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Strange bedfellows: Comcast to put Netflix app on its X1 cable boxes

Big news is coming from Comcast today as we’re learning that the cable mega-giant is going to incorporate the Netflix app into its X1 platform. The two companies have a lot of work to do before the app will launch on X1 cable boxes, but the deployment is supposed to happen later on this year.

This is a big deal, and for a number of reasons. First off, Netflix and Comcast have had a dicey history. Most people see the two as opposed to each other based purely on the fact that Netflix is a favorite among so-called cord cutters bailing from cable companies like Comcast.

In addition, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has been very vocal about his disapproval of Comcast, accusing the cable company of slowing down its video streams to its customers who get their internet from Comcast. So, the fact that the two will soon be in bed together is surprising indeed. Still, Netflix stands to gain subscribers out of this deal while Comcast will now have something that may keep folks from switching over to devices other than its own, like a Roku box, Chromecast, or Apple TV. There’s also an opportunity for ad overlay here, though we think it would be extremely difficult for Comcast to sneak that into the contract. No matter, it’s going to be interesting to see how this plays out. You can find out more about this story at the link below.

Related: Netflix is coming to Comcast’s X1 cable box

Today marks the end of an era as Blackberry has announced it is finally killing off its Classic model. The physical keyboard, it can be argued, is what Blackberry is best known for these days. Still, the company has confirmed it has ceased manufacturing the device and, in something of a surprise, squashed rumors that it would cease producing its Blackberry  OS 10 devices.

It had previously been rumored that the company would no longer supply devices to US Senate staff, but we now know that the Nation’s government will be able to continue feeding their bewildering obsession for what many consider, shall we say, antiquated tech.

Blackberry’s financials haven’t looks so good lately, so you kind of have to wonder if giving up on the device that has somehow kept you famous while rival companies fly by like you’re standing still is such a great idea. Well when you say it like that, it doesn’t sound so smart, does it? Time will tell if Blackberry actually has some ideas up its sleeve, or if this is the beginning of the end for the company. More info on that story here.

Are you an organ donor? Not sure? Join the club. If you want to become an organ donor Apple wants to make the process of registering easy by incorporating it into its Health app.

Apple has partnered with Donate Life America to put a button in its app that will let users enroll in the National Donate Life Registry in mere seconds, potentially saving up to eight lives, suggests Chief Operating Officer, Jeff Williams. The Associated press reports Apple CEO Tim Cook remarked on the excruciating time Steve Jobs endured while waiting for a liver transplant in 2009.

Finally, I want to take a moment for a little editorial comment. Today, the rumor mill is working overtime making itself look super stupid. One of the trending stories this morning is the suggestion that there will be no MacBook Air in 2016. Several sites are citing a Telegraph article in which Tim Cook is quoted as saying that the iPad Pro is good enough to replace a laptop or even desktop PC for some folks.

The extrapolation is that Apple isn’t interested in making a MacBook Air, but simply having a straight-up MacBook line of laptops. Here’s the problem, we’ve known this for ages, there’s no new news, there’s no new evidence. There’s just the fact that not everyone can keep up with all things going on in tech all the time, so this “revelation” is getting some traction.

Honestly, I’d prefer it if we had some wildly irresponsible rumors going on. At least that would be interesting. So, you know what. I’m gonna just start one. The new MacBook will also be a drone. You see, it will be a laptop that doesn’t need your lap because it will fly. It will be called the MacBook Hover, and it will use silent roto-blades to keep the noise down, kind of like Airwolf and Blue Thunder had stealth modes which mysteriously quieted the attack choppers down. As if you would choose to have a loud helicopter when you could have a quiet one? Whatever. You heard it here first folks. The New MacBook is a drone.

Believe it because it’s on the internet.