There are dozens of viable television streaming services out there, all of which offer something a little different to its users. Whether you choose popular options such as Netflix or Hulu, or if you decide to go with a more recent service like Dish Network’s Sling TV, odds are you’ll find something that interests you. Comcast, the largest cable provider in the United States, today hopes to break in to the internet TV market with the launch of its new service called Stream.
Stream will be available to all Xfinity Internet customers for $15 per month and will feature about a dozen major broadcast networks as well as HBO. Notably absent in Stream’s lineup are ‘premium’ networks such as ESPN and AMC. Stream customers will be able to watch their favorite shows on broadcast networks like ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and PBS, but as The New York Times notes, these channels are generally available for free with a one-time purchase of an antenna that costs about $25.
It should also be noted that Stream will only be available through mobile and web applications at launch, which means customers won’t be able to watch with the new service on their televisions or through set-top boxes of any kind.
The new streaming service will launch in Boston at the end of the summer, later rolling out to Chicago and Seattle. The company plans to bring Stream to everyone by early 2016, so be sure to look out for that if you don’t live in one of the aforementioned cities.