Officials with Comcast are offering a new option for people who don't want traditional cable services but want Internet access and HBO.
Internet Plus offers customers a couple dozen local channels, Internet access, HBO and HBO Go, Xfinity On Demand, and Xfinity Streampix services for a lower price, Jim Weigert, local Comcast vice president and general manager, said.
"Some customers are interested in high-speed Internet but prefer to get TV online, so this is an option for them," he said.
Internet Plus gives customers who don't want to pay for an entire bundled package that includes channels such as EPSN or TNT another option, Variety recently reported. And there is no DVR, so customers can't pause and rewind with this package.
But Weigert said that services such as Xfinity On Demand allow customers to catch up on television shows they missed, most of which are available the day after the original show aired.
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Locally, the new service starts at $39.99 for the first year, he said. Then, the price increases to $69.99.
"What’s notable about Comcast’s Internet Plus promo is that it leads with broadband as the primary service and touts any-screen access to TV shows—a pitch intended to persuade customers inclined to take broadband-only service a reason to buy a TV package (albeit a smaller one)," Variety reported.
Comcast had 21.8 million video subscribers at the end of June, according to Variety. That number is down 342,000 from the prior year.
Comcast leaders are also in talks with officials at Netflix about the possibility of a distribution deal that would include access to Netflix's service through cable set-top boxes, according to Variety.
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