If you’re a Comcast customer without a Netflix subscription who’s dying to know what the big deal is about “House of Cards,” you’re in luck. A recent deal between Comcast and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has given Comcast the rights to sell the Emmy Award-winning first season of “House of Cards” through its Xfinity Store – which launched in November as a way to combat Netflix and Amazon Instant video. The deal also added other Sony titles to the Xfinity Store, ahead of the traditional on-demand rental window. Movies like “American Hustle” and TV shows like “Breaking Bad” are also available for purchase directly through any Comcast cable box or at xfinity.com/store. Any content bought through the Xfinity Store can then be watched on your TV, computer or mobile device. The deal gives Comcast customers a new way to watch “House of Cards,” but you have to wonder – with the first season available on DVD since June and the inexpensive cost of Netflix, who is this deal really for?
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Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication and the CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, writes a weekly column for Adweek, and is a regular commentator on CNN and CNBC and writes a popular daily business blog. He’s the Co-Host of the award-winning podcast Techstream with Shelly Palmer & Seth Everett and he hosts the Shelly Palmer #CryptoWednesday Livestream. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.