Quincy Jones’ Qwest TV Makes Its U.S. Debut on Xfinity X1 and Flex
Qwest TV, co-founded by music icon Quincy Jones, today announced its entire SVOD catalog—1,300+ high-caliber concerts, documentaries, and performances from around the world—will be available June 1 to Comcast’s Xfinity customers on its X1 and Flex entertainment platforms. The news marks the first U.S. launch for the service.
Qwest TV offers a new kind of musical experience to the American public with content hand-curated by well-known and emerging musicians and experts, including Quincy Jones, a key differentiator from the algorithm-led culture of mainstream video platforms. Qwest TV will be free to Xfinity X1 and Flex customers from June 7 to June 13, and is available for $4.99 per month or $49.99 annually thereafter. Current customers can access Qwest TV by simply saying “Qwest TV” into your X1 Voice Remote.
Through our partnership with Qwest TV, we will continue to advance our goal of expanding access to high quality content that celebrates the stories and achievements of the Black community.
“We are very proud to announce the launch of Qwest TV on Xfinity,” said Quincy Jones. “Qwest TV’s roots are in Jazz and all of the music that was born from and inspired by it, and we are excited to share its enormous influence on all types of diverse music from around the world with the American audience. I have always believed we are all enhanced as human beings when we understand where we come from, and there is no better way to do that than by exploring each other’s cultural roots through music. Qwest TV is a hub for celebrating that shared language.”
The addition of Qwest TV on Xfinity X1 and Flex is part of Comcast’s longstanding commitment to amplify Black voices and stories by leveraging its platforms to raise awareness and expanding the reach of import storytelling efforts. Xfinity currently offers more than 100 independent networks that focus primarily on reaching and amplifying culturally diverse audiences and voices.
“We are passionate about offering the best and most robust collection of culture-driven programming and entertainment available anywhere,” added Keesha Boyd, Executive Director, Multicultural Video & Entertainment, Xfinity Consumer Services. “Through our partnership with Qwest TV, we’re able to bring diverse music programming to our platforms while continuing to expand access to high quality content that celebrates the stories and achievements of the Black community.”
As part of Xfinity’s celebration of Black Music Month, Quincy Jones will also be curating a one-of-a kind playlist highlighting African American artists and music which will be prominently featured within the Black Experience Channel on X1 and Flex throughout the month of June. Launched in February 2021, the Black Experience on Xfinity is a first-of-its-kind destination of culturally relevant movies, TV shows, and news, and features high-quality content from many of Xfinity’s existing network partners, while also showcasing emerging Black content creators. The channel recently earned the prestigious endorsement from the African American Film Critics Association.
Though this is Qwest TV’s first major expansion into the U.S. market, it has a substantial footprint around the world. Thanks to agreements with Samsung TV Plus, Vizio, and Rakuten TV, among others, Qwest TV can be found on 149M+ devices. Music lovers on five continents can dive deeper into their favorite jazz, classical, world, or other popular music or discover new artists and styles thanks to Qwest TV’s painstaking curation.
“Our content speaks volumes about our mission: to connect people with artistry in a welcoming, exciting way,” added Qwest TV Co-founder and CEO Reza Ackbaraly. “Our ongoing expansion and growing subscriber base demonstrate the viability of, and need for, different music content. You can find mainstream artists everywhere but when you want to go deeper into curated music with exceptional live performances and documentaries, there was no place to go—until now. I’m happy that Comcast celebrates diversity with us.”