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Comcast Is Planning a Netflix Rival Using NBC Shows

  • Service said to include NBC programs, perhaps SyFy, Bravo, USA
  • Regulatory restrictions hamstring cable giant until next year
An employee demonstrates the Xfinity app at Comcast Corp. headquarters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Monday, Oct. 24, 2016.
Photographer: Charles Mostoller/Bloomberg

Comcast Corp. plans to introduce an online video service offering hit shows from its NBCUniversal TV networks in the next 12 to 18 months, an effort to compete with rivals Netflix Inc. and CBS Corp., according to people familiar with the matter.

The new service will include programs from the NBC broadcast network, and could include shows from Comcast cable channels Bravo, SyFy and USA, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing private plans. Comcast is still determining many of the particulars of the service, including whether it will have a live feed of the broadcast network and whether it will include sports, the people said.