Comcast aims to roll out its NBCUniversal streaming platform in April 2020, Steve Burke (NBCUniversal CEO) claimed this week to the media in an interview. It was earlier known that the streaming platform might roll out in 2020, but the firm had yet to declare anything more precise. As well as declaring a launch month, Comcast (the parent company) also disclosed that the forthcoming streaming platform will be developed on the same platform such as Now TV streaming service by Sky (the UK-based firm).
Comcast did not declare too many details about the types of content we can hope from the streaming platform, but it is known that it will stream The Office after NBC’s current deal with Netflix comes to an end by 2020. On the other hand, Comcast confessed that the “vast majority” of content seen on the service is initially expected to be purchased from outside the firm. The service is also expected to stream content from Sky Studios, which Comcast brought in 2018 as the fraction of its acquirement of Sky.
When it rolls out, the streaming service by NBCUniversal will encounter stiff rivalry in a more crowded streaming segment. Together with current players such as Amazon Prime Video and Netflix, Comcast will have to vie with various new players, comprising Disney+, AT&T’s HBO Max, and Apple TV Plus.
On a related note, in case HBO Max, DirecTV Now, and Watch TV were not sufficient, AT&T has one more streaming platform in progress. The telecom employed its Q2 profits to disclose that it will began trialing an AT&T TV platform in “select regions” during the Q3, with widespread availability in the months to come. The firm did not detail how it might work in an interview but committed for more info in the weeks to come.