Feeds

Comcast and EA said to be planning streaming games service

So, the carrier that didn't have enough bandwidth for Netflix wants to stream FIFA?

The Power of One eBook: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

US cable giant Comcast is reportedly in talks with Electronic Arts about a streaming games platform.

Reuters cited multiple sources familiar with the matter when reporting that the companies would collaborate to port EA games for the Comcast X1 cable box platform.

According to the report, X1 subscribers would be able to get EA titles streaming directly to their set-top boxes without the need for additional games consoles or subscriptions to other services. The report notes that the two firms have been developing the platform for more than two years.

Such a service could provide Comcast with a competitor for gaming consoles such as the Wii, Xbox, and Playstation brands which, have evolved to support not only gaming on discs but also downloaded games and streaming video services. Smaller systems such as the Ouya and Roku also offer casual games titles over their streaming services.

Having EA as a partner would give Comcast a major ally for the service right off the bat. The company's titles include the iconic Madden American football and FIFA world football series, as well as other franchises such as Battlefield and Need For Speed.

While streaming games services are gaining in popularity as both console hardware and network connectivity improve, the idea of carriers transmitting games to set-top devices dates as far back as the mid 1990s, when Japan's St. GIGA radio service was used to broadcast games and media files to the Satellaview system and Nintendo Super Famicom console, known in the West – in a slightly different version – as the SNES.

No mention was made in the report of the possible bandwidth concerns that would arise from streaming video games, presumably in HD format, to end users. Comcast recently said that the need to improve network throughput was behind its deal with Netflix on a plan in which the video-streaming service paid extra to establish an "interconnection agreement" with Comcast. ®

Maximizing your infrastructure through virtualization

More from The Register

next story
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s
Bigger, harder trouser bulges foretold for fanbois
Bring back error correction, say Danish 'net boffins
We don't need no steenkin' TCP/IP retransmission and the congestion it causes
GoTenna: How does this 'magic' work?
An ideal product if you believe the Earth is flat
Telstra to KILL 2G network by end of 2016
GSM now stands for Grave-Seeking-Mobile network
Seeking LTE expert to insert small cells into BT customers' places
Is this the first step to a FON-a-like 4G network?
Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network
'Prevent people that are passing by to hook up to your network', pleads plod
BlackBerry: Toss the server, mate... BES is in the CLOUD now
BlackBerry Enterprise Services takes aim at SMEs - but there's a catch
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.