Comcast launches $20 reside TV streaming service to fight Sling, Hulu and different rivals
Comcast is launching a cable-free streaming service because it makes an attempt to stem subscriber losses and compete with rival providers, reminiscent of Sling, Hulu + Dwell TV and extra. The so-called Now TV will supply greater than 60 channels in addition to a subscription to Peacock Premium for $20 monthly—however the service comes with a catch.
To subscribe to Now TV, you’ll have to be a buyer of the corporate’s Xfinity Web service.
“With content material and connectivity on the core of our firm, we’re uniquely positioned to construct and ship streaming leisure choices,” mentioned Dave Watson, president and CEO of Comcast Cable in a press release.
Whereas there are limitations on who can get Now TV, the service does come at a notably lower cost than its rivals. Hulu + Dwell TV prices $70 monthly on common, whereas Sling TV begins at $40 monthly. Different streaming providers, reminiscent of Fubo TV and DirecTV Stream, begin at roughly $70 monthly.
You do get extra channel choices with these providers, nevertheless. Now TV is not going to characteristic well-liked channels together with CNN, ESPN, MSNBC or Fox Information.
Included in NowTV are A&E, Afro, AMC, Animal Planet, BBC America, BBC Information, Comedy.TV, Cooking, Crime + Investigation, Discovery, Discovery Life, Meals Community, FYI, Nice American Household, Nice American Dwelling, Get TV, Sport Present Community, Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Drama, Hallmark Films & Mysteries, HGTV, The HISTORY Channel, Investigation Discovery, IFC, Justice Central, Lifetime, Lifetime Film Community, Magnolia Community, Navy Historical past, MotorTrend Community, OWN, Pursuit, Recipe.TV, Science Channel, Sony Films, Sundance TV, TLC, Journey Channel, Vice, WEtv and Climate Channel.
It’s going to additionally supply 20 FAST (free ad-supported streaming TV) channels.
The service will launch within the “coming weeks,” Comcast mentioned.