Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon and other VOD services have a new competitor. Comcast has announced that it’s launching its own VOD platform, Xfinity Streampix. The service will be in addition to Xfinity OnDemand and XfinityTV.com, but it seems like the major difference is that Streampix will have more movies and offer complete TV series. Comcast has partnered with NBC Universal (which they own, so no surprise there), Disney-ABC, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., and Cookie Jar, and all of the content will be available starting this week. Among the TV shows offered are Lost, 30 Rock, and The Office, while the OnDemand movies include Brokeback Mountain, When Harry Met Sally, and The Big Lebowski. The service will come bundled with some Comcast packages (like Triple-Play) and will cost $4.99 with others. Comcast is also planning to bring Streampix to Xbox 360 and Android devices.
Hit the jump for the full press release. I guess competition makes the marketplace better, but Comcast doesn’t have the best reputation as a service provided. Also, can someone explain to me how Comcast’s ownership of NBC-Universal isn’t a monopoly? Don’t they own production, distribution, and exhibition? Lawyers, sound off in the comments section.