Comcast adds 42 channels to international networks package

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Comcast's addition of 42 international networks follows the integration in April of Dish Network’s Sling International OTT platform into the X1 operating system. (Sling TV)

Comcast has added 42 networks to its international channels package.

With Comcast’s international add-on packages starting at $6.99, Xfinity TV users now have access to 415 foreign networks, including STAR India PLUS, Zee TV, TV Asia, Globo, Record TV, TV5Monde, TV Japan and Willow.

The networks are available through Comcast’s X1 video platform as well as its app-driven Xfinity Stream TV service.

The announcement follows the integration in April of Dish Network’s Sling International OTT platform into the X1 operating system. That integration, coupled with the added channels, gives Xfinity users access to 415 international channels in 20 languages.

RELATED: Comcast launches Dish’s Sling International app on Xfinity X1

Using the X1 Voice Remote, users can search Xfinity on Demand’s library of international programming with commands including “Asian entertainment” or “European entertainment.”

“With the demand for multicultural content increasing, we are thrilled to complement our existing array of international programming by adding more channels all thoughtfully curated into an easy way to navigate, discover and enjoy,” said Rebecca Simpson, executive director of international strategy for Comcast Cable, in a statement.

Getting an international programming fix on top of the base X1 bundle isn’t necessarily inexpensive. The TV Japan package, for example, will add $25 to a user’s monthly bill, while the Brazilian 4 Pack will set customers back $35 a month.

Adding Sling International will tack on another $10 to the bill.

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