Today Comcast announced that they are launching a $5 a month streaming service. This new service will aggregate streaming apps both paid and free into a single place. This new service is limited to Comcast Xfinity internet customers.
Comcast says “Xfinity Flex comes with more than 10,000 free online movies and TV shows—including live streaming TV—from ESPN3, Xumo, Pluto, Tubi TV, Cheddar, YouTube, and more.”
The service will aggregate subscription to online services like Netflix, Pandora, iHeartRadio, Showtime, and Amazon Prime Video as well as networks like HBO alongside free ad-supported content. The services sounds a lot like Amazon Channels but with a monthly fee and some free ad-supported content. The question now is will Comcast subscribers pay to have content from free services like XUMO and Pluto TV along with ones they subscribe to aggregated for them into a single place.
“Xfinity Flex will deepen our relationship with a certain segment of our Internet customers and provide them with real value,” said Matt Strauss, Executive Vice President, Xfinity Services for Comcast Cable. “For just five dollars a month, we can offer these customers an affordable, flexible, and differentiated platform that includes thousands of free movies and shows for online streaming, an integrated guide for accessing their favorite apps and connected home devices, and the ease of navigating and managing all of it with our voice remote.”
Here is what the new device and user interface will look like:
Xfinity Flex subscribers will be able to add Xfinity X1 Cable TV packages right through Xfinity Flex.
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