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Comcast launches voice-controlled streaming service

Streaming service is for the company's internet-only customers

Comcast has announced the launch of Xfinity Flex, a voice-controlled streaming platform for managing connected devices and watching content on TV.

Following speculation over the announcement, the company unveiled the service available to all Xfinity internet customers.

Xfinity Flex is packaged with a 4K HDR streaming TV device which comes with Comcast’s voice remote, home WiFi, mobile, security and automation services.

The platform also includes more than 10,000 free online films and TV shows (including live streaming TV), along with an integrated guide and voice control that allows users to browse Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, HBO and Showtime.

Comcast’s US customers will soon be able to upgrade to the full Xfinity X1 cable service, which offers hundreds of live channels, thousands of on-demand titles and a Cloud DVR.

Comcast Cable Xfinity services executive vice president Matt Strauss said: “Xfinity Flex will deepen our relationship with a certain segment of our internet customers and provide them with real value.

“For just five dollars a month, we can offer these customers an affordable, flexible and differentiated platform that includes thousands of free movies and shows for online streaming, an integrated guide for accessing their favourite apps and connected home devices, and the ease of navigating and managing all of it with our voice remote.”

Comcast hasn’t announced whether it intends to launch a similar service in the UK, where it owns Sky.