Comcast may be getting ready to slash the cord. The firm is allegedly getting ready for a streaming set-top box for its Internet users, as per the media. The new box is claimed to be capable of combining deals from different streaming applications such as Amazon Prime, Netflix, and YouTube in a centralized & single place, together with a remote that sports voice commands for navigation.
Comcast also aims for the new device to be a smart home center, allowing consumers control things such as thermostats and lights directly from their television. In different words, it sounds a lot similar to X1 cable box of Comcast, excluding the cable, or similar to Amazon’s Fire TV, Apple’s Apple TV, and Roku’s series of set-top boxes that it will have to view against.
The media notes that Comcast’s device will not have the app selection that Amazon, Apple, and Roku have. Unlike those 3rd-party platforms, there will not be a choice to install DirecTV Now, which directly vies with the own TV services of Comcast.
On a related note, Amazon and Comcast earlier declared a new joint venture to roll out Prime Video service by Amazon on Xfinity X1 set-top box by Comcast. The incorporation will offer Xfinity consumers authorization to original series by Amazon such as The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan as well as documentaries, shows, movies, and more than 160 premium channels of Prime Video, comprising Showtime, HBO, Cinemax, and Starz.
This is the first time Prime Video has been included platform in the U.S. to an MVPD, but it is not the first streaming platform that Comcast has run on its interface. The firm included Netflix in 2016 to the Xfinity X1, expanded in 2017 to include 4K streaming.