Comcast is updating its reasons to stay with Comcast, not just for the Internet, but for video as well.
Tucked away in the notices section of Seattle customers’ April bills was news of a new package for those who primarily want Comcast for its Xfinity Internet service. “Internet Plus 25” includes Performance 25 Internet, Limited Basic, HBO, Streampix and a digital converter for a non-promotional price of $67.95 per month. Performance 25 Internet alone is listed as $61.95 per month, so the video programming can be seen as a $6/month add-on.
At the same time, Comcast notified customers that it is discontinuing its earlier Internet Plus package (though existing subscribers are grandfathered in).
The new package, quietly introduced, is a less expensive option than Comcast’s still-current Blast! Plus package, which includes more digital channels in the Digital Economy tier and faster Internet service, but no HBO, for $84.95 per month.
The difference in speeds, according to Comcast, is the original Internet Plus was up to 50 Mbps, the new Internet Plus 25 is up to 25 Mbps, and Blast! Plus is up to 105 Mbps.
A Comcast spokesperson tells us the Internet Plus 25 package is available throughout Washington State, and customers can upgrade the speed to 50 Mbps for an additional $5 per month.
Of course, it’s possible to pay even less with promotional rates (for a 12-month term) or potentially by bundling additional services.
It’s difficult to do package-by-package comparisons on the Comcast website, as it does not seem to list the various packages together or make it easy to find them. (For an alternative, the City of Seattle has a detailed comparison guide, but it’s limited geographically and is only current as of January 2015.) But it’s clear the options exist, if you search carefully and read a bill’s fine print. Or perhaps, as Comcast may prefer, simply call.