Netflix soon to be added to video options for Comcast X1 customers
Movie streaming service Netflix will be available to Comcast subscribers with an X1 set-top box as soon as November 10, but won't be exempt from the 1TB data cap recently levied against a good portion of Comcast's internet customers.
Users of both services will be able to "seamlesslyÂ move between the Netflix app and their cable service" without changing inputs, according to a joint statement issued by both companies. Additionally, Comcast's voice search will work with Netflix, and streaming videos from Netflix will be displayed in conjunction with Comcast on-demand video offerings.
However, in the deal's frequently asked questions list, Comcast says that the Netflix videos are being streamed across the Internet, and are "subject to XfinityÂ Internet data usage policies."
Comcast data caps exist most of the company's serviced areas with little competition from Verizon or Google Fiber. Customers are allowed to exceed the cap in two months in a rolling year without additional fines.
HD video from Netflix will consume approximately 3 GB per hour of use. Comcast claims that its caps, assuming no other use of the Internet, will allow users to stream HD video for 10 hours a day without hitting the limit.
Comcast customers will not get a discount or any promotional rate on Netflix, nor vice-versa.
A firm launch date is not yet known. No terms of the deal have been announced.