Comcast Launches New Xfinity Instant TV Streaming Service

Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2017 - 04:23 PM |
Tagged: xfinity, streaming tv, iptv, data caps, cord cutting, Comcast

Comcast is hoping to entice its internet only customers to add cable TV and its current cable TV customers to not fully cut the cord with its new Xfinity Instant TV. The new streaming TV service starts at $18 (plus those darn broadcast/TV fees Comcast loves so much) and will soon be available to all current Comcast broadband subscribers. The base package includes access to local broadcast channels, a video on demand library, and a cloud DVR with 20 hours of storage. Users can stream live and on demand TV and movies using the Xfinity Stream application on mobile devices and Rokus, the browser-based website on desktops, or TV Everywhere logins at the individual networks' websites or apps (e.g. HBO Go).

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For those looking for a bit more TV than what they can get over the air with an antenna, Comcast is offering three add-on packages for additional monthly fees as well as allowing users to add HBO and Starz for the standard rates ($15 for HBO). The tiers are laid out as follows:

Limited Basic (base package)

Popular broadcast channels (vary by market) including ABC, CBS, CW, FOX, NBC, PBS, Telemundo, Unimas, Univision, C-SPAN, and other public, education, and government (PEG) channels.

  • Entertainment (+ $15/month):
    • A&E, AMC, Animal Planet, BET, Bravo, Comedy Central, Discovery Channel, E!, Food Network, FX, FXX, Hallmark Channel, History, HGTV, Lifetime, OWN, SyFy, TBS, TNT, TV One, USA, and VHI
  • Kids and Family (+ $10/month):
    • Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, Freeform, MTV, National Geographic Channel, Nick Jr., Nickelodeon, NickToons, Universal Kids, TeenNick, and TLC
  • Sports and News (+ $30/month):
    • CNBC, CNN, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN News, ESPNU, Fox Business, Fox News, Fox Sports 1, Golf Channel, MSNBC, NBC Sports, NFL Network, and regional sports that vary on market

Comcast has broken its channels into three main add-on packages that allow potential cord cutters to pick and choose what they want to pay for (though it's not full a la carte yet). Those packages are a bit pricey though if you only want some of the channels in the package, particularly the Sports and News package at $30 a month (and likely having to also pay the Sports broadcast fee regular cable customers have to pay whether they watch sports or not) which would be better broken out as separate packages and even the sports package could have regional channels broken out to its own add-on.

In another interesting twist though, Comcast announced that its new Xfinity Instant TV service will not count against users' data caps giving the service a marked advantage over IPTV competitors like YouTube TV, Hulu Live, PlayStation Vue, and others. If you live in a capped market, Instant TV starts to look a bit better price wise if you are a heavy data user as you could avoid data cap overage charges as a result of TV viewing.

On the other hand caveats include a limited DVR (though you can watch On Demand usually the next day) that can only record two shows simultaneously and live TV is, for the most part, limited to your own in-home network. When you are outside of your home network you will be limited to on demand streaming and recordings depending on licensing rights.

I think Comcast is hoping that the new service will entice cable TV holdouts wanting cheaper bills to stay in some fashion as well as entice internet only users and users that have cut the cord already to use Instant TV as a sort of gateway drug to traditional cable. Since they ahve to pay the same TV fees (though no fees for boxes), they might as well upgrade to X1 for a bit more and get more channels and more DVR--or at least that's the idea. I'm not convinced that plan will work though with the current pricing though. I suppose we will just have to wait and see!

What are your thoughts on Xfinity Instant TV? If you are interested in the service, you can check availability in your market (and Internet only customers can get a free 30-day trial) at

October 5, 2017 | 04:48 PM - Posted by FUCK_COMCAST (not verified)

Comcast are a bunch of cocksuckers who pee in their pants every day.



October 5, 2017 | 09:16 PM - Posted by Ipoopwhenifart (not verified)

This is probably the one obnoxious post that is actually ok

October 5, 2017 | 04:58 PM - Posted by qwer38456

I want to know what it takes to cancel. My bet it you have to call customer service. PER their normal cancellation requirements.

October 5, 2017 | 05:02 PM - Posted by qwer38456

Ok I can't believe it, but the Beta can be canceled online. I have to give them props for that at least. They may actually be listening to customers.

October 5, 2017 | 05:45 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

You can allegedly do it under My Account on their website, but knowing Comcast it might require a phone call even if the website shows it cancelled lol.

October 5, 2017 | 05:21 PM - Posted by RadioActiveLobster

Can't even check availability without creating a Comcast account?

No thanks.

My internet is shit slow anyways.

October 5, 2017 | 05:46 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

At least right now it's only available for Comcast customers.

October 5, 2017 | 05:22 PM - Posted by RadioActiveLobster

Accidental Double Post

October 5, 2017 | 05:51 PM - Posted by CraptacularTVnonsense (not verified)

Cable TV providors and all the content providors need to be broken up from being ISPs with ISP's only providing Internet Access. Cable TV/Regular TV sucks be it over the air or through some cable. I only want Internet from My Internet Providor that happens to be Comcast. But there are other ISP's in my area that can provode their ISP services if Comcast pisses me off. But really the content creation/delivery services need to be totally seperated from the ISP internet service providor business by act of Congress to keep the Internet Neutral.

TV and the TV assoicated production really is totally worthless crap, and that crap should be avoided! It's poop, it's crap, it's caca!

October 5, 2017 | 09:18 PM - Posted by Ipoopwhenifart (not verified)

On topic - to answer Tim's question:


October 5, 2017 | 09:21 PM - Posted by Ipoopwhenifart (not verified)

Gd mobile double post, but now that I think about it, saying hell no multiple times to Comcast is actually sound advice

October 5, 2017 | 09:51 PM - Posted by Tim Verry


October 6, 2017 | 10:37 AM - Posted by Anonymous23333123 (not verified)

This is exactly the kind of unfair competition that NN is supposed to protect against. You can't create an artificial cap that only punishes content from competitors, while keeping yourself exempt.

October 6, 2017 | 11:38 AM - Posted by edwinjamesmiller36

Is there one cable provider that is not a blood-sucking vampire (and not in a good way)? I have Spectrum and hate them with a passion.

October 6, 2017 | 12:30 PM - Posted by Anonymously Anonymous (not verified)

when we had time warner during the time that FCC passed the NN rules, times were good, I mean really good.
TW more than tripled our download/upload speeds for free and the QOS was very good.
The moment that Spectrum took over, they slashed the internet speeds, raised the prices of all plans and the QOS once again went back to pre-TW-raising-speeds-because-of-NN-rules.
Now we switched to ATt with fiber, yes, files and web pages load very fast, yet we still see pixelation and obvious resolution downgrade with video streaming from netflix, YT, etc.

f@#$ing tv-provider/ISP's

October 6, 2017 | 01:30 PM - Posted by Travisty (not verified)

I recommend everyone lobby your city council for city-run fiber. I live in Longmont, Co, USA and while it's taken years to get we now have city-run and operated fiber internet. 1gig up/down for $50 a month -- amazing how cheap it can be when profit is not involved.

While it's not a TV provider (just internet) there is a deal with Layer3 for TV via the internet.

I don't have it personally but I've heard the image quality's leaps and bounds above comcast's (this is from my neighbor who is in no way technically suave)

October 7, 2017 | 09:32 PM - Posted by DN (not verified)

Ever since last year's merger there has been regular outages and poor communications. Many areas have been increased to 100MBS and 5 to 7MBS up. Many larger communities are expanding so rapidly the fiber nodes are enduring a heavy bandwidth contingencie. It can often take several weeks to over a month to correct. I do see clients pulling 116 down but speed drop offs often drop significantly during prime time in larger populated areas.

October 7, 2017 | 09:46 PM - Posted by DN (not verified)

Spectrum will be launching Docsis 3.1 in the near future I've been waiting for this for the last 5 years. It will allow equal upload and download speeds. I'll believe it when I see it. But with the recent last 3 national outages over last 2 weeks I'm sharing your pain. Was on vacation and every day I was home the Internet was down . Nothing more frustrating than having the Internet out your a cable guy and your cant even fix your own problem.

October 6, 2017 | 09:27 PM - Posted by boidsonly

Yeah, I'm going to sign up for this so I can hit my Comcast imposed data cap that much more quickly. Fuck Comcast....

October 7, 2017 | 09:38 PM - Posted by DN (not verified)

I was just gonna comment on that very fact. Lost monthly revenue on wired packages plus the rentals on each CPE are now countered by web offering without mentioning possible data cap overage charges. So damn evil and cunning bastards aren't they.

October 7, 2017 | 09:40 PM - Posted by Anonymous335yt (not verified)

Maybe read before posting stupid comments

May 31, 2018 | 01:40 PM - Posted by gene cosco (not verified)


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