Surprises

by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
dvds by mail, rentals

Companies:
blockbuster, comcast



Comcast And Blockbuster Team Up To Make Us Wonder Why They've Teamed Up

from the hey,-Comcast,-you-have-a-fat-pipe dept

It seems like Comcast is a bit confused about the technology that it offers to its customers, which involves a generally fat broadband pipe to users, through which they can access all sorts of content, including on demand videos. So, you might think that if Comcast were to team up with a company like Netflix or Blockbuster, it would be to deliver streaming content. Nope. Apparently Comcast has done a deal with Blockbuster to deliver DVDs by mail. That's literally what the two companies are calling the product: "DVDsByMail." It's not like this hasn't been done for ages by both Netflix and Blockbuster. It's not clear what Comcast brings to the table here other than the "um... why?" factor it adds by wondering why Comcast is involved in something that doesn't involved delivering content over its own network, but using the US Postal Service's "network" instead.

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  1. identicon
    Nomo Blockbuster, 20 Aug 2010 @ 7:38am

    Blockbuster hasn't got a clue

    Ever since Blockbuster made that horrific proposal to buy now defunct Circuit City in 2008, its priorities, direction and overall usefulness have diminished to the point where Blockbuster is unable to pay its debt on time, posts worse-than-expected results quarter after quarter and faces the public-desired fate of liquidation into oblivion.

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