Comcast: Latest player offering streaming services

Unless you have been living under a rock, you are aware of the streaming services that have been taking over our TVs. Major cable companies like Comcast have quickly noticed this trend and are getting into the streaming space! Netflix and Hulu are the big players but since their arrival there have been many more. With Netflix’s programming and service, it’s hard for other providers to stand out.

Comcast gets into streaming services space

Comcast is introducing a streaming platform targeting users that just can’t get enough video content. Xfinity Flex -which will cost $5 per month – will give users access to 10,000 free, ad-supported TV shows and movies. In addition, the platform will provide live streaming TV from services such as ESPN3, Xumo, Pluto, Tubi TV, YouTube and Cheddar, among others.

No need to ever turn off your TV

Flex comes with a 4K box and voice-activated remote and allows customers a user friendly solution that will nicely pair their Cable TV service with streaming options. Users will be able to conveniently access services they currently pay for including Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO and Showtime in a personalized dashboard. Viewers can also rent and purchase movies from the digital store and listen to music from the likes of Pandora and iHeartRadio. Comcast’s goal is  to turn the TV into a dashboard for the home. Comcast would love to convert the TV into an item at home that never gets turned off. Your TV would be able to access  other types of media such as music while controlling other connected devices such as smart thermostats and cameras.

A crowded streaming services space

While it’s good to have options, too many can cause buyer confusion. Initially, one of the appeals of streaming services was their price compared to your monthly cable or satellite bill.

Netflix: $13.99/month

Hulu: $7.99/month ($11.99 with no ads)

Amazon Prime Video: $13/month

HBO Now: $14.99/month

Starz: $8.99/month

Showtime: $10.99/month

CBS All Access: $5.99/month

Sling TV – $25/month

The list doesn’t end there and will continue to grow with new streaming services coming late this year. The much anticipated Disney + is expected to be released towards the end of the year. Subscription services are great but be smart with how many your buy. If you are a video junkie, it may make sense to continue paying your cable bill and pairing it with Xfinity Flex.