Back in March, Comcast announced that they are launching a $5 a month streaming device. In September Comcast made the Flex free to all Comcast Internet customers if you rented a Comcast Modem. Now Comcast internet customers can get a free Flex even if they don’t rent a Comcast modem. This device will aggregate streaming apps, both paid and free, into a single place very similar to how Roku and other players work.
Comcast will be giving one free device to their internet-only subscribers. Additional devices can be leased for $5 per month, with a limit of two boxes per customer.
Comcast says “Xfinity Flex comes with more than 10,000 free online movies and TV shows—including live streaming TV—from ESPN3, Xumo, Pluto, Tubi TV, Cheddar, YouTube, and more.” Customers can also buy and rent TV shows and movies from Comcast, using the box.
The Flex device aggregates subscription to online services like Netflix, Pandora, iHeartRadio, Showtime, and Amazon Prime Video as well as networks like HBO alongside free ad-supported content. The company says new content is being added daily. The device is a lot like Amazon Channels but also includes some free ad-supported content. Sadly you won’t find many cord cutting friendly apps like YouTube TV as Comcast is limiting live TV streaming services.
Flex also offers voice control allowing users to control their TVs and control smart home features including accessing camera feeds, arming and disarming an alarm system, and even finding their Xfinity mobile phone, all with their TV.
Here is what the new device and user interface will look like:
Xfinity Flex subscribers will be able to add Xfinity X1 Cable TV packages right through Xfinity Flex. Comcast also wants to use Flex to push its new Peacock streaming service that is launching in April of 2020.
For more information visit www.xfinity.com/flex.
Source: The Streamable
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