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.
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 SearchIndia.com 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).