Comcast Launches New $5 Month Ad-Supported Streaming TV Service

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Just ahead of when Apple plans to launch a new subscription video service that will give customers access to bundled cable channels, Comcast has introduced Xfinity Flex, a streaming service that combines video on demand content, ad-supported, free live streaming content, and access to add-on subscription apps.

    Xfinity Flex is priced at $5 per month and is available to customers who subscribe to Comcast's Xfinity internet service. It comes with a 4K set-top box and X1 voice remote for accessing content.


    Comcast says that thousands of free movies and shows will be offered, with free content from Tubi TV, YouTube, Xumo, Pluto TV, and more offered alongside subscription content from apps like Netflix, HBO, EPIX, and Prime Video. It will also be paired with podcasts and music services from Pandora, iHeart Radio, NPR One, among others.

    The app will have an interface that's not unlike the interface of the Apple TV, with a content library, access to a "Watch" section for TV content, a listen section for music, and an apps section for accessing different apps and home WiFi settings.
    Comcast plans to allow customers to subscribe to third-party video services through its platform, which is something that Apple is also going to offer with its own streaming service.

    According to Comcast, more than 10,000 free online movies and TV shows will be included alongside the streaming services that its customers subscribe to, along with options to purchase and rent movies and TV shows.

    Comcast plans to make Xfinity Flex available to Comcast subscribers on March 26. It will be available to residential customers who have internet service with 25Mb/s or above that's compatible with xFi gate.

    Article Link: Comcast Launches New $5 Month Ad-Supported Streaming TV Service
  2. Jakewilk macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2014
    How can any of the shows and movies be free if it’s $5 a month?
  3. Saipher macrumors 6502


    Oct 25, 2014
  4. HiRez macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2004
    Western US
    I stopped reading when I got to “Comcast”.

    EDIT: I see Saipher and I think alike :)
  5. vertical smile macrumors 68040

    vertical smile

    Sep 23, 2014
    Hmmm... this is interesting.
    Why not just have an ATV app?
  6. gplusplus macrumors member


    Mar 5, 2018
    You have to pay $5 to get all the same free content you can normally get on any smart device, but then it has to be on their crappy set top box? And then you need to also have Comcast as your internet provider?

    Oh lord.
  7. Zoboomafoo macrumors 6502

    May 22, 2002
    Because then they can’t charge for the box they give ya
  8. 4jasontv macrumors 68000

    Jul 31, 2011
    I wonder if it’s the price or the content that will flex.
  9. ChrisGerber87 macrumors newbie

    Mar 24, 2014
    Atlanta, GA
    I wonder how much they will make on data overage charges with this....
  10. aaronhead14, Mar 21, 2019
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2019

    aaronhead14 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 9, 2009
    So, let me get this straight... They want to charge you for stuff that either you can already get for free, or that you could easily purchase from less sleazy companies? AND you have to use a crappy, proprietary set top box? Hard pass.
  11. supremedesigner macrumors 6502a


    Dec 9, 2005
    Gainesville, Fl
    Sounds like desperate move before next week’s event. Why did they waited till last minute? I think I am more interested in Apple streaming and upcoming Disney streaming services too.
  12. genovelle macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2008
    One of the drawbacks to having to negotiate deals for content. Potential competitors know your every move. Especially if they follow Apple Spy sites.
  13. Intellectua1 Suspended


    Jun 3, 2016
    Seattle, Washington
    Data overages, how often do you go over 1TB of internet? I barely top 400gb monthly
  14. Saipher macrumors 6502


    Oct 25, 2014
    I have a feeling we are not alone.
  15. Intellectua1 Suspended


    Jun 3, 2016
    Seattle, Washington
    I highly doubt Comcast is desperate or in competition with Apple. They already have what Apple is trying to do and already have the customer base to make this way more successful than an "Apple Streaming" service would be. And they waited this long because Google finally made AndroidTV open to all manufacturers to make custom set top boxes, and this is what they've been working on
    --- Post Merged, Mar 21, 2019 ---
    Comcast is not a competitor to Apple. Apple is not in the cable TV and ISP business
  16. Pakaku macrumors 68020


    Aug 29, 2009
    And then you get ads despite paying anyways...
  17. IIGS User macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2019
    Comcast. Has their own high rise in Philly, half filling a second. Owns a shiet ton of sports teams,etc

    The Sears of the 21st century. With such largesse comes hubris. They will spend their way into bankruptcy while cord cutters flee.

    I love to watch Phillies & Flyers games, and spend a LOT of time at home lately, but I’m not paying all that coin for cable. Ball players are making $800 Million (Harper), cable money pays a lot of that via TV rights.

    I can’t afford hospital copays, and to feed my family. Sorry. Glad they signed Harper and all, but I can’t prop that up. Can’t do it.....
  18. bommai macrumors 6502a


    May 23, 2003
    Melbourne, FL
    Are you not aware of the Apple event next week?
  19. vertical smile macrumors 68040

    vertical smile

    Sep 23, 2014
    Normally I would agree, but in this case, it looks like the STB is free with the service:

  20. now i see it macrumors 68040

    Jan 2, 2002
    this new service seems like it's an enhancement intended for existing Comcast customers to upgrade to a higher paying tier/bundle. Its not for non Comcast customers. Verizon does/did the same thing with FIOS customers. It's kinda like a Prime membership; pay more, get more.
  21. Martin Bland macrumors newbie

    Jun 9, 2014
    More like pay more, get nothing.
  22. JosephAW macrumors 68020


    May 14, 2012
    The problem with Comcast is when I originally had it for internet I was paying $29/mo. Several years later it was $49/mo and still at 3mbps.
    So this tv service will do the same thing. They will have people paying $50/mo in a few years.
  23. BJMRamage, Mar 21, 2019
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2019

    BJMRamage macrumors 68020


    Oct 2, 2007
    I pay xfinity currently for a triple-play package…I switch between Fios and Xfinity at the end of each contract period.

    While the price sounded good, it seems there isn’t much content you can’t get elsewhere. Not sure if you can access the xfinity on demand (which could be a nice benefit) or if you only get those other streaming “channels”.

    So far Netflix hasn’t signed me out on the X1 box whereas every so often Netflix (and other channel apps) on the AppleTV sign themselves out and I need to log in again.

    UPDATED: it does look to include their OnDemand content. Though also says prices subject to change (not sure if that means the subscription prices you can buy from third-party OR Flex charge. And limited to just 2 boxes for now. I suppose this is another way to get your data. Like any other streaming device.
  24. Jwil736 macrumors newbie

    May 11, 2010
    With 1TB of data - they are going to give you every tool posible to run through it and start paying overages. Once overages kick in “how much is unlimited?” Thats an extra $25-$50/mo depending on market.

    Then what do you know... you are paying the same price for internet and basic movies/shows as you were for your triple play.

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