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.
Comcast Launches New Streaming Video Service: Xfinity Streampix™
Disney-ABC Television Group, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution and Cookie Jar Entertainment Sign-On as Initial Content Providers
Available This Week, Streampix Enables Customers to Instantly Stream Numerous Complete Past Seasons of Hit TV Shows, Top-Quality Movies and Popular Children’s Franchises
Streampix Complements Xfinity’s 75,000 TV Shows and Movies Already Available to Customers on Multiple Platforms
PHILADELPHIA–Comcast today announced the launch of Xfinity Streampix™, a new subscription video service that enables Xfinity video customers to instantly view favorite movies and TV shows in and out of the home, including numerous past seasons of current hit shows and full series, to multiple screens and devices including TVs (as a subscription On Demand folder), online platforms and mobile devices. This new service complements the 75,000 TV shows and movies currently available on Xfinity On Demand, XfinityTV.com and through the Xfinity TV app. To launch Streampix, Comcast has entered into licensing agreements with leading movie studios and programming providers including Disney-ABC Television Group*, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution and Cookie Jar Entertainment and built a line-up of top-rated content, which is available starting this week.
“Xfinity TV is a one-stop source for the most video entertainment on any screen and it just keeps getting better,” said Marcien Jenckes, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Video Services, Comcast. “Our goal is to consistently deliver greater value to our customers and to bring the best anytime, anywhere entertainment on multiple platforms. Streampix is another step moving TV Everywhere forward by giving customers access to an even greater library of popular choices to watch.”
This week, Streampix is launching with top-notch programming and will significantly increase the breadth of entertainment choices for Xfinity customers in the coming months to include complete seasons of TV series, popular children’s franchises and hit movies available to instantly stream across multiple platforms including:
|Past Full Seasons of TV Series||Movies|
|- 30 Rock (NBC)||- Analyze That (Warner Bros. Pictures)|
|- Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)||- Brokeback Mountain (Universal)|
|- Heroes (NBC)||- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Sony)|
|- Lost (ABC)||- Ocean’s Eleven (Warner Bros. Pictures)|
|- Married…with Children (Sony)||- Stuart Little (Sony)|
|- The Office (NBC)||- When Harry Met Sally (Warner Bros. Pictures)|
|- Ugly Betty (ABC)||- The Big Lebowski (Universal)|
|- The Secret Life of the American Teenager (ABC Family)|
|- Inspector Gadget (Cookie Jar Entertainment)|
|- Paddington Bear (Cookie Jar Entertainment)|
|- Strawberry Shortcake (Cookie Jar Entertainment)|
|- The Suite Life of Zack & Cody (Disney Channel)|
|- Wizards of Waverly Place (Disney Channel)|
In the coming year, the Streampix service will be available on additional devices such as Xbox 360 and Android™-powered devices. Streampix will be included as part of many Xfinity triple-play packages, Blast!+ and Blast! Extra video/high-speed Internet packages, as well as separately for $4.99 a month with other video packages, and enables the company to have greater flexibility with packaging and bundling options. With Streampix, the Xfinity TV service is a comprehensive video solution that lets users watch TV episodes of current seasons and complete past seasons of broadcast and cable hits. Xfinity TV also offers a suite of tools to personalize and manage viewing across screens for no additional charge through XfinityTV.com and the Xfinity TV app. Xfinity TV will continue to make more entertainment choices and personalization tools available across screens and through additional devices in the future.
About Comcast Cable
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) (www.comcast.com) is one of the nation’s leading providers of entertainment, information and communications products and services. Comcast is principally involved in the operation of cable systems through Comcast Cable and in the development, production and distribution of entertainment, news, sports and other content for global audiences through NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is one of the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone providers to residential and business customers. Comcast is the majority owner and manager of NBCUniversal, which owns and operates entertainment and news cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, local television station groups, television production operations, a major motion picture company and theme parks.
*Licensing agreement with Disney-ABC Television does not include theatrical movie releases.