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Comcast enters TV unbundling mix with $15 option for internet customers

Comcast yesterday introduced Stream, the company’s entrance into the increasingly crowded unbundled TV space. However, the $15-per-month service will only be available to Xfinitiy Internet customers and does not yet feature many of the channels that unbundlers have come to expect.

At the start, Stream will only feature HBO and local broadcast channels. With HBO Now priced at $14.99 per month already, even the lack of options is not terrible – in addition to HBO it also includes channels one may receive with a digital tuner and makes this available with a cloud DVR and TV Everywhere.

Well, not really “Everywhere.” At first, customers will be restricted to using the service only with their home internet connection. Sling TV, on the other hand, can be accessed by customers wherever they are.

Stream will be launched in Boston at the end of the summer, and will then make its way to Boston and Chicago. According to a blog post by Matt Strauss, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Video Services for Comcast Cable in TV, Comcast plans to make the service available everywhere by early 2016.

By then, one can imagine that the unbundling’s usual suspects (ESPN, Scripps, A&E) will be part of the service.