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Comcast has its own streaming service called Streampix

It looks as if Netflix's plans to join forces with cable companies may be foiled already, as Comcast refuses to offer Netflix on its Xfinity TV service.

Earlier this month, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said it was likely that his video streaming service would end up doing business with cable service providers in the future. He saw this as a smart move, considering the fact that he recognizes HBO's Go on-demand as Netflix's top competitor. Moving in to the cable business would offer cable providers an alternative to HBO Go and put Netflix higher in the ranks.

"It's not in the short term, but it's the natural direction for us in the long term," said Hastings. "Many [cable service providers] would like to have a competitor to HBO, and they would bid us off of HBO."

However, Comcast has already thrown a wrench in Netflix's plans. According to Alana Davis, a Comcast spokeswoman, the cable operator has no intention of working with Netflix or offering it as an on-demand service.

"We have no plans to offer access to Netflix to our customers through our Xfinity TV service, no matter what device," said Davis.

This is a pretty big blow to Netflix, considering Comcast is the country's largest cable company with 22.3 million Xfinity subscribers. Also, Comcast already offers a service similar to Netflix called Streampix, which eliminates the need for Netflix's service. Comcast's service is also $4.99 per month as part of a cable package while Netflix's service starts at $7.99 per month.

Netflix is still doing okay for itself for now after recovering from a rocky 2011, which entailed troubles like price hikes and angry customers leaving the service, but Netflix may have to rethink its next move since Comcast let it down like a bad first date.

Source: The New York Times

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RE: Comcast sucks!
By Sazabi19 on 3/9/2012 12:34:55 PM , Rating: 2
I have 50 down and 10 up from Comcast for $120/mo. Parents use the TV and phone from AT&T. We had AT&T's DSL (around 30 meg?) and it wouldn't hold up and TV cut in and out bad with any use of it and a computer, it was obviously too much strain. We went to full XFinity service and my parents didn't like the TV as much so they switched back to AT&T so I told them I would keep my internet and they could have their TV/phone. I don't really care for Comcast either, but there isn't much of a good choice either way. If I could have Fios in my area I would have them.

RE: Comcast sucks!
By Cheesew1z69 on 3/9/2012 12:43:41 PM , Rating: 2
You mean UVERSE? That's, I believe FIber, not not technically DSL. And I don't believe it went to 30mpbs, I believe 24 was the max, I could be wrong though. But CC for me, is amazing. Love the speeds.

RE: Comcast sucks!
By Sazabi19 on 3/9/2012 12:52:02 PM , Rating: 2
Yes I did, thank you. And you are correct, 30 is too high for it. The max speed they could pump to me was 18meg (just looked)and I had some techs tell me I was too far from the nearest node and other said we were in range. We had a battery "to help boost signal" to use, not sure how that works but fine. A tech said our signal may have been too hot and that is why it was messing up. I really didn't care, they could never get it all working consistently so I wanted something that would work. I noticed the net being choked off quite a bit so I wanted to switch anyways. With Comcast extreme 50 and Uverse TV and phone things are all fine now. I have gotten about 20 megs down before on a download (18.sumthin) and I love it. And I think Uverse is fiber on their infrastructure? Possibly if you live in a newer neighborhood but everything for me is still copper coming up to the house. If comcast can pump in 50 megs I'm not sure why AT&T couldn't give me 24, oh well.

RE: Comcast sucks!
By Hyperion1400 on 3/9/2012 1:20:56 PM , Rating: 1
Uverse is fiber to the DSLAM and is a rather gimped VDSL service, as they should be able to offer speeds of 40 mbps. The reason they only offer 24, is that they reserve 16mbps for TV service.

When asked why I can't get 40 mbps because I don't WANT their shitty TV service, I get an equally canned response. Ah, but Centurylink is starting to move into my area...and they DO offer full speed VDSL >:)

Now heres the big question Cheese and Sazabi, why are you content with paying $120(used to be 100 until they raised the price arbitrarily :P), for a connection you can only use for 8 hours until you hit the cap? Why are you paying more to hit the cap faster?

RE: Comcast sucks!
By FITCamaro on 3/9/2012 3:04:54 PM , Rating: 2
For $120 a month I can get 50 down and 50 up.

RE: Comcast sucks!
By gladiatorua on 3/10/2012 9:22:47 PM , Rating: 1
For $120 a month I can get 3Gbit down and 300Mbit up... from 3 cables. If I throw in another $20 it will be 3Gbit up. + more than 100 TV channels.
How can you pay so much for such shitty service?

RE: Comcast sucks!
By aurareturn on 3/11/2012 6:00:37 AM , Rating: 2
I am on Comcast and I wish I have another choice. It's the only provider in town that gives me the kind if internet speed I want. Believe me, if I could switch, I would.

I've wasted countless hours with Comcast sorting out my bills where they always seem to overcharge me but never under charge. For every billing case, I was always right and they usually fix it after I scream/yell/ask for managers and waste many hours on the phone.

I want to switch to something else. I hate Comcast with a passion but until the "law" dictates more competition than one DSL provider and one cable provider, I have nothing else.

RE: Comcast sucks!
By JKflipflop98 on 3/11/2012 12:41:56 PM , Rating: 2
My normal Comcast speeds for $40 a month is 30 down and 3.5 up. Here in Portland, Comcast also offers a $200/mo package thats 100Mb up and down. I was thinking about doing that and dropping the cable and phone. Just use the net for everything.

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