What’s Up With Comcast’s Stream TV?

Q. I was interested in getting the streaming service from Comcast that offers my local channels. But Comcast says it’s not available yet. What’s the deal? — Van, Miami.

Comcast announced last July that it would introduce a new $15-a-month streaming service that would include all four broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox) as well as HBO.

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Called Stream TV, it would be made available to subscribers of Comcast’s Internet service, but it would not require a video subscription. At the time of the announcement, the cable operator said it would be launched by summer’s end in Boston, then soon thereafter in Chicago and Seattle.

Then, Comcast said it would be offered in all markets in early 2016.

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However, the cable operator has experienced a major delay in rolling out Stream TV. Comcast didn’t launch in any market until November when it introduced Stream in Boston; Chicago came later in the month.

But there’s been no Seattle launch, or any other launch beyond the first two markets.

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I asked Comcast for an explanation last week and the company would only say it has no updates on Stream TV’s progress.

So, Van, you’re going to have to hang in there. At this point, there’s no telling when, or perhaps even if, Stream TV will be available in the Miami area.

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