Comcast will launch the “Instant TV” streaming service this fall. The Internet-based service will be available in areas already serviced by the cable provider. Would you consider getting a cable replacement television service from a cable company? If so, Comcast has a great offer for you.
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The company says it is launching an Internet-based streaming video service called Instant TV this fall. The service will join other streaming video services from pay-TV providers, including Dish Sling TV and DirecTV now from AT&T. These services are intended to offer conventional cable television channels, unlike services like Netflix that offer Individual films and series.
The new Comcast service has already been tested in two markets, Boston and Chicago, where it was called Stream TV. The service will only be available where Comcast already has a footprint. One target is the age-old audience, who may be looking for alternatives to conventional pay-TV, according to the company.
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Comcast released the news about Instant TV during a conference call on second quarter earnings today. The company did not offer many details about the service. However, it will not require a set-top box. Instead, you can get Instant TV directly on mobile devices, some streaming media players and perhaps some smart TVs, though no specific models and compatible platforms have been announced. The service will provide access to a DVR in the cloud to record programs.
The pricing, which previous reports suggest would be in the range of $ 15 to $ 40 per month, has not been finalized. The company “continues to try different pricing points,” said Dave Watson, president and CEO of Comcast Cable, during the call. He stated that the service was well received in its test markets, where it is priced at $ 15 per month, plus taxes.
Watson said that while Instant TV is “ideal for certain segments and millennia,” the company’s main focus will continue to be its traditional cable TV service, X1.
“This is not something that will make it broad in terms of our approach to the market, it’s going to be very objective,” Watson said. “Instant TV gives us a bit more of the wallet to go after different segments.”
Dan Rayburn, the principal analyst at Frost & Sullivan and executive vice president of StreamingMedia.com, says that in its current form, the new service will likely have a limited impact.
“But that does not mean that the company could not expand beyond its existing footprint at some point in the future,” he says. “As it is, however, it’s not really a competitive threat to nationally available services like DirecTV Now, Hulu with Live TV, and Sling TV, although it is likely that some of the media portray it that way.”
We will continue on Instant TV when Comcast reveals more details about the service. In addition to competition from other television services delivered over the Internet – including new operators such as Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV – the new service has another hurdle to overcome: Comcast’s bad reputation.
In Consumer Reports’ latest survey on telecommunications, almost every major company, such as Comcast and Spectrum (Charter, Time Warner Cable), scored low in multiple categories, including value and customer service.