Comcast has finally released its live streaming TV service in Boston and Chicago. They have plans to bring it to their entire territory by early next year. According to Ars Technica, Stream TV will not count against your 300GB data cap.
“No, Stream is an IP cable service delivered over our managed network to the home,” a Comcast spokesperson told the site. “Stream TV is a cable streaming service delivered over Comcast’s cable system, not over the Internet. Therefore, Stream TV data usage will not be counted towards your Xfinity Internet monthly data usage,” it states in their FAQ section.
Stream TV is offered to Internet-only customers and offers live television on computers, tablets and phones. The reason it does not count against your data cap is simply because it does not use the internet to stream on your devices. Comcast uses their IP gateway to get into consumer’s homes very similarly to the way cable television comes into your home.
The thought process is that it could provide greater video quality than rival services offer, including Sling TV. While some customers do not have data caps with Comcast, the company is testing out certain areas with their 300GB data caps.
Using their Stream TV service manages to get them around the net neutrality rules that states that you cannot treat one service better than another. Since they are not using the Internet to stream the service, they can treat their service better than say Netflix.
Stream TV” costs $15 a month and lets customers watch live TV channels while on Comcast home Internet connections. It doesn’t provide the same flexibility as streaming services like Netflix or Sling TV, which work the same on any Internet connection. Outside of the home, Stream TV offers access to on-demand and recorded videos, and customers can use their Comcast username and password to sign into channel-specific applications like HBO Go.
Stream TV’s live programming includes HBO, ABC, CBS, CW, FOX, NBC, PBS, Telemundo, Univision, and local channels that vary by market.