I subscribed to CBS All Access for $6.99 per month and I was hammered with ads about XFinity Flex. It seems that Comcast has finally acknowledged cord cutting as a legitimate phenomenon. This comes as no surprise. After all, Comcast lost 733,000 video subscribers last year. When you do the math on that, this means that they lost nearly $80M per month in revenue.
So in order to stop this cash hemorrhaging, they have introduced XFinity Flex. For those of us who have been involved in cord cutting for a long time, it seems like too little, too late.
The TV ads that Comcast puts together seem very sexy but when we break it down things go from sexy to ugly very quickly. Here is a list of the issues with XFinity Flex:
- In order to watch traditional cable and broadcast networks you will still need to subscribe to XFinity TV.
- You cannot hook up an antenna or subscribe to traditional channels. Streaming services like Sling, YouTubeTV, Philo, Hulu or Fubo are not available on XFinity Flex.
- If you have more than 1 TV, you need to rent additional Flex units for $5 per month. (Sneaky fees :))
- Not compatible with Roku or FireTV
- The commercial makes it seem like you need the Comcast / XFinity network device. (They just want you to rent their inferior network device for $14 per month)
The list goes on an on but if your goal is to save money, it makes more sense to buy a Amazon FireStick and have it professionally installed and set up by freeTVee.