, that footprint contains 39 U.S. states, plus D.C.
On the time of the nationwide launch, Stream TV will even be rebranded to get rid of confusion between it and this new “Stream TV” app.
The app will then proceed to serve each Comcast buyer bases: these streaming TV twine cutters in addition to the normal cable TV subscribers.
As for the brand new Stream TV app itself, it now permits Xfinity cable TV subscribers to tune in to greater than 200 stay TV channels, together with sports activities networks like ESPN, Fox Sports activities and NBC Sports activities; information networks equivalent to Fox Information, MSNBC, CNN and BBC World Information; children networks like Nick Jr., Disney Channel and Sprout; plus 50 Music Alternative channels and different cable and premium networks.
As well as, TV prospects can select from 40,000 on-demand titles, together with each films and TV reveals, 1000’s of which may be downloaded for offline viewing, the corporate says. DVR recordings may be downloaded for offline entry, and the DVR may be programmed remotely. A Spanish-language information is offered, too.
Stream TV (the IPTV package deal) subscribers could have entry to the identical basic function set, however will solely have the ability to view these channels and on-demand titles included in that subscription. Downloads aren’t accessible for the printed networks or HBO on this package deal, so on-demand viewing could also be restricted.
Nonetheless, the streaming TV service could provide customers the flexibility so as to add different premium channels sooner or later, we perceive, like Starz or Showtime. Each of those channels provide offline entry (which means, downloads).
The brand new Stream TV app will launch on iOS and Android units on February 28th.
Clients who have already got the Xfinity TV app put in might be transitioned to the brand new Stream app via an app replace, says Comcast.