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Comcast X1, Flex boxes get Disney Plus, ESPN Plus

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Comcast has started rolling out Disney’s suite of streaming TV apps to users of the cable company’s X1-powered devices.

Starting this week, Comcast’s video users with X1 set-top boxes and Internet-only users with Flex devices will have access to Disney Plus and ESPN Plus.

The move comes about three months after Comcast announced it would add the two apps to its smart line of set-top boxes for video and Internet-only customers. The cable company already offers customers with these devices access to Hulu, an adult-oriented streaming service that it co-owns with Disney.

Disney Plus, ESPN Plus and Hulu require separate subscriptions to view on Comcast’s streaming boxes. Disney Plus costs $8 a month, ESPN Plus costs $6 a month and Hulu starts at $6 a month. A bundle with all three services is also sold by Disney for $14 a month.

In addition to the Disney apps, Comcast’s line of X1-powered set-top boxes offer access to a host of other major streaming TV apps, including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Paramount Plus, Xumo, Pluto TV and YouTube.

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