Currently, the beta version is available for which the users need not pay extra charges. CenturyLink's Premium Channels lets you watch movies and original hit series. The service also includes access to thousands of current season TV shows and hit movies via Xfinity On Demand. Watch Glass trailers and video and find out where to buy or view the Glass movie.
The service also includes a video-on-demand library, and DVR with 20 hours of storage.
This should appeal to those consumers hesitant to cut the cord because they would otherwise be missing live sports and news.
A digital antenna can offer this, of course, but not everyone gets all the channels clearly, nor do they like the aesthetics of mounting an antenna in their home.
Meanwhile, Xfinity Instant TV subscribers get broadcast channels to start, then can opt to upgrade their bundle to include the networks they want by buying from a mix of add-ons.
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While broadcast channels will have national sports, and some markets may air local sports on the PEG channels, the true sports fan would want the add-on package here. But Comcast execs later noted that the pricing was still in flux.
As it turned out, the company decided to inch up the starting price a little more. Like many of the other live TV streaming services on the market, Xfinity Instant TV will also offer subscribers the ability to watch video-on-demand programming for the channels they pay for, and it lets them record programs to a cloud DVR.
Pay-per-view and the ability to rent or purchase movies and TV shows is not available at launch.
While this existed for years, it got worse in Boston this year with the city getting Disney Jr. Boston has had a ton of HD movie channels when the rest of Comcast dropped them, even some west coast feeds in HD.
But with two streams, you can record two shows at the same time, or watch one while recording another. Comcast TV Everywhere rights apply here.
Again, the service is something Comcast is hoping to upsell to its broadband-only customers, rather than market more broadly. At launch, viewers watch Xfinity Instant TV via a computer, smartphone or Roku player, t he website says , though the supported device lineup should improve in time.