Report: Comcast Plans to Launch Streaming Box
In a report by CNBC, Comcast is planning to release a streaming box for their broadband-only customers.
The box would reportedly include apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube, access to movies & TV episodes for rent or purchase, and would be powered by their X1 operating system. It is not expected that the platform would be as open as a traditional App Store to keep people from using third-party Live TV Streaming Services.
Comcast earlier this year launched Xfinity Instant TV, which is a Live Streaming Service only available to Comcast broadband customers. Theoretically, Comcast could offer this skinnier video bundle to purchase directly from the new device.
The company could also offer Xfinity Stream which is currently available on Roku devices. The app allows Xfinity TV customers to watch their live channels and DVR from streaming devices.
The device is also expected to serve as a home hub which would allow Comcast to offer devices like smart locks, thermostats, and security cameras to their customers.
There is no time frame for the release of the box, but it is likely to launch sometime next year.