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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 MrBlastman on 3/9/2012 12:54:08 PM , Rating: 2
Your horror story is why I'm hesitant to switch to AT&T. Last time I used them I had a manager tell me, "You're just a stupid customer, why should I listen to you?!" as I was suggesting to her what she needed to tell a technician to do to fix a problem I had been having.

Funny enough, when the technician DID come out and do exactly as I instructed, the problem went away. Hence why I'm trying to get Comcast to negotiate.

RE: Comcast sucks!
By Sazabi19 on 3/9/2012 12:59:07 PM , Rating: 2
We had a technician come out literally at least once a week to come replace our new AT&T box that handles their crap (new boxes for them too) and the techs said that they had a high fail rate and that the test setup they have for it wasn't fully operational and there were a lot of bugs that they didn't know how to isolate for fix, so when there is a problem with the new system they just bring out a new box and hope for the best. They also said that quite a few of the boxes are DOA, it was absolute crap. After a few months of this and finally going back to Comcast and then back to AT&T we found that high speed (50 meg) internet from Comcast works with UVerse TV and phone without a problem. AT&T cannot handle all the signal from TV and interwebs.

RE: Comcast sucks!
By MrBlastman on 3/9/2012 1:19:43 PM , Rating: 2
Well the deal I was looking at would be Direct TV for Television and AT&T for internet and voice. Apparently they are under a partnership of some sorts. Ugh, all this leaves a nasty taste in my mouth.

RE: Comcast sucks!
By tng on 3/9/2012 1:58:59 PM , Rating: 2
Blast, I can sympathize with you. I got Comcrap in 97 with just basic cable and it was $40/month. By the time we dropped them, it was $80.

The breaking point was when they disabled basic cable and insisted that we had to go digital, 1 converter box was free, the second and third we would have to rent. The move also made my 2 Sony HD DVRs useless as well and it was even more to rent a DVR from them, which was really not any improvement over my Sony boxes.

I have moved on to Direct TV and have not looked back. I am still paying probably as much as I would be with Comcrap, but the service is much better so far.

RE: Comcast sucks!
By bobsmith1492 on 3/9/2012 7:46:38 PM , Rating: 2
I've been using ATT DSL for internet only for a couple of years now. I'm getting level 2 speed or something, so it's only 1.5M down / 384K up, but it's reliable and fairly cheap at $35 and does all I need. I'd recommend it if you're not into too much Netflix. Youtube is too slow though to use... or ATT throttles or something.

One's experience probably depends on one's connection though, the cable/phone boxes and line quality.

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