About a month ago Comcast announced a new streaming player you could rent from them for $5 a month. Now COX has posted a FAQ page promoting a COX branded streaming player called the Contour. Maybe the most interesting part of this new device is it does include an HDMI pass-through allowing you to access a DVD Player or game system through your Contour streaming player. This device seems to be built for COX’s new Contour TV streaming service.
Contour TV is COX’s live TV streaming services that is being built to take on Sling TV, Hulu, PlayStation Vue, etc. Contour TV starts at $89.99 and going up from there with additional packages and add-ons.
Here is how COX describes Contour TV:
Contour TV gives you our best HD TV experience with the latest features and our expanded basic cable lineup with the ability to add channel paks to suit your entertainment needs. TV Starter includes our limited basic cable lineup (local broadcast, government, and education channels, plus shopping favorites) with limited features. Both are cost-effective plans that include online and mobile streaming.
If you want to use the Contour streaming player you will need internet from COX and a D3.1 Panoramic WiFi modem from COX. The Contour does support 4K but COX says they do not “currently offer 4K programming. If you have a compatible 4K TV, then you can access 4K content through the Netflix and YouTube apps.”
In the past, with Contour TV if you wanted to watch it on your TV you still needed a COX cable box or a cable card. Now with Contour streaming player, you will no longer need a cable card or a COX cable box to access their streaming service.
One big question the FAQ about the Contour streaming player does not answer is will there be a fee? Comcast is charging $5 a month for their streaming player and one has to wonder if COX will do the same. For now, COX has not released any press releases or details about the new Contour streaming player so details are still very limited.
Do you have Contour TV or the Contour streaming player? Leave us a comment and let us know what you think of COX’s move into live TV streaming.
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