America’s Worst Cableco Comcast Rolls Out $4.99 Streaming Service of Old Stuff

America’s worst rated cable company Comcast is rolling out a streaming service this week of old movies and TV shows.

Available only to Comcast customers, the service will be called Xfinity Streampix and offered on both TVs and mobile devices.

Streampix will offer content from multiple movie studios and programming providers including Disney-ABC Television Group, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution and Cookie Jar Entertainment.

Streampix will be included in Comcast’s Xfinity triple-play packages, Blast!+ and Blast! Extra video/high-speed Internet packages.

Comcast customers not subscribing to the company’s pricey packages will have to fork out $4.99 a month for the service.

Netflix Safe

We doubt that streaming leader Netflix has much cause for worry given its massive content library and Comcast’s reputation for horrible customer service.

Comcast’s offerings suffer from frequent outages and the company has an extremely poor reputation over responding to consumer complaints.

Last year, the highly regarded Consumer Reports magazine ranked Comcast the worst cable company in the country.

Comcast also has another issue to contend with.

Since the company offers Xfinity On Demand for new movies and TV shows, it’s safe to assume Streampix will offer only old movies to avoid cannibalizing the lucrative On Demand service.

Not surprisingly, the movies Comcast highlighted in today’s announcement are all old stuff like Analyze That (2002, Warner Bros. Pictures), Brokeback Mountain (2005, Universal), Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000, Sony), Ocean’s Eleven (2001, Warner Bros. Pictures), Stuart Little (1999, Sony), When Harry Met Sally (1989, Warner Bros. Pictures) and The Big Lebowski (1998, Universal).

The wise ones at recommend that you don’t even sniff in the direction of Streampix.

Stick to Netflix Instant if you love watching Hollywood and foreign movies (including Bollywood films).

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3 Responses to "America’s Worst Cableco Comcast Rolls Out $4.99 Streaming Service of Old Stuff"

  1. rakeshbaba   February 22, 2012 at 7:26 am Responds:

    If Netflix has ’em, we’ll try to watch some of the films in your link.

  2. Naveen   February 22, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    I guess I must be one of the lucky few who has not faced issues with Comcast.

    I did have a billing issue with them but the quickly resolved it and even gave a $25 credit for the trouble. Responds:

    Perhaps, you have Verizon FiOS in your area. Unfortunately, in a lot of places Comcast is the only Broadband game in town.

    Nothing like competition to boost quality and lower pricing.

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