If you’re one of the 820,000 subscribers of Atlantic Broadband, RCN Telecom Services, and Grande Communications, then you’re about to get a brand new channel. Or rather, you’re about to get a new potential channel, assuming you want to pay the subscription fee. Those three cable companies are ahead of the game on what may very well be the next big trend for both cable companies and for content providers. Netflix is being added to cable boxes by three small cable companies, with more considering the addition.
As the companies distribute their TiVo systems, Netflix will be one of the available channels on that system. You’ll still need a Netflix account, but there’ll be no further need for a video game system or a Roku box or any other way to get Netflix from the internet to your home theater set-up. The easier it gets, the more likely people are to undertake the process and actually subscribe to Netflix (even if the service is going up by two dollars per month for new subscribers).
Currently, I have to use my Blu-ray player to get online and get to my Netflix since I don’t have a smart TV. If I could just use my cable box, I’d be in much better shape (and I’d get a much more responsive remote control, too). The sooner this becomes a thing, the happier I’ll be.Technorati Tags: Atlantic Broadband, cable, cable television, Grande Communications, Home Theater, netflix added to cable service, netflix on cable, netflix on cable box, RCN Telecom Services, television