Joining Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and HBO NOW, Comcast has released a new streaming service simply called "Stream." Stream is pretty pricey - $15 per month - but the perk is that you don't need a cable provider, equipment or device in your home. Debuting first on the East Coast at the end of the summer, Stream's focus will be to become the go-to streaming service for all tables, phones and PCs. Stream will have a dozen networks - HBO included - that will be offered.
Hearing only these features at first, I wasn't too convinced this service will last. But, Stream has a "TV Everywhere" app that differentiates itself from other streaming services, which also explains the hefty subscription fee. TV Everywhere will allow users to automatically login into other network apps so they can stream on televisions, too. If you want to watch HBO GO on your Apple or Smart TV, TV Everywhere will allow you do to that. The convenience factor of a single sign-on solution is definitely appealing, but I'm going to have to try this out at the end of the summer to see if it's really worth it.
With the TV Everywhere app, Stream's biggest competitor, Sling TV by Dish, may get left it in the dust. Not only will Stream offer single sign-on, they'll offer an unlimited DVR service, allowing users to save their favorite shows. My only deal here is that I rarely watch shows live anymore, so this isn't too appealing. Unless it's Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead or a network exclusive, I prefer to stay up all night and binge watch an entire season (or two) of a show.
What do you think? Is Stream on its way to taking down cable?