New Stream TV Technology App Revealed By Comcast
Comcast is unveiling a new streaming technology app called Xfinity Stream, which will replace its older Xfinity TV app on mobile devices, as well as deliver many features for cable subscribers, including on-demand programming, DVR recordings, access to live TV, and more. It will also be home to Comcast’s internet TV service targeted at cord cutters, Stream TV. This IPTV service is set to roll out nationally later this year under new branding.
Stream TV has not had much attention since its reveal in 2015, mostly because it’s still only available in select markets. Currently, those in Boston and Chicago metros can subscribe to the live streaming technology service, which is being targeted at those who no longer want to pay for cable. Stream TV includes access to the local broadcast stations (ABC, CBS, CW, FOX, NBC, PBS, Telemundo, and Univision), as well as HBO. The service has been criticized for not being on par with PlayStation Vue or Sling TV, but is not really targeted at the true cord cutter. Rather, Stream TV is meant to appeal to those who mostly watch TV at home, where a laptop or mobile device is used as their primary screen.
Comcast plans to roll out Stream TV nationwide later this year to all the markets where Comcast is available. At the time of the nationwide reveal, Stream TV will also be rebranded to eliminate confusion between it and this new “Stream TV” app. The application will then continue to serve both Comcast customer bases: those streaming TV cord cutters as well as the traditional subscribers to cable TV. As for the new Stream TV app itself, it now allows subscribers to Xfinity cable TV to tune in to over 200 live TV channels.
In addition, TV customers can choose from 40,000 on-demand titles, including both TV shows and movies, thousands of which can be downloaded for offline viewing, the company says. DVR recordings can be downloaded for offline access, and the DVR can be programmed remotely. Stream TV subscribers will have access to the same general feature set, but will only be able to view those channels and on-demand titles included in that subscription. Downloads are not available for the broadcast networks or HBO in this package, so on-demand viewing may be limited.