Comcast launching Xfinity Streampix to compete with Netflix [Ars Technica]
The latest Netflix competitor comes from the nation's largest cable provider - Comcast. Comcast's Xfinity Streampix service and is expected to be launched later this week. It's the first effort by a cable provider to provide customers with streaming services similar to Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Prime.
Comcast's Xfinity TV already offers certain streaming capabilities to its cable customers, but Streampix will offer a more expansive selection of movies and TV shows. The service will likely be included in certain bundle offerings and will also be available as an add-on service for current Comcast customers.
Upon release, Xfinity Streampix will be available through the Xfinity TV site and iPad app for mobile viewing. Within the next year Comcast plans to add devices like the Xbox 360, as well as Android devices. Comcast already has inked deals with many major content providers, including ABC/Disney, Sony, and Warner Bros.