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brooks7
brooks7
7/13/2015 | 9:40:47 AM
Uh
Can you get an idea of what is actually new?

I can already stream live TV from the Xfinity App...

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cnwedit
cnwedit
7/13/2015 | 10:08:43 AM
Re: Uh
I actually note that in the story - used it a lot myself when I was a Comcast customer. And I have submitted that question to Comcast and will get an answer for you as soon as they respond. 
cnwedit
cnwedit
7/13/2015 | 10:16:10 AM
Re: Uh
And while I'm waiting for the definitive answer - one difference is there isn't a TV needed or "other devices" - which I assume means set-top boxes. 

So you could be an Xfinity broadband customer and use this to watch video on a laptop, phone or tablet in your home, without paying for the bigger cable package. 
brooks7
brooks7
7/13/2015 | 11:06:12 AM
Re: Uh
Sorry, I missed the line - it was right below an ad on my screen.

So, you think this might be a place that we can get content without a TV package?  Interesting.

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cnwedit
cnwedit
7/13/2015 | 11:07:26 AM
Re: Uh
That's what the OTT video trend is supposed to be about but again, I've asked Comcast to clarify. 
mendyk
mendyk
7/13/2015 | 11:53:25 AM
Re: Uh
This should attract tens of customers.
Atlantis-dude
Atlantis-dude
7/13/2015 | 3:46:20 PM
Re: Uh
Does this include live TV streaming as well or is it more like Netflix+Hulu ?
mendyk
mendyk
7/13/2015 | 4:27:08 PM
Re: Uh
My understanding is the initial version will be local broadcast TV and HBO only. Yes, at $15 a month it's cheap, but there's a lot that you're not getting for that low price.
kq4ym
kq4ym
7/14/2015 | 8:39:30 AM
Re: Uh
Aiming at a segment that "appears to target bargain cable users willing to pay a little extra for the OTT service on multiple devices in the home," may raise a bit of profit. I don't think I'm in that particular market segment but there must be millions who are.
mendyk
mendyk
7/14/2015 | 8:57:18 AM
Re: Uh
So far, all the OTT offerings from conventional providers are crafted first and foremost to either maintain or improve their profit margins, rather than being created first and foremost to address what they perceive as a serious threat to their business. This latest Comcast offer is just another in a growing group of undistinguished and indistinguishable "options" -- sort of like what's happening in the runup to the 2016 US Presidential election.
kjsing
kjsing
7/14/2015 | 1:03:22 PM
No streaming to a TV screen?
How more moribund can Comcast get? Don't they realize that millenials also watch the big screen? Has Comcast heard about SmartTV, Chromecast, Firestick, Roku, AppleTV, ...? I can get Netflix, Hulu, Prime, etc. on any device ... including my big screen. My son, a millenial, watches streaming content on all screens, including the big one. This latest announcement from Comcast is simply a teaser to get streaming customers to buy into their more expensive offerings only available through their set-top boxes.
cnwedit
cnwedit
7/14/2015 | 1:56:15 PM
Re: No streaming to a TV screen?
One thing that is different about this service, which Comcast is NOT calling an OTT service, by the way. 

The in-home Screen video is delivered over a managed IP network, not the public Internet, for better quality than some other services. 
mendyk
mendyk
7/14/2015 | 3:04:51 PM
Re: No streaming to a TV screen?
So then it's a super-stripped-down video package -- HBO and over-the-air channels for $15 a month. Seems like a pretty weird but possibly useful trial balloon in this context.
kjsing
kjsing
7/14/2015 | 4:36:02 PM
Re: No streaming to a TV screen?
I was under the impression that the service is available to Comcast internet subscribers. Same IP circuit, same Docsis modem to get Comcast's streaming packets or Netflix's to a subscriber's home. Are you implying net neutrality violation?
cnwedit
cnwedit
7/14/2015 | 4:39:23 PM
Re: No streaming to a TV screen?
I'm not intentionally implying a Net Neutrality violation, although that's an interesting point.

"Managed IP service" is what I was told by Comcast, but that may be the same terminlogy they use to describe their Internet service. 
kjsing
kjsing
7/14/2015 | 4:45:13 PM
Re: No streaming to a TV screen?
That would be a dangerous parth for Comcast to take. I think they are better off selling their service as one where customers can call Comcast if they have reception issues. In case of a Netflix, Hulu, Prime, etc. service I assume it is difficult for a subscriber to point the finger to one party in case of reception issues. But, I have not tried it or had to before (knock on wood), so I am speculating on the fact that a 3rd party service would have difficulties resolving my reception issues.
brooks7
brooks7
7/15/2015 | 9:41:10 AM
Re: No streaming to a TV screen?
Uverse would be a violation if this is. Seven


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