Xfinity offers digital sports, movie, news and family channels. Subscribers can also get local channels as well as high-definition channels, which require specialized equipment. Xfinity features On Demand and Pay-Per-View channels that both require additional fees.
Channel lineups vary by location, but there are typically four sports channels in the Basic subscriber package, as of 2015. ESPN, ESPN 2 and the Golf Channel are included in all packages. The Preferred and Premier packages also feature ESPN News, NBA TV and the NFL Network. All three subscriber levels feature the Hallmark Movie Channel and the Lifetime Movie Network, and some include seven Encore movie channels, up to eight HBO channels and Cinemax. The FX Movie Channel and Showtime are also available.
Xfinity offers 24-hour news channels, including CNN, Al Jazeera America and Fox News. Bloomberg TV and CNBC are two financial news stations in the lineup, and three C-SPAN channels provide programming in the public interest. Most news channels are available at all subscriber levels. Xfinity’s family-themed channels range from cartoons to educational. Cartoon Network and Nick Toons feature a lot of animated programming for preschool viewers, while ABC Family and Disney channels offer more scripted programming geared toward school-age children.
High-definition channels require HD TVs or other devices, and there may be additional fees associated with HD channels. Pay-Per-View channels feature movies, concerts and sporting events, all which require a one-time fee that allows one viewing.