AVOD Crackle Bows on Comcast’s Xfinity X1 and Xfinity Flex

Crackle Plus, one of the largest operators of streaming advertising-supported video-on-demand networks, April 14 announced the launch of the Crackle app on Comcast’s Xfinity X1 and Xfinity Flex.

The move marks another step by legacy pay-TV operator Comcast to embrace competing content distribution models on its platform, beginning with Netflix and YouTube in 2016.

“Crackle is thrilled to bring Xfinity X1 and Flex customers Crackle’s extensive originals and exclusive series, as well as a growing library of movies, docu-series, sports content, and classic TV,” Philippe Guelton, president of Crackle Plus, said in a statement.

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With this launch, Xfinity subscribers can now enjoy the full Crackle experience, including a free library of studio film titles and classic TV series as well as a growing list of original and exclusive programming such as: “Playing With Power: The Nintendo Story,” “Insomnia,” “Black Water: Abyss,” “Lennox Lewis: The Untold Story,” “Robert the Bruce,” “Spides,” “Corporate Animals,” “Blue Iguana,” “Anything is Possible: The Serge Ibaka Story,” “Road to Race Day,” “On Point,” “Cleanin’ Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters,” “The Clearing,” “Yelawolf: A Slumerican Life” and “Going From Broke,” now in production for a second season.

In the coming weeks, X1 and Flex subs will also be able to find Crackle programming by saying the name of Crackle titles, such as “Playing With Power: The Nintendo Story” into the Xfinity Voice Remote. Additionally, they will soon be able to browse Crackle programming aggregated within collections as “Free to me,” “Top genres” and “What to Watch” right alongside all of the other programming available to them on X1 and Flex.

Crackle content is available in the U.S. on 29 devices and services, including Amazon Fire TV, Roku TV, Apple TV, Smart TVs (Samsung, LG, Vizio), gaming consoles (PS4 and XBoxOne), Plex, iOS and Android mobile devices and on desktops at Crackle.com. Crackle is also available in approximately 500,000 hotel rooms in the Marriott Bonvoy chain.

Discovery+ Streaming Service Bows on Comcast Xfinity Flex, and Soon X1

Discovery and Comcast April 8 announced the launch of Discovery+ on Xfinity Flex, providing Xfinity high-speed Internet-only subscribers direct access access to the non-fiction, real-life entertainment streaming service. Discovery+ will also begin rollout to cloud-based X1 streaming devices in the coming weeks.

Xfinity Flex is a 4K streaming device included with Xfinity Internet that extends features of X1 to consumers who only subscribe to Comcast’s broadband service. The platform features an integrated guide to all of their favorite streaming video and music apps, as well as a TV interface to manage their Xfinity Wi-Fi, mobile, security and automation services.

“The launch of Discovery+ on Xfinity Flex, and very soon on X1, gives our customers access to more of the best entertainment from one of the newest streaming services on the market,” Rebecca Heap, SVP of video and entertainment for Comcast Cable, said in a statement.

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Discovery+ ($4.99 monthly; $6.99 without ads) offers more than 55,000 episodes of current and classic shows from HGTV, Food Network, TLC, ID, OWN, Travel Channel, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and the forthcoming Magnolia Network, as well as more than 50 original titles and hundreds of hours of exclusive content. The service also offers reality-based content from A&E, History and Lifetime, as well as the definitive offering of nature and environmental programming, headlined by natural history from the BBC.

 

Flex today and X1 will also have direct-to-consumer apps, Food Network Kitchen and MotorTrend. Food Network Kitchen is a subscription-based service that gives customers access to thousands of recipes and instructional videos; live and on-demand cooking classes with culinary experts and fan-favorite personalities; and inspiration for quick and easy meals. The MotorTrend app provides Comcast subs with thousands of hours of automotive entertainment.

Vudu Launches on Comcast’s Xfinity X1 and Flex

Vudu, a transactional VOD service owned by Fandango, has launched on Comcast’s Xfinity X1 and Xfinity Flex.

To access Vudu over the Internet on X1 and Flex, Xfinity customers can say “Vudu” into the Xfinity Voice Remote.

“Fandango has worked with Xfinity for many years, and we are thrilled to add Vudu’s comprehensive movie and TV offerings to X1 and Flex,” said Mark Young, Fandango SVP, global strategy, business and corporate development, in a statement. “Vudu’s vast library of premium content will now be available to millions of X1 and Flex fans, giving them more ways to enjoy the best entertainment through Xfinity.”

Vudu offers more than 150,000 titles to rent or buy, including new releases, and thousands of titles for free. Serving millions daily, Vudu offers users the ability to create custom lists from their movie and TV library, purchase exclusive “Mix & Match” bundles, access digital copies of their physical films and more. Vudu also features 4K Ultra HD, Dolby Vision, HDR, and Dolby Atmos Cinema Sound.

Titles new to Vudu this month include The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, and Golden Globe winners Minari, The Mauritanian and Pixar’s Soul.

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Vudu has also recently launched on platforms including PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and S, along with extensive distribution on dozens of connected television devices and streaming platforms from Roku, LG, Sony and others.

Hulu Launching on Comcast Xfinity Flex and X1

Comcast’s Xfinity Flex customers can stream Hulu using the Hulu app on their Flex devices, according to the streaming company.

Xfinity Flex customers new to Hulu will also be able to customize their viewing experience with Hulu features such as Taste Picker and Like and Dislike buttons as well as stay up to date with their favorite shows and movies by adding them to My Stuff.

Current Hulu subscribers can sign in with their Hulu login through the Hulu app on Flex. Flex users new to Hulu can sign up here. Once they have their log-in credentials, they can access Hulu through the app on Flex.

Hulu will also roll out on Comcast’s Xfinity X1 platform within the coming weeks.

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