Comcast is including a brand new $5 a month streaming video service.

However Xfinity Flex, which is yet one more variation on cable TV with out the cable, is restricted to the corporate’s Xfinity Web subscribers who reside inside Comcast’s protection footprint.

Flex launches March 26, and in performance resembles a Roku.

As of January, Comcast had about 25 million Web subscribers who would be capable of benefit from the brand new Flex providing.

Those that shell out the 5 bucks month-to-month, will obtain a leased Web-connected, 4K HDR-ready field and voice-activated distant management, to entry Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, HBO and Showtime, together with greater than 10,000 free on-line films and ad-supported TV reveals. 

There’ll be some reside streaming too, from the likes of ESPN3, Xumo, Pluto, Tubi TV, Cheddar, and YouTube. You’ll additionally be capable of hire and buy films and TV reveals, take heed to music via the likes of Pandora, iHeartRadio, and XITE, and handle safety cameras and different sensible house units by way of the TV.

An built-in personalised program information guarantees that will help you discover stuff to take heed to or watch.

If all this sounds just like what you could already be getting from, say, your Roku, Fireplace TV or Apple TV field, you wouldn’t be unsuitable. And the query turns into do you shell out the cash upfront to purchase such a rival field (and in some instances get it extra cheaply) or pay the $5 month-to-month for Flex as a substitute?

Twine cutters will likely be intently watching what sort of streaming bulletins Apple makes subsequent week throughout a press occasion at its California headquarters. It isn’t fully clear simply how, or even when, what Comcast has provide you with right here will instantly compete towards Apple’s the brand new leisure service Apple is predicted to launch.

What you pay for Flex comes on prime of the $50 to $130 a month you presently give up every month for Xfinity Web. 

Since Flex service is modeled after Comcast’s Xfinity X1 cable service however doesn’t embrace all of the reside or different video content material you would possibly watch there or elsewhere—YouTube TV, PlayStation Vue, and Sling TV, DirecTV Now, are among the many missing–you would possibly contemplate the improve path.

Comcast says that pivoting from Flex to X1 is straightforward from the Flex field, and for certain the corporate can be all too thrilled to take the additional cash so you do exactly that. 

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