At this point, you're missing out if you don't have Netflix. That much is obvious. But if you're somehow annoyed by switching between cable and Netflix, or can't figure out how to do that -- well, modern life is gonna be awful for you. But! America's biggest cable company is adding Netflix to its offerings -- meaning you won't have to switch any longer.
In a joint statement to Recode, Comcast and Netflix said they've "reached an agreement to incorporate Netflix into X1, providing seamless access to the great content offered by both companies." In simple terms, that means the cable giant will be adding Netflix content to its video-on-demand programming. The statement went on to say the service would be available later this year, and more details would be released at that time.
For you, the consumer, that means you'll have Netflix sitting there in your cable menu, much like you'd have the Netflix app available in Apple TV, Google Chromecast, or any number of other cable operators Netflix has already teamed up with.
Of course, you'll still need a Netflix login. But if you're like most people, you'll just "borrow" your parents' or cousin's username and password.
The deal is basically a win for everybody involved, as Comcast customers get easy access to their Netflix, Comcast incorporates Netflix's original content, and Netflix gets more potential customers through Comcast's massive user base.
This all comes after long-standing tension between Netflix and Comcast, as Netflix opposed the now-failed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable, and following Netflix CEO Reed Hastings' accusations that Comcast violated net neutrality rules.
But when everyone stands to make money, well, egos seem to be able to take a backseat. And this time, you, the customer, win, too! (Hopefully.)