Comcast Xfinity heads to Roku and Samsung TVs with no field
Whereas the FCC is engaged on methods to “unlock the field,” Comcast introduced plans for its Xfinity TV service that do not require the set-prime add-on. Later this yr, the corporate will launch an Xfinity TV Companion app for Roku-powered TVs and streaming devices in addition to Samsung’s 2016 line of sensible TVs. The app is a part of a wider Xfinity TV Associate Program from Comcast, which brings its cable service to shopper residence leisure units whereas nixing the additional value of renting a field.
Comcast says this service will supply the Xfinity information together with reside and on-demand content material, plus a cloud-based mostly DVR. The corporate already had reside tv apps that permit clients to stream exhibits and extra from 70 channels on cellular units. Positive, you are still paying the month-to-month value of a cable subscription, however over the course of a yr, the financial savings from not having to lease the additional field can be vital.
“In mild of the success of the apps-based mostly mannequin within the market, the far-reaching authorities technical mandate being presently proposed by the FCC is pointless,” defined Comcast SVP Mark Hess in a weblog publish. “The FCC’s proposed set-prime field mandate threatens to undermine this extremely-dynamic market, create substantial prices and shopper harms, and can take years to develop — solely to be probably outdated by the point it reaches the marketplace — all in an effort to realize what apps are already delivering for shoppers.”
Comcast explains that this isn’t an over-the-prime streaming service, however fairly a approach for its clients to entry programming with out the normal set-prime field. Whereas Roku and Samsung are the primary to leap on board, the cable firm is open to including new companions as nicely. Sadly, there is no definitive phrase on when the Xfinity TV integration will launch, as Comcast provided the obscure “later this yr” timing estimate.