Comcast has further opened availability of its Xfinity Flex streaming device to broadband subscribers who have purchased their own modems and gateways at retail.
Last month, numerous tech blogs took Comcast to task, asserting that the supposedly “free” Flex streaming video service actually costs $13 a month, once CPE lease pricing was considered.
Xfinity Flex users are given at no cost an Xi6 streaming client, a 4K-capable device which is compatible with apps for Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Now, YouTube, ESPN3, Epic and Showtime. Comcast said Hulu compatibility is coming soon, and the device can play music via Pandora, iHeartRadio and XITE. There’s also news via NPR One and Cheddar News.
Comcast has licensed a version of Flex to Cox Communications, which also licenses a white label version of Comcast’s X1 video platform, from which Flex is derived.
Charter Communications also said that it’s kicking the tires on Flex.