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Comcast Bows Fancast Store, Pricing

4 Sep, 2008 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Cable operator Comcast Communications has turned on the light to its Fancast Store, a PC-based movie and TV-show download and streaming site mirrored after Apple’s ubiquitous iTunes Store.

Originally announced at CES in January with 100 titles, the Fancast Store “beta” site now claims more than 3,100 movies and TV shows, with prices ranging from $3.99 for 24-hour rental streams to $1.99 and $9.99 for electronic sellthrough of episodic programming and movies, respectively.

The site expects to expand content selections to 10,000 titles by the end of the year, according to spokesperson Kate Noel.

Rentals are valid for 30 days unviewed and can be watched only on the original PC from which it was downloaded. Electronic sellthrough titles can be viewed on up to three separate computers.

Movies and TV programming can be managed via a downloadable Fancast digital media manager.

Movies include What Happens in Vegas (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment), 21 (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment), The Bank Job (Lionsgate), Street Kings (Fox), Vantage Point (Sony), Drillbit Taylor (Paramount Home Video), Step Up 2 The Streets (Paramount), Harold and Kumar: Escape From Guantanamo Bay (New Line Home Video), Charlie Barlett (MGM), The Spiderwick Chronicles (Paramount), and The Other Boleyn Girl (Sony), among others.

TV programming includes season three of “Bones,” season six of “24,” season three of “How I Met Your Mother,” season one of “The X-Files,” season five of “One Tree Hill”; season three of “Prison Break”; season six of “Family Guy,” season three of “American Dad,” season two of “The Riches” and season three of “It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia,” among others.

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment and Warner Home Video also contribute programming, in addition to TV fare from A&E, E! Entertainment, Fuel TV, Fox Sports, FX, G4, History Channel, Speed Channel, Style and The CW, among others.

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