Comcast has launched a new streaming video service, called Xfinity Streampix, which will allow Xfinity customers to view a back catalog of movies and TV shows both in and out of their homes.
The service, which is available on TVs, computers, and mobile devices, will include numerous TV shows and movies, to complement the 75,000 TV shows and movies already available through Xfinity on Demand and the Xfinity TV app.
To create Streampix, which is launching later this week, Comcast partnered with movie studios and programming providers like Disney-ABC, NBC Universal, Sony Pictures, and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution. The new content will be made available to Comcast customers who pay for the double and triple-play packages, and will also be available to users with basic packages for an additional $4.99.
For Comcast customers, this is a great alternative to services and movies offered by Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and iTunes. Netflix and Amazon both offer anytime-streaming movie services, while iTunes provides DVD purchases and rentals.
Xfinity customers will now have access to a Netflix-like streaming service, at a low additional cost. Comcast’s $4.99 service is quite a bit more appealing than Netflix’s $7.99 price tag, or the cost of a movie rental on iTunes, which also runs about $4.99 for an HD rental.
At this time, Comcast does not have plans to make Streampix a standalone service – customers must subscribe to Comcast’s TV and broadband services, but if all cable companies adopted a similar movie streaming program, it could spell serious trouble for Internet-only companies like Netflix and Hulu.