Comcast to sell films, shows via set-top box

November 15, 2013 by Ryan Nakashima

(AP)—Comcast Corp. plans to start selling movies and TV shows from its set-top box before the end of the year. That's according to a person familiar with the matter.

The nation's largest cable TV provider already rents movies and TV shows. By selling content through set-top boxes, it will expand a market that remains a small fraction of home entertainment spending in the U.S.

Under the plan, the 20 million subscribers of Philadelphia-based Comcast Corp.'s digital TV service will initially be able to select from a few hundred titles that include new releases, family fare and fan favorites. The list is expected to expand quickly over time.

After buying, users can stream them limitlessly from their set-top box, or download the video to computers and .

Explore further: Comcast unveils online viewing of cable TV shows

Related Stories

Comcast to sell Skype box for video calls

June 14, 2011

(AP) -- Comcast subscribers: In the future, believing that the TV is talking to you might not be a sign of insanity. You may be getting a Skype video call.

Microsoft brings TV content to the Xbox

October 5, 2011

(AP) -- Owners of the Xbox 360 will soon be able to watch a broad breadth of TV shows and other content through their gaming consoles - though most of that won't be free.

YouTube, Google Play add 600 MGM movies for rent

April 16, 2012

(AP) -- Google is adding 600 movies from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to the titles it has available for rent on YouTube and also Google Play, its digital content store for Android-powered mobile devices.

Comcast app to let viewers store, replay movies

December 13, 2012

Comcast, the country's largest cable company, says its tablet and phone app now lets subscribers download and store movies and TV shows from some channels for offline viewing.

Comcast to add 35 live TV channels to mobile app

October 29, 2013

Comcast says it is updating its mobile viewing app, Xfinity TV Go, to allow subscribers to watch popular channels such as CNN, Fox News, Disney Channel, CNBC, ESPN and FX on the go.

Recommended for you

Robo-whiskers mimic animals exploring their surroundings

August 4, 2015

Many mammals, including seals and rats, rely on their whiskers to sense their way through dark environments. Inspired by these animals, scientists working at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Illinois' Advanced ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.