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Comcast Announces Their Live TV Streaming Service Starting at $18 a Month


For months now we have heard that Comcast was planning to take on cord cutting with their own live TV streaming service called Instant TV. Now they have started to roll out their live TV streaming service in a few markets.

If you are a Comcast internet only customer you can now subscribe to their live TV streaming service starting at just $18 a month for a package of local broadcast networks. The service is only available in select markets around the United States right now and according to Variety Comcast has declined to disclose where the new Instant TV beta is currently available. Comcast says they plan to roll out their new live TV service across their national footprint within the next two weeks.

The service starts with a $18 a month core package that includes locals like ABC, FOX, and NBC. You will also find C-Span, QVC, and HSN. From there you can add additional packages on top of the $18 a month core package to get more channels.

Here are all the add-ons Comcast currently offers:

  • Sports and News ($30 per 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 networks based on market.
  • Entertainment ($15 per 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, VH1.
  • Kids and Family ($10 per month): Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, Freeform, MTV, National Geographic Channel, Nick Jr., Nickelodeon, NickToons, Universal Kids, TeenNick, TLC.
  • Latino ($5 per month): BabyFirst, CNN en Español,Cine Dinamita, Cine Latino, Cine Mexicano, Cine Sony Television, Discovery Familia, Discovery en Español, Galavisión, History en Español, Pasiones, Viendo Movies, Vme Kids.
  • Deportes ($7 per month): beIN, beINñ, ESPN Deportes, Fox Deportes, LAS, NBCUniverso, Univision tDN. (Telemundo, Unimas and Univision are provided when not included in the broadcast tier)

So if you want ESPN the Comcast package will cost you $48 a month plus taxes. It will be interesting to see how Comcast’s Instant TV holds up to competitors like DIRECTV NOW, PlayStation Vue, Hulu, and more with their far higher price tag for many users.

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  • REP

    This is bs..the price is no difference than regular set top box.

    • mnsportsgeek

      Depending on what deal you get, locals with DVR can cost $30. Usually most internet plan contracts knock $10 off that price for the first year.

    • Troy Heagy

      Actually it’s a little cheaper. I would buy the Basic $18 service plus Entertainment Package for $15, and reduce my comcast cost to $33/month (instead of 70)

      .

      • Jose Colon

        And them you use more broadband and comcast charge you xtra. Remember comcast internet is not unlimited.

      • REP

        Yea but you’re not getting the channels you want. If you want the channels you like you have to pay $30 package plus more. So $30 + $18 + $15= $63 (crazy!). See i am a sports fan, so I need TNT and ESPN…that’s $45 right there!! Add local $45+18=$63 and that’s not even including NBATV!! Holy crap…this kind of monthly payment is no difference than set top box. And guess how much i paid for Direct TV NOW and get all of those channels plus local? $35!!

  • Deon Hamner

    They just don’t get it…

    • TaiPeng

      Xfinity is irrelevant. Philadelphia, PA will not control the internet of the future.

      • Colloquial Panacea

        I wish it wasn’t the only relevant provider where I am. Comcast has a portion of the country by the balls for internet service. I can pay through the nose for them, or I can deal with small, local, wisps with even smaller data caps and slower speeds.

  • deguello

    $18 a month for locals and shopping networks????

    • Iphart

      More like over $200/year for something you can get for free.

  • Greg S

    No cord cutting here, just cord consolidating. This smells like cable over internet.

  • Jon Nemargut

    Did they really bundle sports and news together?

    • TaiPeng

      As people as dumping ESPN and tge NFL too. The elites are obsessed with sports but we are not. I don’t want sports bundled with news either.

  • LMAO. To get the channels that Hulu offers, you must pay $73 instead of $40. I’m sure there are some that Comcast offers in their packages that Hulu doesn’t but NOT MANY.

    They just don’t get it.

  • Respected Citizen

    …broadcast channels like ABC, CBS, The CW, FOX, NBC and PBS – and public,
    educational and government channels. Plus, most include Univision and
    Telemundo. …customers can easily subscribe, manage and cancel their service at any time without a contract or cancellation fees.

    If you add or drop tiers seasonally, this could be cheapest option for some people.

    • TaiPeng

      No CBS? Ha. I can stream CBS with DTVN. I found a channel I have that they don’t at any tier. I also have HBO now. Do they have it? No. Not going to pay their prices. Do they think we are stupid? People are not going to pay their prices. They will research their options online. Xfinity is a dnosaur about to go extinct. Failure to evolve.

      • mnsportsgeek

        Did you read his post? CBS is the 2nd channel.

        • TaiPeng

          Ah. Thank you for the correction m8.

  • Norman

    As a Comcast internet customer I was very interested to see what Comcast was going to bring to the game. Now I’m very disappointed for many of the reasons mentioned.

  • Robert Frankenfield

    SMH. Don’t they realize you can get local channels with an OTA antenna? I can’t see them competing with SlingTV and the other available services.

  • Terry

    Sounds great, to get what I want I would have to pay $63 instead of the $35 I pay now.

  • TaiPeng

    $18 in addition to taxes and fees. When you add up the costs it is way more expensive than the $35 the market has determined is adequate compensation. It’s a hell no for me.

    • Daniel Brown

      $18 includes taxes but you HAVE to use their special modem at $10/mo, so they find a way to stick it to you…

      • TaiPeng

        So it’s $28 with the modem included? Very bad deal.

  • GersonT1000

    LOL!!! Bunch of idiots. This makes no sense because:
    1. Why spend all this money when you can get so much more with any streaming service?
    2. They will probably charge strange fees like they charge their regular cable customers.
    3. To get what most families want, you’d have to get 3 addons of Sports&News, Entertainment, and Kids. That would be $73 plus the probable hidden fees. For that you can get high level packages of Hulu, Sling or Vue with DVR and still have money left for Netflix, Amazon Prime, and/or HBO.
    4. This probably doesn’t include any kind of DVR.

    The only way I would see someone even start thinking about this would be if they don’t count the data used with the service towards the hated data limit.

  • Respected Citizen

    Oh, and add $10/month because you can’t use your own modem.

    In the home, Comcast won’t use a traditional set-top box for Xfinity
    Instant TV but will require that customers use a Comcast-supplied
    gateway (monthly leasing fees are about $10), which supports both the
    high-speed Internet service and the separately-managed IP video service
    flow for the new skinny TV offering.

    (found by WarpSeven at reddit)

    • mnsportsgeek

      I would have considered this up until learning this. $18 for locals with cloud dvr isn’t a bad deal. Adding on fees and modem charges is not happening.

    • TaiPeng

      Yeah they require that you have Xfinity internet with them too. That means at least $88 plus taxes and fees. $70 internet + $18 Xfinity Stream = $88+

      • mnsportsgeek

        There are no taxes. The $18 includes the taxes. You need to chill. I pay $30 for internet from comcast.

        https://www.xfinity.com/support/cable-tv/xfinity-instant-tv-faqs/
        “At the end of your free month of XFINITY Instant TV Beta, regular charges apply. These are currently $18 inclusive of the Broadcast TV Fee.”

        • TaiPeng

          $30 internet means that you can’t stream HD.

          • mnsportsgeek

            Oh ya? My 65 mbps speed tests beg to differ.

          • TaiPeng

            Must be a bew customer teaser rate then. $29.99 is always a teaser rate that goes up after a year. When you have no specified time contract you can assume a four year contract. They reward four year of being a loyal customer by raising your rates.

          • Troy Heagy

            Nonsense. I stream HD from amazon, and my speed is only 1 Mbit/s

            .

          • TaiPeng

            That’s dialup speed. Impossible to stream HD with a dialup connection. If it does it must constantly buffer. It would take hours to download a movie from iTunes and in that time it would become corrupted and unusable anyway.

        • TaiPeng

          So it’s a teaser rate that goes up too? Of course it is with Xfinity. Xfinity is history. They may control some internet content in the future but they will not control the future of the internet as we get mobile phone companies to compete with 5G home internet.

          • mnsportsgeek

            You mean like the teaser rate Vue had?

          • TaiPeng

            That was not a teaser rate. That was stupid pricing. A teaser rate is time specific and specifically stated in the fine print.

        • TaiPeng

          What are yhe regular charges though?

          • mnsportsgeek

            $18…

          • TaiPeng

            Right. $18 at the end of the free month. I winder if that $18 is a teaser rate for a year like they do with every other dervice which Xfinity offers.

    • Actually, you don’t have to lease a gateway/modem from Comcast. Their support articles say an XFINITY-compatible cable modem will work,
      https://www.xfinity.com/support/cable-tv/getting-started-xfinity-instant-tv/

      • Respected Citizen

        Thanks. I shouldn’t be surprised that multichannel & WarpSeven are incorrect.

  • JGaLaXY

    no Investigative Discovery and right off the back 18 for just locals and shopping channels? booooo but where they ALMOST make it interesting is the kids add on for $10, Nick Jr and Universal Kids. I don’t think even think Sling offers Sprout/Universal Kids anymore

  • Kal

    How much are they going to charge per streaming device? They had been saying that they would charge something like $7.50 per Roku (or whatever) that connected to their service. That would bring the cost up to just about what I was paying for traditional service with boxes.

  • Ryan Ot

    This truly is cable over the net. You must have our box, you must have our internet service, you must bundle. This is a freaking joke. I joined Sling on day 1 and have not left yet. I am on the grandfathered blue tier and have DVRfor $25/month. I may add the sports package for $10 but it would only be for NFL. I have tried DTVN and Fubo but they couldn’t deliver the experience that Sling does for me.

  • Dave

    In addition to other drawbacks mentioned, this service cannot be used with Airplay/Chromecast/etc. so it is mostly limited to desktop browser and mobile devices (Some specific network apps can be used for on-demand content on a tv)

  • Jose Colon

    Yes I get more channels with my digital antenna for free. At least sling tv have good channels. Like always comcast garbage.

  • Chris Chapman

    Comcast announcws their live tv Streaming Service Starting at $18 a Month…..and boy, does it suck!!!

  • Chinese Democracy

    why bother… their price isnt any better than whats available and their lineup isnt that great

  • Celtics_Junkie

    T-R-A-S-H. Try again Comcast.

    • REP

      I think Comcast just announced a NEW name: Comtrash! LOL

  • chrisdevbox

    What a joke. They’re trying to apply the ol’ bundle model to this brave new world of OTT. Hopefully this goes down in flames because I certainly don’t want OTT to become what cable is today.

  • Darnell

    From the FAQ:

    ——-
    Can I watch XFINITY Instant TV Beta content on multiple devices at the same time?
    Yes. You can watch on up to two devices simultaneously.
    ——-

    Not exactly “Family Friendly”. Everyone else offers like 3+ simultaneous.

    • I think this new service is about allowing them to claim to offer (what’s practically) an OTT service and take advantage of people who don’t read about the restrictions or are somewhat forced into it to avoid going over their data-caps (in areas where Xfinity enforces them).

      I wouldn’t be surprised if some people end up using this and an OTT Live TV service to get access to the channels they want as well as having more streams available without having to worry so much about data-caps.

  • Rlee

    Yeah, I’d pay $30.00 for CNBC and FOX Business, the only two channels I would watch in that package. Stooopid.

  • Brandon

    With franchises fees and taxes it’s more like $30 and for what? Free ota locals? What a joke!

  • Ken

    All the Ch’s with the $18 package that they require you to start with are all free on my antenna.
    ” hey if you by this free stuff for $240 a year ill then give you the privilege of bending you over on even more over priced stuff but non of that matters cause you can tell your friends your a cord cutter””

    Same old Comcast bull shit.

  • JerYnkFan

    This is no where near competitive. I would rather just pay for the entire double play package if that was the case. it would be cheaper. Quite frankly with me paying 64.99 just for internet from them it should be included or half the price for what they are offering.

  • Ken

    I just got off the phone with these clowns over my internet connection being throttled down again.
    Paying for 200 Mbps
    This evening it’s running between 88 and 52.
    It’s the only link left to cable I have cause there is no other internet available in my condo.
    Come on 5g!

  • Tom

    I can get those channels with a Mohu antenna. Why would i pay for them? No BTN with the sports. And I am boycotting ESPN anyway until they fire the racist.

  • Mike Thaler

    Does this require you to have internet service from Comcast? If so, do they set a data cap?