Comcast takes on Dish, launches new streaming live TV service

Comcast Stream

Earlier this year at CES, Dish Network announced Sling TV, the world’s first mainstream live TV streaming service, delivering channels like ESPN, HGTV, CNN, and more over an internet connection for only $20/month. It launched for consumers in February, and Dish has been busy adding networks like AMC and HBO to its lineup since then.

It appears Comcast has taken note, and even possibly feels a little threatened. Why else would it launch a new streaming service – and undercut Sling TV’s base pricing by $5/month?

Yes, Comcast is now offering some existing Xfinity internet customers the ability to add live streaming TV to their package for only $15/month. It calls the service Stream, and includes about a dozen networks, including all the major broadcast networks and HBO. It also comes with a cloud DVR service, as well.

Right now, the service is restricted to the Boston area, while Comcast works out all the kinks. It will then move to Chicago and Seattle next, with a goal to make it available in Comcast’s entire footprint by the first part of next year.

What do you think – are you interested in ditching your pricey cable TV plan and going online for all your live TV?

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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.