5:51 pm February 21, 2012, by Christopher Seward
Comcast already wants to provide you with cable TV, phone, movie and Internet services, and now it wants to add video-on-demand via the Web, the company announced Tuesday.
According to Variety, Comcast’s Xfinity Streampix will compete against Netflix, which is the No. 1 online video rental service. The new service will also go head to head with the HBO Go online rental service.
Streampix will allow you to access both movies and TV shows online, such as “30 Rock,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Ocean’s Eleven” and is banking on the ability to keep the offerings fresh.
CNET, however, says there are some drawbacks to the new Comcast service, mainly, you have to already be a subscriber to one of Comcast’s other services:
A Comcast subscriber must either be a member of one of the company’s triple-play packages (high-speed Web, video, phone, etc.), or pay an additional $5 a month for Streampix.
CNET also notes that Netflix’s streaming service is far less expensive than its rivals.
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