Comcast's Stream is MIA as cable rivals ramp up tests

After announcing in July that it would launch its new $15-a-month streaming bundle in Boston at the end of the summer, Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) has yet to debut its Stream service in a single market.

Comcast said the new service would follow up its launch in Boston with debuts of the service in Chicago and Seattle, and that the service would roll out to all markets in early 2016. But as TV Predictions noted, Stream has yet to surface anywhere.

Comcast reps have not yet responded to FierceCable's inquires on the topic. A spokesperson for the company did confirm to TV Predictions that the service has not launched yet, but did not specify why.

In July, Comcast announced the new streaming service that would provide about a dozen networks, including all the major broadcast channels and HBO. Comcast said Stream will work across laptops, tablets, phones and living-room OTT devices, but will only be available to existing Comcast Internet subscribers.

The apparent delay of the launch of Comcast Stream comes as both Charter Communications (NASDAQ: CHTR) and Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) have begun testing their own streaming pay-TV services.

Like Dish Network's (NASDAQ: DISH) Sling TV, these services are targeting a growing segment of U.S. consumers who pay for broadband but not video service. 

"Getting started is easy and doesn't even require a phone call or a visit from a technician," said Matthew Strauss, executive VP and GM of video services for Comcast Cable, announcing Stream on July 12. "Xfinity Internet customers can just sign-up online, download our Xfinity TV app and start watching. It's that simple."

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