Comcast Cable TV customers no longer need a Netflix subscription to access the “House of Cards” series. Thanks to a deal with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Xfinity TV subscribers can now buy season 1 of the Netflix original show from their Comcast set-top box.
Now that the cable giant shook hands with Sony Pictures in a digital rights deal, the Emmy winning Kevin Spacey starer is slated to land in the Xfinity On Demand digital store. As Variety reports, "House of Cards" will go for the same price of $1.99 per episode as seen on Amazon Instant Video.
Terms of the deal between Comcast and Sony Pictures not only includes "House of Cards", but other TV shows and film titles. The Xfinity TV catalog is now filled with movie and TV shows from FOX, Lionsgate, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures and Warner Bros.
“Sony Pictures is pleased that this agreement brings significant titles to Comcast customers. We deeply value our relationship with Comcast and look forward to working closely with them to meet the needs of all audiences," Sony Pictures Home Entertainment president, Man Jit Singh said about the deal.
In some instances, Comcast customers will get rent or buy Blu-ray and DVD titles early. Subscribers can own the Academy award nominated film “American Hustle” beginning March 11 prior to its March 18 DVD release date. Another early arrival to the Xfinity store will be season 2 of "Orange is the New Black" on May 13. The highly anticipated Netflix original series has a release date of June 14.
Other popular film and TV titles coming to Xfinity TV within the coming weeks include “Captain Phillips”, “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2”, “The Amazing Spider Man”, “21 Jump Street" and "Breaking Bad”.
"The Sony Pictures library is a terrific addition to our rapidly expanding offering of hit films and TV shows available for purchase," senior vice president of Content Acquisition at Comcast Cable, Michael Schreiber said Monday.