For a monthly fee, Xfinity customers can subscribe to an ad-free streaming service offered by AMC. This could be a game changer in the streaming television industry.
AMC soft-launched the service yesterday with Xfinity customers only for the time being to give the app a test run. For an additional $4.99 a month, subscribers can add the service as an upgrade to their existing package. This means that popular shows like The Walking Dead and Better Call Saul will be readily available as new episodes become available.
Charlie Collier, President of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios, told BusinessWire more about the new feature:
"“With AMC’s engagement at an all-time high, developing more options for viewers to connect with our content is a priority. Tens of millions of existing viewers watch our shows through the cable ecosystem, so partnering with Comcast gives us a great opportunity to launch this new idea at scale. We’re excited to make AMC Premiere an available option for Xfinity TV customers, as we continue to build deeper relationships with fan communities across all of our programming and platforms.”"
Well, it seems like Internet TV is the hot hot race these days. Netflix maintains the crown and the standard, but perhaps not for long. Their original programming has been winning with viewers, but network shows like Walking Dead are frequently sought out and pirated by fans.
I always think it’s smart when a network decides to make a move towards streaming like this because it’s just allowing for more views and higher ratings, and it’s hard to argue with such a nominal fee. AMC will probably be opening the floodgates for their fans as this application becomes more available in the coming months.
Stay tuned for further availability on AMC Premiere, but if you’re an Xfinity customer with a box or the mobile app, you should be able to take advantage of this right away. Happy streaming!