Streaming video has all but replaced DVDs. More and more of us are trading in our DVD players for set-top streaming gadgets that bring us on-demand movies and TV whenever we want them.
Very soon, the same could be true for video games.
Inside sources have revealed to Reuters that Comcast is nearing a deal with Electronic Arts (EA) that will give exclusive rights to stream popular video games to households around the country. You'll recognize EA as the game developer behind the famous "Madden," "FIFA," and "Battlefield" titles.
Here's what Reuters had to report:
After two years of testing, Comcast and EA, are close to reaching an agreement to stream video games such as "FIFA" and "Madden," into the living rooms of some of Comcast's more-than 22 million customers across the United States, said the sources, who declined to speak publicly before a deal had been struck.
Comcast would make the games available on X1, a video operating system with apps and an interface that is considered the most sophisticated in the cable industry, the sources said. It features Internet applications, viewing recommendations and voice control.
This deal would put Comcast toe-to-toe with Xbox and Playstation for dominance of your living room. It also represents the confluence of two of the most loathed companies around. Comcast and EA are the only two-time winners of The Consumerist's Worst Company in America award.