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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 12:44:56 PM , Rating: 2
It's actually quite common for people to call up the cable company and ask if they have any promotions to keep the price down and quite a bit of the time you will get some kind of deal. If you take the initiative to call in and ask sometimes they will do it for your, but not always. You sir, sound like the douchebag. There are phone operators that genuenly can't do anything, and then there are lazy ones that don't want to do anything, this one sounded like the latter. I have had many Comcast reps call me back, supervisors or otherwise, it is NOT against policy.


RE: Comcast sucks!
By semiconshawn on 3/9/12, Rating: 0
RE: Comcast sucks!
By Sazabi19 on 3/9/2012 3:44:00 PM , Rating: 2
Lol, I'm 22 and pay rent to my parents to help them out. It's either live with them and pay THEM, or live somewhere else and pay SOMEONE ELSE the money. I'd rather help them out right now since they need it. It's also convenient so I can get my own place and lower all of my payments :) So douche back at you for not knowing what's up semi.


RE: Comcast sucks!
By semiconshawn on 3/9/12, Rating: 0
RE: Comcast sucks!
By semiconshawn on 3/9/2012 5:39:53 PM , Rating: 5
You know what? Youre right. I have no idea of your situation or theirs. I apologize. Sometimes the fingers type faster that the brain thinks.


RE: Comcast sucks!
By bobsmith1492 on 3/9/2012 7:42:36 PM , Rating: 2
Props for not giving in to Internet ego, good sir.


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