Comcast is planning to launch a standalone video streaming service focused largely on NBCUniversal television shows, according to a new report from Bloomberg. The service could launch within the next 12 to 18 months as the last remaining regulatory restrictions tied to Comcast’s 2011 purchase of NBCUniversal expire.
There are many unknowns about what the company has planned; Bloomberg’s report says Comcast is “still deciding many of the particulars” like whether the service will offer live streams of NBCUniversal channels or instead be strictly on-demand. We don’t yet know what Comcast wants to charge consumers. CBS All Access, a similar concept (with limited commercial breaks) costs $5.99 per month. The company already offers a free NBC app that lets authenticated cable customers watch reruns and other content.
The service will be focused largely on NBC and its hits like The Voice, This Is Us, The Blacklist, Saturday Night Live, Law & Order: SVU, and The Tonight Show. Bloomberg says that Comcast “could” also include programming from other NBCUniversal-owned networks like Bravo, USA, and Syfy. Doing so would expand the catalog to include other popular shows like The Real Housewives, Top Chef, The Expanse, Mr. Robot, Suits, and WWE Raw / Smackdown.
Comcast’s current streaming products include Seeso — a comedy-focused subscription offering — and Stream, which lets customers in Comcast TV markets stream their channels over broadband without a cable box. It’s been rumored recently that Comcast plans to expand Stream to cover all its existing markets and rebrand the service as Xfinity Instant TV. The NBCUniversal-led service that Bloomberg reported on today would be separate.
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