Comcast takes on Netflix with Xfinity Streampix, a TV and movie streaming service

Summary:Comcast is attempting to slow the cable cutting tide with its own video streaming service. But does it stand a chance?

Cable provider Comcast is trying to stem the cable cutter exodus to Netflix in the only way it can -- by creating a competitor to the video streaming service.

Comcast's service, dubbed Streampix, will feature TV and movie content from companies like Disney-ABC Television, Sony Pictures, and Warner Bros. Comcast plans to bring the service to iOS, Android, and devices like the XBox 360 -- much like Netflix, which is nearly everywhere nowadays.

But Netflix Streampix is most certainly not. For one, the service is only available to subscribers of Comcast's double-play or triple-play plans. Subscribers of less sophisticated plans will have to shell out an extra five dollars a month, which may sound like a deal but most certainly isn't.

All of that certainly cuts out a lot of potential customers, which makes Streampix's chances of success that much lower. If the point of Streampix is to prevent cable cutters from defecting to Netflix, Hulu Plus et al., a bundled service like Streampix almost certainly isn't going to do it.

Comcast Blog via VentureBeat

Topics: iOS, Android, Mobile OS

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Ricardo Bilton writes for ZDNet's The ToyBox.

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