Comcast Opens Digital Movie, TV Show Store

Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg in "2 Guns"
Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg in "2 Guns"
 Universal Pictures

Comcast has begun selling movies on TV and online, less than a week after reports that the cable giant was considering opening such a digital storefront.

The country's largest pay TV provider now is letting subscribers purchase movies several "weeks before they are available on DVD or for rental," according to its xfinitypurchases.com.

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Among the new titles on offer are Red 2 (available before its Tuesday DVD release), 2 Guns and Fast & Furious 6. Recent hits like Despicable Me, The Hunger Games, Bridesmaids, Ted, The Expendables and the Twilight series are also available, as are older titles like the Back to the Future trilogy, Dirty Dancing, E.T., Apocalypse Now and Jaws. Films cost $10.99 to $12.99 for standard definition and $14.99 to $16.99 for HD.

Seven TV series have episodes available for purchase: Mad Men, Bates Motel, Suits, Covert Affairs, Chicago Fire, Grimm and Hannibal. Standard definition episodes cost $1.99 and HD versions are $2.99.

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Customers can purchase the titles from their on-demand menu or online at xfinity.com/store and watch their new movies or shows on TV through Xfinity On Demand, online via the website or with the Xfinity On Demand Purchases app for iOS and Android. And titles that are downloaded to computers or the mobile apps can be viewed when the user's device is offline.

Currently Verizon, which has roughly five million subscribers through its FiOS service, is the only other pay TV company selling movies digitally. Dish Network is considering a similar offering, The Wall Street Journal reported last week.

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