A couple of weeks ago CenturyLink announced their live TV streaming service. CenturyLink Stream is a new service from CenturyLink that delivers instant access to live and on-demand sports, news, and entertainment programming, including Latino and local channels. It’s available today on Roku players and Roku TVs in the U.S. The service will also work on phones and tablets along with Laptops and PCs.
When it launched they hinted at an Android TV powered custom streaming player and now we know what that will look like. Simply called the CenturyLink Player it is an Android-powered player with 802.11ac dual-band WiFi and 8GB of storage. You will have access to the Google Play Store allowing you to add apps like Netflix and Hulu. Thought to get this player you will need to pay $89.99 on top of the cost of CenturyLink streaming service.
- Size: 5.09 in. Length x 5.09 in. Width x 1.25 in. Height
- Voice Control: Yes
- Max. Output Video Resolution: 4K HEVC, 1080p
- OS: Android TV (Marshmallow + GMS)
- Output: HDMI 2.0
- Processor: Quad-Core 1.5GHz processor
- RAM: DDR3 2 GB
- Storage: 2 GB RAM, 8 GB storage
- Connectivity: 10/100Base-T Ethernet, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac dual band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1
- What’s Included: CenturyLink Player and Remote Control, Power Adapter, 2 AAA Batteries
CenturyLink Stream offers two base packages – both include Cloud DVR for recording programs.
▪ The Ultimate package, priced at $45/month, features more than 45 channels, including local ABC NBC, Telemundo, UniMás s, and Univision stations in select markets and national channels, including A&E, CNBC, Discovery Channel, Disney Channel, ESPN, Food Network, HGTV, HISTORY, MSNBC and USA. New and existing CenturyLink High-Speed Internet (HSI) customers are eligible to receive a $5 monthly discount off the $45 Ultimate package price.
▪ The Latino package, priced at $15/month, features 27 Spanish-speaking channels, including Azteca, BeIn Sports, Discovery en Espanol, ViendoMovies and Univision Networks – Univision Deportes Network, Galavision, Univision, UniMás and others.
The only downside seems to be the lack off any Fox channels. Currently, their site shows no FX, FS1, FOX, and more.
CenturyLink Stream also offers a wide range of add-on genre packages including Kids & Family, Lifestyle, Movies, News & Information, Sports and Variety. Latino genre packages include Deportes and Peliculas with movies from México, Latin America and Hollywood. Subscribers can also rent movies from a large variety of on-demand options and add a la carte premium channels like SHOWTIME®.
After a 7-day free trial, CenturyLink Stream packages start at $15/month with add-on options as low as $5/month. These add-ons include Sports Extra, Disney Family Moviees, Kids & Family, News & Info, and more.
Update: We updated the story to reflect that this is a Android TV device.
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