Comcast may partner up with EA to stream games on-demand

Soon Comcast customers may be able to play their favorite games, such as Madden NFL or Battlefield over their cable box. Although, the streaming service is rumored to be exclusive for the X1 cable box interface which already offers TV shows and movies to be viewed on-demand. After Comcast had recently acquired a partnership with Netflix for faster streaming over their network, Reuters has reported that Comcast and Electronic Arts are nearing a deal to bring on-demand gaming to the living room without the need for an Xbox One or a PlayStation 4. 

Upon closing the deal, it is reported that Comcast would start offering family-friendly games like Plants vs. Zombies, and may add first person shooters like Battlefield or TitanFall. The service would directly compete with the Xbox One, the PlayStation 4 with PlayStation Now, and Amazon with the recently released FireTV.

Allegedly the service has been in testing over the past two years. Although there are many concerns over the service that Comcast and EA may offer in the future, many of which are to do with the infrastructure. Many consumer-level internet service offerings aren't up to speed for the growing demand of cloud-computing. There have been services in the past which haven't quite taken off like OnLive, and have even caused public outrage, like the Xbox One's always-online policy before Microsoft reversed their decision. It will be interesting to see in the coming years if the on-demand gaming industry will actually take off.

Source: Reuters via The Verge | Image via Mashable

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Lenny Bruce said,
Just waiting for EA to put in microtransactions to turn on my TV, etc...

Pay for 1 channel for $50 a month but get the DLC of channels 2,3,4 for an additional $50 a month.

Cosmocronos said,
Comcast? No thanks....

I will add: I live in Northwest Florida USA. I had Comcast for about 16 years or so. I never had a net outage and my down/up speeds were more than what I paid for and was consistent most all the time as I am an avid gamer. That being said my financial status changed a few years ago and I caught myself trying to save money and switched to Knology who was bought out by WOW (Wide Open West). I have recouped my income and am planning on switching back to Comcast as Wow is unreliable, my net speed wavers drastically at times, customer service sux. Here in PCB,Florida Comcast just works. Now when Google Fiber comes I'm there in a heartbeat.

Nobody cares Comcast, the faster you die out the better it would be for everyone.

I currently have Comcast (only choice where I live sadly...and it's only 15mbps which is the max they have too) and Google Fiber is looking into moving in. So guess what Comcast has been doing? Every week I get some new offer from them to accept and lock in a two year contract!

So far I've gotten:

1. Get 2 premium channels (HBO, showtime, starz etc) for $1 a month for 2 years. (Oh but you know HBO:GO, the free service that HBO gives all their subscribers? Comcast will charge you an additional $10 a month to use it).
2. Get their triple play for only $140-$150 a month for 2 years!
3. Get their X1 platform for free and a discounted rate for triple play for 2 years!

Sorry Comcast. The second Google moves in will be the second I dump you.

-Razorfold said,
Nobody cares Comcast, the faster you die out the better it would be for everyone.

I currently have Comcast (only choice where I live sadly...and it's only 15mbps which is the max they have too) and Google Fiber is looking into moving in. So guess what Comcast has been doing? Every week I get some new offer from them to accept and lock in a two year contract!

So far I've gotten:

1. Get 2 premium channels (HBO, showtime, starz etc) for $1 a month for 2 years. (Oh but you know HBO:GO, the free service that HBO gives all their subscribers? Comcast will charge you an additional $10 a month to use it).
2. Get their triple play for only $140-$150 a month for 2 years!
3. Get their X1 platform for free and a discounted rate for triple play for 2 years!

Sorry Comcast. The second Google moves in will be the second I dump you.

Where in the world do you live? Comcast's base plan now is 25Mbit and Comcast EVERYWHERE has tiers up to 50Mbit, and most divisions now the tiers are up to 150Mbit, and in some areas up to 550 Mbit over fiber to the home. Comcast has been very progressive on the speed and IPv6 front unlike other companies.

You *CAN* Get 6mbit at a vastly reduced proce but that is for low income areas that can barely afford the internet and you have to be on food stamps and all kinds of other requirements, it's not generally available to everyone...

neufuse said,
Where in the world do you live? Comcast's base plan now is 25Mbit and Comcast EVERYWHERE has tiers up to 50Mbit,

Hm just checked and I guess they finally added upto 50mbps. But no thanks, I'm not paying over $200 a month for cable (with no premium), ###### ass 50mbps internet and phone. And two year contracts.

I'll take the Google FIber for $130 a month and say goodbye to Comcast permanently.

And progressive on the speed front, yeah ok. They only started to be progressive when companies like Google came in and started to shake things up. In areas where they have a complete monopoly (like where I live)? They're ####ing #### and they will nickel and dime you for ####ing everything. HBO Go is a perfect example of what a #### company they are.

The faster that company dies the better it will be.

-Razorfold said,

Hm just checked and I guess they finally added upto 50mbps. But no thanks, I'm not paying over $200 a month for cable (with no premium), ###### ass 50mbps internet and phone. And two year contracts.

I'll take the Google FIber for $130 a month and say goodbye to Comcast permanently.

And progressive on the speed front, yeah ok. They only started to be progressive when companies like Google came in and started to shake things up. In areas where they have a complete monopoly (like where I live)? They're ####ing #### and they will nickel and dime you for ####ing everything. HBO Go is a perfect example of what a #### company they are.

The faster that company dies the better it will be.

eh? I pay $140 a month for 105 Mbit internet, All channels with starz, showtime, cinemax, and all the sports channels and including unlimited land line access.. I'm sure 50Mbit internet can be a LOT cheaper then that... all you have to do is tell them you feel like it costs too much and they will give you stuff. If I can get that from Comcast, I don't see why you can't also... And they don't force you to buy tv and phone...

neufuse said,

eh? I pay $140 a month for 105 Mbit internet, All channels with starz, showtime, cinemax, and all the sports channels and including unlimited land line access.. I'm sure 50Mbit internet can be a LOT cheaper then that... all you have to do is tell them you feel like it costs too much and they will give you stuff. If I can get that from Comcast, I don't see why you can't also... And they don't force you to buy tv and phone...


Well I get my tv and phone through them too. My house gets ###### cell phone reception so I need a landline to reliably get calls. My bill right now is $170 a month for HD tv (without renting a cable box since I get that through tivo), unlimited land line and 15mbps internet. That's including the $20-30 worth of regulatory taxes and fees too.

As for calling them up, already done that multiple times. Here's the thing though, in the past they knew I didn't have any other options so the best they ever offered me (which recently expired too, was $150 for all that). But since Google is looking into coming here, now they know that I could potentially have options so now I'm suddenly getting a ton of offers but all of them have 2 year contract restrictions.

I could switch my TV to a satellite provider but I've been waiting to see if Google decides to come here or not and then decide.

-Razorfold said,
Nobody cares Comcast, the faster you die out the better it would be for everyone.

You might want to check their current holdings. :)

-Razorfold said,

Well I get my tv and phone through them too. My house gets ###### cell phone reception so I need a landline to reliably get calls. My bill right now is $170 a month for HD tv (without renting a cable box since I get that through tivo), unlimited land line and 15mbps internet. That's including the $20-30 worth of regulatory taxes and fees too.

As for calling them up, already done that multiple times. Here's the thing though, in the past they knew I didn't have any other options so the best they ever offered me (which recently expired too, was $150 for all that). But since Google is looking into coming here, now they know that I could potentially have options so now I'm suddenly getting a ton of offers but all of them have 2 year contract restrictions.

I could switch my TV to a satellite provider but I've been waiting to see if Google decides to come here or not and then decide.

Just tell them you don't want a contract, I've always found when they say no to that, tell them you are ready to cancel then, next thing you know you are talking to the retention department and getting a heck of a deal. I've threatened to terminate over FiOS (which never got deployed here in the end and they are still scared of hearing about it) and threatened to leave over a local ISP that is deploying fiber... soon as I tell them then disconnect me, they throw up all they got. never had a problem with them yet

Just tell them you don't want a contract, I've always found when they say no to that, tell them you are ready to cancel then, next thing you know you are talking to the retention department and getting a heck of a deal.

Trust me, I've done all of that haha. I've gotten my rate reduced several times (I used to pay $190). The cheapest I've ever gotten to to go to was $150 inc. taxes and fees.

I mean I'm sure if I call now they'd give me a fantastic deal and I could be like "nope I don't want a contract, I'm quitting), and I'll be doing that if Fiber doesn't end up working out. But if Fiber is here, then I'm gone. It's cheaper and far easier than having to call up comcast every 6 months and tell them I'm going to quit.