Comcast is expanding its content library available through the Xfinity On Demand digital store. The cable giant has signed an agreement with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) that allows it to sell movies like American Hustle and Captain Phillips.
One of the titles that’s included in the distribution deal is season one of Netflix’s House of Cards, said Neil Smit, president and CEO of Comcast Cable and EVP of Comcast Corporation, on Monday at the Deutsche Bank 2014 Media, Internet and Telecom Conference. While Netflix has exclusive streaming rights to the show, Sony handles home video and international rights to the series.
This is not the first time House of Cards has been available outside of Netflix — the digital copy of the first season has already been made available on Walmart’s VOD service Vudu, for example, and viewers can buy it on Verizon’s digital service ($1.99 per episode). But the title has received the most attention because of its inclusion in the Comcast deal, likely because it’s firmly associated as a Netflix “original series.”
The Comcast catalogue, which allows viewers to buy content and store it in the cloud, now includes content from FOX, Lionsgate, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures and Warner Bros. Other SPHE titles include Breaking Bad, The Amazing Spiderman and 21 Jump Street.